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Bermuda is one of the world's leading island destinations, and for good reason: the 21-square-mile British territory is full of sunset-hued buildings and 75 blissful miles of pink-sand beaches. The subtropical destination offers much more to travelers than just beaches, though. You'll find UNESCO World Heritage sites, a vibrant blend of British and American culture, coral reefs and shipwrecks, laid-back locals and much, much more. Whether you're traveling with tots in tow or are flying single, we've narrowed down the best hotels for every kind of trip.
Best Overall: Rosewood Bermuda
With 92 recently renovated guestrooms — decorated in a nod to the island’s British colonial past and outfitted with crisp white linens and deep soaking tubs — travelers are hard-pressed to find a more incredible stay than at the five-star Rosewood Bermuda. The property’s residences have two or three bedrooms and come with both a private pool and private beach access. The main building of the hotel overlooks the island’s largest private beach — famous for its pink sand.
Foodies will love the locally sourced menu at on-site The Point restaurant. You can even go as far as to sign up for a deep-sea fishing tour and subsequent tartare class —or arrange a romantic five-course sunset dinner on the beach, followed by stargazing. There’s a private golf course set among the 240-acre property’s green rolling hills, well-maintained clay tennis courts and scuba tours that guide adventurous divers through caves and 16th-century shipwrecks. Those able to tear themselves away from the hotel can arrange evening sails or a perfumery tour, ending in the creation of a custom fragrance to remember the vacation by. Kids can also expect to have fun here: those ages 4-12 can sign up for the Rosewood Explorers, which offers all-day entertainment in the form of golf, tennis, baking and arts and crafts. Babysitting services are also available.
Best Budget: Aunt Nea’s Inn
Aunt Nea’s Inn — a historic B&B tucked along the winding streets of St. George (a UNESCO World Heritage site) — might be on the lower end of the price spectrum for Bermuda, but it delivers. The property is ideal for couples looking for a retreat: the location is quiet and secluded, yet it’s just a five-minute walk from the restaurants and bars downtown and steps from lovely Tobacco Bay Beach. With gorgeous walled grounds, the hotel is also a great choice for families as little ones can run free while parents curl up with a book on the spacious veranda. Aunt Nea’s 10 rooms are simply decorated in blues, browns and greens, but are modern, spotlessly clean and blessedly stocked with Keurigs. There’s also a communal kitchen that’s kept supplied with snacks by the friendly staff.
Best Boutique: Royal Palms Hotel
With a small pool and non-beachfront location, the 32-room Royal Palms Hotel might not be what you'd expect as our choice for best boutique. But this family-owned gem — located in a quiet residential neighborhood and comprised of two typical Bermudan manor houses — is arguably one of the best hotels on the entire island, and we'll tell you why.
The Royal Palms Hotel's guestrooms are charmingly traditional with fresh flowers, tablecloths, golden wallpaper and dark wood furniture — all which lend it an authentic island feel. An accommodating, friendly staff greet guests by name, the gardens are lush (feel free to pick your own avocados) and the included breakfast is superb. The on-site restaurant, Ascots, is also excellent — and will send dinner up to your room for no extra cost. Looking to try something local? Slip on some shoes for a 10-minute walk to Hamilton’s Front Street, the Bermudan capital’s main hub. The Royal Palms is popular with golfers and couples who aren’t looking for a big resort but are after a relaxing place to begin and end their day (their nightly wine hour doesn’t hurt, either).
Best for Families: Grotto Bay Beach Resort and Spa
For families looking to drop their bags and have a true resort experience, Grotto Bay has a lot to offer. The hotel is just five minutes from the airport, which is great for travel-weary kids wanting to get off the plane and into the water—or for parents wrangling children onto early-morning flights.
Go for the all-inclusive option here (the only such package on the island) as it offers excellent value — especially as the property is about a 25-minute bus ride from the restaurants in town. Each of the simple but well-furnished rooms is decorated with island-inspired colors like plum, blue and terracotta, then set off by chintzy tropical prints.
The nearby Crystal Caves are great for adventurous kids who need to expend some energy, and the Swizzle Inn, famous for its ice cream, is within walking distance. Parents shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the hotel’s incredible cave spa, which houses couples’ treatment beds in an incredibly unique natural setting as well as regular crystal yoga classes.
