24th November 2017: It's not just the stunning pink sand beaches that tempt holidaymakers to the island of Bermuda, it's the hotels too. And, with such an outstanding array of hotels on the island, which one do you choose? Our Travel Specialists recently sampled some of the most luxurious hotels on the island and have put together their personal guide to their favourite hotels.
Royal Palms Hotel
By Judy, Cheltenham Travel Specialist
One of my favourite hotels on the island has to be the Royal Palms Hotel; a beautiful boutique hotel with just 32 rooms. Situated just a ten minute drive from South Shore beaches, not only is this hotel within easy walking distance of the centre of Hamilton, each bedroom here is beautiful. Every one is individually furnished and offers guests a kitchen area.
Its dipping pool is also the ideal place to relax or cool off during the day. This beautifully restored 19th century manor house is an ideal choice for exploring the historical island of Bermuda.
Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa
A beautiful boutique hotel in a stunning location, the Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa has a very country house hotel feel to it. Its friendly atmosphere and staff make you feel most welcome.
The hotel has a choice of rooms including those with ocean views all the way up to two bedroom suites, ideal for families. The Cambridge even has ocean view cottages which are completed with a private pool and spa bathroom. With four restaurants situated in stunning locations such as al-fresco under the stars and overlooking the azure ocean, there’s plenty of dining choices during your stay here.
Not only this, the Cambridge Beaches Resort can provide guests with a wide range of sporting activities from scuba diving and water skiing to kayaking and snorkelling. The hotel is a 12 minute drive away from the 18 hole Port Royal Golf Course too. The concierge will ensure your time on the island is as hassle free and relaxing as possible.
The Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa prides itself on the number of repeat guests and is extremely proud to have a list of all guests who have enjoyed their stay. The hotel recently celebrated guests who had recently stayed at the resort for the 100th time!
By Katie, Taunton Travel Specialist
On approach, the first view you get of the glorious Rosedon Hotel is its sweeping driveway surrounded by a beautiful manicured lawn. Striking, the white building before us was adorned with blue canopies. Upon stepping inside we found this quaint, boutique-styled hotel had a lovely country house feel to it, very charming and intimate. The Rosedon Hotel has a real ‘wow’ factor to it.
One of the first things you notice is its lovely, bright and clean lobby completed by a sweeping staircase. Greeted by the Hamilton Town Crier, we were shown to a wonderful veranda area where guests can have breakfast and coffee outside.
The main building of the Rosedon Hotel has four very different guest rooms, each decorated in their own individual style and completed with stunning antiques. Altogether, there are 40 rooms here housed in blocks around its pretty gardens and large swimming pool. Despite being in the heart of Hamilton, the Rosedon feels tranquil, a feeling amplified by its tropical gardens.
The more recently renovated rooms are situated in the more modern part of the hotel and have outside seating on a shared veranda, a beautiful location for an al-fresco breakfast. One thing which must be noted is that the hotel has no lift and many steps, so while this hotel may not be suitable to those with mobility issues, there are suitable hotels nearby.
An easy walk into town, you’ll have your pick of bars and restaurants during your time here. Exclusively to guests of the The Rosedon, the hotel offers a 'dine around' option which allows guests special rates at four local restaurants. The hotel itself offers bed and breakfast and should you choose this option, afternoon tea is included.
The hotel offers a free shuttle bus to the beach which takes about 10 minutes, this leaves at 10:30am and returns at 3:00pm, just in time for afternoon tea. The Rosedon would suit someone who enjoys being in a town but who also wants a relaxing atmosphere away from it. The hotel's easy access to bus and ferry terminals make it an ideal location. Buses take you to every part of the island so it's a great choice if you want to get out and about and is my personal favourite.
Grotto Bay Beach Resort
By Katie, Taunton Travel Specialist
Grotto Bay is a lovely hotel. Situated in charming grounds, all of the guest rooms here face the ocean. The hotel has an enviable beach-front location and offers a wide range of water-sports and its own dock. Location wise Grotto Bay is roughly 10 minutes from the airport and, whilst you see the air planes flying overhead you rarely hear them. Close to the historic town of St George, which I personally loved, is the glorious St Peter's Church. Dating back 400 years this church is a true sight to behold.
