My wife and I came to Rock House for our honeymoon. We had heard and read good things about RH and Harbour Island, and both exceeded our expectations. The trip was more than worth it. We had a direct flight from Detroit to Nassau, and then a short Southern Air flight to Eleuthra. It was 20 minutes. From there it was a 5 minute land cab and 5 minute water taxi to Harbour Island. First of all, the island itself is perfect. Small and friendly, and a bit off the beaten path. When we arrived, they knew us by name, and were genuinely happy to see us. The hotel is very nice, 10 or so rooms, each a bit different. Bed, flat screen, wifi, walk in closet, mini bar, awesome bathroom, and a generator (the power goes out on the island periodically, its no big deal, but at RH, you don't miss a beat).
We stayed in one of the garden view rooms (the Parrot room). Each room has its own private cabana right outside the room, but there are also individual cabanas and comfortable chaise lounges by the pool just a few steps away. The beds are extremely comfortable. There are no alarm clocks, and we literally would spend the first few minutes every few days debating the day of the week. It is simply fantastic. The complimentary breakfast is perfect, fresh fruit, coconut-banana bread (delicious), muffins, and amazing homemade yogurt. Flo and Marva are super pleasant and really get the day started off right. The hotel faces the bay--a great view from the dining room, and has a great heated pool, the pictures simply don't do it justice.
The beach is a 5 minute walk or 2 minute golf cart ride. Dunmore town is great. It is easy to navigate and people are very friendly. I went running each day, my arms were as tired as my legs from waving to locals sitting outside or riding in their golf carts. There are very few cars here, most everyone, tourists, locals, celebs, etc... use golf carts. There is the occasional work truck.
The food on the island is amazing, not cheap, but worth every penny. Rock House has the best food, Jenny, the chef, was inventive, but also focused on the details of each meal. The flavors were pretty much spot on for every meal. The Landing (right next door) was also very good, and Coral Sands on the beach had GREAT lunches. Runaway Hill was a great little dinner spot, and for a change of scenery, head to Aquapazzo, a delicious Italian restaurant 5 minutes from the center of town. Dunmore deli is an excellent lunch spot (in town, not on the beach), featuring delicious sandwiches and salads.
Each afternoon, we would return from the beach and lounge by the pool at Rock House, we would have a relaxer or goombay smash, both great drinks. Don (the owner) and his dog Rocky (awesome) were always around ensuring we were ok. Don is very hands on and not above doing "real work" himself - from delivering our apps at dinner to picking up the occasional wrapper on the floor.
The general manager, Eric, is fantastic. He is super helpful and very very friendly. We often would enjoy a chat by the pool discussing our day or what we were going to eat later. He had a genuine interest in the conversation and we felt that by the end of the trip, he was our friend rather than someone just doing his job.
The rest of the staff also hit it out of the park, Vanessa and Rosebud were great at the front desk each morning, and I cannot say enough about Flo and Marva, they really went the extra mile to ensure everyone was happy.
When we travel, no matter where we go, we do not eat in chain restaurants, and do not stay in chain hotels. Rock House was right in our wheel house! We purposely eschewed "typical" honeymoon spots in over-developed, huge resorts. At RH, we became friendly with the people staying at the hotel, and friendly with other people on the island. We found ourselves waving to people we snorkeled with or passed on the beach the day before.
We are sad to go, and will definitely be back. We had really high expectations - this was our honeymoon and we were spending a lot of money on the whole experience. Every expectation was exceeded beyond measure. It was a great experience we will always look back on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rock House is a luxury 10 room boutique hotel on Harbour Island, Bahamas. Our fine dining restaurant has one of the best sunset views of the bay. Personal service and unmatched attention to every detail.Rock House has been a vibrant and colourful feature of the Harbour Island landscape since the early 1940's. Originally a private home, then a Bed and Breakfast and for many years a rental property, Rock House today has evolved to become the standard for elegance, island sophistication and superior service. Fodor's Choice, Condé Nast, Travel & Leisure and Tripadvisor award winner.In July 2002, Rock House caught the interest of the well-known South Florida builder J. Wallace Tutt III. Tutt and business partner Don Purdy, who had already created the successful Hotel Impala in South Beach and worked on commissions for Cher and the late Gianni Versace, had a vision of transforming the property into a luxury boutique hotel. The bar and dining experience at Rock House warrant special and distinct mention offering fine dining under the stars on the pool patio, at our select Chef's Table or on the Terrace overlooking the bay - you can be assured of the perfect cocktail, a superb wine list and delectable menu choices, all served by an attentive yet unobtrusive staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rock House Hotel Harbour Island
- Rock Hotel Harbor Island
- Rock House Bahamas/Harbour Island