Mid-size hotels and resorts offer plenty in the way of amenities and views, with a more intimate feel. A personalised experience is the mainstay, from service to cosy settings. You can still expect a lot of the same creature comforts at these boutique offerings, like spas and golf, but you can also expect the peaceful ambience you’re after. Here are our picks for the best mid-size hotels and resorts on island.
1. Pompano Beach Club
The resort’s location, overlooking Bermuda’s southwest coast, is considered one of the best beachfront settings on the island, offering breathtaking ocean views from every part of the property. The Pompano Beach Club offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel and the amenities of a world-class beach resort. The spectacular waterfront is the only one of its kind in Bermuda, attracting beachgoers, snorkelers, water sports enthusiasts and swimmers of all ages and abilities. The Port Royal Golf Course, Bermuda’s best and most popular public course, is right next door.
2. St. George’s Club
Set on Rose Hill overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage old town, The St. George’s Club is a cottage hotel and vacation ownership resort. Seventy-one Bermudian-style one- and two-bedroom cottages are set in about 12 acres of landscaped gardens with three swimming pools, three tennis courts, bocce and croquet court, a fitness centre and a scooter rental facility. Its three restaurants — Griffin’s Bistro & Bar and the new Vespa Pizzeria located in the main Club House, and The Beach House at Fort St. Catherine located five minutes away by complimentary shuttle or a pleasant walk across the adjacent Robert Trent Jones golf course at the secluded beach of Achilles Bay — offer plenty in dining options.
3. The Reefs Resort & Club
The Reefs is a luxury four-star resort hotel in Southampton Parish, Bermuda, located next to the Sonesta Beach Resort and not far from Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. The Reefs Hotel & Club is ranked No. 1 on the list of Top Resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas in Travel + Leisure’s 2012 World’s Best Awards.
4. Coco Reef Resort Bermuda
The resort is ideally located along Bermuda’s South Shore Beach, which is famous for its long stretch of beautiful pink sands and gentle cerulean waters. The lobby and restaurant have won international awards for innovative design, and all of their rooms have beautiful ocean views. Fabulous, innovative cuisine is also a feature of the resort.
5. Elbow Beach Hotel
This wonderfully secluded boutique resort offers warm, personalised service in a breathtaking oceanfront setting. Immediately upon arrival, you are embraced by extraordinary comfort and world-class amenities that include 98 cottage-style rooms and suites, four exquisite dining destinations and an oasis of tranquillity at The Spa at Elbow Beach. As one of the most intimate and elegant hideaways on the island, the Elbow Beach Resort is a boutique enclave of privileged luxury, style and service.
6. Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa
This resort offers you the rare opportunity of home ownership in Bermuda. With 45 outstanding suites and studios available on the centrally located property, you’re guaranteed exclusive and convenient access to everything the island has to offer. Fractional Ownership allows owners to invest in a 1/6th deeded interest in a limited number of luxurious suites: studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom options. The 1/6th interest grants the owner eight weeks of usage per year, two weeks in each season. Each residence features a kitchen area, generous bathroom and well-appointed living and bedroom in each configuration. All suites have stunning views over the gardens, to the ocean and across to the city of Hamilton. In addition to their standard array of amenities, fractional owners will be favoured with the most attentive service and highest level of benefits such as pre-ordered groceries upon arrival, owner storage, membership at the Belmont Hills Golf Club, and access to your own owners lounge. Uniquely, any unused time by each owner will be put into a rental pool. The management company will market the unused inventory and will oversee the care and maintenance of each individual residence. Revenues from the rental pool are split 60/40 between Newstead and the owner. Newstead’s Fractional Ownership opportunities are limited, so contact them today to enjoy all the wonderful benefits of owning a home away from home in beautiful Bermuda.
7. The Loren Hotel
A collection of 49 suites, this luxury boutique hotel merges sleek and modern design with a simple, understated aesthetic. The Loren’s rooms, suites and villas are elegantly European-inspired yet unmistakably Bermudian in spirit. Crafted to immerse guests in the beauty of this oceanfront setting, each room opens into a private balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Perched above the water, the Loren’s oceanfront beach club welcomes guests with an expansive pool deck, chaise lounges, two heated pools and four private cabanas.
8. Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa
Here, the lush manicured gardens, intuitive staff and adults-only accommodations reflect the timeless charm of the 300-year-old property. Each of their 87 rooms are unique, yet offer the supreme elegance found only at a Preferred Boutique resort. Unwind on your private terrace, gaze across the ocean and forget about conference calls, board meetings and quarterly reports for a while. With a strict no children policy, whereby the minimum age is 13 years old, guests can truly relax in a calm, peaceful environment. If you’re feeling tense, visit the Ocean Spa and indulge in a body treatment or muscle-melting massage. If you’d rather work up a sweat, try your skills on one of their three tennis courts or grab an energising workout at the fitness centre. You can end each busy day with a sumptuous meal at one of their three romantic restaurants.