St. Eustatius, Caribbean – Golden Rock Resort and Scubaqua Diving

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Golden Rock Resort and Scubaqua Diving

St. Eustatius, Caribbean

 

Combining comfort, fun and relaxation, Golden Rock Resort offers guests an authentic experience with a touch of adventure. 32 rooms and suites include modern finishes and unparalleled ocean views. Beyond the stunning accommodations, the hotel offers an oasis of immaculate gardens beaming with colorful flowers that allow guests to enjoy a relaxing stroll and explore the hotel’s 40-acres of oceanfront land.

A 9 sq/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. From lush green rain forests to breathtaking views of the sea, your next Caribbean adventure awaits!

Golden Rock Resort is a contemporary boutique hilltop resort situated near the island’s signature “Quill”, a dormant volcano that is 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.

Ever consider experiencing what it feels like to be in Jurassic Park? Golden Rock Resort is easily accessible to numerous hiking trails to the Quill/Boven National Park with endless options for beginners and experts alike. Hiking up and around the rim of The Quill takes moderate physical ability, but it’s not difficult. For those looking for a jaw-opening experience, venture inside the volcano and get lost in an ancient rainforest where the sheer magnitude of nature will leave you breathless.

If you just can’t get enough of the sea, Golden Rock Resort can arrange sailing trips for you to enjoy the natural breeze and embark on amazing sailing experience for a full or half-day. Explore the hidden gem of St. Eustatius’ crystal blue waters under the sun or at sunset and watch the stars during a serene cruise at night.

 

DIVING IN ST. EUSTATIUS

Diving in Statia is regarded as some of the best in the Caribbean.  Explore reefs, wrecks, pinnacles, and walls with Scubaqua Dive Center.  You can explore 36 dive sites – most of which are moored to protect the reef from anchorage.  Scubaqua offers low guest-to-guide ratio and dives for all levels.  So whether you are a beginner or advanced, you will be able to enjoy the true beauty of diving St. Eustatius!  They have 2 dive boats, a 36 foot boat called Green Flash and a 27 foot single hull called Yellow Boat.  The majority of dive sites can be reached within a 5-20 minute boat ride from the harbor.

Explore the tranquil waters of the Caribbean accompanied by experienced dive instructors. Dive into the untapped Marine Reserve where you can enjoy and explore walls, historical wrecks, patch reefs, macro dive sites, lava flows, boulder slides, and rock outcroppings. An unforgettable experience that will impress even the most experienced divers!

If you have never heard about this small, undiscovered island in the Caribbean, it is only because it’s a well-kept secret. Unaffected by mass tourism, St. Eustatius is not your average Caribbean Island. Imagine the Caribbean about 25 or 30 years ago and you get close. The reefs surrounding St. Eustatius are flourishing in a protected marine park. Underwater you will experience what much of the Caribbean must have looked like many years ago. The eye-catching volcano “the Quill” dominates the island with its impressive crater and is responsible for the huge amount of lava flows and blocks under the surface. These old labyrinths of lava are now fully overgrown with coral and sponges. Combine these reefs with numerous historical dive sites and more recent sunk wrecks and you will find yourself a diver’s paradise!

Photos courtesy of Golden Rock Resort and Scubaqua.

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ACCOMODATIONS

Welcome to Golden Rock Resort, where life slows down and your adventurous spirit rises. Featuring expansive oceanfront views, our 32 spacious guestrooms and suites evoke a sense of easy, relaxed comfort. All accommodations offer open-air corridors, private balconies, sustainable amenities, and modern conveniences.

The spacious suites at Golden Rock are suitable for 2 to 4 people, have a designer interior and a private balcony or terrace.

Accommodations include:

Villa Suite – Contemporary in design, the villas enjoy 60m2 | 650 sq feet of privacy, including a combined living area and kitchenette, upscale amenities and boasting a large balcony overlooking the Atlantic. All Villas have direct access to the resort’s adult’s pool, pool-bar, and breathtaking oceanfront views.

Golden Rock Suite – Immerse yourself in a perfectly fitted 80 sq meter | 260 sq feet living room with a full kitchen, spacious terrace and separate master bedroom overlooking stunning vistas of the ocean beyond.

Two Bedroom Lodge – Ideal for families or close friends, the two-bedroom lodges are over 70m2 | 785 sq feet complete with a spacious living area, two-bedrooms, separate bathrooms, kitchenette, private porch, and garden. Amidst the hotel’s lush garden, the lodges offer added privacy and seclusion while being only a few steps away from the hotel amenities such the pool, restaurant, and beach club.

One Bedroom Lodge – Unique in their design, the lodges are 50m2 | 560 sq feet and feel more like a private home than a hotel room. Beyond the elegantly appointed living area, separate bedroom, large bathroom and kitchenette, each lodge comes with a little garden and a private porch, perfect for outdoor dining amidst the hotel’s lush tropical garden.

Deluxe Rooms – Comfortable and spacious with the right touch of elegance. Enjoy 40 sq meter | 130 sq feet of privacy, stunning ocean views and all the details and amenities that make one feel at home.

 

DINING

A highlight for islanders alike, Breeze is the destination’s premier restaurant and overlooks the hotel’s unobstructed oceanfront views. Featuring exquisite dishes with fresh local ingredients and global flavors, Breeze is the go-to spot for any meal. An array of exciting cocktails are always available to accompany that Caribbean postcard-perfect sunset.

The dining experience at Golden Rock is a feast for the senses – from the taste and aroma of the exquisite cuisine and cocktails to the waterfront views and caressing ocean breeze in the resort’s cliffside Breeze restaurant. The restaurant is suitable for families with a full children’s menu and accommodates guests staying outside the resort.

 

GETTING THERE

St. Eustatius 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) with regional and international carriers, including Caribbean Airlines, LIAT, KLM, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, US Airways and Air France. Ferry service is also available between Saba Island and St Maarten.

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