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Valentines Residences, Resort & MarinaWidely considered being located on the most desirable stretch of Harbour Island’s famous Pink Sands beach; Valentines’ private beach is nothing short of paradise. We are proud to announce the completion of a new boardwalk, making your way to Valentines’ private beach area has never been easier.

No need to navigate the old sandy pathway any longer, today guests are greeted with the new boardwalk that not only makes the journey to the sand a breeze, but offers breathtaking views of the clear turquoise water along the way.

Start planning your visit to Valentines and stroll the new boardwalk onto the beach voted “One of the best beaches on the planet”. Learn more about Valentines experiences and activities!

Valentines Residences, Resort & Marina

August 1st and the 2017/2018 Lobster Season opening is just around the corner and marina and hotel reservations have reached full capacity throughout The Bahamas, including at Valentines Resort & Marina.

Here is a listing of rules and regulations for harvesting in The Bahamas and returning to U.S.  with your catch.  Be sure to double check prior to your trip to be sure there were no changes since the date of this publication.

Season: August 1-March 31

  • Bag limit: 6 per person (You may never have more than this limit on your boat, regardless of how many days you’re in The Bahamas.)
  • Size: 3 3⁄8 inches carapace length or six inches tail length. (Be careful—the U.S. carapace minimum is 3 inches, so pay attention on how you measure your lobster.)
  • You must possess a valid Bahamas cruising permit anytime you are on board your boat or in water when not on a dock, obtained at a designated Port of Entry.
  • Spearing legal lobster is legal in The Bahamas.  You may only us a pole spear or Hawaiian sling.
  • No scuba gear can be used while taking lobster.
  • Egg-bearing lobsters are protected.
  • Any lobsters harvested in The Bahamas during their open season cannot be transported by private vessel into state waters during Florida’s closed season.
  • Lobsters brought back to Florida must be in whole condition (not tailed).
  • When transporting by air to any US destination you should contact the US Fish and Wildlife Service for regulations regarding transport of lobsters, fish and conch.

Always be aware rules & regulations are subject to change at any time.  Be sure to check for any changes with the Bahamas Department of Marine Resources at https://www.bahamas.gov.bs.

Valentines will be celebrating the opening of Lobster Season with special dishes at The Boathouse August 1 – 7, 2017. For a look at the special menu visit https://blog.valentinesresort.com/lobster-season-special-dishes-at-the-boathouse.

 

It’s time for Lobster Season! To celebrate the start of the season, The Boathouse at Valentines Resort and Marina has created a week’s worth of special, mouthwatering dishes starting August 1. Check out the schedule and make your reservations today – 242-333-2142!

Valentine Lobster Week

PiratesThis past Fourth of July weekend Valentines Resort played host to a wonderful Bahamian cultural event, The 2017 Reckless Pirates Carnival: Briland Pirates Invasion.

Tourists and island locals were given a taste of all things Bahamian during this two-day event. Kicking off the event was the fashion showcase by Shelly Monique’s presenting her “Freedom Rush” collection. Shelly is a Bahamian born, self-taught artist and designer​ who draws inspiration from the vibrant colors of the Bahamas in her work.

Following Shelly Monique’s fashion collection, Latoya Rankine treated attendees to an interactive fire dance performance. Latoya is a Professional Fire Dancer who trained with the Bahamas National Dance School and Emanji Circus Arts and was awarded the title of Miss Cultural Bahamas in 2010.

To wrap up day one’s fashion presentations the evening ended with the Prince of Dunmore’s (JJ Percentie) Fall 2017 fashion collection and a show closing performance by the Showtime Junkanoo group.

Day two of the 2017 Reckless Pirates Carnival continued with a Pirates Road Invasion Parade led by a music truck and mobile bar. The parade, with participation open to everyone, moved through the streets of Briland with participants dancing and partying in celebratory fashion on foot and in golf carts. As the parade made it’s way through the streets many locals came out of their homes to participate in the free giveaways and sample all the tasty treats passed out by parade participants.

