|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
- Please Note - Choose the amount of the house you need and only pay for that portion; you will STILL have the entire property to yourself. $450/night minimum rate quoted above is per night rate for MAIN house only during low season for the minimum 2 night stay (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms; sleeps 6 max.). The $933/night maximum rate is for the entire house (5 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms) for the minimum 2 night stay during high season and the maximum number of guests (16). DISCOUNTS are given for week stay, low season and 4 week stay or longer. Please email us for an exact quote for your group. THANKS!
- 180° Sunset Harbour Views (sunsets can last up to 1 1/2 hours from pre-sunset to last color in the sky; during this time, the colors may change from orange, to pink, to lavender. You just can't appreciate this any better than from our spot on the harbour!
- 2-5 Bedrooms (plus sitting room/ office) / 2-5 Bathrooms available in total (16 People max.). Choose the number of rooms you need and only pay for those from two to five bedrooms
- Only rented to one group at a time
- Daily maid service included in rental price (except Sundays and holidays) until April 30, 2015. Beginning May 1, 2015, maid service will be every third day during the rental period. Additional maid service may be contracted and paid for separately if desired (through optional concierge). Reasonable post-rental clean up will continue to be included in rental rate.
- Dinner Cook included in rental price (except Sundays and holidays; guests provide menu and food). No need to arrange a cook on a daily basis; our cook is at your service. This service will be provided until April 30, 2015; after that time, any cooking services desired will need to be paid for separately through an optional concierge.
- Large and private, fully walled/ fenced garden with hammock, BBQ, colorful and fragrant flora. Garden is lit for romantic night time feel. There is even an OUTDOOR SHOWER with hot and cold water!
- Private Dock - for dinghy or rented Boston Whaler
- Automatic back-up generator
- Impressive Water Views from 3 of the Bedrooms, living room, upstairs sitting room & the kitchen! No need to climb to a perched sundeck to enjoy the amazing view!
- Bedrooms may be configured for 5 couples - 4 w/ Kings, 1 w/ Queen; Or for 3 families - with 2 rooms (w/ 4 beds per room) for kids and 3 rooms for parents (2 w/Kings & 1 w/ Queen)
- BEACH MEMBERSHIP - Who wants to carry chairs and an umbrella to the beach every day? Our BEACH MEMBERSHIP provides 6 chairs and 3 umbrellas all set up and waiting for you in a manicured and convenient spot right between the two most popular resorts on the island (FREE to Blue Dolphin guests; additional chairs and umbrellas may be rented for a nominal daily fee).
- WEDDING Venue - Great location for an intimate wedding (see photo; to see more wedding photos, use link to Blue Dolphin website then click on Photo Gallery within Harbour Is. heading)
You'll know you're 'not in Kansas anymore' in this charming waterfront Cape Cod style home on beautiful and historic Bay Street. The serenity and beauty of the Blue Dolphin and it's property make it a perennial favorite for photo shoots of catalogs (including Island Company 2007) and magazine/ newspaper articles from Vogue April 1999 to the Wall Street Journal April 23-24, 2011 D10.
The home is ideal for large family gatherings or for couples who want the flexibility of a large house when family or friends are visiting and a cozy cottage when they are alone. The main house on the ground floor sleeps six and includes two bedrooms and two full baths. It may be rented by itself or guests may choose to add up to three additional bedrooms and bathrooms in incremental prices as needed. THE BLUE DOLPHIN WILL ONLY BE RENTED TO ONE GROUP AT A TIME.
The fabulous 180 degree harbour view climaxes each evening with colorful and lengthy sunsets which may be enjoyed from any one of four porches (front patio; side bedroom covered porch, upstairs sun deck and private master bedroom balcony).
The Blue Dolphin has its own dock right out in front for your dinghy or rented Boston Whaler. The house also has a large and lovely lighted backyard garden filled with beautiful hibiscus, fragrant jasmine, colorful alamanda flowers, a hammock calling your name, as well as a rustic, but very functional (and fun) barbecue pit.
Harbour Island was rated #1 in the region of the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Bermuda by Travel & Leisure in 2005 'Best Of' issue, August 2005. The BEACH has been rated one of the 10 best in the World by Condé Nast magazine and was #1 on the Travel Channel's '10 Best Beaches in the Caribbean' 2003 episode. The water in the harbour and at the beach is crystal clear azure, so inviting.
The Blue Dolphin is conveniently located only blocks from shops, restaurants and a short walk or even shorter golf cart ride (preferred mode of island travel) to the famous three mile pink sand beach.
Enjoy 'the best of both worlds' spending your days at the beach and your mornings and evenings on the scenic and tranquil harbour.
