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
I where Steve at the Cove was near perfect with incredibly warm and gracious resort staff an absolutely gorgeous grounds and views it was the perfect place to celebrate a large milestone in life. Would recommend it to anyone looking to have a completely relaxing and enjoyable trip.
We stayed with our two teenage kids in two beautiful master cove suites right on the beach. Our views were breathtaking, the rooms were spacious, clean with free minibar (local beer, soft drinks, snacks plus ingredients to mix simple drinks such as gin tonic). Also a nespresso machine in the room with arpeggio pods provided free of charge (as an expression coffee drinker this was a real benefit for me!). The resort beach is clean and beautiful on the Carribean side (so sometimes can have seaweed), with plenty of parasols available for all (no early wake-ups to grab your own!) and all first-line on the beach. We had some issues getting snorkelling gear but Lorraine (manager) sorted this for us as soon as she was made aware of the situation. Staff is lovely and professional. Food was ok (expensive) but a bit on the heavy side for our family. The menu was very creative, but we (as I am sure the other many Italians at the property) would have liked to see more simple pasta dishes (tagliatelle with fresh tomato sauce), grilled meat/ fish (grilled chicken with a side of avocado and tomato salad), and light food with less spices/ flavouring mixed in (rice with mushrooms in my opinion does not call for lemon but maybe, if anything, some saffron). I ended up ordering from the kid’s menu as there were some smaller portions and simpler dishes on there that I enjoyed. Our daughter is Vegan and the chef Aadam made sure there was something for her every meal. We much appreciated this. However the real star of the show food-wise was Joel, the very talented sushi chef, who prepared some amazing sushi and very special (yummy!) vegan feasts for my daughter.
All in all The Cove was a great stay and we definitely recommend it.
This was our second stay at The Cove. We loved it so much in 2018 that we returned in 2019. Unfortunately, relative to our admittedly sky high expectations, this time disappointed. The beach was overrun by seaweed and trash (and it wasn't until the fourth and final day of our stay that a crew was present to clean up the beach). The pool was a murky green (my wife didn't enter the pool the entire trip and one onlooker remarked they'd only get in "if I was wearing a wetsuit"). The rug in our room (27) had a giant stain. Bug spray was provided in rooms, but it's obvious that needed much more attention from the grounds crew because the air was swarming with flies and mosquitoes and we arrived home with our legs torn up from insect bites. I hate to nitpick, because maintenance issues aside, I still love this resort. The food is fantastic, the property is beautiful and Kirk is a national treasure. I just hope they're more attentive in the future to properly maintaining the grounds.