Escape to The Cove, one of the best kept secrets of the Bahamas.
Nestled between two white sand coves on the secluded island of Eleuthera, The Cove is a place unlike any other. And if you didn’t know it was there, you might pass right by it. Just beyond the narrowest point on earth, this off-the-beaten-path hideaway makes you may feel like you’ve washed ashore on your own private Caribbean island.
The Cove, Eleuthera is an intimate resort built on happiness that instantly transports you to a simpler way of life. A place where the vibrant locals make your heart smile and welcome you like family.
The Cove features two private white sand beaches, Spa Suites, a fitness center, oceanfront dining and an open-air sunset bar inspired by the island’s aquatic bounty. From snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking to more relaxed pursuits, such as lounging by the hilltop infinity pool, guests have a bevy of options at their fingertips.
Meet Our Resort Hosts
You will be warmly welcomed in true Bahamian style by our talented team. During your stay, you will cross paths with each and every one of them, feeling like family by the time you depart Eleuthera.
A native South African, Managing Director Jason Trollip has an affinity for travel and hospitality. Prior to The Cove, Jason managed Nihi Hotels & Resorts on Sumba Island, Indonesia, where he led the team to being named “#1 Best Hotel in the World” in 2016 and 2017 by Travel + Leisure. From 2003 to 2016, he oversaw three of Singita’s African Safari properties. Trollip speaks several languages including East African Swahili, Indonesian Bahasa and Afrikaans. On a community engagement level, he has dedicated himself to being a leader in the areas of conservation, sustainability and community development programs.
Having been part of The Cove Eleuthera since the resort’s initial opening, Shungrea Kelly now serves as Bar Supervisor for the property, bringing her culinary skills and experience in restaurant hospitality to her role as a loyal Cove team member. Originally from the Bahamas, Shungrea gained experience working behind the bar, serving cocktails, and waiting on customers at local Bahamian restaurants and hotels including Rainbow Inn and Da Spot.
One of the initial team members of The Cove Eleuthera, Shameka Harris now serves as Front Desk Manager for the resort. Bringing over a decade of hospitality experience to her role, Shameka has worked in the Rooms Division at The Cove since 2012. During her time on property, Shameka has received recognition as Manager of the Year and Department of the Year in 2019 for her exceptional skills in customer service and dedication to guest services.
Chotika returns to The Cove Eleuthera serving as Spa Manager, where she previously worked as a spa therapist and yoga instructor from 2019-2020. She brings a plethora of hospitality experience to her position, having worked as a spa therapist and supervisor at luxury hotels throughout Thailand including Ana Aanan Resort, Hilton Pattaya, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Aisawan Resort & Spa, as well as Six Senses Spa at MGM Grand Macau in China.
Chef Aadam Coetzee
Serving as Executive Chef at The Cove Eleuthera since 2018, Aadam Coetzee brings 20+ years of culinary expertise and industry knowledge to his position, specializing in fine dining and crafting modern, global menus that utilize fresh, organic produce. Previously, Chef Aadam worked as Executive Chef at the five-star, Relais & Châteaux Kurland Hotel as well as the Five Flies Restaurant in Cape Town, South Africa, where he was born and raised. In addition, Chef Aadam also served as Chef de Parties at the world-famous Royale Mirage in Dubai where he trained with celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay.
Located 50 miles east of Nassau, the island of Eleuthera is little known to the rest of the world.
Yet, this undiscovered paradise has it all. The island boasts impeccable beaches, picturesque sunsets, breathtaking views and undisturbed wildlife, all contributing factors in being named the “Best Secret Island on Earth” by Travel + Leisure. Despite all that it has to offer, Eleuthera is only about 1 mile wide and 110 miles long.
Eleuthera was first inhabited in the 1500’s by the Lucayan Indians, who called the island Segatoo. After the Lucayan population came the Spanish explorers. The island was then uninhabited until 1648, when it was settled by a group of Puritan adventurers in search of religious freedom. They aptly renamed the island Eleutheria, which is Greek for freedom, and eventually changed to Eleuthera, meaning free. They settled the island after their shipwrecked on the reef, the Devil’s Backbone, located at the very northern tip of the island, and took refuge in the now well-known, Preacher’s Cave. Their settlement was the first in the Bahamas, thus making Eleuthera the original birthplace of the country.
Home to the annual Pineapple Festival, Eleuthera has been celebrating the tradition of pineapple farming since 1988, honoring pineapple farmers for their commitment to their community. This event takes place in the heart of Gregory Town, where the pineapple is most abundant.
The celebration usually takes place in the beginning of June and includes many pineapple themed activities, including a pineapple cooking contest, 40-mile pineapple cycling classic and the Little Miss Pineapple Pageant.
The topography of the island varies from wide open sand beaches to large outcrops of coral reefs. The eastern side of the island faces the Atlantic Ocean, while the western side faces the Caribbean Sea, one of the two Bahama Banks. No matter where you are sightseeing on the island, you are sure to be surrounded by breathtaking views.