Bermuda hotels for kids and families
Based on our experience of staying with our son in many of the hotels in Bermuda and also what we know out of so many visits to this island, I have described below the best places to stay with your kids in Bermuda. The list includes both kids friendly Luxury hotels in Bermuda that have comprehensive programs for children, as well as budget lodgings with kitchenettes where you can prepare your own meals that are suitable for kids. Having to eat outside with your kids three times a day in Bermuda may turn out be quite expensive and also a logistics nightmare. Here are my recommended hotels for family vacations with kids. Visit the hotel links for more details and contact information.
Located in Southampton Parish and overlooking the ocean, this five star hotel provides some of the best amenities and activities for families and children. For accommodation, you can ask for connection rooms while booking or even cribs for your babies. The main resort pool has an attendant during the day time. You can get pool noodles to swim.
Right next to the resort pool is the children's pool which has splash pool and slides. There is also a Jacuzzi next to the main pool which families can use. If available, families are given a beach bucket and a spade on arrival so that kids can enjoy on the sand. The Fairmont group of hotels specialize in health cuisine (known as Lifestyle Cuisine) and the same applies to children's menu as well. Kids below 5 eat free, and between 6-11 at half the menu price. Kids menu is quite extensive and some favorites include chicken strips, pizza, spaghetti with meatballs, chocolate mousse etc.
The hotel runs Explorer Kids Camp at the lower lobby - its' very colorful and attractive for the kids. Children above the age of 5 can join. It's open daily from 9am to 5pm. Daily fee is $50 per child. However one can try it out free for first one hour. Theme nights are held daily from 6pm to 10:30pm. One day advance notice is required to join the camp. Note that kids food is not included in the rates but can be ordered and charged to your room.
Here are the Kids Camp activities:
You can email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking for Kids Camp.
Apart from the above the hotel also offers individual baby sitting services through agencies at extra cost. The hotel also offers a range of toys for kids, board games, books etc which can be borrowed free during your stay.
Elbow Beach Resort($$$$)
A luxury resort located in Paget parish has its own beautiful private beach. The hotel operates a Kids Camp (like a kids club). The camp is generally open only during the high season (June to September) and has a limited capacity. When we stayed here last time, they used to accommodate up to 12 kids in the club on a first cum first serve basis.
The Kids Club facilities here includes TVs, DVDs, Play Stations, board games and such. I would recommend that you notify them in advance at the time of booking if you like your kids to avail the club facilities. They also make special gift packages for your kids on arrival. The Kids Club charges on an hourly basis. You can also give permission to the club supervisors to order food for your kids on your behalf. The restaurants prepare special meals for children.
Elbow Beach Hotel also offers many other activities of interest to the children. Here are some of them:
Located in Hamilton parish on the ocean front, Grotto Bay Resort provides nice children and adult programs. They offer a daily schedule of fun activities. The parents can also join the kids and make it a great family day. The kids programs are seasonal and are offered generally during the high season.
They also have a family stay package for parents and two kids (above 15years) with a minimum 4 nights stay.
Some of the activities and facilities offered by Grotto Bay Resort that would be of interest to the children includes:
Royal Palms Hotel($$$)
This small luxury hotel is located in Pembroke parish on a quiet tree lined lane. Managed and owned by a brother and sister, this hotel received the Bermuda Long Tail Award for its standards and safety measures. Royal Palms is a very family friendly hotel. Some of the units have kitchenettes. There is a freshwater pool in the property, but the nearest beach is a 10-minute ride away.
Located in Pembroke and only few minutes walk from the Hamilton City, Rosemont can be a great budget accommodation for families with kids. Nestled in garden settings, each of the units have kitchenettes with oven, refrigerator, coffee maker (coffee is supplied), microwave and all cooking utensils, plates, cutlery and glassware.
Rosemont offers a complimentary continental breakfast set out in the lobby which includes coffee, muffins and yogurts. Some rooms have connecting doors and good for families. Babysitting can also be arranged. There is a large swimming pool in the property, and also a terrace from where you get a wonderful view of the harbor.
Located in Warwick Parish, the famous Warwick Long Bay Beach is just few minutes walk from Clairfont. This is a very clean, family friendly budget accommodation in Bermuda. All units (studios and rooms) have fully equipped kitchens, so you can prepare your own food. However, the number of units are limited here and this is a very well known accommodation in Bermuda. So you should book well in advance. There is also a nice swimming pool in the property.
Willowbank Bermuda($$) X Closed
If you are looking for a religious family retreat in Bermuda, Willowbank located in Sandys Parish can offer a stay with deeply rooted Christian devotions. Although optional for guests, bible reading takes place everyday after breakfast.
Spread across six acres of historic grounds, Willowbank has two private beaches, outdoor pool (heated in winter) and 2 plexi-pave tennis courts. The resort offers separate meal packages which covers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Willowbank has received Bermuda Tourism Department's Longtail Merit award and Environmental Health Standards Award, for its safety measures and high standards.
Sonesta Beach Resort Bermuda (Wyndham) ($$$$) X Closed and Demolished
Sonesta, later renamed as Wyndham Resort Bermuda is located in Southampton parish and right on the breach front. The resort provides one of the finest programs for the kids. There are two programs, one called Just Us Kids (for 3 -12 years) and Just Us Teens (13 - 17 years).
The list of kids' programs include arts and crafts, sand castle building, swimming, visiting some great attractions for kids, and such. Teen activities includes kayaking tours, mountain biking, snorkeling, and horseback riding. Wyndham resort also has three swimming pools, including a kids' pool, a spa, fitness center and a dive shop.
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