Originally built in the 1940s for English actress Gladys Cooper, the Hammerstein Highland House has long been the site of momentous occasions. Perhaps the most notable moment in history occurred when the second owner, Broadway legend Oscar Hammerstein II, wrote the lyrics to “South Pacific” from the terrace.
These theatrical roots continue to add a mood of enchantment to the villa. In April 2000 extensive renovations began to preserve the magnificent history while updating the estate with the latest amenities. A team of well-known artists and premiere interior designers created a series of charming environments woven together with a theme of elegant comfort. The décor reflects the island’s Colonial British Indian heritage, incorporating carefully selected artwork, mahogany tables, collectibles, and imported antiques. Much of Dorothy Hammerstein’s period furniture remains, as does her husband’s spirit of creativity. As a result, today’s Highland House is all the more spectacular – the culmination of refined beauty, artistic influence, and modern luxury.
A private vacation at the Highland House is the pinnacle of luxury. The elegant accommodations and elevated views are perfectly complemented by the gracious hospitality of an on-site staff. Escape with a group or alone – for a long weekend or several months – to mark a milestone or to simply indulge.
Friends & Family:
The Highland House creates an incredible shared memory, while also providing the privacy you desire when on vacation. The experienced staff ensures your guests receive individual attention, and the local activities offer an array of adventures.
For honeymoons and special getaways, this paradise is a favorite. With long, indulgent massages, fresh tropical flowers, and candlelit dinners overlooking the sea, your time together is as magical as the setting.
Solo travelers enjoy the ample space and star treatment of the Highland House. Leisurely explore the scenic grounds and take in the unique environments. Experience a signature massage from your choice of balconies. A special place for soul-searching, quiet reflection, and relaxation.
Weddings and Other Events
High in the hills overlooking the sea, the Highland House offers a fabled setting for your event. As guests enter the meandering driveway bordered by bright blooms, they’ll know they’re in for a treat. The Highland House butler will greet your guests and an experienced staff will attend to their every need.
An ambiance of glamour, beauty, and charm define a wedding at this historic estate. Take the most important walk of your life amid a rainforest at the pavilion or by the pool with unforgettable views of the mountains, the bay, and the village.
The Highland House is an ideal place for people from around the world to come together. Built under four separate structures, the six bedroom suites provide a sense of privacy, while the many living spaces make it easy to reconnect.
Enjoy cocktails on the rooftop terrace under a star-filled sky. Watch a live reggae band by the pool while feasting on authentic island cuisine. From birthdays and anniversaries to corporate events and festivities, the Highland House can accommodate both formal and casual parties
The latest additions to the Highland House have been designed with retreats and meetings in mind. A secluded pavilion is tucked in the trees, where yoga classes and group meetings can take place among serene beauty. Numerous private sitting areas encourage conversation and bonding. And with the staff’s gracious hospitality, island life has never been more relaxing.
Yoga & Spiritual Journeys:
Yoga and spiritual teachers are invited to make this tropical paradise the site of your next group retreat. The property’s pavilion offers the ideal setting for meditation and instruction. Soothe mind, body and soul with uplifting views, luxurious suites, and on-site spa treatments.
Team-building & Incentives:
The Highland House is made for special moments and memories. Your team will find common interests while taking in the breathtaking scene and enjoying delicious cuisine at the roundtable in the grand dining room. Local activities such as waterfall hikes, horseback riding and catamaran cruises will foster caring and connections among your team.
Meetings & Sessions:
Thinkers and executives come from around the world to work in a setting that’s private, picturesque, and worry-free. From serving each meal to coordinating transportation, the staff will take care of the details as you brainstorm among the same scenery that inspired Oscar Hammerstein.
Apr 16 – Dec 14
Dec 15 – Apr 15
|*Minimum stay: 4 nights. Call for 4-night rates.
*An additional 15% gratuity for staff is added based on rental rate.
*Supplement of $35 pp/night for each additional guest beyond 12
(rates subject to change without prior notice)