Last Updated: May 23, 2016
Bermuda All-Inclusive Resorts & Offerings
All-inclusive offers in Bermuda have been traditionally available only in luxury resorts and hotels. So what does such all inclusive package from a resort in Bermuda actually include? Other than room, it should include:
All the main meals like breakfast, lunch & dinner with choice of in-house restaurants, as well as traditional British style afternoon tea.
unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (exceptions are usually premier brands of liquor, bottles of wine & champagne etc.). Wine by glass is offered;
Round trip airport transfers in private cars;
Complimentary entertainment & activities like boating, water-sports, or access to resorts own sports facilities like spas, tennis, golf etc.
Access to all other common amenities of the resort like pool, gym, lounge etc that are available to all guests.
However note that since the choice of room (i.e. category) can vary depending on the level of luxury and amenities you want (deluxe to suites & villas), the room rate is usually kept separate in an all inclusive package offer. Which means room rate gets determined by the type of room you choose and then another component with a per-person rate is added for all other offerings likes meals, drinks, activities etc. Alternatively different all-in-one package rates are offered depending on room type which includes room and everything else, and this is usually offered for a couple.
A great advantage of Bermuda all inclusive resort or hotel deal is that you know how much exactly to spend during your vacation in Bermuda, as virtually all essential costs are covered by the package during your stay in the island.
Note that all-inclusive and special packages should be booked directly with the hotel. Online hotel booking agencies do not usually have such packages in their offers.
How to choose an all-inclusive
Usually no discount is extended in the room rate itself unless you are visiting in a low season. Therefore your decision of choosing an all inclusive resort offer in Bermuda should primarily depend on what value or deal you are getting in the second part of the rate which covers everything else other than the room rate. If that's a good deal, then that's one good reason to choose the deal.
However usually the resorts will require a minimum night stay to avail an all inclusive offer. But usually that's not a problem because you are probably not planning a Bermuda vacation for less than 3-4 nights anyway and that's what the resorts require.
Most resorts in Bermuda offer free nights or great discounts on room rates during the winter time (November to March). So if you plan your vacation in such time, you get a huge double benefit in all inclusive offers - heavily discounted room rate in one hand and great deals on food and facilities on the other.
Another important consideration of choosing an all inclusive resort in Bermuda is its location and in-house amenities. Here are few things we look for:
1) Is it a beach front resort or does it have a private beach of its own?
2) Does the resort have its own watersport activities like kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, boating etc which we can avail in our own flexible time? Many large resorts in Bermuda have professional water sports centers operating from their properties.
3) What are the in-house restaurant choices? What cuisine they specialize in? How are the reviews of these restaurants etc etc. This is an important consideration because having already paid for an all inclusive resort package, you are virtually shutting off the option of dining out, and there are some great restaurants in the island which you don't want to miss other than for good reasons.
Note that some resorts and hotels in Bermuda sometimes offer dining exchange programs. Which means you have a choice to dine out at restaurants of other resorts and hotels that have reciprocal arrangements with your resort. So you should also check out if such option is on the offer.
4) Find out the number of in-house pools (indoor & outdoor), the kind of spas & fitness centers, other games & entertainment options.
5) If the resort is set up on a great lush landscape with acres of land area with lovely views (which most usually do), then we will certainly spend a lot of time within the resort premises, but would not still plan to remain confined within the resort for the entire stay. Therefore it's important that the all-inclusive offer has a provision (ideally a transport) to let us visit and enjoy the attractions around the island.
Best all-inclusive resorts in Bermuda?
The old time visitors of the island would know that the resort Club Med
located in St George used to offer great all-inclusive packages until it closed down in 1988. Another gorgeous resort The Harmony Club
was one of our favorites for all inclusive stays. That too closed down in 2008. Since then there has been only one resort in Bermuda which offers a proper all inclusive package. There are a few others who make special offers which are more like a mid-way packages for example with only breakfast, or breakfast with dinner along with few special activities etc.
The following section describes full and part all-inclusive resorts in Bermuda and their packages:
This is a beautiful resort located at the eastern part of the island in Hamilton Parish. This is currently the only resort that offers proper all inclusive package in Bermuda. The offer includes:
Full buffet Breakfast, lunch & dinner with choice of several nice restaurants. On Tuesday and Friday nights, the offer includes barbecue as well (in high season only).
All non-alcoholic beverages and alcoholic drinks (only house & call brands, wine by glass).
Tennis (you get day as well as night court time as part of the package). However equipment and lessons are charged separately.
Non-motorized water sport activities like kayak, paddle boards, snorkeling, sailing boats, windsurfing etc (includes gears).
Transportation passes to get around the island by public buses and ferries. Passes allow you unlimited hop on and off access to both buses and ferries.
Includes all taxes and service charges (they call it gratuities).
What else? Guests of the hotel are allowed to swim in the wonderful caves located at the grounds of the resort, Rum Swizzles are offered at the Manager's Party, you can do fish feeding, Daily Afternoon Tea
is offered and is served in traditional British style with sandwiches & cookies etc.
