Valentines Residences, Resort & Marina

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With its famous pink sand beach, world-class dining, and shopping, Harbour Island has long been a favorite stop among yachters. Valentines Residences Resort and Marina, the largest marina complex on Harbour Island in The Bahamas, has 51 transient slips, 33 of which are over 80’ with 7’ draft. Several slips have a 9’ draft and the marina has accommodated vessels up to 204’.  The full-service marina offers diesel fuel service, full electric, unlimited fresh RO Water, wireless internet access, and nighttime security. Additional amenities include an upscale 41 room luxury resort, Valentines Dive Center, Dermalogica Skin Center and Spa, Cocoa Coffee Shop, Calico’s Retail Shop, a well-equipped fitness center, state of the art conference boardroom, and both indoor and outdoor dining at The Rooster Tail Bar and The Boathouse Restaurant.

Valentines Marina has recently completed several updates to their state-of-the-art facility including a newly installed marina relay protection switch which ensures a stable supply of electricity guest’s boats.  Valentines came through Hurricanes Irma and Maria with no damage and its marina is fully operational and ready to receive guests, boats and super yachts for the winter yachting season.

Valentines is the Winner of The Best Marina in The Bahamas from the World Travel Awards and a proud member of the Association of Bahamas Marinas. Those interested in making a reservation should call 1 (866) 389-6864 or email reservations@valentinesresort.com or visit www.valentinesresort.com for more information.

While many of you remember the great times from past visits, those of us at Valentines Resort and Marina have continued our efforts towards ongoing improvements to make your future stays even more pleasurable.

  1. Everyone loves the world famous Pink Sand Beach, just a short walk from Valentines. Now you can enjoy the newly updated boardwalk making beach access easier than ever before. Experience the romance of the sea with a stroll along the turquoise waters and pink sands!
  2. Valentines Marina has been the welcoming docking site for many sportfishing vessels, yachts and smaller boats for Bahamians getting away for a boat cruising weekend. Capable of handling yachts up to 180 feet Valentines Marina is ready for superyachts and their crews.
  3. The Valentines Pool Plaza is one of the most photographed spots ranging from poolside shots of their families to the iconic overview from the 2nd floor suites. The plaza is also available for hosting special events and parties.
  4. The fitness minded haven’t stopped bragging about the newly renovated Valentines Fitness Center. Indulge in a little cardio or fitness workout with the latest technology with our new equipment and free weights.
  5. Make your next conference one they will talk about all year at the new Valentines Conference Center, opening in December 2017. Now you can mix business with pleasure and share the experience with your loved one with a resort suite and all of the amenities of the resort and Village!
  6. The Valentines Dive Center and proprietor George Gross offer incredible scuba and snorkeling experiences. You can visit some amazing Harbour Island underwater sites and event take PADI training courses. Visit the Valentines Dive Center Website for more details.
  7. Want to add a little island spice to your wardrobe? Visit the Village and Calico Trading Company for high end, international, name brands of swimwear, resort wear for Men, Ladies, and Children, plus beach cover-ups, sandals, handbags, and so much more.
  8. Give yourself a little extra special treatment at the Dermalogica Spa located in the Village, where you can pamper yourself with a massage or a variety of skin treatments and products. Sometimes you just need to say “yes” to yourself!
  9. Starbucks in Paradise…that’s what guests say about the Cocoa Coffee House. Wake up to your favorite morning brew and breakfast treat. Brewed, baked or freshly made, that’s what makes the Cocoa Coffee House so special!
  10. The newest addition to the Village is the Fresh Picks Market, home to seasonal vendors bringing guests the best fruits, vegetables, baked goods and more right for sale right here at Valentines. Provision your room or yacht with the best in The Bahamas!
  11. It’s food and beverage time! Valentines’ own The Boathouse Restaurant and The Rooster Tail Bar offer the best in local dining with an international flair. Stop by for a crafted tropical drink or cold brew and enjoy the best sunset view on the island!
  12. Valentines Marina for two consecutive years became the landing point for the Reckless Pirates annual event. This popular event will now be taking place right here on the docks and boardwalk through the Village at the quarterly event. Now you can enjoy it four times a year!

Valentines Resort and Marina and the Village have taken vacationing to a new level on Harbour Island by enhancing what everyone enjoyed before with even newer, great things. We always said “There is something at Valentines for everyone!”, now we have added even more.

