Bahamas – Beauty on the beach

Pictured: Pink Sands beach

Bahamas - Beauty on the beach

Once a hiding place for pirate treasure and prohibition liquor, Harbour Island in the Bahamas is now a colourfully eccentric retreat where every night is a party and every day more vibrant than the last. Words by Antonia Quirke. Pictures by Aldo Rossi.

You get there on two planes and a boat. The first plane is full of brides-to-be clutching schedules with pearlesque rehearsal-dinner manicures. At Nassau, the capital and commercial centre of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, everyone disappears, connecting to Grand Cayman or Paradise Island, and you’re left to sit in the peeling domestic departure lounge (a military base during World War II) watching small, friendly lizards on the floor. There’s a reek of hot grease from the café: tender, steamed conch; pig-feet souse. No word of the afternoon flight while others leave for Congo Town and Mangrove Cay.