Valentines Residences, Resort & Marina

Harbour Island, Bahamas

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IMG_0581Pre-book your Valentine’s Resort and Marina air/ferry inclusive vacation for 4 consecutive nights or longer (single or double occupancy) and get an instant $250 credit on your resort accommodations bill. To take advantage of this great deal, book by November 17, 2017 and travel by June 30, 2017 (some black-out dates apply).

This offer is available for a limited time so be sure to contact a Valentine’s representative early at 1-866-389-6864, or email sales@valentinesresort.com, for the best available air service and accommodations. For more information and availability visit the Valentine’s Special Offers page.

hi-rooster-w-ball-beachGuests arriving this week in Harbour Island are amazed at how well and quickly the island’s people and businesses have recovered from the impact of Hurricane Matthew.   We can thank all of the islanders that have worked long hours to clean up and do the minor repairs to the island once the storm had ended.

We all are extremely grateful for the blessings, prayers and good wishes from all of you before, during and after the storm, which fortunately for us turned westerly sparing us from the most destructive part of the staff.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our other Bahamas brothers and sisters in Andros and Grand Bahama Island who were the unfortunate recipients of Matthews wrath.

beachWhile for some the season at Valentine’s may be over, it will just be starting for others. With the holiday season approaching, many guests look to escape the cold and inclement weather of North America and Europe.

The bustling marina is calm and remains one of the best places to view and photograph sunsets on Harbour Island. If you get to The Boathouse early you might even get a view from the now famous window view from the restaurant. If you are a yacht enthusiast we will start welcoming the mega yachts who are departing the Mediterranean for the winter homes in Harbour Island and The Bahamas.

Most guests, however, come seeking the famous peace and pink sands that Harbour Island has to offer, and lucky for you we offer both year ‘round. Plus you can enjoy all the scenic spots that Harbour Island is known for like the Glass Window Bridge, the Lone Tree, the underwater world provided by the Valentine’s Dive Center as well as all of the local charm of Dunmore Town.

Valentine’s Resort and Marina is family friendly making it the perfect place to spend your winter holidays and vacations. Come and see why Harbour Island is the home of the happiest people and add a little something special to yours!

Visit http://www.valentinesresort.com to learn more about our resort and our beautiful location.

VRM wedding couple

 

Congratulations to Lauren Heximer & Nathan Medeiros of Hamilton, Ontario who are the lucky winners of the Harbour Island honeymoon stay at Valentine’s Resort and Marina. Sixteen couples/contest winners are staying at 16 different wedding destinations with simultaneous wedding ceremonies on November 16, 2016.

 

 

Here’s the full story:

GLOBE NEWSWIRE (Aug. 23, 2016) — The countdown is on as sixteen (16) couples eagerly wait for their wedding day in paradise. With The Bahamas 16 Weddings three months away, couples are in the final stages of planning and finalizing the details of their special day.

The blissful Canadian couples will be a part of sixteen weddings in various locations all transpiring simultaneously with one thing in common, their love. The weddings will take place on the alluring islands of Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Harbour Island, Grand Bahama, Long Island, Nassau and Paradise Island.

The Bahamas 16 Weddings Invitation competition asked engaged couples to submit creative photos or videos that enhanced a theme wedding, designated by the Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism, by creatively incorporating something from a selected Bahamas island into their wedding.

The submissions were required to be supplemented with a brief story of their love and their reasons for wanting to marry in The Bahamas. The most creative entries were short-listed by the consumers by voting on social media and bahamas16weddings.com. The contest officially closed on June 10, 2016.

The 16 lucky couples that will exchange vows on November 16th in The Bahamas are:

  1. Lauren Heximer & Nathan Medeiros of Hamilton, Ontario – Harbour Island
    2. Agnes Meldrum and Travis Matubis of Blackfalds, Alberta, Exuma
    3. Krista Coward & Christophe McMahon of Mitchell, Ontario – Andros
    4. Jessyca Sylvestre & Jason Danyluk of Windsor, Ontario – Grand Bahama Island
    5. Nicole Vogel & Michael D’Aoust of Sherwood, Alberta – Abaco
    6. Kristen Cormier & Adam Morris of Burlington, Ontario – Grand Bahama Island
    7. Alycia Park & Ryan Yaremko of Stoney Creek, Ontario – Cat Island
    8. Dawn Saunders & Darryl Flowers of Pickering, Ontario – Eleuthera
    9. Katrine Martyn & Curtis Streeter of Pickering, Ontario – Nassau
    10. Tiffany Jones & Nabil Badre of Edmonton, Alberta – Abaco
    11. Debbie Thompson & Jason Carrington of Toronto, Ontario – Nassau
    12. Lana Newell & Mark Voisin of Bedford, Nova Scotia – Exuma
    13. Tara Noone & Mike Sylvester from Kitchener, Ontario – Long Island
    14. Megan Cull & Curtis McDonald of Cochrane, Alberta – Grand Bahama Island
    15. Olivia Muc & Robert Surgeoner of Winnipeg, Manitoba – Bimini
    16. Dayna Sawatzky & Tyler Pugh of Edmonton, Alberta – Paradise Island

Each couple will receive round-trip airfare to The Bahamas, hotel accommodations, meals, a wedding ceremony, cake, flowers, champagne, rehearsal dinner, a small reception, a videographer and a personal wedding coordinator to assist with planning their wedding.

For more information on hosting a wedding at Valentines Resort, visit http://www.valentinesresort.com/resort/weddings or call 1.866.389.6864.

 

Paul Leitzan, nephew of Dean Spychalla

Paul Leitzan, nephew of Dean Spychalla

Each year Valentine’s Residences Resort and Marina, Harbour Island, Bahamas, participates in the biggest air show and display in the US, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Venture 2016 promoting small aircraft fly-ins to Eleuthera and luxury vacations at Valentine’s Resort. Valentine’s offers a variety of group events making it the perfect escape for private pilots flying solo or in groups of any size.

