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“Leaving More Bitter Than Sweet”
Review of Rock House

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Rock House
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Harbour Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 July 2014

I was recently reading reviews for an upcoming trip to Rome and fell in love with one hotel about which a guest wrote, "if you're able to stay here, stay here." If you're visiting the Bahamas, and able to stay in Harbour Island, do it. And if you're able to stay at Rock House, you have my emphatic endorsement; absolutely stay at Rock House. You'll be welcomed by a friendly and hospitable staff that prides itself on seamlessly integrating local flavor with luxurious accommodations that make your stay exceed all reasonable expectations. There is no area in which you're left saying, "this was good, but..." Everything is executed meticulously, which is important for a destination. Dining is fresh and creative, in a lovely and intimate atmosphere, overlooking the bay. The guest rooms are clean, comfortable, and well-maintained. Beach bags are prepared daily, well-stocked, and easily accessible. I came to Rock House because I wanted to bring a loved one to a special place and I couldn't have made a better choice. Leaving was more bitter than sweet.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Eric F, General Manager at Rock House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2014

Hi Samantha,
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review for Rock House. Hope you visit us again sometime soon. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us at Rock House.

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

The team at the Rock House could not have been either friendlier or more accommodating! My wife is an early morning coffee drinker. When realizing her first cup would be later than norm if waiting until the restaurant opened, they delivered a coffee maker with high quality Italian coffee within five minutes of asking. This is just one example. Any detail which could make our stay more enjoyable was done. The amenities at the Rock House are wonderful, however the staff is the real gem!

Room Tip: Our room was directly next to the bar (Pineapple Room). It would get fairly noisy from 9-11 at night...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank PopsRod
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Eli K, General Manager at Rock House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

We are glad you had "A Great Getaway" at the Rock House. Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We can't wait for your next visit.

Thank you,

From all of us at Rock House

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

The food is incredible, however the ambiance is something to write about. I have been here multiple times, and every time I want to pinch myself to see if it is all real. The staff is very friendly. The bar area and poolside cabana dining are breathtaking. One of my favorite places for ambiance. I always look forward to going back. The entire island is special, but this is a must for a romantic dinner if you are traveling with a special someone. At the very least - you must visit for a cocktail.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank CloudSurfingMiranda
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Eric F, General Manager at Rock House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2014

Hello Mandy
Thank you for your review and visiting our dream:)
We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your time at the Rock House.
Looking forward to see you back.
Eric

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We just came back from our 4th stay at Rock House...I'm not sure I can come up
with any new words to describe how much we love this place that hasn't already
been said by me or by others who have reviewed this property...but I will try.

When my husband and I decided to get away for a few days for our 38th wedding
anniversary in June, Rock House was again our first choice. If you are looking
for a small quiet romantic place (no children under 18 allowed), with
comfortable (the best bed!) and elegant accommodations, a staff that provides 5 star (really,
10+) service, and a chef (Jenny) that creates and serves the best food, RH is
the place. Again, I can't say enough about the staff, many of whom have been
there for a long time...Eric (manager), Tremme, Fluffy, Marva, Flo and all the
others whose names I don't remember or don't know, but should be acknowledged
for providing a wonderful experience for all who stay here.

Rock House is located on the best island in the Bahamas. Rent a golf cart (a
must) and drive around the entire island to see its special people (love seeing
the children walking to and from school!), to visit the local shops or to stop
for a snack or coffee (or Kalik beer!). The beautiful pink sand beach is a 2
minute drive from Rock House (really, not kidding) where you will find Rock
House chairs and umbrellas set up ready and waiting. You will be provided with
towels and water in a beach bag, and don't forget the snorkel and fins, which RH
also provides.

Because our stay was so short this visit, we chose to eat dinner every night at RH, but you
will see other reviewers who also recommend other dinner spots. We have tried
those, too, but we always say RH is the best. Having lunch at Sip Sip is a
must! Find out where Queen Conch is located and try the fresh conch salad. Try
Arthur's Bakery for breakfast or the new coffee shop (RH will point the way),
but you will find the continental breakfast at RH perfect (with hot items
available, too, if requested).