The resort has lovely although small private beach of its own. You get choice of rooms with wonderful ocean views. One of the unique features of this resort is its caves within its property that are accessible to guests. There are two ancient underground caves with lake formations. You can do cave swimming here. They have also opened a great spa and a bar inside one of the caves. With colorful lights the caves and the water look magical inside. The resort also has a well known scuba diving as well as a water sport center operating out of its property. So water sports galore!
All Inclusive Package Cost: $109 per person in addition to the room rate. Rate for children between 4-16 is $79. Requires 3 nights minimum stay.
So is it a good deal? Yes. Why? Look at the per person additional rate for the all inclusive package. Any meal at any standard restaurant in Bermuda will cost around $50-$65 per person. So with 3 meals and so many additional offers like unlimited free drinks, water sports and transportation pass (3 day pass itself costs $35 per person), it's more than just a good deal. And to top it all, it's a wonderful resort with great friendly service. Go through the hotel link
to know all about all the amenities in the resort including rooms, fitness, spa, water sports, restaurants & bars etc.
Grotto Bay Beach Resort, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 293-8333; Toll Free: 855-4GROTTO; Email: email@example.com
2) Special Offers from other hotels
Some hotels in Bermuda offer different types of meal plans like:
AP: American plan that includes Room with breakfast, lunch and dinner
MAP: Modified American Plan that includes room with breakfast and dinner
BP: Bermuda Plan that includes room and breakfast
CP: Continental Plan that includes room and continental breakfast (usually bread, butter, jam, milk, fruits, tea or coffee, sometimes eggs as well)
EP: European plan that offers rate only for the room.
And some of them combine some activities like golf, tennis, spa etc with the meal plans and make attractive packages. The idea is to cater to a broad range of desires. These are ideal for those who like to spend time both within and outside the resort. So if you mostly plan to go out during the day visiting places, then a MAP meal plan would be the best so that you can take your lunch outside, or room with only breakfast. Here are some hotels which make such special offers:
a) The Reefs
: It's a lovely resort on a cliff, with its own beach and rooms having sweeping views of the ocean.
They offer a nice Romantic Package for couples. It includes 5nights/6days stay for two in an ocean view room (you can have a choice of any type of room or a suite), round trip airport transfer, welcome drinks (champagne and chocolate covered strawberries), daily breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner, 60-minute spa massage for couple, a romantic dinner on the beach (offered during summer), drink vouchers, gift etc. The package cost varies depending on room type and also on the season (high, low etc). During summer (May to October) the package cost for a couple would range from $4,665 to $7,190 depending on room type. The cost includes all taxes and duties.
The Reefs also offers an Ala Carte Package for two which includes a 4-night stay and you are able to choose any three out of a range of amenity options. Such options include romantic six course dinner for two on the beach, $150 voucher for Spa usage, sparkling wine and chocolate strawberries in the room, picnic lunch for two, bottle of Gosling's rum and pack of ginger beer, round of golf, $125 voucher for snorkel & sightseeing cruise with a boat tour operator, scooter rental for two days etc. During summer, the package cost for a couple could range from $3,120 to $4,970 depending on the room type. X Not offered currently
Toll Free: 800-742-2008
b) Fairmont Southampton
: A great resort with large expanses of lush landscape, with its own 18-hole golf course and rooms overlooking the ocean. They offer special packages such as
Room with full American breakfast. Rates starts from $341 + taxes & gratuities on double occupancy basis.
Package for romantic stay for couples that includes luxury room having a private balcony and lovely views, round trip private airport transfers, welcome drink (Champagne and Chocolates), complimentary access to spa and couple massage for 60 minutes, one romantic candle lit dinner at the resort restaurant Waterlot Inn, $50 resort credit per day etc. Rates start from $388 per night for moderate room + taxes & gratuities (minimum 3 nights stay required).
They also offer tennis and golf packages where such activities are combined with accommodation. The 3-night Golf Around Getaway Package includes luxury room with private balcony, daily breakfast, one round of golf each day at three top golf courses, carts included at each course, 50% off on golf club rentals. The 3-night package cost starts from $649 per person on twin occupancy. Taxes and gratuities are additional. 4 and 5 night packages are also available. An accompanying non golfer is given resort credits which one can use in availing various resort activities and food.
Family Getaway Package could be quite attractive to families with up to two children (under 18). The offer includes a discounted second room for children which is connected to the parents room. The main room is a luxury room with private balcony. The discount to children's room can be 25%, 50% or fully free depending on season (high, mid, low etc). Children under 12 can eat free from kid's menu while under 18 would get 50% discount from adult's menu. Kids receive welcome amenity gifts and also have free access to Kids Camp.
Toll Free (US & Canada): 1 (800) 257-7544; Toll Free (International): 800 0441 1414
c) Elbow Beach Hotel
with its lovely private beach on the south shore offers special packages.
The Family Vacation Package offers daily breakfast for four including two children, four day passes to Bermuda Aquarium, 50-minute massage for two parents, three hour baby sitting, 50% discount on second guest room. Taxes, resort fees and gratuities are extra.
They also offer Golf Packages similar to Fairmont Southampton.
Elbow Beach Hotel, 60 South Shore Road, Paget, Bermuda
Phone: +1 (441) 236 3535 or (800) 223 7434
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