Travel Blogs from Harbor Island
... As soon as passengers from Miami disembark, we'll board and hopefully be on our way. We boarded early at 1:55 and lifted off at 2:12, 3 minutes EARLY! It's a beautifully clear day and the views of the island as we ascended to our cruising altitude were breathtaking. We had smooth flight, arriving at our gate at Miami International at 2:58, 12 minutes early! The new American Airlines ( after the USAirways/ American merger) is impressive, so ...
We've spent the last several days just hanging out at Turtle Cove. Nothing new to report, our vacation in the Bahamas beginning to wind down. The weather has been very kind to us during our stay, but even a shower or thunderstorm doesn't take away from the beauty of this place. The only negative is ...
Today, on our return trip from the grocery store, we stopped at Preachers Cave, an important historical landmark for Eleuthera. The large unique cave is located about two miles east of Gene's Bay and about one mile west of Turtle Cove. The cave was discovered by William Sayle and, a group of Christians seeking religious freedom from Bermuda, now referred to as "The Eleutheran Adventures." They were shipwrecked off the Eleuthera coast on a reef called the Devil's Back Bone in 1648 and ...
... t been all that interested. He says its too easy to catch the little ones which must be thrown back. Whenever he hooks a big fish, the 8 lb. test line snaps, losing steel leader and hook and fish. He's used up all his big hooks, but still has 6 of ten steel leaders left. He'll will need to get more large hooks at a local store next time we're out. And if he is able to bring in something big, which is very likely, if the line holds up, once he gets ...
... checked the weather over night we decide to stay out for another day as winds still to strong to head North to Abacos.. 3rd night we decide to do an anchor watch so all take shifts - needless to say , we did not move at all and managed to stay put next to our trusty landmark The Buoy all night long! At 6.30 Sal prepares the boat to leave, rallies the skip from his slumber and we picked up anchor and headed off for the ...
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Loved the Rock House
My daughter was married at the Rock House on November 6, 2004. She stayed there for a week and I was there for four days. I can not say enough about how wonderful the owners Don and Wallace make you feel while you are there. Their staff prepared the rehearsal meal and the wedding meal which was top notch four star in my book and everyone else there would agree. Our wedding party consisted of 75 people. The staff also made you feel welcomed, were very friendly, as they were always asking if they could get you something. The wedding cake and flowers were prepared there at the hotel and one could not ask for anything more beautiful than that. My daughter looked absolutely beautiful with her bouquet of roses that Don had made as well as the flower arrangements on the tables. Upon leaving the hotel the next day, Wallace and Don were still asking if there was anything else they could do for you. My experience at the Rock House on Harbour Island, Bahamas was a wonderful one and I do hope to return there again one day. I would recommend it highly to everyone.
Mary Anne Gasperin
Can't wait to go back!!
We feel compelled to respond to "never again". We have stayed at the Rock House several times and all we can say is we "can't wait to go back" !!!
The food is always fresh (which is not easy on a remote island) always delicious and beautifully presented, the staff goes out of there way to accommodate your every wish and as far as the Managers go - where else will the Managers give you a personal Island tour in their own private Golf Cart - introduce you to the locals (and local celebrities too!)- show you other properties for a drink or a fun night out and then rearrange all your return travel arrangements when we decided to stay a few more nights!! Want something special?? the Management will fly it in before you even remember you wanted it - Incredible Service!
Plus - we sampled homemade creations as they were being tested for the new menu - like homemade Rocky Road Ice Cream, the most incredible French Fries in the World - (Paris has nothing on these - we actually ate 2 big plates for an entree that night) Rum Cake and the Mother of all Martinis!! We could tell you about the incredible Rack of Lamb we ate - or the homemade Spring Rolls - or the World's Best Burger or the Pressed Tuscan Chicken or the sweetest, tenderest Calamari ever (where do they get fresh Calamari in the Out Islands???) but that makes us just anxious to get back there and if we keep this up we will have to wait months to get in!! The Rock House is our Best Kept Secret - please tell only your Best friends!!!
Our last trip was in November after 2 Hurricanes had wrecked havoc on the landscape and the local people were struggling with their own personal hurricane problems - We were greeted with so many smiles and so many waves from the friendly staff and locals we had met, it brought tears to our eyes - The Rock House was impeccable - how did they do that??? We hear from friends that Harbour Island has recovered completely now so there is yet another reason that we can't wait to go back!! The place is so beautiful it actually hurts to leave.
The beach is 3 blocks away - SO WHAT! you have to walk around Harbour Island or you MISS IT - and we had a golf cart arranged by the management anyway - that's the reason you go to Habour Island - to SEE it and to enjoy the tropical breezes in your face riding around in your Golf Cart, not fighting traffic in your SUV. And besides the view of the Harbour at any time of the day or night and the easy proximity of all things FUN is worth not having the isolation of staying on the beach.
