Taste the Caribbean this Summer with Pink Sands Resort’s Signature “Frozen Pinky” Cocktail

Let the gorgeous and glamorous Pink Sands Resort on Harbour island in the Bahamas, inspire your inner mixologist this summer…. Their signature Frozen Pinky cocktail from the hotel’s Blue Bar is heavy on the rum, tropical juices and conjuring up images of idyllic beaches, hammocks, and R & R in the sun. Pink Sands… where the beach and this drink, blush the delicate color of vin rosé, and after a few of these, you will too.  

 

Take it from the island experts at Pink Sands on how to make a tropical elixir at home… see recipe below and more about the resort. Cheers!

Frozen Pinky

1.5 oz. Bacardi Limon

½ oz. Triple Sec

1 oz.each. Cranberry and Pineapple juice

A Squeeze of fresh lime juice

Mix in blender with ice until thick and delicious, garnish with fresh orange slice, cherry and serve!

ABOUT PINK SANDS: The 25 pastel cottages may have a hot designer – and even hotter celebrity guest list – but this resort is all about being cool. Biba founder – and 60’s style maven – Barbara Hulanicki mixed Indian, Moroccan and Balinese elements into a giddy new cocktail when she did the interior design for the resort. A-listers have all been spotted among the mirrored throw cushions and teak lounging sofas. Yet this retreat maintains its relaxed air, far from the paparazzi, feverish fans and nouveau snobbery. This tropical 18-acre haven stands beside its namesake, the glamorous and legendary three-mile strip of pink sand on Harbour Island in The Bahamas. Dine on gorgeous conch salad at the trendy beachfront Blue Bar or Garden Terrace restaurant, take a dip in the pool, pick up tennis, indulge in a spa treatment or just lay in the pink sands. www.pinksandsresorts.com 

Seven (Pool) Wonders of the World

Traveling far and beyond, regardless of season, there’s always something seductive and healing about soaking under the sun near tranquil waters or poolside surrounded by breathtaking views. From waterfalls to wilderness, from sceney to secluded, AMPR dips into seven pools and pinpoints the splash it takes to get on our Seven Pool Wonders of the World list.

Cycladic Cliffhanger: Mystique, Santorini, Greece - a Mr & Mrs Smith selection

This Mr & Mrs Smith-approved, boutique hotel clings to the cliffs soaring over the rocky heights of the southernmost tip of Oia, Santorini. The stylishly curvaceous infinity-edged pool at Mystique offers swimmers and calico sun loungers jaw-dropping vistas of the caldera and the tranquil Aegean Sea, while pumping a rush of adrenaline injected with a mixture of tranquility and sense of place. Poised as one of the world’s most invigorating backdrops, it’s no wonder Mr & Mrs Smith gives this a wink. 

Dramatic Scenes: Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

The privileged few once lounged and sauntered here but the recently transformed Hilltop Reserve is now open to all guests to wine, dine, dip and soak in the scenery. Set high on the hillside of sinuous Koh Yao Noi, a picturesque island in Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay, Hilltop Reserve defies belief with epic views and exceptional ambiance. The 2648-square-foot (246-square-meter) infinity pool – complete with a two-story water slide – extends seamlessly into the deep blue sea beyond towards a group of precipitous limestone islands – the same dramatic landscape that starred in the James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun. Speaking of theatrical views and dramatic backdrops, there are plans to host open-air cinema evenings under the stars!

Gems of the Edge: Sugar Ridge, Antigua

Set on an elevated hillside in Antigua, Sugar Ridge’s negative-edge pool captures the most stunning and panoramic views of palm-lined beaches, the turquoise Caribbean Sea, rolling green hills and neighboring islands of Redonda, Nevis and St. Kitts which sit like gems upon the horizon. However, the most sought-after one often appears during poolside trysts at Sugar Ridge. As romantic backdrops set the stage for sweet memories, diamonds pop up during engagement proposals, weddings and anniversaries. 

Healing Waters: Evasion Ma’In Hot Springs, Jordan

Lying 866 feet (264 meters) below sea level, Ma’In Hot Springs is the inspired site for the well-appointed Evason Ma’In Hot Springs. The Six Senses Spa at Evasion Ma’In sits directly under natural hot spring waterfalls that elegantly cascade down desert rocks into the spa pool.  The main pool has dramatic views of this but the new hot springs pool offers mineral-rich water possessing therapeutic and healing properties found in the nearby Dead Sea. Thank you, Mother Nature! 