Here is a family picture of the Pratts at their vacation home the 'Blue Dolphin' on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. Jamie and Kathy are the parents and the 'boys' are Jason (& his wife Aleksandrina),Ryan and Dylan. Jamie (James) is a distinguished full Professor at the Indiana University, Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, IN. Kathy is a former CPA, homemaker and community volunteer.
Professor James (Jamie) & Kathy Pratt purchased this villa in 1991
Jamie has been going to Harbour Island since 1961 when his Grandfather 'discovered' it and began spending every winter there. Jamie travelled down with his family at Christmas time most every year; they would stay in various rental houses - usually on the Coral Sands property. He made friends with many local Bahamian boys - he is still friends with them 50 years later.
His grandfather called 'Colonel Pratt' supported the islanders by assisting them in the purchase of fishing boats, etc. Colonel Pratt held a Christmas party each year for the island children and gave them each a schilling (English currency at the time) and lots of candy; Jamie and the other grandchildren helped with the party and enjoyed it as much as the islanders.
Kathy began going to the island when she started dating Jamie in college and fell in love with it (and him) right away! They married and moved to Seattle, Washington. It was a long trip to Harbour, but they visited as often as possible. When they eventually moved back to the midwest, they decided to 'take the plunge' and invest in the island - they have not been sorry!
The 'boys' have been going since birth (some of them in-utero).
They all love it and hope you will too!
The benefits of staying at the Blue Dolphin include Jamie's special love of gardening which shows in the beautiful and fragrant gardens that surround the house and Kathy's attention to detail within the house itself. Check the vrbo site for all the amenities - a long list. Jamie and Kathy tried to take the best ideas from the many rental homes they have stayed in over the years and incorporate them into their own property while adding a few things they wished they'd had at some of those homes.
Kathy remembers hanging clothes on the line when owners either did not have or would not let the renters use the dryer - not at the Blue Dolphin; a full size washer and dryer are available. For those guests who really do like the fresh air scent of clothes dried on the line, there is a clothes line available as well. WiFi is available for guests who want to stay in touch while lounging on the front patio or back by the fire-pit, etc.
Kathy and Jamie have always preferred the harbour - sunset side of the island, but they know that the world-famous pink sand beach on the sunrise side is a major attibute of the island as well. So, they have arranged a beach membership to provide 6 beach lounge chairs and 3 shade umbrellas all set up and waiting on a daily basis right between the two most popular resorts on the beach for no extra charge for Blue Dolphin guests. Additional chairs and umbrellas may be utilized for a nominal daily charge.
What are you waiting for!
"We all had a really good time while we were there and thought that the improvements to the house were great. I loved all of the extra balconies and (while I haven’t seen tons of other homes) really think the back yard must be special. I doubt there are many locations that offer as much in terms of the overall package - gorgeous beaches; low key, friendly people; ease of getting around and the access to an occasional lovely meal out. And with kids having the beach right next to a pool while still being able to get to your own house with enclosed outdoor space (fully fenced yard), nothing beats it. It is a special place." Best, JBH
We stayed at the Blue Dolphin this past Thanksgiving holiday week.
We won our stay at the Blue Dolphin at a fundraising event.
The house setting is serene and sublime. It is centrally located.
It is at a walking distance from the pier, and 10 minuted walk to the beautiful pink sandy beach. It faces the west allowing us to enjoy gorgeous sun sets everyday of our stay.
At night the neighborhood comes to life. We had a chance to wittness a couple of rehersal for the Junkanoo parade, joining them in dancing. The house is surrounded by grocery stores, Arthur-the best breakfast and bakery in town, several craft stores and restaurants.
As for the house itself, well we fell in love with it. It is charming, welcoming, can easily accomodate 15 people, yet you can have your own privacy as there are 5 seperate master-bedrooms. We enjoyed having breakfast on the back porch overlooking the secluded, well maintained, attractive backyard. We enjoyed relaxing on the hammock, under the palm tree, sitting around the fire pit surrounded by a tropical lush greenery. The owners, Kathy and Jamie made sure that we are welcomed and well served. The house came with a wonderful house keeper, a friendly gardner/fisherman (who could supply you fish if interested), and a talented cook, who happened to own a restaurant nearby that served Bahamian food.
As for the native people, they are extremely welcoming, friendly and happy to serve you- except for "grouchy Mr. Jonhson" from the golf cart rental shop. Do not worry, there are several other cart rental stores. Yes, most people travel using golf cart.
We enjoyed everday of our stay. We went hicking along the southern shore, deep sea fishing, walked everyday the sandy beach. It was also the most relaxing, beautiful vacation ever. It is a piece of Heaven on earth.
The day of our departure, a feeling of sadness took our hearts as we were not ready to go back to reality. We wished if we could stay longer. But deep inside we knew that we shall return. The Blue Dolpin is a MUST.