Bring yourselves, families, romance or business groups for an experience they will never forget! Visit us at Valentines Resort and Marina Website for all of the details. For more information or reservations call (866) 389-6864 or email reservations@valentinesresort.com.

Valentines Village

Valentines Village

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

Harbour Island Bahamas Off Season Hours

posted by on September 18th, 2017

As with many destinations in The Bahamas and the Caribbean, Harbour Island slows down in the months of September and October. (But Valentines Resort is open ALL YEAR LONG!). We created this helpful chart on which businesses are open and which are closed during these months. Even though not all businesses are open, this is still a wonderful time of year to visit – beautiful weather (normally) and quiet, unspoiled beaches. Check out our website and come see us https://www.valentinesresort.com!
Harbour Island Bahamas Off Season

Closing re opening dates of Harbour Island

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!

Trip AcvisorValentines is proud to announce the award of TripAdvisor’s 2017 Certificate of Excellence. One of many accolades we have received for 2016/17, this award is completely based on past guest experiences and is a reflection on all aspects of the resort including facility care and quality, quality of staff interactions and quality of the guest’s experience.

 

We thought we’d share TripAdvisor’s criteria for the award:

What is the Certificate of Excellence?

Founded in 2010, the Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service. This designation is given to establishments that have consistently achieved great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Establishments earning the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and have continually delivered superior customer experience.

Who is eligible to receive a Certificate of Excellence?

Accommodations, eateries, airlines, vacation rentals and attractions worldwide are eligible to receive a Certificate of Excellence.

How are Certificate of Excellence recipients determined?

To determine Certificate of Excellence recipients we use a variety of user-generated content. This includes review ratings, overall rating and quantity and recency of reviews. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, a hospitality business must:

  • Maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five
  • Have a minimum number of reviews
  • Have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least twelve months

Learn more about Valentines Residences Resort and Marina on http://www.valentinesresort.com and call (866) 389-6864 for reservations.

Final Pirates Details

Modern-day Bahamian Pirates are coming to Harbour Island June 30 – July 1, 2017. These are not plunderers of ships laden with gold, silver, weapons, rum or other valuables – they come with good intentions and lots of fun!

The weekend-long event kicks off on Friday, June 30th at Valentines Resort & Marina with the Crow’s Nest Mix Mingle Happy Hour.

  • Time: 6pm – 10pm
  • Featured Cuban Cigar Roller @ $35 per cigar (pre-orders are recommended, due to high demand starting at 5:30pm with any of our Reckless Pirates Models)
  • Featured Drinks: Pirates Punch, Gully Wash, and Walk the Plank shots
  • Featured Appetizers: Conch fritters & conch bites
  • Merchandise sales: Reckless Slippers, T-shirts, Mugs, Hats, and more
  • Lots of Prizes and Surprises
  • Enjoy the sounds of DJ: Jamal Johnson & Reckless DJ’s Rev & Pressure
  • Take part in the Walk the Plank shots contest
  • 8pm Fashion Design and Model Show featuring Shelly Monique’s resort wear
  • 8:30pm Featured Fire Dance Show
  • 9pm Fashion Show featuring Jay-Jay Percentie “Prince of Dunmore” Summer 2017
  • 9:30pm Bahamian Dance contest
  • 10pm Mini-Junkanoo Rush-out with guest participation welcomed – starting at

During the evening, there will be ticket sales for Reckless on the Road with ID band for Saturdays Carnival March @ $35 per person.

Saturday, July 1st is the Reckless Pirates Carnival Road March and Street Party. The parade route will take the party from Valentines Resort south onto South Street, proceeding on Dunmore Street to Duke Street and back around on Bay Street to end back at Valentines.

Along the route

  • Walk the Plank “shots”, Gin & Coconut water, Pirates Rum Punch, water
  • Rum soaked fruit slices
  • DJ Music Jamal Johnson (local), DJ Rev (Reckless) & DJ Pressure
  • 4 stops at local establishments
  • Light music, Kids corner, live grill while supplies last

After Party – Grill & Chill from 3pm to 6pm at the pool deck at Valentines Resort.

The Reckless Pirates Carnival Band was formed in 2016 by businessmen Obie Roberts and Paul Farquharson Jr. Reckless Pirates seeks to inform, educate and entertain Bahamians and our many foreign visitors on our beautiful, rich 300 year history of piracy in the Bahamas.

For more information about this event call 242-448-4904 or email recklesspirates242@gmail.com; or contact Valentines Resort on 866-389-686.

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.

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