For a truly Slim Aarons chic getaway, there is nowhere quite as romantic or nostalgic than Bahamian luxury boutique hotel, the Dunmore. As a Harbour Island photographer, spending one week at the Dunmore every winter is an absolute dream getaway (see my full travel guide here).
My perfect day at the Dunmore begins with watching the sun rise over the pink sand beach. Depending on my mood, I may go on a long walk down the powdery sand or spend a few minutes practicing yoga or meditating to the sound of the waves lapping against the shore. We have been fortunate to experience sunrises over Greece’s Aegean sea, India’s Lake Picchola, and Thailand’s Andaman Sea, and watching the colors change from inky blue to lavender to rosy blush on Harbour Island is truly one of my favorite experiences in life.
After, I’ll grab my husband and together we’ll explore the island with our golf cart, grabbing breakfast at the Ocean View Club, the Landing (order the ricotta honeycomb pancakes, please!), or Cocoa Coffee Roasters. We love driving down the beautiful Bay Street and admiring the charming historic gingerbread-style cottages on the island.
Island life is all about balance, so we’ll work off our breakfast with a few games of pickle ball (my new favorite sport!) at the Dunmore before slipping into our suits and setting up shop on the beach. On any given day, you can most likely find us swimming in the sea or sipping a cocktail under an umbrella. If we want to take a day trip, we might charter a boat to the Other Side where we have spent many a magical day on their private beach.
For a late lunch, there’s simply nowhere better than the Dunmore Club House. The interior is as Instagrammable as they come and the people watching is top-notch (we’ve seen quite a few celebrities, but, here at Molly Carr Photography we don’t name names!) Order the poke bowl—you won’t be disappointed! After, it’s back down to the beach to enjoy the last few hours of sunshine.
One of my favorite things about staying at the Dunmore is that, while it’s decidedly relaxed, guests in general opt to really embrace island chic and get dressed up for glamorous evenings. For me, it’s all about flowy gowns, platforms, and easy hair and makeup. We’ll grab a cocktail in the Club House before heading to dinner—most likely either at the Landing (the Shrimp ravioli is my favorite dish on the island) or at the Dunmore. Finish the evening with a nightcap under the stars and soak up the magic and beauty that is this truly one of a kind island.
Photos by Harbour Island photographer Molly Carr