My wife and I spent four days in Bermuda and chose Tucker's Point primarily because of our very positive past experiences with Rosewood Resorts. Tucker's Point mostly lived up to its reputation and that of its manager, but we felt it lacked some of the atmosphere and charm of other Rosewood Caribbean Resorts. (The same, incidentally, can be said about Bermuda itself: everything is bright, beautiful, clean and well maintained to the point of being almost Disney-like artificially perfect; besides the friendliest taxi cab drivers ever, we could not find a true soul to the place, but we must also not forget that Bermuda features an active financial services economy and has become a daily calling port for large cruise ships that tower over hills and the houses; if you are looking to stay away from tourists, head for Saba.)
The hotel building lacks in character but not style; the same can be said about the rooms, bright and classy with great beds and bathroom fixtures, but the same you'd probably find in Miami or Laguna Beach. The Point restaurant turned out to be one of the best - if not the best - hotel restaurant we have ever tried, worth the hassle of bringing a dressier change of clothes for the night.
The hotel grounds are beautiful and, thanks to clever siting and landscaping, the villas scattered around the property do not clutter excessively the area. We are not golfers, but at times we wish we were just to take advantage of what looked like a great course.
The sand and the water at the Beach Club are fabulous but they can get crowded. The food at the Beach Club was consistently good, but, even if it had not been, the view would have probably distracted even the most finicky eater.
The service picture, however, was mixed. The bell and concierge staff - mostly made up of locals, it seemed - was extremely friendly, whereas the front desk and restaurant staff was a little colder and less natural. Two nights out of four we did not receive turn-down service, the toiletries were never replaced even though it was clear we were using them up, the very kind gesture of leaving wipes for the glasses was a one-time event even though we could have used them every day, renting snorkeling gear was quite expensive, and we had ants frolicking around a couple of walls (which I guess beats encountering other, larger tropical critters). None of these issues were big deals, but not something we would have expected at a Rosewood Resort with rooms in the $1,000/night range. That's why I rate this hotel average for Value - compared to similar places of course.
Tucker's Point (TP) represents our third Rosewood experience in the Caribbean/Atlantic after Little Dix Bay (LDB) and Caneel Bay (CB) (we hope Jumby Bay will be next!) so here are some comparisons, keeping in mind that Rosewood hotels are all deliberately different and unique with the only common denominator - at least in theory - being a very high standard of service; and that Bermuda is really NOT the part of the Caribbean.
ATMOSPHERE: Choose CB if you want to feel like living in a natural park with more spartan accommodations to match and TP if you are looking for a high-end resort feel and do not mind being often surrounded by the same types you'd meet at the Hamptons or Nantucket - being so close to the East Coast is both a blessing and a curse. LDB is a great compromise.
BEACH: TP features the best sand I have ever seen and, probably thanks to the currents and the waves, the water is not as salty as in the Caribbean. However, the Beach Club looked and felt like, well, a beach club, whereas the beaches at CB and LDB have more of a natural look. Also, the convenience of the immediate proximity of most LDB and CB rooms to the beach cannot be underestimated for both the kids' energy and the parents' sanity. We did not notice the waves and undertow in Bermuda being a problem for even the smallest children as long as they are supervised.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES: all resorts are family friendly, but both CB and LDB seemed to offer more opportunities for either lazying around at the beach or experiencing adventures at sea without leaving the property.
FOOD: TP superior by quality, variety and venues.
SPA: I'd have to ask my wife, but I'd say they are all equally excellent.
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- Also Known As:
- Rosewood Tucker`s Point Hotel Hamilton Parish
- Tuckers Point Hotel
- Hotel Tuckers Point
- Rosewood Tucker's Point Bermuda/Hamilton Parish