Ocean House at Watch Hill
Westerly, New England, United States of America
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Autumn 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 colourful 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.
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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.
Rhode Island, or 'Little Rhody' New England, is a favourite spot for family reunions and beach holidays for New Yorkers and Bostonians seeking low-key outdoorsy holidays 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 travellers from further afield looking for a pampering, luxurious holiday.
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 artefacts 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.
Seaside Terrace Restaurant offers farm-to-table cuisine that changes daily and an excellent wine list and you can either sit in the Seaside 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 lap 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. The sleepy waterfront village of Watch Hill is just 3 minutes walk down the hill with a selection of boutique shops and cafes.
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 colour palates and, custom wooden furnishings and early New England art work create a soothing place for you to stay in. If you are travelling 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.
All rooms feature an iPad, in room dining, binoculars, fridges with water, soft drinks and snacks which are complimentary and these are restocked daily.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Ocean House at Watch Hill. The Children's summer programme '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. For the evening, you could opt for some fine dining at Coast with its wonderful views of the Atlantic and its ever changing seasonal menu. The classic Seaside Terrace menu can be served in the casual environment of the Winter Garden, Seasons Bar or al fresco on the Seaside Terrace. The Verandah also offers a raw bar. Dune Cottage on the beach serves lunch and cocktails for those who can't drag themselves away from the sand. The Secret Garden bar is perfect for pre or post dinner cocktails.
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 hotel also offers an indoor lap pool which offers adult only hours and then times when the whole family is welcome.
For those with a sweet tooth, the Sweet Treats Gelato store offers ice cream, sweets and essentials for guests to pick up during their stay.
The resort also has a croquet court, shuffleboard, squash courts a culinary education programme and vast amounts of beautiful art work.
The beach offers complimentary sunbeds and umbrellas for guests, as well as beach chair service and private beach cabanas that can be rented by the day.
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.
The hotel offers complimentary bikes for guests on a first come first serve basis. They also have 9 Mercedes cars that guests can take on a first come first serve basis.
Further activities are also available at the hotel's sister property, the Weekapaug Inn, which is around 15 minutes drive away.
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Location & directions
Westerly, New England, United States of America
The Ocean House at Watch Hill, overlooks a pristine white sand beach
in the exclusive district of Watch Hill near Westerly, Rhode Island.
How to get there
It is a 7-hour 30-minute direct flight to Boston's Logan International Airport with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. From Boston it is a drive of about 1-hour 45-minutes to Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
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