We were here mid December 2012, and enjoyed it. I have read some of the negative reviews and think many exaggerate. The place is a tiny bit tired, so if you demand a place that is like a brand new Four Seasons or Ritz, with everything totally new, this isn't it. However, the issues we had were very minor - slightly worn jacuzzi tub jets, carpet was a little bit worn, etc. Nothing to make the stay unenjoyable. Our room had a refrigerator, corkscrew, glasses, ice bucket that they filled with ice daily, and a Keurig one-cup machine with coffee tubs. Like any hotel, bar drinks are not cheap, so you can buy decently priced wine or spirits at the shop in Somerset and use the fridge.
It is a beautiful location on a peninsula, very nice grounds, views of both the harbor facing the Dockyard area and the ocean on the other side (depending on which unit you get). Our room was an upgraded premium deluxe, I think, and was on the upper floor of the 4 unit cottage we were in, and had a nice balcony with two chaises and a table with two chairs. Very roomy with a walk-in closet, large bathroom with separated glass shower stall, two sinks, plenty of storage.
The indoor pool is very nice, heated, and a nice clean large hot tub. The spa area (steam room, sauna, cool mist room) is nice, though we didn't know it was there until the last day. Water was a bit cool in the ocean, but the two sides have narrow sandy beaches that looked nice. The ocean side has a wide shallows in front of the beach. Now, we were in low season, so the beach bar was closed - if you demand all amenities to be fully open, check with the hotel to see when high season is (and of course, give up the rate reductions).
It is not near Hamilton, but you can walk about an easy 10 mins (maybe like 1/4 mile) to the main road in Somerset and buses run about every 15 mins to Hamilton and to the Dockyards. If you buy a transport pas, the bus ride is covered, and is about 10 mins to Dockyards. A fast ferry (20 mins) runs from there to Hamilton, so it is actually fairly easy to get there. In high season there is a ferry to St Georges. I think the hotel runs its own ferry in high season from the hotel dock to Hamilton, but check when it operates. However, if you want to be off site a lot and in Hamilton or central Bermuda a lot, this is not the closest location.
The restaurant is decent - not a 5 star kind of place you'd go to just to eat, but it had good fish, certainly not the horrible kind of meals described in other reviews. The breakfasts are large. They have a tea at 4 every day, with cookies and cakes. The deck on the harbor side, with an infinity type pool, is very nice and has lots of tables and areas with lounge chairs. Since there were so few guests, we had the run of the place and could choose whatever we wanted (though the unheated outdoor pool was a bit cool for my tastes that time of year).
I would go back, though I might not pay the highest season rates. Bermuda does not have all kinds of action things to do, unlike some of the islands further south, so if you want a very active vacation, maybe the Bahamas or say Aruba might be better. However, you can't beat the 2 hr nonstop flight time from Philadelphia or NYC.
- Also Known As:
- Cambridge Beaches Sandys
- Cambridge Beaches Hotel Sandys
- Cambridge Beaches Bermuda
- Cambridge Beaches Bermuda/Sandys Parish
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award-winning AAA Four Diamond Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, Bermuda’s premier cottage resort, provides the ideal sanctuary for adults seeking an intimate and relaxing escape from the demands of contemporary life. Guests indulge in a serene and romantic getaway while experiencing the Island’s rich history and distinctive culture. Cambridge Beaches invites guests to discover breathtaking panoramas of the Atlantic Ocean. Relax, renew, reconnect or simply do nothing at all, and do it well. Whether you seek activity or tranquility, the resort beckons with a wealth of amenities, from the indulgent Ocean Spa and four private beaches to an onsite marina, kayaks, croquet and putting greens, tennis courts and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Not to mention the seemingly endless private coves, providing the perfect setting for an intimate escape.Cambridge Beaches offers guests all the sophistication of an internationally acclaimed resort in an authentic Bermudian environment. Accommodations are provided in elegantly appointed traditional pink Bermuda-style cottages and customary afternoon tea is served in the historic main house. And all of this may be enjoyed without the demands or distractions of traveling with children, as Cambridge Beaches is the island’s only resort that caters exclusively to adults.The resort’s casually sophisticated environment encourages a sense of total relaxation, romance and renewal. Idyllically set on a 30-acre peninsula on Bermuda’s western coast, the property boasts 4 private beaches, a nature reserve, private gardens and spectacular water views from every vantage point of the property. Additionally, guests enjoy unique treatments and wellness options at the seductive Ocean Spa, and a range of culinary delights in three restaurants, including the celebrated Tamarisk Room, rated by Food & Wine Magazine as one of the Bermuda’s best restaurants.Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa is legendary Bermuda at its very best. ... more less
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