Last Updated: October 14, 2016
Top Bermuda Luxury Hotels and Resorts
Several lovely resorts & hotels are located on south shore beaches offering excellent ocean view, some with their own private beach. There are also several great hotels in Hamilton nestled in lush garden settings, some having wonderful harbor views. While hotels on or near south shore offer great beach access, the Hamilton hotels have great location advantage like nearby shops of all kinds, numerous restaurants & bars, ample public transports like bus & ferry etc.
Price categories are based on rates charged for a double room during high season (April - October). During low season (November - March), the rates can be lower. The rates below are only indicative.
Category $$$ = $300 - $450; Category $$$$ = $450 onwards.
Here are some facts about luxury properties that you should be aware of: Room rates are subject to a 9.75 percent tax, which is added to your bill, a service charge of about 10% also gets added to your room rate. It doesn't cover bar bills, a resort fee (varies, can be around $25 per night) would also be added.
Best 3-5 Star Hotels & Resorts in Bermuda
Below are the best 3 to 5 star luxury properties in Bermuda by location. Visit the hotel links to see my review and detailed findings with each.
There are great resorts and hotels overlooking Hamilton harbor or ones that are nestled in garden setting. You can usually walk down to the main city center where there are plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and other nightlife. The main bus and ferry terminals are in Hamilton offering connections to most places in the island. Hamilton hotels are about 30-35 minutes from the airport by taxi.
The hotel located by the harbor offers elegant rooms and suites of varying sizes and decor, many with private balconies and overlooking the Hamilton harbor. Some suites continue to offer the old colonial charm with wooden furnishing and hardwood floor.
The hotel has undergone multi-million dollar renovations in the recent time and has added several amenities including an infinity pool and a restaurant offering al fresco dining with lovely view of the harbor. The hotel has received several awards including Four Diamond Lodgings 2015 by AAA and Frommer's Exceptional.
This elegant Royal Palms Bermuda Hotel is located on a tree-lined lane near Hamilton and offers some of the best Bermudian hospitality. Richard Smith and Susan Weare, the brother-and-sister team own and manage this wonderful estate. You have a choice of either the pink manor houses or estate's quaint white-roofed cottages. All are nestled in lush tranquil gardens where you can enjoy the sun from lawn chairs or from the terrace beside a secluded pool. Royal Palms is not one a 5 star hotel, but offers some unparalleled value.
Quiet, friendly and relaxed, Rosedon Hotel is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The hotel has 44 rooms individually decorated with traditional English and Island flair. Rosedon offers many packages year-round including honeymoon and anniversary, holiday and golf packages. Although Rosedon is not an upscale hotel, but it offers some exceptional value in terms of great services that it is known for, full breakfast on the private patio or pool-side etc.
Located right on the Hamilton harbor, Waterloo House Bermuda is an elegant and one of the most British of the Bermuda hotels. With a manor house and surrounding cottages dating back to 1815, the hotel has over four acres of terraced gardens. Know more about one the top Hamilton Bermuda hotels and about all our findings here.
A great place to choose a luxury stay close to or on a south shore pink beach. This is a western parish and will require about 25 minutes bus ride to Hamilton City. Southampton hotels are about 40-45 minutes from airport by taxi. Two bus routes (#7 and #8) pass through Southampton and operate between Royal Naval Dockyard and Hamilton.
$$$$, Southampton Parish
Located in Southampton, Pompano is dramatically situated overlooking the southwest coast. This family owned and operated luxury resort in Bermuda has 74 rooms and a great place for a romantic getaway as well as a family vacation. This is one of the few beach front properties in Bermuda and has its own private beach.
Located in Southampton parish and perched on the highest point of the island, Fairmont Southampton Hotel overlooks the surrounding lush tropical gardens, the pink sandy beaches and its own 18-hole lush golf course. We spent three great nights here at the Gold Floor where the rooms come with lots of extra amenities including complimentary breakfast, beverages, personal services etc. Lots of sports and leisure activities including some of Bermuda’s finest dining are all here in this 100 acre luxury estate.