Harbour Island is an amazing place - it has taken over all of our other favorite places to go - St. Barts, Nevis, Virgin Gorda, Nantucket - we only go to Harbour Island now - why bother going anywhere else? And The Rock House has EVERTHING to do with that and always will.
Love Everything About It
We have been to Harbour Island a couple of times. We had my husband's 40th birthday celebration dinner there. The service and food were unforgettable. Everybody in our party agreed that the service is extremely accomodating and better than any other place on Harbour Island. Walking up the steps and entering the Rock House will put anyone in a good mood. We cannot wait to return!
The best you'll find hands down
We are an early thirties couple living in South Beach, Miami Beach, and we travel all over. Harbour Isaland was a jewel recommended by trusted friends who had frequented there. We listened to reviews of many of the hotels from friends , and studied online resources carefully. We jsut got back today after selecting the Rock House and staying four days. Quite simply, a beautifully restored historic home that is impeccably done with style and attention to detail, and it offers far better service and friendly, proactive staff that make a difference on a small island. We spent time while there checking out what we passed on (Pink Sands, Coral Sands, etc) and we were happy we did pass... Pink Sands is a wannabe snobatorium that is overpriced, inattentive and unconcerned with their reputation... we understand management has changed several times and none of them get it right. Coral sands has just been redone, and they seem to be a bit disorganized, but they have a nice facility, with need for gardening, and better service. One thing was strage, their common areas are silent and boring... nobody speaks, dead.
We found Rock House rooms to be gorgeous, each uniquely decorated, and their food and common areas like sharing a family home with a group of fun people. We met fellow tourists from Oregon and the UK, and they even had a model shoot for Lands End taking place there... seems clear they picked the best place. The pool area is first rate, with beutiful little casita type pool houses, awesome martini's at the bar, and a delicious restaurant. We plan on returning, and I wouldnt stay anywhere else.
Also check out the Landings for dinner, a block north. Delicious!
Best of both worlds!
If you are looking for high end accomodations but down home atmosphere then the Rock House is the place to go. The owners are totally hands on and see to your every need and treat you as one of the family. The staff are friendly and competent, entertainment is island exceptional and is pretty much a guaranteed wonderful good time!! The food is some of the best I have ever eaten. Can't wait to go back!! Kudos!!!!
A Restaurant with Rooms
As it turned out, The Rock House, particularly the main building, is a restaurant with rooms. Not knowing about the location of our room, we reserved the "Monkey Room." It was smack dab in the middle of their two restaurants, The Grill and their main dining room.
The first night (we booked the week of New Year's/2004) was great, but the second night it was as though we were sleeping under the dining room table. The noise from the main dining room was incredible. This was following by loud talking and clinking china the next morning as the other side of our room was adjacent to where they served lunch.
The menu is good - the chef does a great job with variety and sauces. The rooms in the schoolhouse would be fine, but we feel that the management should be more "up front" about the location of the rooms in the main building. The management even mentioned that they should move us, but never did. We checked out after two nights and relocated at The Coral Sands, directly on the ocean.
Another glitch occurred when our flight was cancelled for our first night, the hotel charged us for this night and did not offer any type of compensation.
Incredible attention to detail!
The Best experience we have ever had at a Hotel. The owners are true gentlemen and pay attention to every detail,very hands on. There dedication and warm hospitality carry through to their staff. My wife and I had a truly awesome experience. We recommend the PineApple room.
Staying at the Rock House is the perfect compliment to Harbour Island.
The stylish and comtemporary features perfectly compliment the laid back and friendly atmosphere of the town. While feeling like part of the community the island, you are certainly a welcomed and appreciated guest at the Rock House. The modern, hip rooms, private cabanna surrounded pool, sweet linens and creative menu make the Rock House my new home on Harbour Island. We moved to the Rock House from another hotel last time (after Wallace showed us some rooms during some pre-dinner drinks) and have already arranged for our March visit.
Fantastic Boutique Hotel
I haven't stayed the night but I've visited numerous times for the exquisite food and the ambience.
The setting is island chic - the sort of place that goes Gold in Conde Naste because it is just the right size to be personable, comfortable, friendly and relaxing.
Harbour Island is extremely beautiful but sometimes a little basic.
This hotel gives you the cushion you need to enjoy nature during the day and then come back to nestle in luxury.
The Rock House ROCKS. The owners are hands on and can't do enough for you. 5 stars. I was staying at Pink Sands Hotel and spent all my time at the Rock. They will have my business on my return visit. PS. The Pink Sands Hotel was over priced, over rated, and under performed.