With 21 suites, all of them larger than 1,000 square feet, set among grassy dunes on a less-developed swath of Grace Bay, Beach House is both intimate and roomy. Condo-like in their dimensions and layout, every suite has a kitchenette and breakfast nook, and a large balcony with a daybed. A few of the suites face the pool, but most have an ocean view that looks out on a white-sand beach and snorkeling reef just beyond. There’s no need to remember room numbers, because each suite is identified by name. And even if guests forget they are staying in Cool Change, or Beachy, for example, it hardly matters, because they could practically live in their Pampering Pod—two beachside chaise lounges, attached by a table and shaded by an umbrella, where it is possible to share a meal or a couples massage. There’s adventure on the beach, with a list of complimentary water sports, and at the table, with a resident chef who is a rising culinary star.
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Beach House is on a section of Grace Bay Beach known as the Bight, about 20 minutes from the airport. While it’s not within walking distance of much, the hotel does provide complimentary shuttle service to several restaurants it is associated with—the Mango Reef, at the Alexandra Resort, and the Fire & Ice and Salt Bar & Grill at the Blue Haven Resort and Marina. For a more local-culture experience, plan on a Thursday night at Island Fish Fry at the Bight (Children’s) Park, where from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. food vendors, entertainers, and cultural acts show their stuff and, because it is the Caribbean, people get up and dance.
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Rooms: 21 suites. From $595 low season, $850 high season. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Beach House’s Kitchen 218 is all about fine dining in the evenings, when its menu is overseen by chef Cristian Rebolledo, a peripatetic Chilean who attended the Culinary Institute of America and served under two of Spain’s most noted chefs, Joan Roca and Ferran Adrià. Caribbean flavors abound, but a favorite starter is Rebolledo’s roasted pumpkin soup. Spa and gym details:Elevate Spa treatments—from a beach gazebo massage to a mango mojito anti-aging experience—often take place alfresco. But should an afternoon squall roll in, guests can head for the poolside treatment room or their own suite. The gym is small, but complimentary paddleboards, ocean kayaks, a Hobie Cat, and, for land explorers, bicycles, leave little excuse for failing to get a cardio workout.
Who’s it for: Beach-loving couples who like the intimate serenity of 21 suites, and the barefoot pleasure of being directly on the beach. Our favorite rooms:The toss-up here is first-floor oceanfront for direct beach access, or second-floor oceanfront for better views and more privacy. Pack light: Beach House claims to have a dress code—No socks allowed.