The resort has its own private beach and beach club steps away from the main lobby. It boasts of nine restaurants and eateries with unique cuisine and ambience, and a great spa. Their Kids' programs are exceptional offering art & craft lessons as well as beach toys to the kids. The hotel is recipient of several awards including AAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015, Frommer's Exceptional and others.
Perched in spectacular limestone cliffs, The Reefs is an award winning resort and overlooks one of the most beautiful private beaches. This is a relatively small but exclusive resort. It's a perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy a romantic getaway, honeymoon or a family vacation.
Rooms and suits have private patios, spectacular views of the ocean and most have pull out couches. You can take a complementary kayak or snorkel equipment and spend hours in the waters. La Serene spa is a great place to calm yourself with a traditional massage.
The resort has tennis courts in its premises and golf courses nearby. It has three exciting restaurants, each serving unique menus and great food. The Reefs is a recipient of several awards including Travel & Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015, Frommer's Exceptional etc.
Another parish quite centrally located (about 10 minutes drive from Hamilton) but also offers great hotels on a famous south shore beach (the Elbow Beach). Several luxury resorts here have private beaches. Paget hotels are about 30-35 minutes drive from the airport. Several bus routes (including #7, 8) pass through Paget, both operating between dockyard and Hamilton.
One of the top class luxury hotels, the secluded cottages are spread across some 50 acres of landscaped gardens and have private terraces with exceptional views of the ocean. The hotel is one of the very few having its own private beach on the south shore with a long pink sandy stretch that is exclusively reserved for its guests.
The hotel is just five minutes drive from Hamilton, Bermuda’s charming capital, and offers a range of high-class leisure facilities. The water sports facility located in its own premises offers jet ski, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing etc. The hotel has its own beach bar.
The in-house Spa and the four top restaurants add to the attractions. The Kids Camp is very attractive for the kids and offers variety of board games, art & craft etc. The hotel has received awards such as AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015, Frommer's Exceptional and others.
One of the relatively new luxury hotels in Bermuda, Newstead Belmont offers 45 units of Suites and Studios, all with great modern and luxury amenities. All the rooms have private balconies and great views of the infinity pool out to the Hamilton harbor. The suites have private Jacuzzis, living areas and kitchenettes. The seafood at the award winning restaurant 'The Blue' is one of the finest in the island.
The in-house spa is excellent. If you are a golfer, then this is a great resort to choose, as the guests are offered one round of complementary golf per day at the hotel's own 18-hole golf course. The hotel has received several awards including Frommer's Exceptional.
Recently refurbished, Coco Reef Resort is right on the pink sands of Elbow beach and provides great ocean views from all its rooms. With pastel color in exterior as well as interiors, the resort reflects original Bermudian style and architecture. The grand lobby with 50-ft high crystal ceiling is awesome.
The resort has its own private section of Elbow Beach which is steps away from the lobby and the rooms. There is also an outdoor heated pool. Another wonderful feature is its nice tropical gardens. The restaurant Cafe Coco has both inside and al fresco dining and bar with nice selections of wine and cocktails. The resort organizes a range of outdoor and watersport activities including island tours.
An eastern parish which also offers great hotels with lovely private beaches. About 25-30 minutes drive to Hamilton. Hotels in this parish are within 10-minute drive from the airport. Several bus routes (#1, 3, 10, 11) operating between Hamilton and St. George pass through this parish. St. George's town is about 20-25 minutes by bus.
The hotel opened in April 2009. Spread over 200 acres of land area in Tucker's Point, the hotel and the rooms offer wonderful view of the Atlantic ocean as well as Castle harbor and Harrington Sound. It has 88 rooms with private balcony or patios. Some suites have fireplaces, dining areas and wet bars. The rooms are mostly painted with shades of green and yellow with stone toning.
The hotel has its own private beach and many other exclusive amenities including a great in-house spa and it's own 18-hole golf course. The seafood restaurant has earned a good name for itself. Children love this hotel because of its kid friendly programs including lessons in golf, tennis and cooking.
