Grace Bay Resorts, the boutique owner, developer and operator of the finest luxury resorts and branded residences in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, has opened Rock House, the first residential resort tucked into the rugged, untouched limestone cliffs of Providenciales’ north shore. Envisioned by Grace Bay Resorts’ chief executive officer and principal Mark Durliat after being inspired by his travels to Italy and the South of France, the resort features 46 oceanfront villa-style accommodations including studios and one- and two-bedroom freestanding homes built into the limestone cliffside similar to resorts, homes and villas in destinations like the Amalfi Coast.
“Rock House is the Caribbean Capri, rivaling a trip to the Mediterranean without the transcontinental trip,” says Durliat. “As one of only a few Leading Hotels of the World properties in Turks & Caicos, Rock House brings an entirely new experience to those seeking an alternative to the beachfront resorts typically found in the islands.”
Contemporary, Stone-Clad Accommodations
The standout design team behind Rock House includes AD100 interior designer Shawn Henderson, responsible for the interior design of the accommodations; Turks & Caicos’ leading architecture firm Coast Architects; and master planner Epikos Design. The resort’s one and two-bedroom standalone homes cascade down the sloping coastal limestone rock of Providenciales’ north shore, boasting outdoor terraces, bathrooms with lush outdoor shower gardens, 13-foot vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize the drop-dead views of the island’s renowned turquoise water. Rock House’s oceanfront pool studios overlook the 100-foot infinity pool, a focal point of the property and the largest of its kind in Turks & Caicos. Interiors feature an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional design with custom furnishings, porcelain and terrazzo flooring, oversized soaking tubs and Waterworks fixtures. Rock House is Shawn Henderson’s first hospitality project in the Caribbean.
Promoting an eco-conscious ethos and preserving the site’s unique, natural landscape is central to the design of Rock House. Built by hand by local artisans out of the cliffs below, limestone feature walls wrap around the homes, from exterior to interior. All foliage in Rock House’s landscaping is indigenous to the site, including its centuries old, slow-growing Joewood trees, native orchids and ancient lignum vitae, also called the “trees of life” for their medicinal use.
Guests at Rock House have access to the exclusive Beach Club at Rock House, reminiscent of European beach clubs whose crown jewel is a serviced jetty that stretches 130 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. The glamorous club also includes oceanfront dining with soaring views, a private white sand beach sandwiched between the limestone rock and calm ocean, and daily programming including water activities and excursions like kayaking, snorkeling and private island picnics.
Wellness is paramount to the resort, with an elevated 100-foot infinity pool, the largest in Turks & Caicos, which is surrounded by sophisticated day beds and parasols, and offers guests a chance to unwind while overlooking the islands’ famed crystal blue waters. Additional wellness amenities include in-room massage treatments, yoga classes, and winding walking and jogging trails.
“Rock House exudes high-touch service, world-class culinary offerings and unique wellness experiences—all things luxury travelers look for in a vacation today,” says Crawford Sherman, managing director of Rock House. “When guests experience Rock House for the first time, they will get the same indescribable feeling as one gets when experiencing the likes of Capri and Nice.”
Standout amenities slated to open later this year include a relaxing spa, tennis courts and a yoga pavilion.
Dazzling Oceanfront Dining
Led by executive chef Dennis Boon, Rock House’s signature Beach Club restaurant blends into the site’s natural beauty and remoteness while offering seductive 180-degree views of the archipelago’s barrier reef and Atlantic Ocean. The Beach Club serves Adriatic cuisine like fresh seafood, pasta, aged steaks and a curated wine list with endlessly-flowing rosé. Guests can also enjoy drinks at the see-and-be-seen Sunset Bar or the alluring Cave Bar, featuring an appropriate rock & roll themed cocktail menu, or have dinner on the Beach Club jetty for a one-of-a-kind private dining experience.
“Six years in the making, Rock House brings Caribbean hospitality and a sophisticated Mediterranean-inspired experience to Turks & Caicos that guests will remember forever,” says Nikheel Advani, chief operating officer and principal of Grace Bay Resorts. “Rock House guests in the coming months will be the first to experience our Beach Club, elevated cuisine, revitalizing wellness amenities and Providenciales’ under-the-radar North Shore.”
Rock House is located at 1 International Drive, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands. Nightly rates start at $655 for guests who take advantage of the resort’s opening offer of 30% off the best available rate, which is available for arrivals between May 1, 2022 and January 30, 2023.
For more information, visit https://rockhouse.gracebayresorts.com.