Get­aways

Re­lax at a tran­quil get­away in the Ba­hamas.

Traditional Home - - Contents - WRIT­TEN BY JENNY BRADLEY PFEFFER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY ANA LUI

you might be able to take the boy out of the Ba­hamas, but you can’t stop the man from want­ing to go back—and make it home for his fam­ily.

Case in point: Ben Sim­mons’ love of this place is ev­i­dent in ev­ery cor­ner of The Other Side—a diminu­tive-in-scale but colos­sal-in­spirit re­treat on the is­land of Eleuthera that he de­vel­oped and de­signed with his wife, Char­lie Phe­lan.

Hav­ing spent his child­hood chas­ing ad­ven­ture on the beaches of Har­bour Is­land (where he now also owns the ho­tel in which he grew up, The Ocean View Club), Sim­mons re­turned to his beloved Ba­hamas af­ter board­ing school and a stint as a chef in France.

“I grew up on Har­bour Is­land in a shack on the beach with an out­door shower,” Sim­mons says. “It leaked, and it was im­per­fect, but there was a quaint­ness and a sat­is­fac­tion in that im­per­fec­tion.”

WE BUILT THIS FOR OUR KIDS. IT’S A PLACE OF LOVE.”

—Ben Sim­mons

Sim­mons and Phe­lan wel­come that Ba­hamian patina at The Other Side. Ut­terly se­cluded and im­pec­ca­bly de­signed, it casts a lux­u­ri­ous shadow yet em­braces its de­con­structed na­ture.

Made up of just 10 struc­tures—four com­mu­nal spa­ces, three sleep­ing tents, and three thatched-roof “shacks”—the re­treat is a “mar­riage of a no­madic ex­is­tence and sim­ple ma­te­ri­als with a mod­ern feel,” Sim­mons says.

Much of the fur­ni­ture is hand­made us­ing lo­cal ma­te­ri­als that are left un­treated to warp and weather in the sea air dur­ing the off­sea­son. Crisp white bed­ding in­ten­si­fies the cast­away al­lure of pati­nated four-posters. Re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als (a dance floor was given a sec­ond life as ho­tel shut­ters) of­fer prac­ti­cal­ity and Ba­hamian charm.

The din­ing scene is equally low-key. With a com­mu­nal, farm- (and sea-) to-ta­ble fo­cus, meals are semi-set, but al­ter­na­tives are al­ways avail­able. And, of course, al­fresco is al­ways an op­tion. In this trop­i­cal nir­vana, tran­quil­ity and ease take prece­dence.

“We tried to re­fine and sim­plify the idea of lux­ury,” Sim­mons says. “We dis­tilled what is im­por­tant to re­lax­ation in a setting like this.”

De­tails The Other Side is lo­cated on the is­land of Eleuthera and is open Novem­ber through Au­gust. For more in­for­ma­tion or to book your stay, visit on­theos.com. Stay Ac­com­mo­da­tions in­clude three thatched “shacks” and three sleep­ing tents com­plete with four-posters and out­door (nat­u­rally, you’re in is­land mode here) bath­tubs. Hosts Own­ers Char­lie Phe­lan and Ben Sim­mons with Busta Rhymes.

The Other Side oozes seren­ity—due to the white-on-white-on­wood in­te­ri­ors with views of par­adise and a low-key, open-arms is­land mind-set.

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