Valentines Resort and Marina has committed to hosting the popular Reckless Pirates Carnival in 2018.   Be part of this great Harbour Island event by making your reservations and travel plans early!

Valentine GymIn March of this year Valentines was proud to announce the opening of the new Valentines Fitness Center for resort and marina guests. We also introduced the Fresh Picks farmers market so guests could obtain fresh locally grown fruits, produce and baked goods to promote an even healthier resort experience.

The new gym is a total workout experience with a variety of strength, conditioning and cardio equipment. Combined with the pool, the seasonal Fresh Picks weekly market, the Dermalogica Spa and all of the natural beauty and splendor one associates with Harbour Island and the Pink Sand Beach, Valentines is the healthy vacation choice.

The Valentines Fitness Center is open daily and features some of the finest fitness, cardio, strength and conditioning equipment offered by Body Solid,. Here’s a little insight:

Treadmill for Cardio and Endurance

Walkers and joggers love a good reliable treadmill for cardio and endurance training. Our new advanced LED system and the latest technology provides a user- friendly, simplistic design featuring a large dot matrix display. The easy to read & control screen features track, speed and incline profiles intermittently for efficient feedback on the progress of the workout.

Whether you’re walking or running, each console button is oversized for easy speed and incline adjustability plus the Heart Rate Feature, a pulse window displays heart rate through the stainless steel sensors on each side of the treadmill.
Stationary Bikes for Cardio and Endurance

Stationary Bikes for Cardio and Endurance

Exercise bikes are a comfortable and proven way to improve cardiovascular conditioning. The Valentines Fitness Center features the Body Solid upright spin cycle for the serious cardio enthusiast and a recumbent bike for those who prefer endurance training. The Body Solid recumbent bike features fully integrated touch screen with instant access to exercise and heart rate programs, plus features time, distance, calorie consumption and heart rate information.

Distance Running Training

If the gym is the place you want to do your daily running, we feature the Octane Zero Runner. This state of the art true running machine features a natural motion that replicates walking, jogging or running with a dynamic stride length up to 58” to accommodate users of all sizes, plus the patented hip and knee joint technology keeps your training at the safest possible level. It also features the intelligence readout that traces your stride and displays all of the essential workout data.

Strength and Conditioning Training
At Valentines you’ll find the traditional free weight dumbbells and other traditional fitness items for your strength and conditioning program. We’ve taken your commitment to your workout seriously and have added two great stations by Body Solid, the multi station where you can do 6 workouts all at one station with weights up to 200 lbs, and the Cable Crossover system which offers an unlimited number of exercises. Today, cable crossover machines are a staple to any gym, health club, fitness center, or workout facility.

Valentines Resort and Marina are committed to making the stay for our guests the best ever! The addition of the new gym and this top rate equipment will please any fitness lover and is open to all resort and marina guests. Be sure to give it a try on your next stay, your body will thank you.

VRM Cacique awards

Tyrone Anderson, Manager of the Year Nominee, Vanessa Mayne and Hotelier of the Year recipient, Dean Spychalla at the 2017 Cacique Awards

The Ministry of Tourism and The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) honored Valentines Resort and Marina’s Dean Spychalla as 2017’s Hotelier of the Year, and Tyrone Anderson, Manager of the Year nominee at the 17th Annual Cacique Awards.

Considered by many to be the most prestigious travel award in the Bahamas, the Cacique Awards honor individuals in 25 categories in the hospitality and tourism sector. The Awards select individuals who demonstrate exceedingly high standards of service excellence along with dedication and commitment to the tourist industry

Valentine’s staff is proud of Dean and Tyrone whose personal achievements not only gave them this renowned recognition, but for bringing success to all aspects of the resort operations. All are proud of the award recognition and customer raves, many of which you can find on the reviews page in the Experience section of our website.

Calios Trading coCalico Traders is one of the great Harbour Island Shoppes located at Valentine’s Residences Resort & Marina. Calico is the perfect place to start for stylish apparel, handbags and beach bags, beachwear, gifts and sundries. The shop is proud to announce they have added a fabulous new manager – Gina Johnson.  Gina joins the team this season bringing with her, 14 years of customer service from the esteemed One and Only Ocean Club and the Atlantis Resort in Nassau. A born and bred Brilander, Gina is super-happy to return to her roots and take up this position at Calico which allows her to expand her interest in fashion whilst staying in touch with her passion – building an amazing customer experience!

