French Leave Resort

Governor's Harbour, Bahamas

Hotel chosen for:
Open Collection Principles

The Vision

Built on an inspiration to create an experience beyond the commonplace

The Unique Design

Hotels with a thoughtfulness and dedicated purpose to their design

The Place

Connected to its surroundings, this hotel is woven into the fabric of its locale

Tropical Tranquility


HOME TO SWAYING PALM TREES AND ROLLING PINEAPPLE GROVES, LINED BY POWDERY PINK-SAND BEACHES, AND SURROUNDED BY THE CALM TURQUOISE WATERS THAT DEFINE THE BAHAMAS, ELEUTHERA ISLAND IS THE DEFINITION OF TROPICAL PARADISE. IT WAS HERE THAT THE ARCHIPELAGO WAS FIRST SETTLED, BY A GROUP OF BRITISH EXPLORERS KNOWN AS THE “ELEUTHERAN ADVENTURERS” IN 1648, AND HERE WHERE, THREE CENTURIES LATER, MODERN TRAVELERS CAN DISCOVER THE SERENE BEAUTY OF THIS SMALL ISLAND FROM THE EQUALLY IDYLLIC FRENCH LEAVE RESORT.

The architecture of the French Leave Resort – and much of the Bahamas – was influenced by the British loyalists who settled the area in the 1700s. The historic seaside town of Governor’s Harbour is filled with sun-drenched heritage homes and picturesque churches, while the resort features 12 luxury colonial-style villas overlook the harbor itself, designed to have the least possible environment impact. Beautiful walls crafted from local stone and driftwood further showcase the beauty of the island.

A jutting pier welcomes yachts and other craft, while charters are available to ferry adventurers to the coral reefs for fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Guests can also soak in unobstructed views from the outdoor pool, and order a gourmet beachside picnic using the in-room iPad. At dinner, 1648, the resort’s restaurant named to honor the founding of the Bahamas, serves up fresh Bahamian seafood and locally grown produce, matched with cocktails infused with tropical flavor. From the rich island history to the natural wonders to the first-class resort accommodations, guests discover why Eleuthera Island has been named the Nantucket of the Caribbean.

Queen's Hwy, Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas