Where to Stay in Bermuda: The Best Hotels in Every Part of the Island

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Red and white striped beach umbrellas at one of the Bermuda hotel's pink sand beaches.
Bermuda is known for its pink sand beaches. Photo credit: Cathy Bennett Kopf

You can get to Bermuda with a two-hour flight from many East Coast cities. That’s only one of the draws of this Atlantic Ocean island. Stunning ocean views, pink sand beaches and British charm are other reasons to consider Bermuda when planning an island getaway.

Bermuda’s distinct neighborhoods have different vibes. If you want to walk to restaurants and shops, check out Hamilton, the island capital. Prefer a more secluded spot? The East End is where you’ll want to be. We’ve mapped out Bermuda’s best hotels by location to help you decide, noting things we love about each property. Need additional trip planning info? Jump to the bottom of the article for answers to your Bermuda travel questions.

Fairmont Hamilton Princess Bermuda - The art-filled lobby of the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club.
The art-filled lobby. Photo credit: The Hamilton Princess Hotel and Beach Club

1. Hamilton Princess & Beach Club: Luxury and Elegance

The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, an iconic establishment since 1885 in Bermuda, embodies a captivating blend of historical grandeur and contemporary allure. Revered as the “Pink Palace,” the hotel received a significant makeover by the Green family in 2012, elevating it to new heights of modern luxury.

Boasting an impressive modern art collection, opulent accommodations, and impeccable service, the Princess offers extraordinary experiences, from savoring gourmet delights in upscale restaurants to relishing the exclusive beach club at Sinky Bay. The updated “Pink Princess” stands as a beacon for travelers seeking an opulent, sophisticated retreat in Bermuda.

Why We Love the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club

  • The hotel exudes historic charm while seamlessly blending in modern sophistication, making it an ideal destination for those who appreciate both heritage and contemporary luxury.
  • The hotel houses an exceptional and vast modern art collection, featuring works from renowned artists like Andy Warhol, Banksy, and Damien Hirst, making it a unique cultural haven within the property.
  • The Princess offers ultra-sophisticated rooms and suites with various views-garden, pool, or harbor. The services, from bellmen to concierge, are top-notch, ensuring a comfortable and pampered stay.
  • The resort boasts three gourmet restaurants offering an array of culinary delights, from upscale steaks and seafood to fusion dishes curated by talented chefs, providing an unforgettable dining experience.
  • Guests can access the private South Shore Beach Club at Sinky Bay, providing a secluded and luxurious beach experience, complete with hammocks, lounge chairs, and pristine pink sands.
  • From an infinity pool overlooking Hamilton Harbor to a state-of-the-art spa, fitness center, and proximity to multiple golf courses and the city of Hamilton, the hotel offers a diverse range of activities to indulge in during the stay.

One thing to consider:

The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club lacks a beach on its immediate premises. However, the hotel compensates for this by providing exclusive access to its private Beach Club, accessible via the hotel’s jitney service. This limitation might be a consideration for those expecting direct beachfront access from the hotel.

This resort is best for:

Ideal for everyone—families, couples, and special events. The resort offers exceptional service, opulent accommodations, an extensive modern art collection, exquisite dining, exclusive beach access, and an added perk: children aged 5 and under eat free off the children’s menu, while kids aged 6-11 dine for half price, featuring healthier options within the expanded Lifestyle Cuisine children’s menus.

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2. Royal Palms Hotel

The Royal Palms Bermuda is the perfect spot for those seeking something unique and different in Hamilton. Located a short walk from the downtown area, this boutique hotel boasts 32 rooms that are housed in two restored 19th-century manor houses.

What We Love About the Royal Palms Hotel

  • The daily Evening Wine Hour
  • Award-winning Ascots Restaurant on-site
  • Access to complimentary e-bikes
  • Gorgeous gardens provide a spot to relax and take photos
  • Proximity to local attractions including the Botanical Gardens, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Crystal Caves and Admiralty House Park

This resort is best for:

  • Solo travelers looking to mingle at the wine hour and conduct business or explore during the day or girlfriend getaway groups.

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3. The St. Regis Bermuda Resort

For history buffs and those seeking a glimpse into Bermuda’s rich past, St. George is a must-visit. This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts cobblestone streets, historic forts, and captivating museums. Located in St. George, the St. Regis Bermuda Resort is one of the island’s newest properties, opening in 2021. This oceanfront resort is steps from St. Catherine’s Beach. With a spa, children’s club and relaxing pools, you’ll hate to see your vacation end.

