Ocean House at Watch Hill
Rhode Island, New England
Sitting on pristine white beach in the exclusive enclave of Watch Hill on Rhode Island is the private and ultra elegant Ocean House. Originally opened in 1868, the hotel underwent a recent refurbishment creating a hotel with abundant character and style.
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Rhode Island, or 'Little Rhody' New England, is a favorite spot for family reunions and beach vacations for New Yorkers and Bostonians seeking low-key outdoorsy vacations with long days spent languishing on the beach - think Cornwall with better weather. Following its recent refurbishment the historic Ocean House sitting atop the Watch Hill Bluffs overlooking the Atlantic has much to attract travelers from further afield looking for a pampering, luxurious vacation.
Opened in 1868, this Victorian hotel welcomed guests for 135 years before closing for a much needed renovation that was completed in 2010. Much of the original design and some of the furniture and artifacts from the old structure were kept intact so today's hotel has the air of an ocean liner from a glamorous bygone era mixed with colonial beach house - all sparkling brass, gleaming woodwork, marble & leather, plus fresh ocean interiors and plantation shutters.
The 63 guest rooms, suites and Residences at Ocean House are light and airy completed in yellow, blue, turquoise, and cream, and most feature private balconies with stunning ocean views and fireplaces. The Signature suites on the top floors of the hotel are quite simply stunning and range from a one-bedroom studio to three bedroom residences each individually conceived by different interior designers. Some have spacious roof terraces, others full kitchens and the Tower Suite has a spiral staircase leading to the Crow’s Nest and a ladder up to the historically replicated widow’s walk, with dramatic 360-degree views of the ocean.
Seasons Restaurant offers farm-to-table cuisine that changes daily and an excellent wine list and you can either sit in the Atlantic Terrace for the ocean views or in a cosy booth or banquette by the fireplace or at the bar overlooking the open kitchen. Locals flock to the Sunday brunch accompanied by a jazz and blues pianist. Dune Cottage is a shaded pergola perched above the private beach, and creates a dramatic setting for lunch and early dinner in season and offers a simple, yet sophisticated Mediterranean inspired menu prepared from its outdoor kitchen.
To complement the farm-to-table ethic, the Ocean House offers Farm + Vine: Led by the hotel's Food Forager guests are able to enjoy complimentary cooking classes and trips to local farms, fishing docks and the Chef’s on-site herb garden as well as wine tastings led by the Sommelier.
The OH! Spa, is a 12,000 square foot spa with seven spacious treatment rooms pre or post treatments chaise lounges point out to sea. There is a fitness/yoga studio with 20-meter indoor pool and two squash courts or for a slower pace take to the croquet lawn. Westerly is charming, and the Mystic Aquarium is not far down the road. Art lovers will be kept busy with fifty art galleries within a 50 mile radius of the resort.
Ocean House has 49 elegant guest rooms and 14 signature suites which have all been inspired by the hotel's ocean front setting. Their soothing color palates and, custom wooden furnishings and early New England art work create a soothing place for you to stay in. If you are traveling as a family the two-bedroom suite could be an ideal option for you. The suites have spacious living areas with cosy fireplaces in addition.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Ocean House at Watch Hill. The Children's summer program 'Sandcastles' ensure that they are kept entertained during their stay. The program is open for 5-10 years olds and comprises afternoon and evening activities led by professional counsellors.
Dining options at Ocean House cater for everyone, you could opt for some fine dining at Seasons with its wonderful views of the Atlantic and its ever changing seasonal menu. The classic American Bistro menu can be served in the casual environment of the Winter Garden, Seasons Bar or al fresco on the Seasons Terrace.
OH! Spa, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is the only five star spa in Rhode Island. There are many treatments on offer to help you achieve wellness in the body, soul and mind. Whether this is through massages, fitness classes, yoga or just using the spa amenities, the specialist therapists will help to guide you towards relaxation.
The resort also has a croquet court, squash courts a culinary education program and vast amounts of beautiful art work.
During your stay at the Ocean House at Watch Hill there are many activities which you can get involved in. The Ocean itself provides a wealth of water based activities such as kayaking, yachting, surfing, paddle boarding and fishing. The pristine beaches that line the waterfront are a great place to relax and take in the beautiful scenery. The Ocean House has exclusive memberships at local golf and tennis clubs for guests' use and there is a professional croquet court on site at the hotel.
Location & Directions
Rhode Island, New England
The Ocean House at Watch Hill, overlooks a pristine white sand beach
in the exclusive district of Watch Hill near Westerly, Rhode Island.
When to go
Fall is Rhode Island's most glorious season, though spring and summer are pleasant as well. These times bring in healthy-sized crowds due to favourable weather and special events. Weather usually remains warm throughout September, while cooler temperatures in October bring out the colorful foliage. Winter lasts too long for most people's tastes, stretching from December to April. During this period, visitors can expect temperatures below freezing and plenty of snow.