Fodor's Expert Review Rock House

Bay St. Fodor's Choice

With a drawing room straight out of a villa on the Amalfi Coast, the Rock House is Harbour Island's most luxurious boutique hotel. Originally a complex of historic harbor-side buildings, the hotel was designed by the late Wallace Tutt (the builder of Gianni Versace's mansion in Miami) and owner Don Purdy, who attentively orchestrates a pampering, intimate haven for his discriminating international clientele. Fresh orchids fill every room, private cabanas line the heated courtyard pool, and the congenial staff caters to your every need. Guest rooms are a sophisticated mix of contemporary and island furnishings, outfitted with thoughtful amenities like a picnic basket for beach forays and custom-designed extra-padded mattresses. After feasting at the Rock House's celebrated restaurant, you'll want to take advantage of the island's only fully outfitted gym (exclusively for guest use). Although the hotel is on the harbor side of the island, chairs and umbrellas are set up daily for Rock House guests who want to relax on the beach. Rock House also offers private vacation homes at its Rock House Rental Villas, bookable on VRBO, in which up to 20 people can stay and enjoy a fully staffed villa with a private chef and concierge.


  • top-rated restaurant on-site
  • many rooms have an enclosed terrace or a private cabana
  • best gym on the island


  • not on the beach
  • lack of views from some rooms
  • not ideal for families with young children




Phones: - 242 - 333–2053


10 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Aug.–mid-Nov., Free Breakfast

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