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Travel & Leisure/Briland: Letters to the editor
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Posted by:Dec 31st 2003, 10:02:03 am
MaddieI have been coming to Harbour Island since the early 1960s and Dick Malcolm is absolutley correct; it is the Brilanders that make the Island.
Posted by:Dec 30th 2003, 05:35:27 pm
Fig Tree News TeamLetters, January 2004
From the Bahamas to Barcelona

I loved the October issue of Travel + Leisure, especially Michael Gross's article about Harbour Island ["The New St. Bart's?"]. I went to Briland for the first time in 1986 at the age of 16. What initially seemed primitive to a teenager— there was no phone or television—soon became a relaxing paradise. My family and I went snorkeling and scuba diving at the Romora Bay Club, ate fresh conch salad while watching the sunset, and periodically lunched at Pink Sands, which had a TV in the bar, to catch up on the news. Harbour Island had a welcoming, small-town atmosphere. I look forward to returning and I only hope that it does not become too overrun by tourists.

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Michael Gross's article about Harbour Island was a captivating read, but, as the son of Pink Sands founder J. Allen Malcolm, I must object to Philippa "Pip" Simmons's claim that her ability to attract the French fashion set to the Oceanview Club in the late 1970's put Harbour Island on the map. Opened in 1951, Pink Sands laid the foundation for tourism with a clientele that included movie stars and former prime ministers. Furthermore, island resident Basil Albury established the Dunmore Beach Club in 1963, and Brett and Sharon King have been receiving guests at the Coral Sands Hotel since 1968. The irony is that none of us is responsible for the island's success. As charming as our accommodations may be, the borderline-hysterical fascination with Briland would not be possible without the Bahamians themselves.

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