Once upon a time, the modernistic Sonesta Bermuda Beach Resort was alive with laughter and activity. Built on an oceanfront peninsula, it managed to bring guests as close as possible to the island's turquoise waters.
On a visit to Bermuda, we took a whirlwind tour that included drive-bys past many of the island's best resort and cottage colonies. Of all the Bermuda properties we saw, one stood above all others for its location: Sonesta Beach Resort Bermuda.
Condé Nast Traveler rated Sonesta Beach Resort Bermuda one of the top 50 tropical resorts in the world.
Sprawling across 25 acres, the crescent-shaped, three-story Sonesta Beach Resort Bermuda contained 400 guest rooms and suites that appeared to claim the pink-tinged beach for their own.
Decorated in a palette of tropical pastels, every guestroom featured a private terrace facing the water or a tropical garden. Ocean view rooms with a king-size bed were the most in demand among discriminating couples.
Dominating the view, the resort hugged three natural bays — Boat Bay, Sinky Bay and Cross Bay and created a series of coves beside the ocean's edge that couples loved. It was a natural honeymoon haven.
The Sonesta Beach Resort Bermuda is No More
This hotel was closed following a destructive hurricane and it was neither renovated nor rebuilt. If you'd like to take a trip in the wayback machine — perhaps you frolicked here once, or knew of it by reputation — the following describes what the Sonesta Beach Resort Bermuda offered guests during its halcyon days.
Keep in mind the resort no longer exists.
Back in the Day: Fun on the Premises
- Swimming: Pink-sand beaches offered direct access to ocean swimming. The outdoor Olympic-size pool and glass-enclosed indoor pool were both freshwater-filled and climate-controlled.
- Watersports: Couples could rent snorkel equipment and snorkel right off the Sonesta Beach Resort Bermuda shore. If they wanted to explore other waters on the island (and find a private cove for two), scheduled trips were available. A local company maintained scuba facilities on the premises with PADI-certified instructors and scheduled lessons and dives. Parasailing, water skiing, paddle cats, floats, and canoes were also available so vacationers could take maximum use of the fantastic beach setting.
- Tennis: Clinics and lessons were held on site, guests could access six Laykold courts for day and evening play, and a fully equipped Pro Shop operated to outfit them with suitable gear and equipment.
The European-style Spa at Sonesta Beach Resort Bermuda was named one of the world’s top 10 by readers of Travel & Leisure.
- Games/Activities: Bermuda is known for its outstanding golf courses. The hotel was approximately 10 minutes away from the championship Port Royal Golf Club. The resort itself also offered nature walks, volleyball, mopeds and bicycles, horseback riding, plus had a game room, organized contests, and offered classes.
A Ceremony to Remember
Considering the multitude of scenic spots within the property, it's no wonder many couples chose to marry at Sonesta Beach Resort Bermuda. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during high season (June, July, August), couples were required to guarantee to pay for full dinner service for at least 30 guests.
Kids and Conventioneers Were Welcome
Like many large hotels, Sonesta Beach Resort Bermuda could not afford to cater only to wedding parties, newlyweds, and vacationing couples. So it also welcomed families with kids. Youngsters were permitted to stay free of charge in their parents’ room, dine from a special children's menu, and participate in counselor-supervised programs from June 15 to Labor Day.
The resort also did a large convention business.
Gone, Gone, Gone
Alas, the only things left of Sonesta Beach Resort Bermuda now are the fond memories of guests and staff who once were privileged to spend time at this beloved resort in a magical setting.
Yet the Sonesta Brand Lives On
Sonesta has been expanding its footprint in the United States, launching ES Suites properties in secondary and tertiary markets. In the Caribbean, its only branded properties are the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort; Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino and Spa; and Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, all located on the island of St. Maarten.