Dean Spychalla, Director at Valentine’s Resort, shared this interesting story about the resort’s connection with this great event:

My nephews Paul, Ernie, and Alex are all current and former Navy Aviators/Pilots. My dad was a pilot. My nephew’s grandfather was a Navy Intelligence Officer. My daughter Illiana, Director of Sales at Valentine’s Resort was on hand with her cousins to meet Paul when he landed his F-18 Hornet Growler at the air show.

Air Venture at Oshkosh, Wisconsin is the busiest airport in the world. Illiana was at the airshow representing Valentine’s Residences Resort and Marina. Pilots tend to have big boats…

Private pilots can read more about our flying into Eleuthera and our Private Pilot’s special resort deal at Valentine’s Residences Resort & Marina.

Crab Racing at Valentines!

posted by on July 20th, 2016

Racers getting their crabs ready for the upcoming event!

Racers getting their crabs ready for the upcoming event!

This past 4th of July weekend Valentines Residences Resort and Marina featured a family favorite event, Crab Racing! This was a one-time event to celebrate the holiday but there is no reason the family or group can’t enjoy a little “Crabby” fun anytime.

Crab racing is a fun and safe activity, even for the crabs, which simply remain in their shells until it’s their turn for the big event. Crab racing can be set up wherever there is a beach and people wanting to have a little family or adult fun! Here’s how you can do your own crab-racing event:

Take the whole family, group or just the two of you down to the beach and hunt for the local participants. Crab species can vary but Soldier and Hermit crabs are the most popular and easiest to handle. Be gentle when trapping them, they are much more delicate than they look. They don’t survive being dropped very well and make sure you find enough variety to identify your particular racer.

Some racing groups actually have competition fields that consist of a square piece of plywood with the range circles painted on it. Island style can be as simple as drawing the circle in the sand with a stick. Once you have set up your racetrack the race can begin.

To start, place all the crabs under a bowl to contain them until you are ready to start the race. Then lift the bowl and they will begin to move about while you cheer and coach your racing crab. The first one that crosses the designated finish line wins!

When the race day and the celebration is over, return the crabs to the area where you found them and never keep them overnight for future races. They need to be kept in their natural environment to survive.

Just add this little activity to the long list of activities available at Valentine’s Residences Resort and Marina and on Harbour Island.

vrm menuSo many guests and island locals have enjoyed the Valentine’s theme events we decided to add the 4th of July weekend to our calendar of fun. The fun begins on Friday, July 1st with live music by The 123 Band playing from 7 pm – 10 pm.

Saturday’s July 2nd poolside party begins as 2:00 pm and runs through 5 pm with the Soldier Crab races for contestants 7 yrs and up. There will also be the usual pool fun for all to enjoy.

Sunday, July 3rd is Slider Specials night plus we’ll be lighting up the place with fireworks starting at 9:30. Bring your appetite for food and fun!

TA COE 2016

Harbour Island, Eleuthera, The Bahamas – May 25, 2016 Valentine’s Residences Resort and Marina announced today that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“We are very proud of our entire team here at Valentine’s Residences Resort and Marina. Each and every one of our employees goes above and beyond to ensure that every hotel and marina guest has the best travel experience possible,” Dean Spychalla, Managing Director, Valentine’s Residences Resort and Marina.

Valentine’s Residences Resort and Marina reviews can be seen on Tripadvisor here: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g148423-d658644-Reviews-Valentines_Resort_and_Marina-Harbour_Island_Out_Islands_Bahamas.html.

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Valentines Residences, Resort & Marina is an upscale Harbour Island resort that attracts those with taste and a love for life from all over the world. Boat and yacht owners, families with a flair for the finer things, and adventurous souls all find their way to Valentine’s. No matter your age or stage in life, you and your companions will love our powder-soft beaches—tinted pink by the crushed shells of microscopic marine animals. There’s plenty to do to keep you as busy as you’d like or as blissfully laid back as you want.

For more information or reservations please call 1-866-389-6864, email sales@valentinesresort.com or visit http://www.valentinesresort.com.

 

VRM LTG award image

The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of travel and tourism achievement, championing the best in their respective fields. Valentine’s Residences Resort and Marina’s receiving and bringing this prestigious award to Harbour Island is an achievement the staff are extremely proud of.

Luxury Travel Guide Awards pay tribute to and commend all those who have excelled in the industry with strong competition in every category. Over half a million people will see Valentine’s featured in the Luxury Travel Guides Awards Winner’s Guide.

Congratulations to Dean Spychalla, Managing Director of Valentine’s Residences Resort and Marina and all of his incredible staff, for winning this prestigious award!

In the spirit of providing new and entertaining events, Valentine’s Residences Resort and Marina is hosting a Kentucky Derby Race Day party. Enjoy the beach, relax at the pool or join in for some group fun!   Pre-race broadcast starts at 4:00 PM EST but our celebration starts at 10:00 am so plan your day accordingly to maximize the fun.

Here’s the Valentine’s line-up for the Saturday May 7th, 2016 race day:

Prize Giveaways

Mint Juleps $9 All Day!

Special Race Menu Starting @ 10am Featuring:
Nyquist Shrimp & Grits $20
Gun Runner Chicken & Waffles $15
Lani Pork Sliders $15
Destin Chicken Salad Sandwich $14

Dessert
Mor Spirit Cheesecake $9

We’ll all be watching and cheering at this year’s Kentucky Derby Day event at Valentine’s. Come watch with us, we’re going to have a real good time! Big, festive Kentucky derby hats encouraged.

Kentucky Derby at Harbour Island

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