Things We Love at the St. Regis Bermuda Resort

  • Walking out of the hotel and right onto the beach
  • Five Forts Golf Course ocean views to enjoy over 18-holes
  • Earn or redeem points. The St. Regis is a Marriott property.
  • Extensive massage options at the spa
  • Good location to head out to Tobacco Bay (public beach)

One thing to consider:

Dining is limited at this location with three spots on site but limited hours at each restaurant. Travelers have also mentioned that the on-site stores are not as expansive as others on the island so be sure to pack all items you might need on your trip.

This resort is best for:

Couples on romantic getaways. Although they offer a kids club the resort itself is less walkable (15 minutes to St. George) than other options and doesn’t have as many activities and rentals available. This is a spot to spend time with each other. Book it for the views and relaxation, not the amenities.

4. Rosewood Bermuda

Located roughly halfway between the airport and Tucker’s Town, the Rosewood Bermuda is situated on Tucker’s Point overlooking Castle Harbour. This luxury resort truly exemplifies the meaning of the word escape and has been named a top resort in the Atlantic Islands and Caribbean region multiple times. With stunning ocean views, a private beach and a championship golf course you’ll never want to leave!

Why Rosewood is a Great Bermuda Hotel

  • Extremely helpful and enthusiastic staff
  • Commitment to water sports as showcased by the resort’s onsite sailing school where you can receive personal windsurfing, sailing and foiling instruction
  • Sailing outings with picnics are available with access to St. Charles Island.
  • Complimentary paddleboards and sea kayaks, driving range, tennis courts, croquet and table tennis equipment
  • Six dining options and in-room dining
  • Pink sand beaches

One thing to consider:

The beach club for this resort is accessible by shuttle, you don’t walk out of the hotel and onto the beach.

This resort is best for:

Couples or families with older children who will take advantage of the watersports

Where to stay in Bermuda - Reefs Resort & Club on Horseshoe Bay
Frequently named one of the best beaches in Bermuda, Horseshoe Bay is located on Bermuda’s South Shore. The iconic sea views and photos of this beach are frequently used in tourism materials. Photo credit: Tarah Woolgar

5. The Reefs Resort & Club: Beachfront Bliss

Nestled on the renowned Horseshoe Bay Beach on the South Shore, The Reefs Resort & Club offers a remarkable beachfront experience. Wake up to breathtaking ocean views from your room and step out onto the pink sand beach just moments away.

Love snorkeling? There are vibrant coral reefs all around the resort in crystal-clear waters. Golf aficionados can schedule rounds of golf at the nearby Port Royal Golf Course. The Reefs Resort effortlessly combines beachfront relaxation, thrilling water activities and top-notch golfing opportunities.

Where to stay in Bermuda - The Reefs spa is called La Serena.
Transport yourself to tranquility at the Reefs spa, La Serena. Utilizing Elemis of London products and offering a variety of services, it’s a must on your visit. Photo credit: Tarah Woolgar

Why We Love the Reefs

  • Complimentary sea kayaks, paddleboards and snorkeling equipment
  • All rooms have west-facing patios or balconies so you can take in prime sunset views
  • Four restaurants available on property

A few things to consider:

  • The property can be challenging for those with physical limitations. Steep steps to the beach, numerous stairs to some accommodations and a steep incline in areas can prove to be a lot for even fit guests.
  • Wifi has continuously been mentioned as spotty and unreliable.

This resort is best for:

Those looking to escape it all. You may or may not have reliable internet. It may turn into an “unplugged” vacation.

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Where to stay in Bermuda - the Pompano Beach Club
Pompano Beach Club’s pink buildings sit along the turquoise waters in Bermuda, making it a picturesque option for lodging. Photo credit: Tarah Woolgar

6. Pompano Beach Club

Set on the picturesque South Shore, Pompano Beach Club offers a peaceful retreat with panoramic ocean views, a private beach, and a championship golf course nearby. Started as a fishing club, the Pompano Beach Club has become a family favorite with many repeat vacationers.

Things We Love About Pompano Beach Club

  • Their super unique beach has a sandbar and swim platforms
  • Excellent, friendly staff and hands-on owners
  • Stunning ocean views with amazing sunsets
  • Modified American Plan (MAP) food add-on is a great value and includes a full breakfast and 5-course dinner daily
  • Super close to Port Royal Golf Course, Bermuda’s top-rated public golf course
  • The fitness center makes you want to work out with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the ocean
  • Good location to head out to visit Hog Bay

One thing to consider:

Many feel that rooms at the resort are due for a refresh. Due to the beach setup where you can wade in calm waters and enjoy the sandbar, many families choose this resort. If you’re looking for a more adult experience this resort may not be the best choice for you.

