Sitting atop the marshes of Watch Hill, Rhode Island resides one of the most iconic seaside resorts in the country: Ocean House. This resort in Watch Hill, a small yet affluent seaside town, has transformed Watch Hill into an idyllic coastal getaway fit for elite travelers.
Meticulously restored in 2010 after a $146-million renovation, Ocean House is a grand Victorian property that has been around for over 100 years. Once a getaway for America’s wealthy in the 1900s, Ocean House is one of the last remaining oceanfront hotels in New England. With its opulent white columns, light-yellow exterior and manicured green lawns, the resort is a symbol of civility and glamour. It boasts 49 guest rooms and 23 private residences (18 which are available to guests), all which received fireplaces, marble bathrooms, HD LCD flat-screen TVs, iPads, iPod sound docks, floor valets and butler services post-renovation. The resort is quintessentially coastal, with warm-colored natural woods, linen and chenille fabrics.
Ocean House is an elite Relais & Chateaux hotel, an association that sets the standard for unique, high-end hotels and restaurants, and has received the prestigious Forbes’ Triple Five Star accolade and is one of only 11 resorts in the world to have received this honor. In addition to its luxurious suites and residences, guests will love Ocean House’s special eye for art. More than 350 pieces from artists in the 19th century through the 20th century are placed throughout the hotel. Pay special attention to pieces by Ludwig Bemelmans, Adolph Dehn, Burt Britton, Garrett Price and James Montgomery Flagg. The resort regularly hosts exhibits and promotes the Artist in Residence program, featuring work from a variety of local artists.
Luxury amenities keep guests coming back, too, such as the 12,000-square-foot spa, the only facility in Rhode Island to receive five-star recognition. The spa offers massages, body treatments and skincare regimens. Seasons, the five-star restaurant, offers guests an elegant dining experience for breakfast, lunch or dinner, featuring tables that overlook the white sandy beaches and sparkling water of the Atlantic. The farm-to-table menu features fresh, seasonal options, and guests are also able to partake in the Chef’s Counter, an up-close culinary experience that allows them to watch the master chef prepare their meals. Living Room, Seaside Terrace and The Verandah Raw Bar are only a few of the on-site dining options the resort has to offer.
For those interested in luxury auto, Ocean House has a Mercedes-Benz program which allows guests access to an E350 Cabriolet convertible, SL550 Roadster convertible or an ML350 SUV. Other amenities include an on-premise luxury retail boutique, indoor lap pool, private beach access, croquet and squash courts and 24-hour in-room dining and concierge services. Ocean House features special activities for children, as well as hosts weddings and other important gatherings. Ocean House is an ideal getaway for the entire family to experience the rich heritage of the resort featuring attention to detail, individualized service and unsurpassed luxury.
For more information, visit OceanHouseRI.com to schedule your trip.
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