Rosewood Tucker's Point has received a number of awards including AAA Rating of four diamonds in 2015, Travel & Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015 and several others. An advantage of the hotel is its proximity to the airport.
This resort has been named after its subterranean caves or the grottos. As guests of the hotel you can swim in the caves. It sits on a tropical estate with 21 acres of grounds on the water edge in Baileys Bay in Hamilton Parish. It's only 5 minutes from the airport and about 10 minutes drive from St. George.
It has its own beach and offers an array of water sport activities including boat rides to explore secluded islands on Castle harbor, diving, snorkeling, kayaking etc. The resort offers all inclusive package that includes all meals with choice of restaurants, beverages (non-alcoholic and limited alcoholic), outdoor activities, transport pass to get around the island etc.
This is the western most parish with resorts offering lovely view of sunset from their private beaches. This is the location closest to Royal Naval Dockyard and thus offering an added advantage of leveraging the dockyard attractions
. Hamilton City is about 40-55 minutes by bus (depending on location). There are also ferry docks in the parish providing faster connection with Hamilton. It can take about an hour to reach a hotel from the airport by taxi.
This is one of the finest resorts in Sandy's parish at the western end. It overlooks Mangrove Bay and the Long Bay, being located in a magnificent and exclusive private site. You have access to some of the most beautiful private beaches in the island. The rooms, suites and cottages have their unique designs, decor and furnishing along with private patio or balcony. Many of them have spectacular view of the ocean.
The resort is not only an ultimate place to unwind as you spend lazy hours strolling through the endless flowering gardens or remain absorbed with the views, it's also a great place for those who love outdoor activities. Access to shallow waters gives excellent opportunity for snorkeling, or you can take a horse ride along the sandy coast, or just take a boat and explore the islands in the western waters.
The European Style Spa is ideal to get a massage. The Tamarisk Room serves excellent French cuisine and offers wonderful view of the bay, and the casual restaurant Breezes is well known for its al fresco dining and awesome sunset views. Cambridge Beaches is a winner of multiple awards including Travel & Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015.
Willowbank resort in Bermuda is a non-profitable retreat offering Christian devotions to visitors as voluntary activities and has a religious environment. It is located on the beautiful Ely's harbor in Sandys Parish.
The parish is located about 15 to 20 minutes drive from Hamilton towards east.
Built in 1947, accommodations at Pink Beach Club Bermuda consist of two and three-story cottage buildings. There are a total of 94 rooms. All of them have beautiful ocean view. Know more about this excellent and one of our top favorite Bermuda resorts.
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Reviews & Comments
Michelle (February 2016)
Hi, Do any area resorts offer day passes to use their facilities such as pool, beach area including beach chairs, etc? Ideally a place where drinks and or a meal would be included would be preferred but not a must. We are going to be in port in July 2016 on the NCL Breakaway and would like to use resort facilities instead of hanging at public beaches. Any ideas? Thank you!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) February 2016
Hi, Coco Reef Resort
on Elbow Beach (Paget) offers day passes that includes 2-course lunch & a glass of wine, plus beach towel to enjoy their private beach ($69 per person for age over 12). Elbow Beach hotel
offers day pass to enjoy their private beach. It includes one umbrella, two beach chairs and towels ($75). Note that the resorts usually offer limited number of passes per day to ensure there is no over crowding and disturbance to hotels' own guests. It is therefore advisable that you book the passes in advance (although you can walk in and get it if available).
James Kent (September 2014)
We are going in early October for 3 nights fir my wife's 60th birthday and post chemotherapy celebration. Can you comment on a comparison between the Reefs and Pompano and Elbow beach. We enjoy pampering and luxury ( although value/dollar spent matters as well). We really don't plan on cooking for ourselves fir such a short time period. Plus access to a beach is preferred. Final point. I am a physician and need to monitor my practice daily by internet so it's important that rooms not just lobby has wireless internet. Whew!! Enough questions? Thanks.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) September 2014
While all three hotels are good, my personal choice out of the three would be Pompano.