Bermuda hotels for kids and families
Several luxury and mid range resorts offer children's programs including games room and both indoor and outdoor activities. That can keep your kids busy while you can plan to relax on a beach. Another important aspect is the kids menu. Several hotels (particularly the Fairmont group of hotels have nice kids and health menu which they can even customize).
If you are looking to self cook, then nearby amenities including grocery stores would be an important consideration. And of course you would ideally like to stay close to a beach.
Best family hotels in Bermuda
Below I have listed the best family hotels in Bermuda. The list includes both kids friendly luxury hotels 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. Visit the hotel links for my detailed review and booking information.
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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:
Art and craft work, nature activities, treasure hunt, beach games, swimming, bird watching, fishing etc.
The theme nights are basically party nights with lots of fun themes like pirate night, superhero night etc.
There is also a Toddlers' room in the camp, however the toddlers should be accompanied by guardians.
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.
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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 come first served 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:
Horseback riding with experienced guide. Excellent scenic trails along south shore with great views of the ocean.
Five tennis courts out of which three are lit at night.
Cycling. The concierge can arrange for a cycle rental. A scenic cycling and jogging trail winds around through the resort campus. Several places offer excellent views of the ocean, and there are several picnic areas along the way.
Olympic sized climate controlled pool.
Lots of water sport activities are offered by an in-house operator having its kiosk at the beach. Activities include snorkeling (with gear rentals), kayaking, paddleboards, diving and more.
They also provide baby sitting services, but requires 24 hour advance notice.
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:
A freshwater heated swimming pool and an outside Jacuzzi.
3 nice restaurants.
4 all-weather tennis courts, a resident tennis pro, a pro shop.
An in-house operators Blue Hole Watersports offers a range of water sports like snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding etc and even motor boat rentals to explore the islands.
An in-house Diving Center Triangle Diving operates from the resort offering daily dives from a boat.
There are couple of great caves in the hotel compound where families and children can swim in cave pools. Two old underwater grottos with stalactites hanging can be a great experience for all.
Scooter and bicycle rental is available at Oleander Cycles located in the hotel compound.
Bus stop is also just outside the hotel. So getting around the island is easy.
The hotel has a small but well stocked gift shop.
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.
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)
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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.
Book a Family Hotel in Bermuda
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Visitors' Reviews and Comments
Walter Sabo (October 2011)
We found The Reefs
and Pink Beach
to be terrific with kids. Our 1 year old took her first step at The Reefs. Pink Beach has a small playground---which should be improved. But both staffs were terrific with the kids.