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9 Beaches
4 Daniel's Head Lane
Sandys
Bermuda MABX
Tel: 866 841 9009 (toll-free)
Tel: 441 232 6655
info@9beaches.com
www.9beaches.com

Opened in May of 2005, this resort aims to be the anti-Bermuda—a young, hip alternative to the often stodgy, traditional cottage colony. And so the 84 cabanas have not a salmon-pink wall or ridged white roof in sight; instead they're soft-sided bungalows made of sailcloth that sit on an 18-acre property at the western tip of the island. The six Paradise Pier cottages stand Polynesian-style on stilts over the water, and have glass panels in the floor to observe anything that might be swimming by. The resort does have its problems: rust stains, cheap bathroom fixtures and windows that come off their tracks when you try to close them. Also, while the open cabanas let the sounds of the sea in, they also let in the sounds of your neighbors and the heat (only the cottages have air conditioning). But on the plus side, the Hi Tide restaurant, featuring the creative dishes of chef Guillaume Brard, is a good choice for dinner; the hotel indeed has nine beaches for guest use, and there are fun perks like loaner iPods and local cell phones.

Closed January to March.

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Cambridge Beaches
30 Kings Point Road
Sandys
Bermuda MA02
Tel: 800 468 7300 (toll-free)
Tel: 441 234 0331
Fax: 441 234 3352
www.cambridgebeaches.com

Old-fashioned in the best possible sense, this cottage colony in the northwest part of the island posts a list of its return guests on a public bulletin board. The lineup is extensive—some have visited dozens of times over the last several decades. What inspires such devotion? Maybe the secluded, picturesque setting on a 30-acre peninsula overlooking Long Bay Beach, with the Atlantic on one side and Mangrove Bay on the other. Or perhaps the 94 individually decorated rooms and suites, some done in English-country chintz, some in a more streamlined style. Or possibly it's the staff that remembers individual names and preferences. Regardless, recent renovations and additions—including a multitiered infinity pool, three new suites with private pools, and a concierge who can arrange romantic, butler-served dinners on a nearby private island—are already bringing in a new crop of converts.

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Elbow Beach
60 South Shore Road
Paget
Bermuda PG04
Tel: 800 223 7434 (toll-free)
Tel: 441 236 3535
ebbda-reservations@mohg.com
www.mandarinoriental.com/bermuda/

This nearly century-old grand dame, painted a jaunty yellow and looming over a half-mile stretch of pink sand, completed a $5.5 million dollar overhaul in 2010. The 98 rooms have sleek blond-wood and rattan furnishings and spacious marble bathrooms. For the most privacy, go for one of the three cottages, particularly the Bird of Paradise cottage, a 2,436-square-foot one-bedroom house that's steps from the beach. The hotel, set on 50-acres of garden-filled grounds, has four restaurants including the high-end Mediterranean-focused Lido and the casual right-on-the-beach Mickey's Bistro. And book a spa treatment as soon as you check in—this is a Mandarin Oriental hotel, a group known for its impeccable Asian-style treatments.

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Fairmont Hamilton Princess
76 Pitts Bay Road
Hamilton
Bermuda HM11
Tel: 800 441 1414 (toll-free)
Tel: 441 295 3000
hamilton@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/hamilton

The classic 1885 "Pink Palace" is a favorite with business travelers and visiting celebs—mostly for its marble lobbies, ornate ballrooms, and gilded chandeliers, but also for its location near downtown Hamilton's restaurants, bars, and shopping. Of the 410 rooms, the ones to book are those in the Bermudiana House, which were renovated in 2008 and decorated in shades of lemon yellow and preppy green, with chipper island paintings by local artist Sheilagh Head, and an updated colonial feel. Throughout the hotel, however, the furnishings are high-end but mass-produced, lending the whole place something of a corporate air. But whimsical historic touches remain, like the fabulous Japanese koi pond (ask for fish food at the front desk) and the lavish lounge reserved for guests in Fairmont Gold rooms. This room, where breakfast, tea, and drinks are served, resembles a monarch's sitting room—Queen Elizabeth herself is a repeat visitor—with Wedgwood-inspired frescoes, silk drapes, and damask wing chairs where guests sip afternoon tea or sherry. The hotel is not on the beach, but you can hop a ferry for the 20-minute ride to its sister property in Southampton.

