Style I Love: Relaxed, Bahamian Luxury
If I had to use two words to describe what I look for when I travel it's - relaxed luxury. And boutique hotels have clearly caught on. We spent a few days in Harbor Island, Bahamas this May and the island, the people...the hotels...were all charmers. We didn't stay in all of these places (I can only wish!!), but their design was just too good not to share. Near the beach or not, this look doesn't require an ocean nearby to use some of the key elements in your own home for that relaxed and luxurious feel.
Ocean View Club
The first hotel inspiring this look is a small, family owned spot called the Ocean View Club. What I loved most about this hotel besides its breath-taking ocean views as its name suggest, is its casual and sassy attitude.
They say it best - our approach is ...an obstacle course of napping dogs and cats; as one navigates past the honor bar to layers of unfolding terraces that lead down to the infamous pink sands beach...and the ocean view... (Ocean View Club).
The Other Side
The Other Side is a sister hotel to the Ocean Ciew Club on the nearby island of Eleuthera. Taking 'relaxed' to a whole new level, this spot is best described as "glamping" with open air tent-like rooms that don't slack on style.
Back on Harbour Island, The Landing, is a boutique hotel inspired by interior designer India Hicks that mixes plantation and colonial style.
Across all of these spots 4 poster canopy beds are a staple to the rooms, and an easy way to bring this style into your own home. Mix with some geometric pillows or rugs for a punch of color and funk.
The next spot on the island to share it The Dunmore. Another beach front hotel that take relaxed luxury up a notch, enter glam. These rooms add parsons desks and oversized hollywood glam photography to island style. A staple to bring to your own home? Rattan!
What makes the look feel so fun and versatile to me are the colonial influences. All of the hotel's style feel classic but with some island funk that can read as eclectic outside of a coastal town. I'm partial to the Ocean View Club's style (and their ginger margaritas :))
Which one is your favorite?
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