Need To Know
88, including 20 suites.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Guests arriving early or checking out late can store luggage, and have access to changing rooms and resort facilities.
Double rooms from £266.21 ($324), including tax at 9.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of $30.50 per person per night on check-out.
Rates are room only; à la carte breakfast, from £6. Children: Cots (free) and extra beds (£15 a night) can be added to every room, although the Villa rooms (accessed by 77 stairs) are best for families with older children.
The hotel is completely non-smoking. Several suites in the Manor House will accommodate mobility-impaired guests, and there are elevators, ramps and pram-friendly paths throughout the property.
At the hotel
200 manicured acres, private beach, beach club (open April–October), four swimming pools, kids club (open mid-June to September), spa, fitness centre, tennis courts, golf club, running and walking trails, scooter and bike rental, concierge, library, laundry, free WiFi.
In your room
TV, iPod dock, minibar, bathrobe, slippers, La Bottega and James Heeley bath products, Keurig coffee-makers in suites and free WiFi.
Our favourite rooms
All rooms have deep soaking tubs (ideal for shower-averse kids) and a balcony or terrace giving additional outdoor space. If you have confident swimmers who can’t get enough pool time, opt for the Manor House Poolside Deluxe rooms set a few steps away from the Castle Harbour pool. These spacious one-bedroom suites can comfortably fit a cot or extra bed. The two-bedroom Manor House Suite connects two guestrooms for loads of space and privacy for a family. Just a stroll from the spa, you can play house in the Walsingham Suite: it's kitted out for family togetherness with a dining room, full kitchen and a living room. Villa rooms offer two-bedroom suites and living rooms with sofa-beds, but to access these rooms you need to climb a winding 77-step grand staircase – best suited to families with older kids.
Paddle the days away at one of the resort’s four pools. Steps from the Manor House, the palm-tree fringed Palm Court Pool is best for swimmers confident in the deep end. Also near the Manor House, the Castle Harbour Pool has lap lanes for serious swimmers and private alcoves for serious relaxation. At the Beach Club (10 minutes by tram), you'll find two freshwater ocean-facing infinity pools. The very family-friendly Fountain Pool – stocked with floaties to borrow – has a shallow end for toddlers, a trio of spouting fountains and a fence to deter little ones from waddling out of bounds. Teens will love sipping fruit mocktails and hanging out around the infinity-edged Horizon Pool that’s open to guests over 13. There are no lifeguards and none of the pools is heated, but the sun does a fine job of maintaining just the right temperature for a dip.
Lose yourself for two blissed-out hours in a Bermuda Triangle massage, facial and shower therapy treatment, or any other number of rejuvenating and relaxing services at the sprawling Sense Spa (open daily 10am to 6pm). There’s a proper barber shop for the gents, full salon for the ladies and a reflection pool dotted with sunloungers for further decompression, post-pummelling. The spa also has a select menu of children's treatments for accompanied kids. The starter spa set (ages 5–9) can indulge in a mani or pedi with mum (or dad); there’s a tween-tailored facial for ages 9–13; and 11–16s can unwind with a scalp or foot massage.
Although the weather is mild and sunny year-round, bring wetsuits if you plan to snorkel or spend extended periods paddling out in the ocean December–March. Also, T-shirts, tank tops and cut-off shorts are a no-no on the golf course and tennis courts, so pack proper shorts, skirts and collared shirts.
Once you’ve booked your room, sort out your appointments at the in-demand Sense spa, and reserve lessons and court or tee times at the tennis centre and golf course. The Rose Buds kids club is first come, first served, and a registration form needs to be completed well before you arrive.
Your furry best friend can stay with you for free.
Rosewood has established a green initiative, Verde, to ensure they seek out practices that are mindful of the sensitive island environment and its natural resources. Many of the herbs and vegetables for the restaurant are grown in the chef’s on-site garden, seafood is locally sourced, meat comes from a sustainable farm and vegetables are local whenever possible. Eco-conscious practices such as the use of green cleaning products, repurposed water-irrigation for the gardens, general recycling programs and the use of bikes and low-emission mopeds are all in place.