Oranjestad, St. Eustatius – November 23, 2021 – Enviably situated on one of the last hidden secrets in the Caribbean, Golden Rock Resort opens as the first and only upscale lifestyle resort in the Dutch island of St. Eustatius (Statia) revealing a sophisticated, oceanfront haven that pulses with the energy of the area’s natural splendor and charm. Signaling a new era for the destination and breathing new life into the unspoiled island, the introduction of the hip, crisply designed 32-guestroom resort enters the market as the largest hospitality development in the history of Statia.
The contemporary boutique hilltop resort spans 40 acres of lush landscaping and immaculate gardens and is situated near the island’s signature “Quill,” the dormant volcano that’s one of the Caribbean’s most sought-after hiking spots. Offering guests an authentic natural island experience with a touch of adventure, Golden Rock embodies a casual, upscale aesthetic with unparalleled access to nature’s calming, restorative, and rejuvenating power.
“We’re committed to reimagining Statia and boosting the destination’s tourism while keeping the authentic idyl island experience, which will serve as the foundation for our brand identity – from our sustainable programming to our elevated levels of service – everything comes together in a vibrant atmosphere,” said Peter Barnhoorn, CEO of Golden Rock Resort. “By drawing inspiration from our island’s invigorating activities to create a lifestyle experience, Golden Rock Resort will undoubtedly appeal to dive enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and wellness travelers.”
The 32 nature-inspired guest rooms and suites feature modern finishes and unparalleled ocean views. All accommodations offer open-air corridors, private balconies, sustainable amenities and refreshing décor. In April 2022, Golden Rock will add 22 oceanfront villas to its current roster.
Guests can rejuvenate at the resort’s two spa-treatment rooms, or relish in an extensive list of amenities, inclusive of a large asymmetrical swimming pool, state-of-the-art oceanfront gym, tennis/basketball court, preserved historic artifacts, large outdoor children’s play area and more. Offsite adventures arranged by Golden Rock’s activities team include daily hikes and diving excursions. A Beach Club with an infinity pool is scheduled to be completed by 2022.
Breeze, the destination’s premier restaurant with miles of unobstructed views of the ocean and neighboring islands of St. Kitts and St. Martin, features exquisite dishes with local produce and global flavors such as the Caribbean Lobster – Thermidor Style, King Crab & Avocado with a spicy juzu vinaigrette and the Beef Tenderloin with choice of chimichurri, peppercorn sauce or breeze butter. The resort’s soon-to-open vegetable garden will supply an abundance of fresh ingredients to create an array of flavorful dining and craft cocktail experiences.
In its commitment to an eco-consciousness lifestyle, Golden Rock Resort makes use of the following sustainable systems: solar panels to completely power the resort; a reverse osmosis machine turning saltwater into clean, drinking water with a capacity to store 240,000 liters; and a helophyte filter used to clean dirty water through the use of reed and bamboo to be used for irrigation of the property’s plants and grass.
A 13 square mile island located between St. Kitts and St. Martin, Statia is home to 36 dive sites, 32 native bird species, and more protected historical monuments per square mile than any other Caribbean Island. Top attractions include The Quill National Park, featuring a dormant 2,000-foot volcano which lords over the island’s southern half and offers over a dozen trails that allow hikers to ascend through thorny woodland all the way up to the spectacular tropical forest at the crater’s rim; Boven National Park’s several trails that snake through valleys and along ridges, bringing visitors to secluded bays and viewpoints; St. Eustatius National Marine Park’s dive sites, which are considered one of the best five diving spots in the Caribbean as they feature a vast range of coral reefs, shipwrecks, volcanic fissures, pinnacles and beautiful walls; and the historical town center with hundreds of artifacts from the 18th century.
Statia is located 33 miles southwest of the coast of St. Maarten (SXM), a short yet stunning 20-minute plane ride to Statia’s F. D. Roosevelt (EUX) airport. Connections in St. Maarten (SXM) are available with regional and international carriers, including Caribbean Airlines, LIAT, KLM, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, US Airways and Air France. Ferry service will soon be available between Saba Island, St. Kitts and St Maarten.
For more information, visit https://goldenrockresort.com/.