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lenny kravitz wasn’t smil­ing. In­fact, de­spite Eleuthera’s sway­ing palms and fra­grant sea breezes, the rock god and famed is­land res­i­dent seemed a lit­tle ticked off at hav­ing his pic­ture taken as he rode his beach bike. But I couldn’t help it: The guy was the first person I saw dur­ing a trip to French Leave Re­sort, and in the age of “pics or it didn’t hap­pen,” a quick iPhone shot felt nec­es­sary. ¶ Per­haps Kravitz was huffy (pun in­tended) be­cause this is­land — some 75 miles due east of bustling Nas­sau — is ex­actly the kind of place he sang about in “Fly Away,” in which he wails, I want to get away/I want to fly away. Way out in the At­lantic and known for its pris­tine beaches, Eleuthera isn’t the kind of place some­one comes to be both­ered. ¶ Of course, you cer­tainly don’t have to “fly away” to see Eleuthera. A yacht works just fine. For most ves­sels, the Bahamian is­land is a day trip from South Florida. Or, to break it up, both Grand Ba­hama and Nas­sau are about equidis­tant be­tween the main­land and the is­land, de­pend­ing on where you cast off lines.

(From left) A guest room in the home pop princess Mariah Carey put on the mar­ket in 2012. The house is on Win­der­mere Is­land, an en­clave just off Eleuthera. Famed Eleuthera res­i­dent Lenny Kravitz de­ter­minedly pedals his 10-speed into a brisk wind. Eleutheran beaches are all about iso­la­tion. How does this ca­bana strike you for a post-cruise sun­downer?

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