Pool Princess: Pan Dei Palais, Saint-Tropez, France 

Romantics are swept away and take a leap of faith in this 12-room historic mansion turned luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Saint-Tropez. Originally built in 1835 by French General Allard for his wife Princess Bannu Pan Deï, this intimate and enchanting retreat leads out to a private garden area and an emerald sparkling pool tiled with antique mosaics.  Bikini-clad serenity seekers kick off their K. Jacques, swim for a bit then linger on luxurious outdoor beds and chaise lounges, far away from the maddening crowds. Sunsets call for sexy apéro followed by cuisine inspired from the Land of the Rising Sun. For complete royal treatment, rehydrate and repair sun-kissed skin at the hotel’s Valmont Spa.  

Refreshingly Fashionable: Pink Sands, Harbour Island, The Bahamas 

Designed by Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki, Pink Sands Resort is renowned for the legendary stretch of pink sand beach and gorgeous, private setting for fashion shoots and A-list retreats. Sunbathers rub elbows with swimsuit models as they step off from front covers of glossy magazines and cool off in the freshwater pool tucked in lush tropical landscapes. After hot shoots, sipping on a Saki Martini, a signature drink concocted by the Garden Terrace, seems like a perfect bonus.

Wild Plunges: Tintswalo Safari Lodge, South Africa

Every suite at the exclusive Tintswalo Safari Lodge has a plunge pool that overlooks the Manyeleti Reserve, a pristine wilderness reserve known for its natural beauty and high density of big five game. Situated along a beautiful river bed among an ancient sycamore tree grove and with the Greater Kruger National Park on its fenceless eastern boundary, Tintswalo Safari Lodgeoverlooks a nearby waterhole frequented by large herd of elephants and other big game, offering guests a live show as they soak up the sun and sip on South Africa’s finest wines handpicked from the cellar, all in the privacy of their own suite. Well, somewhat private. 

Summer Cocktail Series, Pt. 2

AMPR brings you summer soiree-worthy signature cocktails from some of the world’s coolest beach bars…

Blue Bar, Pink Sands, Harbour Island

Jetsetters flock to Blue Bar at Pink Sands on Harbour Island for the Goombay Smash (the best in the Bahamas) and the view of the crystal clear surf along the famed pink-sand beach. A relaxed Caribbean vibe compliments the drink list of creative rum cocktails. Take in the scene, take in the view and savor Blue Bar’s award-winning signature cocktail, the festive rum-based Goombay Smash.  Bring home the Blue Bar experience with the recipe below.


The Goombay Smash from Blue Bar, Pink Sands, Harbour Island

Ingredients:

½ oz Pineapple Rum

½ oz Coconut Rum

½ oz Anejo Blanco ( Havana Club) or similar light rum

½ oz Bacardi Gold or similar Dark Rum

4oz Pineapple Juice

1oz Orange Juice

1 ea juice of a lime

Splash Grenadine for color

Splash Bitters

Mix all ingredients in a highball glass and garnish with fresh orange slice and a cherry.

 

AMPR’S ‘HIGH FIVE’ IN TRIPADVISOR AWARDS

Our fave 5 of the Top 25 Caribbean & Mexico destinations from TripAdvisor’s 2011 Traveler’s Choice Awards. 

St. Maarten: Explore the cultural diversity of this half-Dutch, half-French Island at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, the island’s nightlife hub and Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino, a white-sand oasis in Great Bay Harbor. Great Bay, St.Maarten.

Negril, Jamaica: Offers travelers beautiful sun-soaked beaches and the serene Villas Sur Mer located atop the cliffs of Negril’s West End. Known as the “gem of Jamaica,” Villas Sur Mer’s stylish villas provide a peaceful getaway from the crowded touristy beaches.Villas Sur Mer, Negril, Jamaica.

Ocho Rios Jamaica: Rain Forest Adventures Mystic Mountain pays homage to the sporting spirit of Jamaican athletes, including the bobsled team of “Cool Runnings” fame. Climb the lush mountain peak with a ride up the SkyExplorer chairlift, and then zoom down the Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica, Lighthouse Waterslide or zip line course.Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain.  

The Bahamas: This may be the quintessential vacation spot of the Caribbean, but Pink Sands Resort on Harbour Island is anything but typical. Steps away from the world famous Pink Sand Beach, this resort invites guests to relax and experience the calming sounds of the ocean in their rooms looking out to the beaches. Guests can enjoy fine local cuisine and a stunningly chic design by Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki.Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island. Pink Sands Resort, Harbour Island. 

Antigua & Barbuda: The sweetest escape in Antigua is Sugar Ridge hotel. Perched above the west coast amidst a hill of namesake sugar cane, Sugar Ridge offers the island’s most stunning panoramic views from rooms that wrap around the building. Don’t miss Carmichael’s fine dining restaurant and its Aveda Concept Spa. Sugar Ridge Resort, Antigua.