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Fairmont Southampton
101 South Shore Road
Southampton
Bermuda HMFX
Tel: 866 540 4497 (toll-free)
Tel: 441 238 8000
southampton@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/southampton

Catering to big families, golfers, beach bums, and those who'd rather avoid the intimate "charms" of B&Bs, the mammoth, 593-room Fairmont Southampton—the sister resort to the downtown Fairmont Hamilton Princess—does everything in a big way. Given the resort's size, it's almost inevitable that you'll check in alongside groups wearing name tags. One way to escape the hordes is to book a room on the top floor, known as the Fairmont Gold Floor; it has separate check-in facilities, concierge service, complimentary snacks, and more upscale furnishings than those in the relatively ordinary rooms below. The resort's extensive facilities range from a stretch of pink-sand, calm-surf private beach to a children's Explorers Camp to the 2,684-yard, palm tree–studded golf course. At the 31,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa, grown-ups can enjoy massages and sorbet wraps (spoons not required). There are also ten restaurants, including Bacci, a chichi Italian hot spot for locals and visitors alike, and the Ocean Club, known for its Asian seafood. If those choices aren't enough, take the hotel's complimentary ferry into Hamilton and try out some of the downtown restaurants and bars.

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Newstead Belmont Hills Resort & Spa
27 Harbour Road
Paget
Bermuda PG02
Tel: 441 236 6060
reservations@belmonthills.com
www.newsteadbelmonthills.com

Though billed as a brand-new property, Newstead is actually an older cottage community that was demolished and reopened in April 2008 as an all-suite boutique hotel. The 45 rooms, including two of the original cottages, look right over Hamilton Harbor, and all have either a full or half kitchen and separate sitting areas (some rooms are laid out loft-style, others have proper rooms). The location at Newstead is unbelievably convenient—you're a short hotel shuttle ride to South Shore and all its beaches and golf courses, and a five-minute public ferry ride to Hamilton itself, making shopping and dining a snap (taxis on the island are expensive and slow). The hotel also has its own yacht, letting you set your own schedule. Some elements still need to be adjusted—for example, the lack of room service—but the attentive, spot-on concierge staff knows how to get things done, whether it be amusing younger guests with the pet goldfish or stocking the refrigerator before arrival. The decor is almost urban, with tech touches including flat-screen TVs and in-room Wi-Fi (a rarity in Bermuda); the stainless-steel kitchens with teak cabinets and the minimalist gray and taupe rooms may make you pine for a bit of Bermudian madras and pastel. Then again, modern comforts have their own appeal, especially when you're sliding into a deep soaking tub with whirlpool jets and a view of the glittering harbor.

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The Reefs
56 South Shore Road
Southampton
Bermuda SN02
Tel: 800 742 2008 (toll-free)
Tel: 441 238 0222
generalinfo@thereefs.bm
www.thereefs.com

More than 60 percent of the guests at the Reefs are repeat visitors. What are they coming back for? Comfort—as in fluffed pillows, homemade chocolate-chip cookies, and a staff that manages to smile authentically, despite the required uniform with black socks pulled up to the knee. Architecture-wise, the zealously pink stucco block complex in Southampton doesn't make much of statement, but the grounds hang on a cliff overlooking a cove and beach with limited access and a very private feel (most beaches in Bermuda are public). A massive, nearly five-year renovation was finished in 2008; the 56 rooms and five private cottages now have marble baths with rain showers and soft color schemes of brown, pumpkin, and yellow. The public spaces were also redone and are now large and light-filled; there's a steakhouse and a slightly more formal Bermudian restaurant that specializes in local seafood. Talk between tables—usually filled with 50-something American couples down for the weekend—often morphs into shared desserts and after-dinner drinks.

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Royal Palms Hotel
24 Rosemont Avenue
Pembroke
Bermuda HM06
Tel: 800 678 0783 (toll-free)
Tel: 441 292 1854
reservations@royalpalms.bm
www.royalpalms.bm

In a country where everything from bottled water to taxi rides is overpriced, the century-old Royal Palms is a refreshingly good value. Just blocks away from downtown Hamilton, the property is a postcolonial dream of coral-pink manor houses and white-roofed cottages set among manicured grounds. The 32 sunny rooms, decorated in English style with pastel-painted walls, flowery upholstery, and dark wood furniture, are elegant without being ostentatious. Start the day with breakfast on the patio surrounded by flowering tropical bushes; then wander through the grounds and test the romantic two-seater lounge swing, or refresh with a dip in the kidney-shaped pool. The friendly and helpful staff are managed by brother–sister team Susan Weare and Richard Smith; both are fonts of information about things to do and see on the island.

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Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa
60 Tuckers Point Drive
Hamilton
Bermuda HS 02
Tel: 866 604 3764 (toll-free)
reservations@tuckerspoint.com
www.tuckerspointhotelandspa.com

This year-old "sparkling hotel" embodies colonial Bermuda. "Fabulous views of sky and sea appear at every turn." Rooms have balconiessome with a "huge daybed"and whimsical touches like butterfly nets. The small spa has "a shower with 18 heads." The staff, "though well intentioned, are a bit disorganized." The Point has 80-foot-long murals and serves local swordfish.

(88 rooms)

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