If it’s jaw-dropping waterside views, on-site restaurants and bars, and shops you’re after, these large hotels and resorts have them in spades — and many are walking distance to Bermuda’s famous pink sand beaches. From world-class golf and spas to fitness centres, private beaches and multiple swimming pools, there really is no amenity too big or small at these hotels and resorts. Here are our picks for the best large hotels on island.
1. Fairmont Southampton
Perched on Bermuda’s stunning south shore with miles of pink sand beaches, the luxurious Fairmont Southampton Bermuda beach resort sits on nearly 100 acres, dotted with lush bougainvillea and towering coconut palms. This Bermuda hotel is perfect for Atlantic vacations, getaways, meetings and events year-round.
2. Rosewood Bermuda
With its sweeping views of jewel-green hills and cerulean blue Atlantic waters, Rosewood Bermuda offers an iconic tropical getaway with unexpected British charm. From the fine marble stonework in each private bath to the bone china at the Point, every element of the Bermuda hotel’s decor and service projects an effortless elegance and luxury designed to ensure guests feel like royalty. Open since 2009, this Bermuda beach resort has quickly gathered accolades and praise from travel and consumer organisations as a romantic dream getaway. The 88-room luxury resort offers an array of culinary venues, multiple swimming pools, spa, fitness centre and dive centre, world-class golf and features Bermuda’s largest private beach and tennis club..
3. Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
Overlooking the stunning blue waters of the Hamilton Harbour sits the Grand Dame of Bermuda resorts, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, a Fairmont Managed Hotel. Conveniently located in the city of Hamilton, this urban oasis features beautifully appointed guest rooms; a stunning infinity edge resort pool with uninterrupted views of Hamilton Harbour; Marcus, the new restaurant led by the celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson; original works of art from Andy Warhol and Nelson Mandela; and a variety of watersports including Jet Ski Tours, parasailing, paddleboards and more at K.S. WaterSports, located at the Princess Marina. The hotel, which recently completed its second phase of an extensive renovation project, is also home to 1609 Bar and Restaurant, Bermudas only open-air dining experience situated on a new 60-berth marina, and the Princess Beach Club, offering a serene getaway and featuring a variety of fun activities. The third, and final renovation phase, will incorporate a new spa with indoor and outdoor space, gym with updated lap pool, new retail corridor, large outdoor terrace for the Trudeau Ballroom, new Gold Lounge and remodeling of the Gold Wing Suites. Named the Official Host Hotel for the 35th Americas Cup in 2017, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is located just steps from Bermuda’s finest restaurants, shops and attractions. Guests can also take advantage of the golfing facilities at the nearby Riddells Bay Golf and Country Club.
4. Grotto Bay Beach Resort
The Grotto Bay Beach resort sits on a lush tropical estate featuring dramatic caves and acres of woodland preserves along the waters edge in Bailey’s Bay. Scattered over 21 acres and sloping down towards the waters edge and three private beaches are 11 brightly coloured cottages in traditional Bermudian architecture overlooking the turquoise waters dotted with small islands.