Whether you’re thinking old world glam, bohemian beach vibe, country inn quaint or ultra-modern hipster, there’s a hotel for you in Bermuda. In fact, for such a small place, there are literally dozens of resorts to choose from, and all of them deliver on their promises. My selects run the gamut from renovated B+B to secluded and sleek to the grandest of dames, and all are worth the trip.
60 South Shore Road, Paget PG04, Bermuda
+1 441 236 3535
Elbow Beach is one of Bermuda’s best-known resorts and for good reason — built in 1908, it was the island’s first beachfront resort, situated on one of the most beautiful pink sand beaches Bermuda has to offer. Set on 50 acres, Elbow Beach has everything you could ever want in a resort hotel: A state of the art spa, tennis, water sports and a few great restaurants, including Mickey’s Bistro, which is one of the only restaurants on the island to sit directly on the sand.
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
76 Pitts Bay Road, HM08, Bermuda
+1 441 295 3000
The Hamilton Princess, one of the oldest and grandest hotels in Bermuda, is ideally situated within walking distance of Hamilton, the island’s capital. Built in 1885, the hotel just underwent a huge 150 million dollar renovation in advance of the 2017 America’s Cup, and today is home to the owner’s private art collection, which rivals any Modern Art museum you’ve ever seen. With works by Andy Warhol, Rene Magritte, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney and Jeff Koons (and way more), this is a true art lover’s paradise. Tours can be arranged even if you’re not a guest of the hotel. Other amazing amenities include an Exhale Spa complete with their famous barre classes, a fitness room overlooking the marina, Marcus’, a great restaurant by celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson (don’t miss the wings and the jerk cauliflower), and bathrooms outfitted with products by Le Labo. It’s also worth noting that The Princess is the only place on the entire island where you can rent a Twizzy, a sort of open-air, moped-golfcart-electric smart car hybrid that are ridiculously fun to drive and are, in my opinion, the best way to get around the island.
116 South Road, Tucker’s Town Smiths, HS01 Bermuda
+1 44 1293 1666 | 1.844.384.3103
The Loren at Pink Sands has the honor of being the newest build on the island in the last 45 years, and what it lacks in history, it makes up for in design. Like a breath of fresh air amongst the older and maybe grander properties, The Loren is decidedly fresh, modern and sleek. The 36 rooms are enormous, beautifully decorated and each has impressive balconies overlooking the sea with room for 4 to lounge comfortably. Bathrooms are tricked out with Malin + Goetz products and the public spaces throughout the hotel are simply sublime. The hotel also has 2 restaurants: The Pink Beach Club which offers open-air dining in a more casual setting and Marée, the resort’s fine dining spot with one of the prettiest private rooms I’ve ever seen. And don’t let the location deter you – while The Loren might be a bit secluded, that can be a good thing, especially if a romantic getaway is what you’re after. Besides, as expected, they’ve thought of everything, and in addition to the hotel’s shuttle and the abundance of taxis on hand, they’ll also rent you your own Twizzy which makes getting around that much more fun.
61 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke, Bermuda
+1 800 742 5008 or +1 441 295 1640
The Rosedon bills itself as “Uniquely Bermudian” and I’d have to agree. With a brand new renovation that brought the hotel from quaint B+B to Boutique status, it’s one of the most idyllic spots, with a definite old-world vibe. While it’s not on the beach (it sits across the street from the Hamilton Princess, just a stone’s throw to the main drag on the island’s capital), it does have a shuttle and privileges at Elbow Beach Resort, which gives it some serious street cred. The Rosedon is also home to Huckleberry, one of the best restaurants in Bermuda, with Michelin-Starred Chef Lucy Collins in the kitchen. Don’t miss breakfast on the front porch, and make sure to order her avocado toast, which just might be the best anywhere.
60 Tucker's Point Drive, Hamilton Parish, HS 02 Bermuda
+441 298 4000
Perched on a cliff above Castle Harbor, nearly every room at Rosewood Bermuda offers a direct view of the sea, which makes it one of the island’s most sought-after properties. What makes it even more exciting is the comprehensive $25 million reno it’s currently undergoing (the plan is to reopen in April 2018), which includes a total redesign of the resort's guestrooms, beach club, golf clubhouse and Sense, the hotel’s spa. And PS; While there’s a shuttle to take guests to the beach club every 30 minutes, the more expensive rooms come with their own golf carts, which, in my opinion, is totally worth it.
The St. Regis
If your plans to visit Bermuda can wait a year, book a room at the St Regis on St Catherine’s Beach for early 2019 (fingers crossed). This property, located just outside Fort St Catherine, will be one of the few on the island to boast a beachfront location, a casino and its own 18-hole golf course.