Not only does the Grotto Bay have its own private beach, it also offers a wide range of water sports, plus, non-motorised sports are free if you have chosen to stay on all-inclusive basis, so it's a great place for those who like to get out and about. Not to mention, the views from the water make for a great way to see the beauty of Bermuda from a slightly different perspective. Its beautiful lagoon is plentiful with fish and ideal for snorkelling.
The real attraction here though, is the Grotto Bay's underground caves with crystal clear waters. You can swim in one cave and the other is where the hotel's unique spa is situated. Offering first class treatments in an environment like no other, the spa cave is so tranquil, the only noise you here is the sound of the trickling water.
By Sharon, Yeovil Travel Specialist
By Sharon, Yeovil Travel Specialist
The Fairmont Southampton is a truly magnificent and luxurious hotel providing everything you would expect from a Fairmont hotel. Nestled within 100 acres of land, its beautiful gardens and sweeping driveway offer stunning views of the South Shore.
The guestrooms here are some of the most spacious I have seen, most rooms have ocean views, are beautifully decorated and are completed with good sized balconies. The Fairmont’s ‘gold rooms’ are perfect if you’re looking for an extra special treat - a wedding anniversary or honeymoon perhaps as many additional extras are included. The views from many rooms are truly delightful and can feature picturesque landscapes of the Atlantic Ocean or even the historic Gibbs Hill lighthouse.
For me, the best part of this hotel has to be its spa; wow! With a large selection of treatments available to suit all tastes and skin types and an amazing indoor pool to relax alongside, the only thing to surpass this was the spa’s outdoor area, which boasts sun loungers and beautiful views across the golf course. Did I mention the 18 hole golf course? Yes, it really does have a championship course! Not only this, the Fairmont Southampton also has plenty to offer families. It has everything from children’s clubs to daily activities and, if the children are happy, mum and dad are happy!
There are nine restaurants here, serving food to suit every taste. Enjoy fresh local seafood at the beachfront Ocean Club or dine on steaks and chops at one of the best Bermuda steakhouses, the historic Waterlot Inn, housed in a large traditional Bermuda cottage and winner of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award just to name a few.
To top it off, not only does this hotel have its own ferry exclusive to its guests which takes you to the city centre of Hamilton, the hotel also provides transport to its very own private beach! The Fairmont Southampton really does have it all.
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
The Hamilton Princess is fantastically located, just few minutes’ walk and you’ll find yourself in the centre of Hamiliton where you can make the most of its array of shops, bars and restaurants.
The hotel houses its own private Marina and is perfect for those sunset views. I'd highly recommend dining at the 1609 bar & restaurant which gives you the most stunning and uninterrupted views of the harbour.
The hotel has recently undergone an extensive overhaul and has been transformed into a contemporary, luxurious hotel with much to offer. The Hamilton Princess is a paradise for those who appreciate art. From Damien Hirst to Andy Warhol, the hotel is home to some of the finest contemporary modern art and is evident as soon as you walk through the door.
Its accommodation is spacious and contemporary, yet classic in its design with many rooms boasting stunning ocean views.
While there’s no beach on site, like the Fairmont, the Hamilton Princess has its own private beach on the South Shore with the stunning pink sand Bermuda is famous for. The hotel provides transport to its beach which takes a leisurely 30 minutes.
I’d highly recommend this hotel to those celebrating a special occasion as not only is this hotel incredibly gorgeous, Bermuda can make for a lovely stop over between London and New York as the Big Apple is just a two hour flight away.
Our Final Thoughts
Overall, Bermuda offers so much more than just a beach holiday. For anyone interested in history, churches, walking, climbing, water sports or getting out and about, Bermuda provides the perfect destination. The local people are so friendly and the island is incredibly aesthetic as it's so clean. Public transport is easy to use and there are many buses and ferry services to get your from a-to-b.
With a wide variety of accommodation on the island there is something to suit everyone and no trip to Bermuda would be complete without visiting one of its stunning pink sand beaches. Yes, Bermuda can be expensive but that's what makes it so exclusive! Just two hours away from New York and closer to the UK than Dubai, Bermuda would make a great option for a mini break as well as a longer one, perhaps combining your trip with a visit to the Big Apple! If you have the opportunity to travel to Bermuda at least once in your life, you won't be disappointed.