The Cove Eleuthera
What We Love
- The 24-hour gym, for working off those decadent meals
- Full-size shampoo, conditioner and lotion in the bathrooms
- Complimentary use of bikes, paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment
- Private dinners on the beach, complete with a bonfire and champagne
What To Know
- Food and drink prices are high for this area
- Rooms have Nespresso machines, but there’s a charge per pod
- The lower-priced rooms, situated on walkways, don’t have the same privacy of the villas and cottages
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
The Cove has not one but two private beaches – both manmade, but each with calm water ideal for swimming or testing out the kayaks and paddle boards that are free for guests to use. While the resort is fairly isolated, there’s no shortage of things to do, including spending hours in the enormous infinity pool (views of the clear blue sea included). The room style is minimalist but comfortable, with 500-thread-count sheets, travertine floors, Caribbean-style white paneled walls, and wooden platform beds. The rooms closer to the water have spectacular ocean views. Cocktails at the cliffside bar are the perfect evening treat—the resort has some world-class sunsets—and while the restaurants are limited to two, the menus of sushi, steak, and Bahamian-influenced dishes get rave reviews, as does the incredibly friendly service.
In the Area
The Cove Eleuthera is large, at 40 acres, but if you want to do anything outside you’ll need to either your own car or to arrange transport through the resort. A trip to Harbor Island and back is possible in a day; you can visit the pink sand beach and check out a larger variety of shops and restaurants than is available on Eleuthera, including the very popular Sip Sip for grilled octopus and other island fare. Dining options near The Cove include Bahamian dishes at Daddy Joe’s, which often has live music. Four miles away (a calorie-burning bike ride or decent hike) is the Glass Window Bridge, under which the deep blue of the Atlantic meets the turquoise of the Bight of Eleuthera. Also nearby is the open-air Glass Window Bar & Grill, which has a daily happy hour and Sunday fish fries.
How to Get There
Thank you! We really enjoyed our stay. We came for our one year anniversary and will definitely be back. Some credits for next would be cool. We spent a lot of $$ this past time but definitely worth it.
My husband, baby, and I just got back from Eleuthera. We spent 5 nights at French Leave and two nights at the Cove. If you don't want to spend several thousand per night on average for your room, I would give the edge to French Leave, but I will outline a few of pros and cons of the Cove below:
First, if you want lots of restaurants, nightlife, and town scene, skip Eleuthera all together and head to Harbour Island. Eleuthera is very laid back. I have traveled all over the Caribbean (including Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Barbados, St. Lucia) and Mexico (Tulum, Cabo, and Puerto Escondido) and to a few tropical resorts in Asia (Maldives and Thailand) and Eleuthera is the most laid back place I have been. It is only comparable to Puerto Escondido 10 years ago. If that is not your scene, neither of these resorts is for you, but it was perfect for me and my family.
-Very courteous and friendly staff (I think this is one of the benefits of Eleuthera, everyone is so friendly)
-Beautiful and well maintained beaches (there are actually two coves on the property -- both very beautiful)
-Good food (we ate at both restaurants and found the quality very good for resort food)
-Organized activities (there is a menu of activities that the resort can arrange that come in an information packet)
-The rooms are the biggest draw back. Unless you want to pay for one of the suites or villas, you have very little privacy and small rooms. The lack of privacy is surprising given that the primary clientele is comprised of couples and families.
-While service was very friendly, it is extremely slow at lunch.
The people in the out islands are just plain and simple more friendly and caring than the mega resorts in Nassau. A true gem in the Bahamas with great rooms and a luxury feel through out the resort. From the free paddle boards and kayaks to the 85 degree infinity edge pool this place is great. Don't miss the sunset bar
We were here for a week. Ocean front master cove suite. Nice clean large room with great bed and wonderful showers
The only thing I would have really liked was a microwave to reheat my coffee and to warm up leftovers we brought back from meals out
The food in the cove restaurant is excellent but pretty overpriced The sushi, so very good but small portions
Beaches were always clean and very inviting beautiful blue water
The one thing that stands out is how overly friendly the entire staff was We truly enjoyed chatting with them
My wife and infant son decided to stay at the Cove based on our dining experience from a previous trip. It did not disappoint in the slightest. Everything exceeded our expectations, from the beautiful beaches, to the pool, to the exceptional food and warm staff. The staff made sure that our experience was as carefree and enjoyable as possible. Would highly recommend and will certainly be back.