Paradise is an hour’s flight from Florida, another 15-minute flight from the glitz and glamour of Nassau, and then a speedy boat ride to what could be the middle of nowhere. Farah Khan checks into the Pink Sands Resort.
Harbour Island in The Bahamas, a magical little place where the sand is not only the softest in the world, but pink.
From the minute my boyfriend and I get off the boat and into a local taxi, it’s like a homecoming of sorts. Though this was my first time, I knew instantly it would not be my last. The place is laid back and has a small town feel. With a population of only 2,000, it’s easy to mix with the locals.
The town is oozing with charm, like something out of a Hollywood movie that’s set in the 19th century with wild chickens crossing the road and roosters crowing at the break of dawn. Here, you will find some of the most beautiful estates in The Bahamas, owned by Elle Macpherson, Diane Von Furstenberg and India Hicks (Princess Diana’s bridesmaid and Ralph Lauren’s muse). Right next to some of these estates and on the perfect stretch of Pink Sands beach is, appropriately, Pink Sands Resort. With its airy suites and cottages right on the beach, the resort lures many celebrities and VIPs. The atmosphere is sophisticated and exclusive, yet understated. Balinese-themed, it promotes a Zen feeling as you walk through the well-kept grounds.
For a romantic dinner, sit under a full moon in the open-air restaurant Blue Bar. Look out at the ocean and listen to waves crashing or a live band, perhaps. In the morning, wake up to that same ocean view but this time from your bed. Take the trail from your room down to the beach where an umbrella and chairs await you in a prime spot.
We found it hard to leave, so it’s no wonder so many people keep coming back. It’s so good you want to keep it a secret, but it’s too good not to tell. See you again soon, Pink Sands.