Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa wins guests over again and again By Lisa Rogak
Warning: If you visit Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa on the quiet western end of Bermuda, be prepared to visit againÂ—and again and again. Cambridge Beaches is the kind of low-key, relaxing resort that hits the spot for so many people that thereÂ’s actually a leaderboard outside its main dining room listing the names of repeat visitors and the number of times theyÂ’ve returned. (Currently, the number to beat is 85 times over 10 years.)
HereÂ’s why vacationers love Cambridge Beaches:Â There are 30 acres situated on a private peninsula overlooking Long Bay Beach and Mangrove Bay, where the gently rolling hills are dotted with 94 pastel-pink cottage-style rooms and suites with whitewashed roofs. Cambridge perfectly mixes subdued British flavor with a laid-back Bermudian flair: indulge in high tea, try a few rounds of croquet, or just relax on a private beach.
Cambridge Beaches features three restaurants, including the surfside Breezes, where guests can dine by candlelight right on the beach; the slightly more formal Tamarisk, which overlooks the marina and Mangrove Bay; or Shutters, for poolside snacks. A full array of treatments is offered at the Ocean Spa, from an Indian Head Massage to the Revive Jet Lag treatment. But why not spring for a massage at the Ocean Spa Pagoda in the Seaview Gardens? There, guests can enjoy lavish treatments while listening to the gentle waves lapping at the sand. 800-468-7300; cambridgebeaches.com.
Three more must-stay resorts By Brooke Neuman
Elbow Beach Resort This intimate Mandarin Oriental resort is surrounded by pink-sand beaches and 50 acres of manicured gardens. Its 98 guest rooms include exclusive cottages placed among tropical forestry, and Premiere Suites offering ocean views. Six restaurants and six private Spa Suites make relaxation easy.Â 441-236-3535, mandarinoriental.com. Royal Palms Hotel At this resort near HamiltonÂ’s town center,Â 32 rooms feature unique personalized dÃ©cor, private pools, and, of course, excellent service. Guests can enjoy the celebrated Ascots Restaurant, which offers an array of international cuisine, or pursue activities like golf,Â diving, sailing, or snorkeling. 441-236-3535, royalpalms.bm.com. The Reefs Hotel & Club Situated on limestone cliffs overlooking the beach, The Reefs counts white-glove service and arresting ocean views among its offerings. Options include rooms, suites, club residences, and cottages, with amenities like private patios and hot tubs. Guests can unwind at La Serena spa, which features eight treatment rooms, including a relaxation room with 360-degree views of the ocean. 888-814-6458, thereefs.com.