There just are not enough good things to say about this lovely home on Harbour Island. The Blue Dolphin is a gracious, warm home with every amenity to make your time there relaxing and comfortable. We were a group of close friends who have traveled together for many years and all agreed it was the best vacation ever. With this beautiful home as your base, explore what may be the friendliest island in the Caribbean. Zip around in your golf cart to exquisite pink sand beaches, the charming town, restaurants and beautiful tropical surroundings. The home is designed to accommodate a large group but, there is room for privacy as well. The owners, Jamie and Kathy go out of their way to ensure your stay in their home is memorable including a talented (and fun!) cook, and a sweet woman who tidies up and gathers hibiscus blooms daily for the home and your hair!
In the past, we have always vacationed in Hawaii, but from now on it will be the Blue Dolphin.
My husband and I agreed a few years ago that we never wanted to go back to the Caribbean, that Costa Rica was far preferable, that the Caribbean was never as nice or as relaxing as we expected, and so forth. Then my tennis group decided to spend a week on Harbor Island (or, as the denizens call it, Briland) at the Blue Dolphin. I went reluctantly, only agreeing to go because it's a fun group to travel with. The Blue Dolphin is located just a stone's throw from the water taxi dock - we walked there in five minutes when we landed. We were a group of 12 tennis friends, all comfortably ensconced at the Blue Dolphin for the week. Plenty of room for everybody, and multiple areas where a large group can gather to cook, eat, have a cocktail, play games, or even dance. You can watch the sunset from one of the many decks or from the front patio. From there you can walk into Dunmore Town. You're five minutes by golf cart from the world's most beautiful, relaxing beach, or from five-star gourmet restaurants, a charming local coffee house, tennis courts, pools, docks, art galleries, grocery stores… you name it. The people who live on Harbor Island are so welcoming and friendly and helpful and warm. Want to run a tab at the grocery store? And you're staying at the Blue Dolphin? No problem. The owners are well known to the full-time residents of the island, so you get help and instant credibility wherever you go. While we were there, a Junkanoo parade (look it up!) passed by one evening, so we ran outside to dance down the street with the drummers and dancers. We were there for a week and I truly *hated* to leave the place. I actually came home and told my husband that he'd love Harbor Island, and that it's the only place in the Caribbean I'd ever return to visit. I want to go back!
my family recently stayed at The Blue Dolphin and loved it! It was perfect for our large extended family of 10. Great views of the harbor and sun sets and close to the beach were a plus! Gorgeous views daily and very relaxing!!!!
This house is amazing and has to be one of the best places to stay on Harbour Island. It suited my party perfectly, as we had 5 adult couples travelling for a wedding, and the Blue Dolphin offers 5 separate bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a huge gathering area on the main patio, many smaller decks, and adequate indoor space. We loved that the house was centrally located and we could easily walk to the main dock, restaurants and stores, the beach and the pool. The Blue Dolphin was home to many happy memories for us. It would also work for families with children as there are a few rooms with either bunk beds or a trundle bed.
Loved the island, loved the house. The location is perfect as it is right in the village on the bay, has it's own dock, walk to shopping, 3 minute golf cart ride to the beautiful pink sand beach (THAT BEACH! What a beach!) and they've arranged for umbrellas and lounge chairs to be available at the beach. They employee a cook for evening meals and she was not only a great cook but fun to talk to. She is flexible and can make just about anything: grouper, conch stew, crab and rice, chicken, pork chops. All was delicious and our kids are still commenting on how much better Princess cooks than their mother or their father. The daily helper that cleaned was patient when we were in her way and left lovely flowers from the garden everywhere. I’m a garden dabbler so loved the fresh flowers and wandering your garden throughout the day. We enjoyed hanging out in the front and watching the traffic go by in the evenings and tossing the football in the backyard in the mornings. And seriously, this really is a friendly island - everyone had a wave for us and all were kind and helpful. We reserved the main house which includes 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is air conditioned. And you can expand your party and stay in the upstairs or in a separate side suite. Very flexible. I highly recommend this property.
Have your nails done or get a facial at a local salon. A massage therapist can work out all those kinks either in the salon or in the privacy of the Blue Dolphin.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
High Season - see Notes
Dec 16 2014 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
Low Season - see Notes
May 1 2015 - Dec 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
$500/nt rate is for MAIN HOUSE only (2Br, 2Ba) <1wk
Rates: $3000 - $5000/wk for up to 10 guests (add'l guests up to max. of 16 at $100/per./wk per add'l guest); rate depends upon total rooms being used. Email for quote
Less than 1 wk rental rate is 1/6 weekly rate per night (6 nights is the same price as 7); 2 night minimum.
10% discount for low season
10% discount for 4 week rental or longer
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.