Travel Guide: Bermuda

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WHERE TO STAY

  • Elbow Beach, Bermuda
  • 60 South Shore Rd.
  • Paget Parish
  • Tel: 441-239-9364
  • The Elbow Beach, Bermuda, a Mandarin Oriental-managed property, isn't just right on one of Bermuda's most gorgeous beaches, it claims a half mile of the beach for guests' private use. The recently renovated 98 luxury cottages and suites sit just uphill; acres of gardens and blue-and-white-striped umbrellas lend the resort a faint French Riviera vibe. The rooms are elegantly decorated, and there are five dining options, a nightclub/lounge that houses one of five bars on the property, and a full-service spa.
  • Fairmont Southampton
  • 101 South Shore Rd.
  • Southampton Parish
  • Tel: 866-540-4497 or 441-238-8000
  • A sprawling pink palace straddling a hill between the harbor and the ocean, the Fairmont Southampton is truly a grand hotel: The property is on 100 acres, and there are 593 rooms and suites. What's more, the hotel claims that it has the island's largest guest rooms, at 450 square feet (each with a private balcony and ocean views). While you can certainly relax at the resort's beach club, a quick shuttle ride away, you might prefer to actively enjoy the six tennis courts, golf course, and the indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa
  • 30 Kings Point Rd.
  • Sandys Parish
  • Tel: 800-468-7300
  • Cambridge Beaches is popular with honeymooners because it's secluded—the 94 pink Bermuda cottages are on a private peninsula at Bermudas western end—and because children under 16 are only allowed during a handful of weeks each year. The island's first "cottage colony," Cambridge Beaches has four beaches (one of which is a half-mile long), a marina run by Windjammer Watersports, and even a croquet pitch and putting green. It's the kind of place that guests return to year after year, and then their kids make it a tradition as well.
  • 9 Beaches(closed until May 2011)
  • 4 Daniels Head Lane
  • Sandys Parish
  • Tel: 866-841-9009 or 441-239-2999
  • For some folks, the laid-back 9 Beaches is exactly the right breath of fresh air—as the hotel likes to say, jackets aren't required, but flip-flops are. It's a colony of self-contained cabanas on stilts set on 18 acres, but in this case the cabanas have walls made from a sailcloth-like material (the roofs are the same material, making a rainstorm an acoustical event.) Some cabanas are on the hill, others are on the shoreline, and still others are literally above the water, connected to the land by boardwalks, but all have ocean views. The over-water ones have Plexiglass panels in the floors so you can watch the fish swimming around. Room decor is on the simple side, but most guests are too busy kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, learning to scuba dive, playing tennis and volleyball, or hanging out at the two bars—Dark & Stormy's and Um-Um's—to give a hoot.

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