Have you dreamed of visiting paradise? Come away with us to Eleuthera.
Experience tranquility at The Sunset Cove, where quality, style, and tailored service come together. Our hotel accommodations offer two level of suites, the LUXURY Brand new suites with upgraded bedding, comfortable bathroom and showers, and efficient AC or the Classical Cottage style suites, surrounded by lush gardens perched on the edge of the Caribbean Ocean and enjoy our Swimming Pool, take relaxation to another level. Just steps away from our award-winning Restaurant, featuring fresh seafood, wood-fired pizza and live entertainment, sophisticated cocktails, and unrivaled sunsets. The Sunset Cove specializes in custom events for all your needs. Whether you’re hosting a conference, business workshop, board meeting, lavish wedding, Yoga retreat, or social event. With our one of a kind, weddings, you can choose to walk down the aisle or down the shore, The Rainbow Room (adjacent to the Sunset Cove) provides the ideal backdrop for glorious wedding celebrations of any size.
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History of Eleuthera
The possible first settlers of the island of Eleuthera were the original population of Taino, or Arawaks. An intact wooden duho or ritual seat that was made by the Taino people was found on the island of Eleuthera in the nineteenth century and is now in the collections of the British Museum. The island in its early history was known as Cigateo, but this name changed following subsequent European settlement.
Satellite image, showing New Providence Island to the west, and east of it, the long, narrow island of Eleuthera running north and south (along with its associated Harbour and other small islands), as seen from space in 1997. The island is believed to have been largely unoccupied at the time of the arrival of the first significant number of British settlers, with Puritan colonists (who had come together the previous year in London) arriving in 1648 from Bermuda. These settlers, known as the “Eleutherian Adventurers”, under Captain William Sayle gave the island its current name which derives from the feminine form of the Greek adjective ἐλεύθερος, Eleutheros, meaning “free”. The difficulties of settlement ultimately left only a few of the settlers on the island, thwarting their aim of creating the first European “democracy” in the Western Hemisphere (almost 130 years prior to the American Revolution). The island was stated to have been agriculturally prosperous in the period from 1950 to 1980. This included a large crop of pineapples for export. When the Bahamas became independent from Britain in 1973, new ownership laws changed the nature of the island economy. Since then the island has become a popular tourist destination. During this period about 1970, a small rustic-chic hotel and restaurant were opened and named Rainbow Inn or Rainbow Bay Club or both.
You can still read the original name on the main Restaurant building “Rainbow Inn”, that then these days become The Sunset Cove and Rainbow Room. Still, most of the buildings are the original ones, tough fully renovated. In 1992 the island was severely damaged by the category 5 Hurricane Andrew; massive wind speeds hit the island and an 18-foot tidal surge inundated the coastal area. Relief efforts helped mitigate some of the damage, including a number of relief tasks that were carried out by HMS Cardiff as the vessel was operating in the area.