Pink Sands Resort
What We Love
- All cottages have air-conditioning and private patios with teak furniture
- One pool and two tennis courts
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Located 50 miles east of Nassau on sleepy Harbour Island
- Not all rooms have ocean views
- Happy hour at Blue Bar is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located on 20 acres of Harbour Island’s three-mile Pink Sand Beach, the eponymous resort features 25 private standalone one- and two-bedroom cottages with garden or ocean views. All accommodations have white tray ceilings, iPod docking stations, tile flooring and double sliding wooden doors that open up to relaxing private patios. Resort amenities include a swimming pool, two tennis courts and Blue Bar, which doubles as a Caribbean bistro serving dishes such as grilled grouper fillet with cilantro, coconut rice, sautéed spinach and pineapple salsa.
In the Area
All activities on this low-key island involve the luminous azure waters. The resort has sunbeds and beach umbrellas for those who want to lounge on the sandy shores, as well as snorkeling equipment, paddleboards and kayaks for water-based fun. And if you want to see what you can reel in, ask the front desk to arrange a fishing outing on the reef or in deeper waters.
How to Get There
I really, really hate to give this place a mediocre review. But, I have to be honest. My wife and I have visited Pink Sands Resort several times and used to think it was heaven on earth. Our last visit was about seven years ago, and we were shocked to see how much the place has deteriorated since our last visit. The deck furniture was falling apart, our housekeeping service was spotty, and the staff was poorly trained. We also paid extra for an ocean view cottage but could only see water if we looked through a narrow space between two over-grown hedges. The food was good but very over-priced. We most likely will not go back.
What a beautiful beach! The sand really does have pink flecks of coral mixed in and the water is really crystal clear blue. Our cottage came with a friendly rooster that hung around all week. The view from here is magnificent. We had a private trail that led us straight to the beach. We stayed on the beach most of the day and took advantage of the Blue Bar for lunch or one of the other resorts along the beach. The food was good, the beer was cold and the people are fun , friendly and very accommodating! We will definitely be back.
We recently went to Pink Sands and Harbour Island for the first time in April. Overall we had a very relaxing time and found the staff to all be friendly and very helpful. We stayed in a 1-room cottage (connected to another one room w/ a shared wall in the bathroom), that had a nice private patio. It was just my husband and I so it was perfect. We had a lot of fun renting a golf cart so make that a "must"! You can drive around and explore the tiny island during the day and go out for dinner and breakfast easily.
-The beach. It was well-kept, the chairs and cabana umbrellas were nice and they usually had someone who brought out towels and went around to take orders for drinks or food from the restaurant. A couple of the breezier days with rain off-and-on, no one was in the "beach hut," but we were the only crazy people on the beach so I don't blame them :) We went on about an hour long walk and walked north and south on the beach. It was almost the whole beach. My husband also enjoyed some runs along the beach in the mornings.
The beach was never crowded and I appreciated Pink Sands' space on the beach compared to some of the other resorts. We did not feel "on top" of any of the other people at our resort. Some of the other resorts nearby had chairs very close together.
-I thought the resort overall was very clean and well kept. I always saw people working on the landscaping and maintenance came one day in less than 2 minutes! (just our a/c controller battery went out, no biggie, he fixed it in about 15 seconds :)
-Our cottage was very clean and felt very private. On our last day, another louder couple (I could hear them fighting) arrived on the other side of the cottage and I could hear them a bit through the walls. Thankfully they were quiet at night and were not there the whole time. The coffee machine in the room was the same Nespresso machine that I have at home and I loved being able to have a quick espresso before we got moving for the day. There was just a sink, a small fridge and the coffee maker. No microwave or any cooktop.
Our bed was so very comfortable and overall the resort was very quiet at night. A few roosters (as usual on any island), but I didn't hear them much while I was sleeping, usually just at dusk.
-Pink Sands is a quick golf cart ride to town or any of the other resorts. They helped us rent a golf cart from Michael's Cycles after we arrived. We felt safe at night and during the day. We did walk back from a neighboring resort one evening after dinner it was dark, and I mean DARK on the beach and no one else was on the beach at all. That was definitely a little creepy (our waiter had assured us it was safe), but we just used our phone flashlights to watch our way. People definitely use the golf carts to get around at night!
