Listen up, Procrastinators: NOW is the time to book your holiday vacay. The premium spots are going fast. In case you haven’t yet given it a thought–might I recommend Eleuthera, on Governors Island, in Bahamas. Located 200 miles southeast of Miami and 50 miles east of Nassau, Eleuthera has three airports: Governor’s Harbour (GHB) in central Eleuthera, North Eleuthera (ELH) at the north of the island and a smaller airport at Rock Sound, on the south of the island. Daily flights are offered from Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Nassau. Non-stop flights to Nassau are available from many major cities airports including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas and Toronto. From Nassau, Southern Air, Pineapple Air and Bahamas Air all fly to Eleuthera multiple times a day.
With seventy miles of beaches, Eleuthera is a paradise for beach lovers who enjoy privacy and unspoiled natural beauty. Beyond the beaches, it’s surrounded by coral reefs that offer exceptional diving and snorkeling. The island is famous for bonefishing, lobster diving, deep-sea fishing and spear-fishing. The Caribbean side of the island is usually free of surf, providing excellent conditions for sailing, windsurfing, kiteboarding and kayaking. The Atlantic side of the island offers several excellent beaches for surfing, with Surfer’s Beach and Holiday Beach being the most famous.
Here are 3 beach estates that are PERFECT for the 2013 holidays:
The two bedroom, two bathroom condos sleep up to six. Buttonwood Reserve is situated on 50 lush acres, it extends from the Caribbean Sea on the west to the Atlantic Ocean on the east. The condominiums are located on a high ridge overlooking the Caribbean. The property JUST opened in July. They have truly extraordinary ocean and sunset views, among the finest on the island. The residences are connected by a private drive to a beautiful and secluded pink-sand beach on the Atlantic. Buttonwood Reserve has access to two beaches, a small beach on the Caribbean side with calm shallow water, almost in your front yard, and a world-class, three-mile-long pink-sand beach on the Atlantic side of the property. The Atlantic side beach is accessed via a private driveway. The condominium comes with a golf cart for easy access to the Atlantic beach. If you’re not in the mood for a swim in the ocean, slip into the new resort-style pool, just steps from your condo. This beautiful landscaped pool is heated for comfortable swimming year round. Back inside, the great room of this magnificent condominium features an eight-foot sliding glass door with Caribbean views. The slider opens onto a large deck furnished for lounging or dining while watching the sun set over the Caribbean. This spacious deck extends around the corner of the building for views in every direction.
Holiday Rate: seven nights: $2,950 (add $250 per week for each additional guest)
Tir Na Nog Estate
This is a five bedroom beachfront estate on 10 secluded acres of gardens and walkways with spectacular private beach, manicured grounds surrounded by coconut palms, flowers, fruit trees and a private tennis court. Tir Na Nog is situated on the Atlantic seashore on the Banks Road, where a select number of estates overlook a beautiful pink-sand beach, only minutes from nearby restaurants and the charming village of Governor’s Harbour. For details and reservations: http://tirnanogbahamas.com/
Holiday Rate: seven nights $8,500
Lush Life House
This is truly the Grand Daddy of them all! It features 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and sleeps 27. It’s located directly on the pristine, pink sand French Leave Beach. Lush Life was the setting for the 2010 Tyler Perry/Janet Jackson film, “Why Did I Get Married Too,” which was shot on location in the house and on its beach, pool and grounds. Although completely private, Lush Life is just a five-minute beach walk from the Beach House restaurant.
For details and reservations: www.eleutheravacationrentals.net
Holiday Rate: seven nights $17,000
Which caught your eye? I’m TOTALLY obsessed with Lush Life House, but sleeps 27? I can’t even think of 27 folks that I like enough to spend the holidays with. HA! And, while I’m not ready to say definitely, don’t be surprised if you find me laying on the beaches here REAL soon!