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?