Best for Romance: Cambridge Beaches
Guestrooms at Cambridge Beaches may have a high price point, but they're entirely worth it. The hotel is a wonderful option for couples celebrating an anniversary, going on a honeymoon or simply looking for a secluded getaway. Spread out over 30 acres, there are plenty of secluded spots for relaxation, including the clothing-optional sundeck. Guests won’t find kids here, either (the minimum age to stay is 13) which keeps the four private beaches and two magnificent pools calm and quiet.
Rooms are modern and take inspiration from the island, with traditional dark wood, palm-printed linens and vibrant pops of color. Of the three on-site restaurants, the elegant-yet-casual Tamarisk, featuring an Atlantic Rim menu, is one of the best places to dine on the island. Tip: you can also book a romantic candlelit dinner under the stars in a secluded cove on one of the hotel’s beaches — complete with a private butler. Yoga classes are available twice a week, while the excellent spa offers a cooling mist room and Phytomer products.
Best Luxury: The Loren at Pink Beach
The Loren at Pink Beach sets the definition for modern luxury in Bermuda. With elevated touches permeating nearly every aspect of the stay — from Sferra linens and towels to Malin + Goetz toiletries —this sleek, modern hotel sets itself apart from the island’s more traditional and historic stays. Opened in 2017, the stylish property is spread across two beaches and eight acres with gorgeous views over the ocean — perfect for taking in from the private terraces added on to each room. The hotel’s on-site restaurant, Marée, serves up seasonal fine dining helmed by Tim Sullivan, while the Pink Beach Club can bring lunch to the hotel’s four beachside cabanas. Each room, decorated in calming sand and surf hues, also features walk-in rain showers, freestanding soaking tubs, laptop-size safes and custom flip-flops for the beach.
Best for Singles: The Reefs
Bermuda doesn’t have much in the way of nightlife-packed hotels, so the island is best for solo travelers looking for a quiet retreat — not a hot club scene. Head to the 65-room The Reefs, a quintessentially Bermudian hotel with friendly staff that faces out over the ocean and its own private pink-sand beach.
Each immaculate room faces west from its balcony or patio (the better to catch spectacular sunsets from), while upgraded suites have private jacuzzis and cottages are available for guests looking for more seclusion. Explorers can catch buses outside the gate, which take you into Hamilton or to the Royal Navy Dockyard in just over 20 minutes. If you're looking to stay close to the hotel, go for Sunday brunch at on-site Ocean Echo restaurant (named for its clifftop position) and then take a quick walk to the world famous Horseshoe Beach. Paddleboards and kayaks are always on hand for those looking to get out on the water, while a full-service spa meets every R&R need.
Best Business: Fairmont Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
Fairmont’s Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is ideally located harborside in Hamilton — meaning those who come to the island for business will be well-situated for meetings while still having an oasis to come back to at the end of the day. On-site Marcus’ restaurant, which calls upon local cuisine for inspiration, is a wonderful place to meet with clients — or you can take them to 1609 Bar and Restaurant, an open-air hotspot located on the marina. Fairmont's 170 rooms have been renovated in elegant blues inspired by the surf and accented by modern art from the island, while the marble bathrooms (in upgraded rooms) offer incredible rainfall showers.
Best Oceanfront: Pompano Beach Club
So many hotels offer top-notch beaches and stunning views, but the Pompano Beach Club delivers when it comes to surf. The family-run property offers snorkeling, sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking and scuba diving among coral reefs and shipwrecks, as well as free noodles and rafts, and designated pools for adults and kids (the latter is a rarity in Bermuda). The Pompano also boasts its own private beach where guests can lounge on the shore or follow a sandbar out to one of the hotel’s floating platforms. Aside from immediate ocean access, the Pompano also has sea-view clay tennis courts, oceanfront spa treatment rooms and an adjacent golf course that’s open to guests. The hotel offers three hot tubs (two cliffside — overlooking the ocean) that are open 24 hours and provide a relaxing spot to wind down after a long day. The 75 rooms are traditional, going on dated, but they’re charming even so, with an island palette of seafoam and light wicker wood — plus private balconies to watch the sunset from.