Bahamas resort to add seaside cottages

The property will join Marriott's Autograph Collection, and will expand to 12 bungalows by December. (The property will join Marriott's Autograph Collection, and will expand to 12 bungalows by December.)

Eleuthera in The Bahamas — French Leave Resort is expanding and will be launching as part of the Marriott Autograph collection before the end of this year.

Situated on the Caribbean island of Eleuthera, the property that overlooks a pink sand beach and Cupid's Cay currently has four seafront cottages, each decorated with British colonial interiors. The property has a freshwater pool, fitness center, special events lawn and a wedding pavilion, two yacht slips and the 1648 Bar & Grille.

The project represents the first construction of seafront cottages on Governor’s Harbour since the late 1940s. This fall, the property will launch as Marriott's newest addition to the Autograph Collection in the Caribbean, and is slated to expand to 12 bungalows by December.

For the expansion, the interior design concept was done by Dina Caruso of Pennsylvania-based Caruso Design Group. This is Caruso’s first project with Shaner Hotels. The interior design process took only six months, including site visits, creating a concept, making selections and documenting with drawings and specifications.

The design was inspired by the property’s setting and the pink sand, as well as from the look and hue of the local houses and architecture. The color scheme will be neutral with color accents inspired by a day at the beach.

The property now has white slat ceilings and plantation shutters inside the cottages, walls painted with Sherwin Williams’ light French grey paint, and tile flooring that look like an enlarged parquet in driftwood color. The bathrooms have a coral-colored ceiling. The interior light fixtures are inspired by sea glass with floor lanterns on the veranda to continue the island-like atmosphere.