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 some of your own meals. 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.
Elbow Beach Resort($$$$)
A luxury resort located in Paget parish has its own beautiful private beach. The hotel operates a Kids Club. The club 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 kids. They will know of the best food for your child.
Elbow Beach Hotel also offers many other activities of interest to the children like championship tennis courts, a putting green, volleyball, kayaking, snorkeling, Olympic sized climate controlled pool, and more. They also provide baby sitting services, but requires 24 hour advance notice.
Located in Southampton Parish and overlooking the ocean, this five star hotel provides some of the best facilities for the children. Starting from 24-hours baby sitting service for toddlers, there are many other special programs for the kids.
There is a Kids Activity Center at Fairmont Southampton for kids of 5 years and above. Charges are on a per day basis. It used to be $30 per day per child sometime back. The charges may have been revised. Additional charges are applicable for Kids' meals and participation in special programs like trips to other fun places out of the hotel property. Fairmont Southampton also has a club for the children of 7 and up. Here they can enjoy theme parties, movies, games and lots of other activities.
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:
Sonesta Beach Resort Bermuda (Wyndham) ($$$$)
X Closed and Demolished
Sonesta, later renamed as Wyndham Resort Bermuda is located in Southampton parish and right on the breach front. The resort provides one of the finest programs for the kids. There are two programs, one called Just Us Kids (for 3 -12 years) and Just Us Teens (13 - 17 years).
The list of kids' programs include arts and crafts, sand castle building, swimming, visiting some great attractions for kids, and such. Teen activities includes kayaking tours, mountain biking, snorkeling, and horseback riding. Wyndham resort also has three swimming pools, including a kids' pool, a spa, fitness center and a dive shop.
Update: Sonesta (Wyndham) Bermuda Resort has been closed down. The hotel is taken over by another group and is being demolished. A new star resort is expected to come up here.
Royal Palms Hotel($$$)
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 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 can be joined together. 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 Bermuda. 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.
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.
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