If you are looking for a truly unique, coffee-filled experience that will take you back in time to New England’s golden age of hospitality, look no further than Ocean House in Watch Hill. This quintessential New England seaside resort is the first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star hotel in Rhode Island. It’s also home to a Forbes Five-Star rated Spa and Restaurant, making Ocean House one of only thirteen resorts in the entire world with a triple Five-Star rating. The resort is also a proud member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, which sets the gold standard for unique, independent hotels and restaurants around the world.
From the moment you arrive at the resort’s glamorous entrance, you feel as though you have stepped into another world — one where you are (obviously) the most important person on the planet. Your bags will be whisked away to your room and a refreshing beverage will be placed in your hand while the staff delight you with stories of the resort’s history. When they tell you it’s their pleasure to serve you, they really mean it! Be sure to join the daily resort tour where stunning coastal views greet you from the bell tower and you can traipse through the Presidential Suite like you own the place.
Ocean House has taken great pride in selecting their luxury partnerships to ensure that guests truly have the best possible experience. Your beach cabana will be equipped with a Bose sound system. If you feel like taking a drive, you can borrow one of their complimentary Mercedes and they have even dedicated an entire bar to their preferred champagne, Veuve Clicquot!
And when it comes to making your morning caffeinated brew (obviously the most important part of any stay), they only offer the best. Guests staying in one of Ocean House’s Signature Suites will enjoy use of their own De’Longhi Eletta Fully-Automatic Espresso and Cappuccino Machine throughout their stay. De’Longhi’s beautifully Italian-designed espresso and cappuccino machines deliver an authentic espresso experience every time, with an emphasis on simplicity and authenticity. Wake up in the morning and make yourself a perfectly brewed cappuccino with the push of a button. Need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up? Hit another button and within seconds you’ll have a barista-quality latte. Wish you had an after-dinner espresso? Not a problem. Select a single or double shot and within seconds you’ll be finishing your meal like a true Italian! You might even be tempted to take a passeggiata (after-dinner stroll).
Seriously, this machine is so fantastic I’m already having withdrawals. Unlike other coffee and espresso machines, the De’Longhi Eletta uses real beans – not plastic pods. Its integrated stainless steel burr grinder has 13 adjustable settings and grinds fresh beans every time you select a beverage, to ensure maximum freshness in every cup. It also has a patented LatteCrema system™ that is light years ahead of any other machine in the market. Its integrated milk carafe has a cleaning function and produces steamed milk for latte and frothed milk for cappuccino and Italian macchiato. The milk carafe is detachable, so you can simply place it in the refrigerator between uses, so no milk is wasted. And it has two separate heating elements, one for cappuccino preparation and one for milk preparation. This simultaneous heating function ensures the perfect temperature and measurement every time. There is even a cup warmer on top so that your perfect beverage stays warm as long as you are drinking it.
Guests not staying in one of the Ocean House Signature suites can enjoy the De’Longhi barista quality, bean-to-cup experience in several other locations on the resort such as the Secret Garden Champagne Bar, Below Deck or the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts. Here you can also enjoy one of the resort’s complimentary classes. I learned a lot and found a new favorite cordial (or liqueur) in the center’s Coffee & Cordials class. And if you just cannot live without this gorgeous machine after experiencing it, you can also purchase one in the resort’s boutique. I know what I’m putting on my Christmas list this year!
For a truly special treat, coffee lovers will not want to miss the New England Coffee Scrub offered in the five-star OH! Spa. This treatment combines the deep aromas of coffee and sugar for an exfoliating scrub, followed by a light application of organic citrus lotion. This 45-minute treatment will leave your skin feeling revived and supple – and of course, you’ll smell amazing!
To make your experience a truly triple five-star experience, make a reservation at COAST, where you will get much more than a meal. You’ll enjoy a true dining experience comprised of seasonal, local New England ingredients and spread out over five courses that change daily. The restaurants chefs source all ingredients for your meal from within 150 miles of the restaurant.
Thank you so very much to the Ocean House and De’Longhi for generously hosting me! If you’re interested in staying at the Ocean House, visit their website here: Ocean House. To learn more about the De’Longhi line of products and purchase your own De’Longhi machine please visit their website here: De’Longhi. All opinions and images are my own.
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