We’re mad about Gina and we think you will be too – pop in anytime to say hello, shop, or share a story or two. Gina genuinely loves to hear about your island experience.

Be sure to visit the Harbour Island Shoppes  located right here at Valentine’s Resort and Marina for a variety of island fashion, fine jewelry, wines, teas, coffees and more!

America-10Conde Nast Traveler has named Valentines Residences, Resort & Marina as one of the 20 Best Resorts in the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Turks & Caicos.

The write up in Conde Nast Traveler reads “Why you love it: Everything about Valentines Residences, Resort & Marina, on the Bahamas’ Harbour Island makes it easy to unwind. Start with a laid-back lunch facing the docks at the breezy Boathouse Restaurant, and order the fried seafood platter with all your favorite fixings (think freshly caught grouper and jumbo shrimp, served with crispy plantains, tartar sauce, and a squeeze of lime), and you’ll officially find yourself on vacation. The resort’s world-class yacht marina is the largest on the island—it can accommodate vessels up to 160-feet long—and offers fuel service, cable hook-up, and wireless Internet access at every slip. Speaking of marine pastimes: The waters around the resort swell with tuna, marlin, and wahoo, drawing both novice anglers and pro-fisherman alike.”

Valentines Residences, Resort & Marina is also proud to announce that we are the recipient of Luxury Travel Guide’s 2017 Luxury Island Resort of the Year!

The Luxury Travel Awards recognize and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry. The Luxury Travel Guide’s team of experts have scoured the globe and travelled extensively in order to identify everything from the very best hotels, airlines and tour operators through to highlighting the most reputable transfer service companies.

We would like to thank all of our guests who’s consistently good ratings and on various online sources and direct nominations that put us in position for these and other prestigious awards.

To find out more about our award-winning resort, visit http://www.valentinesresort.com, call 1 (866) 389-6864 or email
sales@valentinesresort.com.

ds-profileIt’s December and we are about to embark on another journey toward a Valentines Residences Resort and Marina and Harbour Island festive and high season.  Valentines managers and team members have been working “assiduously” (one of our PM’s favorite words) getting ready to provide our guests (YOU) with our world famous Five Star Rock Star Service; a little bit of hyperbole but I am sure the Queen would agree that, “WE WILL, WE WILL, ROCK YOU!”

So what have we done so far? Well……..lots of strategic marketing of the resort, tons of beautiful landscaping, a new chef hailing from Austria, a new and exciting menu, a new upscale gym, a stylishly revamped coffee shop with a fabulous deck and harbour view, lots of electrical work on the dock, and a great deal of training of our Five Star Service Team Members.  We have also added 10% or so to our staffing level to ensure YOU are being served as you should be. By the way, Valentines has just experienced a run of 15 Five Star online reviews in a row! And, not the first time.

Now for the accolades; in the past two months in addition to many previous awards, Valentines has been recognized by Conde’ Nast Travelers – Readers’ Choice Awards 2016, as a top 20 hotel in the Bermuda, Turks & Caicos, and Bahamas region; we have also been nominated as the Best Boutique hotel in the Caribbean by Caribbean Journal magazine. Winning is fun!

Notables; on December 1st, I was reelected to a fourth term as President of the Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board, and on December 2nd, I was elected Senior Vice President of the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association. It’s an honor to serve both of these fine and important organizations. Valentines has benefitted greatly as a member of each. Thank you again for supporting and visiting Valentines, have a great 2017. We look forward to seeing you this next year and “We’ll keep the light on for you!”

Dean Spychalla

President, Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board
Senior Vice President, Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association
Managing Director, Valentines Residences Resort and Marina

Harbour Island, Bahamas
Bahamas: (242) 333-2142
US: (954) 284-8694
Email:
Dean@valentinesresort.com <mailto:Dean@valentinesresort.com>
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