Celebrate the New Year in paradise with Valentines Residences Resort and Marina on Harbour Island in The Bahamas. To usher in 2018, the award-winning resort will be partnering with The Bahamas’ premier entertainment company, Reckless Pirates, to host a “Cultural Invasion” featuring a variety of events throughout the holiday weekend.
The celebration will kick-off Friday, December 29th with a fashion show by Calico Trading Co. from 5 pm-7 pm. A “Reckless Pirates’ Happy Hour and Glow Party” will take place immediately after at 7 pm and will feature live entertainment, games, drink specials and more. The festivities will continue Saturday, December 30th from 5 pm – 8 pm with a “Reckless Pirates Cultural Show” throughout the property, which will include a Junkanoo Rush Out, Reckless Pirates costume launch, live entertainment as well as fire and limbo dancing. On Sunday, December 31st, guests of all ages are invited to participate in a Family Treasure Hunt Party for cash prizes and giveaways. Entrance Fee will be $5 for adults and $3 for children.
On New Year’s Eve night, Valentines will host a “New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner” onsite at The Boathouse restaurant. Beginning at 6 pm, the dinner will offer a Prix Fixe menu featuring a delectable five-course meal and bottle of champagne for two. After dinner, guests will be treated to entertainment provided by The Bahamas’ very own Patrice Murrell from Nassau and fireworks at midnight. Dinner is $250 per person, plus 15% gratuity and 12% VAT.
Capping off the celebration on New Year’s Day will be a “Pirates’ Junkanoo Rush” Event, featuring a Pirates Fun Rush Junkanoo from 4-6 pm, and a Pre-Pirates New Year’s Rush Party at 6 pm with a portion of all proceeds to benefit the local and Government clean-up program and HIAS.
The events are open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. To make a reservation for the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, please call 242-333-2142.
ABOUT VALENTINES RESIDENCES RESORT & MARINA
Named best Small Hotel in the Caribbean by Caribbean Journal, Valentines award winning resort is the finest Residence Resort on Harbour Island and well-known for its warm ambiance, spacious accommodations averaging 1000 SF many with full kitchens, a 51-slip full-service sport fishing and yacht marina, and the Island’s famous pink sand beach. To learn more visit http://www.valentinesresort.com or friend them on Facebook. For reservations call (866) 389-6864 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unlike some of its sister islands in the Bahamas, Eleuthera’s lure is its simplicity. There is no big business or contrived attractions. The absence of mini-golf, however, does not mean that there is nothing to do with kids in Eleuthera. There is plenty of adventure on this 100-mile long island…from snorkeling with gorgeous schools of fish to jumping into the 600-foot deep landlocked “Ocean Hole.” Here are some of the top things to do in Eleuthera with kids.
Valentines Resort & Marina on Harbour Island is offering a Family Focus Special Offer with any 3 night minimum stay through December 15, 2013.
Go to https://blog.valentinesresort.com/bahamas-vacation-packages.php for more information and reservations.
By Sherice Major
Although there are 30 more days until the summer season officially kicks off, we’ve already started our summer adventures. Over the weekend, we packed up and sped off into the sunset to Harbour Island, The Bahamas to escape the hustle & bustle of city living in exchange for the deliciousness of the island life.
Briland,’ as it is affectionately called is located three hours away from the capital Nassau [via boat], and is one of the [not so] best kept secrets in The Caribbean! For centuries, the island has attracted the rich & famous, who, in their pursuit of all things major, found one of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, the most enchanting architectural structures, the most hospitable islanders, and the most palatable plates this side of town.
Central to Harbour Island is Dunmore Town. This quaint and friendly community features old Victorian structures adorned with Bahamian colorful pastel paint schemes. No high rise hotels, fast food or traffic jams on this island!
For such a small place, Harbour Island has more than its fair share of sweet boutiques where you can find one-of-a-kind fashion and keepsakes.
All ages love the Dilly Dally, located at the main intersection in town, for Bahamamian straw goods, “briland” tees, postcards, and jewelry and ornaments crafted from pink conch shells. (In other words, the irresistible trinkets you buy on holiday and start questioning on the plane ride home.)
India Hicks’ Sugar Mill is the glamorous source for caftans, European finds, and beach gear. Here you will find an eclectic mix of treasures found from India’s travels around the world, everything from a $1,000 embellished evening kaftan to a child’s bucket and spade. The Sugar Mill also is the flagship store for India Hicks Fine Jewelry. At the Blue Rooster on King Street, you’ll find gorgeous sundresses, scarves, and unique sandals.
At the top of Gustie’s Hill you will come across The Sand Dollar Shop. Here you can find many locally made treasures including little bottles of pink sand, which Harbour Island’s beaches are renowned for. You might want to take one home to prove pink sand really does exist.
Even a trip to mini-supermarket The Piggly Wiggly is good fun, just to see what came in on the boat from the mainland that day.
Just like its surrounding islands, Harbour Island, Bahamas is a great place to engage in all sorts of water activities, such as fishing, snorkeling, diving, and horseback riding along the beach. If you wish to dive, The Plateau and The Arch, two magnificent coral formations, are must-sees.
Martin “Horseman” Saunders – Horseback riding is done on the Pink Sands Beach only. There are five friendly brown and white horses that eat right out of the palms of your hand.
Byron Bullard Horseback Riding
Community Park & Ball Field – This is the community playground where the schools hold their sports meets, the churches have crusades/revivals, community fairs and other fund-raising events, and other locals play a game of football or soccer.
Lil Shan’s Watersports – Captain Devon “Lil Shan” Stuart offers a number of water sports and equipment rentals, including the following; Jet Ski Rental, Boat Rental/Charters, Kayak Rental, Windsurf/Sunfish Rentals, Wakeboarding/Waterskiing, and Kneeboarding/Tubing.
Harbour Island’s weather is delightful; especially during late Winter and Spring when there is little chance of rain. Ocean breezes take any edge off of moderately warm temperatures ranging from the 70s to 80s during the day and late 60s at night, so always a good time to come and try out these adventures.
While visiting Eleuthera, Bahamas, I decided one day to take the ferry over to Harbour Island. It is a beautiful place and while wandering around, I stumbled upon what is called by the locals, The Haunted House. It was a grand old building and it made me sad to see such majesty gone to ruin. I had to take out my camera and get pictures!
Struck by the beauty of the place, I immediately set about researching it when I got home. Unfortunately, there was not much history to be found. What I did find was that the mansion was built in the Stewart style during the 1940s by a wealthy family (name unknown) who came over with servants to live a life of luxury on the island. Shortly after, the owner either left for medical tests, or the couple had an argument (depending on which story you believe) and the house was left just as it was, with the table set for dinner. Everyone inside the home just vanished.
And there the house sat, stuck in time, until the 1960s when a Greek shipping magnate bought it for one million dollars as a wedding gift for his new wife. The legend goes that she spent exactly a half an hour in it before she came screaming out, convinced there were ghosts and demons inside. The couple left and never returned.
During the 1970s, the locals decided to take over the property and used it for Halloween and New Year’s Eve parties. However, the 80s brought a fire and looters, leaving the house once again, to decay.
Recently, the property has been given a new life as a wedding spot for locals and travelers worldwide. It is lit up with a thousand candles and couples can say their vows at midnight in the eerie ruins.
I did not experience any type of supernatural feeling while I was visiting the haunted house on Harbour Island. What I did experience was a sense of wonder at the beauty surrounding me. I am always amazed at the contrast of beautiful places falling to ruin.
If you ever find yourself on Harbour Island, put the Haunted House on your list of places to see!
Article by Stephanie Stebbins