Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
One of the trendiest resorts in the Caribbean, highlighted by a spectacular pool and personal beachside service
Gansevoort’s infinity-edge pool, dotted with palm trees and hard-decked islands, is clearly the resort’s "pièce de résistance". As a result, the area is generally packed, with guests jockeying for prime spots as early as 8 a.m. A certain level of elitism hovers over the area as well due to the extra fee required to reserve the four lounge islands, which include two lounge chairs, an umbrella, a table, chairs, and, of course, the envy of everyone else at the pool.
Nonetheless, attentive poolside service and comfy padded teak loungers are available to all guests, and the house music pumped through the speakers provides the happening vibe expected from a Gansevoort. And, surprisingly, families seem to be comfortable among the hip and young, though noisy children will likely receive a sneer or two.
The wow factor lessens a bit in the studio rooms, which are on the small side for the price (less expensive rooms at Point Grace are almost twice as big). Even so, they impress with sleek furniture, modern decor, and terraces with ample furniture and glass railings. Most notable, though, is the fact that all 91 guest rooms feature expansive terraces with amazing views of the ocean -- something few resorts in the area can claim.
Everything at the Gansevoort is expensive, and the extras seem to pop up everywhere, from the $5 surcharge for room service to the aforementioned fee for reserving island decks at the pool.
Slightly out of the way from the rest of the Grace Bay resorts, but still close enough for a quick drive to the island’s hot spots
Located on the eastern edge of the Grace Bay cluster of resorts, Gansevoort is somewhat farther from shopping and restaurants than other properties; however, an on-site restaurant and happening nightlife help make up for the distance.
The resort’s own trippy pop CD compilation (which is surprisingly good) sets the mood when guests first enter their rooms. It’s all chill vibes and great views from there, with white-on-white decor, bright blue accents, and oversize lacquered beach photos on the walls.
The minimalist interiors are trendy, but they also help keep the focus on the incredible ocean views that all 91 guestrooms enjoy. Even the 665-square-foot studios feature large terraces with plenty of furniture, glass railings, and partial views of the water (the resort buildings, and the pool, obstruct the view a bit).
The spa is small (as is the adjacent fitness center) with just three treatment rooms, and while the reception and hallways may lack the tranquility of say, the spas at Point Grace or Grace Bay Club, the treatment rooms are better than most due to lush private terraces with teak loungers and an outdoor rain shower.
Mediterranean restaurant Bagatelle incorporates local flair with a candlelit bistro and breezy beachside lounge.
Stelle provides the dining experience for Gansevoort guests, which means two things: a trendy scene and an overpriced menu. It features plenty of island-inspired cuisine like Caribbean spiny lobster and conch fritters. The restaurant is also the site of an exceptional daily breakfast buffet, which is included in the rate.
For lunch, the restaurant closes its main dining area and opens its casual beach bar, located between the beach and the resort’s pool. A small bar, several lounge areas, and a host of tables are spread out under stretched canvases. Pool and beach attendants also serve guests from this portion of the restaurant from late morning to early evening.
The Gansevoort is without a doubt the sexiest resort on Grace Bay, and its stunning pool and breeze-filled lobby wow guests from the moment they set foot on the property. Equally enticing are the resort’s gourmet restaurant, poolside and beachside service, sleek rooms, and Exhale Spa, but pricey add-ons for virtually everything can make guests feel nickel-and-dimed.