-It is a bit of a "do-nothing" place. And I mean this as a compliment. It is all about relaxation. We could have done day trips here and there, but decided to just stay put on Harbour Island. The big event for the day is deciding where to go for dinner that night and making a reservation. It is a place to rest, lay on the beach with a book and be with your partner or family.
-It seemed like a nice place to bring a family, although I'm sure the bigger rooms are expensive. If I brought a family, I would want a place to cook, like a little kitchenette, as food on the island is very expensive.
--If you rent a golf cart (you should!), you can go into town to try the various places to eat which are much cheaper than the resort. Still not as cheap as home, but a nice change. Arthur's bakery was delicious, but the coffee a little weak. Grab breakfast (French toast!) at Arthur's then motor on down the road a tiny bit (like 1/4 mile) to the Bahama Coffee Roasters for some better coffee.
--The staff were all very nice and helpful. We appreciated their help with items before we arrived and during our stay.
-The food on the resort could use some work. We ate breakfast at the Blue Bar one day and it was $85 for some simple toast and eggs, coffee, oj and French toast. The cost is to be expected on an island (and for the gorgeous view from Blue Bar), but the quality of the cooking could use some work. The few things we ordered for food and drink while sitting on the beach were fine, but nothing special. I feel like things just need a little help and a little bit of correction on the cooking and they would be a lot better. We looked at the resort restaurant menu for dinner at Malcom 51, but never ate there. It looked like the exact same menu as Coral Sands next door (which we had eaten at and was not good) and we took the hint that no one was eating there so maybe it also wasn't good? The restaurant space is beautiful, but I think they need to distinguish themselves from the other restaurants on the island if they want people to come out to the resort to eat. Having the same food as everywhere else is not going to bring people in. Theme nights, like Mexican food or Make-Your-Own-Pizza, or some sort of beach bonfire night (while I know these aren't fancy) or something else unique to the island, would bring more people to the restaurant. It is a shame because the employees are all very kind and the space is nice.
-The room is lovely, however I do wish (and I've read this in other reviews) that there was literally just one more sitting chair inside the room, a small table between them and an ottoman. It seems so silly to have one floating chair in the middle of this large space. We ended up always sitting on our bed, which isn't my favorite. We had outside chairs, but with the various little rain storms the cushions were always wet so we only sat in those once.
Not a pro or a con, just fyi--The hotel offers a transfer from the airport. We flew into North Eleauthera. We decided we didn't want to spend $300 just to get to the hotel and thought we'd just wing it. It was totally fine. Bring cash (American dollars are fine). The airport personnel put us right into a taxi for a short ride to the water taxi (literally a 1minute drive that was like $10?), then the water taxi people popped us and our luggage right into a shared boat, for a quick ride (10-15min with a few stops) over to Harbour island for $5 each (plus some tips). Then at the Harbour Island government dock, there were people there assisting to get us a taxi or a golf cart taxi to the resort (another $10 or so + tip). One the way back, we just drove our golf cart straight to the dock and met Michael of Michael's Cycles and handed him our golf cart key. Everyone we met was so so helpful and honestly, tourism is the thing. They are a well-oiled machine. We didn't need a private transfer to the island, maybe if you had a large group with you it would be worth it.
Overall, we had a nice time exploring and relaxing on Harbour Island. We like to mix up our travel (so we don't often go to the same place twice), but maybe we will be back one day. We had dinner at various places, including Rock House and Da Vine, and while fine, we were not as impressed as other reviews led us to believe we should be ;) We have travelled all over the world and I would not say the food on the island is the best, expensive, but not the best, just my opinion.
Unbeatable location, above unspoiled pink sand beach. View from Blue Bar especially spectacular, and well worth the trip even if you are not staying at the hotel. Hotel property uncrowded, with villas well spaced out. Friendly service. What's not to like? The hotel is starting to show its age, from landscaping to bathrooms. Also at this price point, attention to detail is not where it should be (even on Island Time), including replacement of used towels and toiletries, and responsiveness to messages and requests.
This was our first trip to Harbour Island and Pink Sands Resort. Both the resort and staff were great, especially Kendrick who did an excellent job facilitating transfers. We're already planning a return visit. Keep up the great work.