This resort is best for:

Families and those who want to swim out to a platform and tan for awhile

Where to stay in Bermuda - view of the island with bluest waters and a cloudy sky.
A vacation in Bermuda can provide time to relax or tons of activity opportunities for families. It’s up to you. Photo credit: Tarah Woolgar

7. Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa: Tranquility and Seclusion in Somerset

If you crave a serene and laid-back atmosphere, Somerset and Sandys are the ideal destinations. Attractions like the Royal Naval Dockyard and the National Museum of Bermuda are nearby. Located on the West End of Bermuda this region captures the essence of Bermuda’s natural beauty.

In the heart of this region lies Cambridge Beaches Resort, the OG Bermuda resort. Started over 100 years ago as the first cottage-style accommodations, it is still serene and historic with architectural details dating back to the 1600s.

Laid out over 23 acres, the property features more than 80 suites all featuring private outdoor space and waterfront views! Indulge in the resort’s spa services, take a dip in the infinity pool or unwind on the pink-sand beach.

What We Love About Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa

  • Five dining options and additional private dining available
  • Four private beaches for guests (and 2 private coves)
  • Onsite paddleboard, kayak, motorboat and sailboat rentals through H2O Sports
  • On-site rental for e-bikes, scooters and electric vehicles
  • Getting away from it all in a less touristy area of the island
  • Easy access to nearby nature reserves and historic Fort St. Catherine

One thing to consider:

Quiet relaxation means that there aren’t any nightclubs or a ton of shopping nearby. You will have to go a little way to find the hustle and bustle of a city.

This resort is best for:

Friends or couples looking to enjoy some R&R and quality time.

Where to stay in Bermuda - The Aurora restaurant at the Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort.
Take in brunch with a view at the Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort’s Aurora. Photo credit: Tarah Woolgar

8. Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort

Overlooking the scenic Hamilton Harbor, Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort in Paget Parish near Mount Pleasant combines luxurious accommodations with a golf course and stunning waterfront vistas. The resort is a five-minute ferry ride to Hamilton and a five-minute shuttle ride to local beaches.

Reasons We Love Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort

  • The free waterfront shuttle to Hamilton
  • The ease of booking a wide selection of additional activities directly through the hotel
  • Its location roughly midway on the island puts it within 20 minutes of everything
  • Infinity pool set against the backdrop of Hamilton Harbour
  • On-site charging for electric vehicles (the only type allowed for tourists)
  • Guests receive a free round of golf

One thing to consider:

If you have physical limitations, we’ve heard feedback that the bathrooms can be a bit challenging. Many of the tubs are jacuzzi-style which involves a climb to get in. There are a minimal amount of grab bars. Additionally, there isn’t direct beach access at this resort.

This resort is best for:

Couples who want a quiet resort that gives them access to many sites with their rental electric vehicle or scooters.

Current Hotel Closures in Bermuda

Some popular hotels in Warwick Parish remain unavailable. Elbow Beach Bermuda, a frequently recommended spot, went up for sale in 2019. It closed in 2020 during the Covid pandemic. Although they’ve been in talks with multiple buyers nothing has stuck. In addition, the Fairmont Southampton has been under renovation for several years. Updates come occasionally but no reopening date has been announced yet. During the renovation, the Turtle Hill Golf Club is still open.

9. Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa: Tranquil Oasis in the East End

In the secluded East End of Bermuda, Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa provides a tranquil oasis. Set amidst lush tropical gardens, the resort offers easy access to private pink-sand beaches and mesmerizing turquoise waters.

With 201 guest rooms and 11 cottages on over 21 acres, Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa has the island’s only all-inclusive option. The all-inclusive supplement can be added to your stay and covers three daily meals, unlimited beverages, non-motorized water sports, transportation passes and more.

You’ll also be super close to the island’s oldest pub, The Swizzle Inn. Famously known as the inventor of Bermuda’s national drink the Rum Swizzle, plan to eat some delicious pub food and taste test a drink or three.

Why We Love Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa

  • Spa is in a natural cave and features an expansive menu of services
  • Proximity to sites like Crystal Caves, Fantasy Caves, Cathedral Caves, Admiral’s Cave, Blue Hole Park and Tom Moore’s Jungle
  • Two distinct beach options including Main Beach (swimming, water sports and even shipwreck snorkel opportunities) and Honeymoon Beach (wildlife and sea creature spotting)
  • All-inclusive add-on

One thing to consider:

Book early for anything you can. Spa services fill up fast so book before your trip. If using the all-inclusive supplement, book your meal reservations early or you’ll find yourself with late meals and low availability. As with many resorts, beach chairs are often “saved” early in the day and hard to find after that.

