Have you ever wanted to get dropped off to spend the night on a gorgeous private island? That’s exactly what happened when I stayed at Sandy Toes, a beach cottage located on the otherwise undeveloped Rose Island just 30 minutes boat ride from Nassau. Though my island hopping trip around The Bahamas was filled with luxurious five-star stays with room service and butlers, Sandy Toes was my favorite.
My trip began with my stay at Sandy Toes and it set the bar high for the rest of my first trip to The Bahamas. Captain Jordan and Captain Morgan (an actual boat captain, not the captain of rum) whisked me from Paradise Island out to Rose Island, pointing out various points of interest along the way like the One & Only Resort where James Bond was filmed and various private islands owned by celebrities.
Before long we were docking at Rose Island, which was much larger than I was anticipating. The island is actually 11 miles long, but very skinny. It looks like a finger. I’d had something in my mind more like the island in the Maldives we stayed on which took running seven laps around just to go one mile.
“There’s not any critters like Indonesia’s Komodo Dragons, are there?” I joked to Captains Jordan and Morgan.
“No,” Captain Morgan assured me. “It’ll just be you, the resident peacocks and some hermit crabs.”
If you’re imagining a Survivor situation where I had to gather coconuts for food and build a fire, think again. The Sandy Toes cottage offers all the comforts of home including air conditioning, hot running water and even a television with a DVD library to keep you entertained once the sun goes down.
The 2-bedroom, 2-bath cottage was lovingly built and decorated by the team the operates Sandy Toes, a day excursion and beach bar on the island. I was impressed. It has two master bedrooms, both with king size beds, that are separated by the living room, dining room and kitchen giving you plenty of privacy if you’re traveling with friends.
Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom, equipped with outdoor rain showers. I actually really loved the design of the showers. The bathroom has a door that opens out to the outdoor shower and the staff thought to equip the bathroom with an over-the-door caddy to conveniently place your shower essentials like soap, shampoo and conditioner. It also kept the bathroom from getting all steamy, which is almost always a problem for me since I think one of life’s little pleasures is a shower so hot it leaves me red.
The cottage also has a large relaxation deck with twin towers on either end where you can relax with a birds-eye view of the beach, sea and other nearby islands. They’re the best place to watch both the sunset and sunrise and I did just that.
There’s no restaurant on the island, so meals are left up to gets to provide for themselves. This is actually quite easy with the convenient Food Store 2 Go delivery service. A few days before I flew to Nassau, I made a menu and shopped the online grocery store. Food Store 2 Go met me at the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal with my order so that it could be whisked out to Rose Island along with me. I kept lunch simple with sandwiches and fruit. Lunch is sometimes available at the beach bar if the day excursion is operating.
For dinner, I baked potatoes and grilled filet mignon and corn-on-the-cob on the outdoor barbecue. I had made myself a little spice packet at home and brought things like salt, pepper, seasoning and aluminum foil with me so that I wouldn’t have to purchase it all from Food Store 2 Go for the one night I’d be cooking in The Bahamas. It’s good to know that the cottage actually has a nice little selection in the pantry of things like salt, olive oil, tea, coffee, sugar and other assorted spices and seasonings.
There’s plenty to do on Rose Island. An island called Gilligan’s Island, because the opening credit scenes of Gilligan’s Islands were filmed there, can easily be kayaked to and explored. There’s also a colorful reef great for snorkeling on and if the day excursion is operating, you’re welcome to join the guided snorkel tour. Sandy Toes also has beach volleyball, tubes if you just want to relax with bobbing in the sea and even a massage therapist can be arranged.
There was just one problem with my stay at Sandy Toes – it wasn’t long enough! I absolutely loved having an island all my own to call home for one night and I would recommend staying at least a minimum of two nights to really get the full Sandy Toes experience.
There are other private islands you can also stay on all by yourself, like David Copperfield’s island called Musha Cay. For a cool $37,000 per night (with a 4-night minimum), that is. Sure, Sandy Toes doesn’t have a dive in movie screen set up on its beach with movie-theater buttered popcorn like Musha Cay, but for a price tag of just $795 per night it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that most of can afford.
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