Bermuda is a British overseas territory that’s renowned for its breathtaking pink sand beaches, and it also offers a rich maritime history, complete with well-preserved colonial architecture and cobblestone alleys, as well as a wealth of outdoor activities on land and at sea. If you plan to visit you’ll find a host of fantastic hotels in which to base your stay, but for the best of the best, be sure to choose one of these.
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Decidedly British, things are a bit more proper on this island, as compared to some of its neighbors, and that’s especially true at the elegant Cambridge Beaches Resort. Situated along the island’s westernmost edge, its rooms range from country manor-style to trendy and even old English library. The former owner’s residence was converted into one of the most lavish, and most expensive units, a two-bedroom cottage which boasts traditional Bermudian decor and its own private gardens. The property also hosts the luxurious Ocean Spa and an indoor pool complex, four private beaches, a formal dining room and Bermudian bar as well as an impeccably manicured cricket lawn.
You’ll be greeted at this exclusive property with a long, winding driveway that leads to a porte cochere, where you’ll met met by the Bermuda shorts-wearing porters. They’ll lead you through the grand wooden doors and into the welcoming lobby that feels more like a living room in a stunning mansion with its rich dark wood furniture and turn-of-the-century portraits. It also boasts a private beach and golf club, tennis courts, a croquet lawn, four swimming pools, a spa and four restaurants with something to suit just about every taste. Rooms are extra-spacious and beautifully decorated, with 21st-century conveniences and balconies with harbor views.
The Reefs boasts a unique cliffside location which makes it practically invisible from the road. But as soon as you turn down the steep driveway, you’ll be met with a jaw-dropping landscape and the hotel’s decidedly Bermudian white roofs and pink walls. Step inside the elegant lobby, and look forward to being greeted with a Rum Swizzle, the island’s national drink. You’ll continue to be impressed by this amenity-rich resort that offers just about everything one could possibly desire in an upscale property, from the three onsite restaurants, a beautiful spa and tranquil beachfront with complimentary snorkeling equipment and kayaks to the free afternoon tea service.
Situated just beyond one of the island’s top golf courses, this alluring pink hilltop resort has a long history in Bermuda, with three generations of the Lamb family running it for nearly 70 years. Initially an upscale fishing club, today, this beautiful retreat along Whitney Bay offers easy access to an exceptional beach that’s edge by calm, shallow waters that extend for over 50 yards. While it does tend to get busy, you can always head to one of the isolated inlets that serve as an ideal spot for enjoying solitude. The property also hosts a large pool with jaw-dropping views that span for miles, a beachfront bar hut, Jacuzzis and more.
This elegant beachfront resort tends to attract a sophisticated crowd, welcoming guests with a grand lobby, complete with dazzling chandeliers and marble floors. The British-colonial-style building sits on a hilltop overlooking an endless expanse of the glistening blue sea, and once checked in, guests are taken by golf cart to one of the 98 rooms that are considered some of the most modern and luxuriously appointed in all of Bermuda. All are located near the property’s private, half-mile stretch of beach that’s reserved exclusively for guests.
The Fairmont Southampton, AKA “the pink lady on the hill,” has been the most iconic resort in Bermuda since opening nearly a half-century ago. Spread across 100 hilltop acres, it makes quite the impression, with a winding driveway, perfectly-manicured golf course greens, and an ocean view. The mahogany-filled lobby gives it the feel of a gorgeous British estate, and despite its large size, service is especially friendly, from the doormen to the front desk and the bartenders. It also boasts an indulgent pool with ocean views, 10 dining options and an impressive spa.
One of Bermuda’s newer properties, the Newstead Belmont Hills enjoys a green hilltop location with lots of breezy open spaces. Its highlight is the amazing infinity-edge pool that faces the harbor and distant downtown Hamilton, though its Asian-inspired spa is a close second. When it comes to amenities, the pool is really just the beginning, however. The property hosts an acclaimed restaurant, a guest-only water taxi, a fitness center, tennis tours, and one of Bermuda’s very best golf courses.
The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is flanked by the Hamilton harbor and is renowned for its Old World charm, though it offers plenty of modern touches as well. Popular with business travelers with more amenities geared to business people than other city hotels, it’s also ideal for families traveling with children, as it offers babysitting, toys and pool amenities for the kids. If you’re looking for a thrilling outdoor adventure, you can rent a boat at the hotel’s marina or take advantage of the myriad of water sports activities. It also hosts two harborfront swimming pools, one saltwater and one freshwater, as well as a poolside bar and grill. A small wing features a number of shops, including an art gallery, clothing retailers and souvenir stores, a day spa and a jeweler.
If you’re looking to get a big bang for your buck, you may want to book Grotto Bay Beach Resort which offers consistently lower rates than most similar properties along with a wealth of amenities, from a gorgeous swim-up bar to Prospero’s Cave, where you’ll find a spa set within a natural grotto. All-inclusive packages are available with a minimum three-night stay and include three meals a day, non-motorized water sports like snorkeling and paddle boats, and unlimited alcohol too.