This resort is best for:

Families. With the all-inclusive supplement for adults and children, this resort allows families to set a clear budget and stick to it while still having the full island experience.

10. The Loren at Pink Beach

Located on the pristine Pink Beach, the Loren at Pink Beach is a true luxury resort with bespoke accommodations, breathtaking ocean views and a distinct aesthetic. Natural wood, color-coded and organized items throughout and windows framing perfect views make this resort a dream for IG lovers.

These touches and more (like the resort soundtrack that was developed by a London DJ and changes to fit the mood and time of day) make The Loren at Pink Beach a great choice for those who love the details.

Why We Love The Loren at Pink Beach

  • Creative spa menu with phyto-aromatic facial options and massages that include stone, prenatal, golfers and deep blue
  • Direct ocean views from all rooms
  • All rooms have either a private balcony or a private terrace
  • Onsite contemporary art gallery

One thing to consider:

With a luxury hotel comes luxury prices. Bermuda is pricey in general, but the Loren is not the most affordable option that Bermuda has to offer. The hotel also doesn’t have a designated beach area so if toes in the sand daily is important to you, this might not be your spot.

This resort is best for:

Couples where the hotel is the destination. Also wedding parties. If you get invited to a wedding here, go!

Where to stay in Bermuda - you'll fly into the L. F. Wade International Airport.
If you fly a commercial airline to Bermuda you’ll land at the L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA) in St. George’s Parish. Photo credit: Tarah Woolgar

Getting to Bermuda: How Long it Takes, Picking the Best Flights and Booking Tips

Getting to Bermuda is relatively easy, with multiple options available.

Bermuda has one airport serving the island. The L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA) in St. George’s Parish has flights operated by several airlines. Direct flights are available from major cities including New York, Boston, Atlanta, Toronto and London on airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Air Canada and British Airways.

On average travel time runs around 2-3 hours from the United States on a direct flight, 2.5-3.5 hours from Canada and up to 7 or 8 hours from London.

Be aware that some flights to Bermuda operate seasonally with more frequent flights during more popular tourist seasons. Flights may also only operate on specific days of the week so it’s best to use booking sites like Kayak for your initial research with parameters on +/- on your departure dates.

Where to stay in Bermuda - tropical beach
Tourists love how accessible Bermuda is to the east coast of the US. You can be on a tropical beach in just hours! Photo credit: Tarah Woolgar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Visiting Bermuda

When visiting Bermuda, there are a few important things to know to make your trip smooth and enjoyable. We answer some of your FAQs on vacationing in Bermuda here:

What are the entry requirements for Bermuda?

U.S. and Canadian citizens require a valid passport to enter Bermuda. Check the official Bermuda government website or contact your local embassy for the most up-to-date entry requirements.

What currency is used in Bermuda?

Bermuda uses the Bermudian dollar (BMD), which is on par with the U.S. dollar and widely accepted. Major credit cards are also accepted at most major businesses but we always advise carrying some cash for smaller shops or markets.

How do I get around Bermuda?

It’s important to know that private cars are not available for rent. You can rent a scooter or utilize buses, ferries and taxis. Small electric vehicles called Twizzys or Tazzaris are available. These mini-vehicles generally only hold two people.

Looking at a map of Bermuda you may think that it would take a bit to get from Hamilton to Somerset Village/Sandys, but there’s a ferry. You’ll cut right across the Great Sound on the Green Ferry which runs roughly five times daily during the summer.

What do I need to pack for Bermuda?

With a mild subtropical climate, summers are warm and winters are mild. You’ll want lightweight clothing that breathes for the beach. Don’t forget a warmer layer for cooler evenings. A light jacket, blazer or sweater will do the trick. Be sure to pack swimsuits, hats for sun protection and, if you check your bags, sunscreen.

What time zone is Bermuda in?

Bermuda operates on Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is four hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-4). They’re one hour ahead of the East Coast of the United States. Bermuda does observe Daylight Saving Time.  

Where to Stay in Bermuda- The Ultimate Destination

Bermuda is a destination that captures the hearts of travelers with its pink-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and rich cultural heritage. Whether you prefer a luxurious resort, a charming guest house, or a boutique hotel, Bermuda offers a variety of options to suit every taste. From the vibrant city life of Hamilton to the tranquil beauty of Somerset, each area offers something special. Enjoy your visit to Bermuda and embrace the warm hospitality of this stunning island destination!

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