We have stayed in the Pineapple and Palm rooms in the main house which have
great views of the harbor from the balconies. The rooms in the back of the
property provide a little more privacy, each with its own cabana. We have also
stayed in the Citrus room and this last visit, although we booked the Citrus
room again, we were upgraded to the Reef suite. Thank you, Thank you! We
enjoyed having coffee in our cabana in the morning and it was a nice retreat
when rain forced us to be under cover. All the rooms are fabulous! You will
love any of them.

For anyone reading this who typically prefers to stay in accommodations directly
on the beach (I am one of those), I can't say enough how happy you will be
choosing the Rock House instead. It is a unique, one of a kind place. The
pictures and all the reviews accurately depict what you will experience here.
You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank SBinflorida
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Eric F, General Manager at Rock House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2014

Hello SBinflorida,

We always feel with our return guest as if friends are coming back to visit our home. It is so great to hear that after your 4th stay with us you speak so highly of us and that we have not disappointed you.
I wish you many more happy years together full of love and happiness.
Looking forward to celebrate with you the next anniversary or perhaps the big one! :)
Eric

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

My husband and I decided that Harbour Island was the perfect destination for our honeymoon, and boy were we right! We booked our room at The Rock House based on all of the wonderful reviews here, and we could not have been more pleased. We stayed in the Nautilus Room, which was wonderful. One of the neatest touches of the hotel is the attention to detail they take in making sure you really don't have to worry about anything. Every room has its own cooler that you can take to the beach with you, along with beach bags with towels, water, and snorkel gear. There are more than enough chaise lounges and cabanas around the pool and there was never a crowd. We truly felt like the only people in the hotel at times and loved that. We had dinner there twice during the week and it was outstanding. Do not miss an opportunity to try their Goombay Smash...trust me, we sampled most offerings on the island and the Rock House's is the BEST! We really can't wait to return to see Flo, Don, Rock, Kato, and all of the wonderful folks here!

Room Tip: We chose the Nautilus Room and it was perfect. It was suggested to us as it is on the Garden Side aw...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Cather84
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Eli K, General Manager at Rock House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Thank you for celebrating your Honeymoon with us at Rock House. We are delighted you truly enjoyed yourselves. We look forward to your next visit. Not to worry we will have some Frozen Goombay Smash drinks ready for you to enjoy.

Thank you,

From all of us at Rock House

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

While we were holidaying in Florida, we were treated by our son to a visit to Rock House in the Bahamas. As a regular visitor to Harbour Island, he said a stay at Rock House was essential. We were not disappointed, our room was exceedingly comfortable and the housekeeping was excellent. It is a boutique hotel that gives a five star service to all the guests. The owner, Don and his staff contrive to ensure that nothing is to much trouble. Our short visit was rounded off by the most memorable dinner served on the verandah overlooking the bay. A wonderful finale to a memorable trip to a jewel of an island..

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Eli K, General Manager at Rock House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Thank you for staying with us at Rock House! We are happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves and took the time to share your experience. We hope you visit us again as well.

Thank you,

From all of us at Rock House

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

I fell in love with Harbour Island. What a lovely place. We had a wonderful stay at the Rock House. The staff was all very nice, sweet and professional. Our suite was very nicely appointed and in perfect condition. I feel the hotel is very well located in the center of town, so close to the harbor and the marina and where a lot of the most interesting restaurants are located. The beach is a 7 minutes walk or 4 minutes golf cart ride (everybody rents one). The food was very good at the Rock House and the restaurant is rated very high on the Island. We also had a very nice dinner at the Dunmore, the landing and Valentine's; I don't forget Queen Conch and Sip Sip were we had nice lunch. So foodies will be happy on the Island where everything is so close. I highly recommend the Rock House and will be back hopefully in a near future. My last comment will be for the pink sand beach; actually no comment as it is speechless beautiful and I am posting a picture of it and I swear it was not photoshopped.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Eli K, General Manager at Rock House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Thank you for staying with us at Rock House and your "Lovely" review. We look forward to your next visit hopefully sometime soon.

Thank you,

From all of us at Rock House

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Address: Corner of Hill and Bay Street, EL-27234, Harbour Island
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Harbour Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Harbour Island
Price Range: £235 - £564 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rock House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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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