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
Property was in excellent condition, rooms were nice, staff was wonderful! Food was great, the view amazing. The concierge staff was attentive and helpful. 2 min drive from queens baths. 40 min drive from governors harbor.
My husband and I made a (very) last minute decision to spend a week in Eleuthera. This was our third time to the island, but our first time staying at The Cove. With just a few days notice, Ms Sweeting helped us get a great room, made reservations for us with the spa & restaurant, and she coordinated our travel back and forth from the resort. We just showed up on time & enjoyed ourselves. The first time we came by the concierge desk, she made it a point to greet us & gave us some additional help. Our bartender, Ms Kelly, and our beach attendant Ralph were also truly outstanding.
We were especially surprised by the quality of the food. In our experience, resort food (like a lot of hotel and country club food) tends to be dull and cobbled together in a mediocre fashion. Many resorts take advantage of their captive audience and so put little apparent effort into their menu. We were expecting "adequate" when it came to our meals in Eleuthera. However, our meals were absolutely terrific. Our dinners in particular were creative, beautiful, delicious, and technically well executed.
We will definitely be coming back to The Cove. On the flight home yesterday, we were already thinking about travel dates to return for next Summer.
My title says it all. The beach, rooms and overall premises are beautiful and very well maintained. The service in the restauran couldn't be worse and the food is expensive and mediocre.
Would recomend to go somewhere else.