My wife and I chose Cambridge Beaches after reading many of the great reviews posted on this site, and it certainly lived up to the high expectations. We had a great time, and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Atmosphere/Room/Staff: The hotel is located on the western end of the island, which is quieter and much less crowded than some of the hotels on the south shore or in Hamilton. We thought this was very nice for the relaxing type of vacation we were looking for. The hotel grounds are very well kept, and our room was in great shape. Even for one of the less expensive rooms, we had a nice private balcony bordered by palm trees overlooking the marina with the ocean and Dockside forts in the background. Some reviews mention that there is a bit of an uppity atmosphere among the older guests who return to CB time and time again. However, as 24-year-olds, we were always treated great and never felt out of place. In fact, it is easy to see why people return again and again. Since our trip in July 08, we have received holiday cards and letters from Cambridge Beaches as if we were part of a private club. All of the staff was very friendly, and several remembered our name the entire trip after introducing themselves the first time we met. My wife left her purse at dinner one night, and being that all of the reservations were in my name (and my wife had not yet changed her name), it was very difficult to figure out which guest the purse belonged to. The staff at guest services went to great lengths, and even made calls back to the US to figure it out. We felt like all of the staff really did have our best interests at heart, and I'd give them the highest possible review.
Food: To start out, my wife and I are not really fine diners; we try to eat on a budget back home, and very rarely splurge on a meal over $100 for the two of us. That said, we were on the MAP dining plan at CB, and thought all of the food was excellent. The breakfast buffet has a ton of options, and we were able to get a great table on the balcony overlooking the harbor each morning. On days where we stayed at the resort during the day, the afternoon tea was a nice touch, and the snacks were usually enough to hold us over until dinner. We used all of the options available to us for dinner. Most nights, we ate at the Tamarisk dining room, which is the fancier option at the resort. There we many options to choose from for the multiple courses (even for my wife, a vegetarian), and the menu changed every night. We though the food was excellent. We ate dinner at Breezes for the weekly bar-b-que one night, which has a more relaxed, casual atmosphere overlooking the beach; we thought the food was great here too. We used the dine-around option one night to eat at the Pompano Beach Club, which also had good food and was a nice change of pace. We just let guest services know we were interested in doing this, and they took care of everything, including arranging a taxi to bring us there and take us back. We also took advantage of the dine-out option, and went to the Frog and Onion Pub at Dockside one night; we just brought back the receipt, and they credited the meal to our final bill. All four dining experiences are fully included on the MAP plan, and having that sort of flexibility while on a meal plan was great.
Resort: The resort itself was also great, with something to do for everyone. They had several beachs, and we never had any problems finding open chairs or tiki-umbrellas to lay under. Our favorite beach was a small one on the western edge of the resort, in a nice quiet cove bordered by large rocks. The pool is great and very relaxing, with a bar staff that is very attentive but not intrusive. It was never over crowded or noisy, and often we were the only people in the pool. It seemed as though the resort had great spa options, though we never used them, as that sort of thing just isn't really our style. They belong to every golf course on the island (including the Mid-Ocean club), and are more than happy to arrange a round for you. Had I been here on a regular vacation (and not a honeymoon), I definitely would have taken advantage of that. Some of our friends contacted the activities coordinator at the resort to arrange sailing and scuba trips as wedding presents; both were great and departed right from the docks next to the resort. They also have a small scooter rental hut at the resort, which was very convenient. We rented a scooter there for a few days and used it to explore some of the other beaches and towns on the island.
Overall, we had a wonderful time. The resort is well kept, the staff is very friendly, and we thought the food was great. The resort is expensive (Bermuda in general is an expensive island), but we felt it was completely worth it for a great experience, and there was nothing that surprised us on the final bill. It is a very laid-back resort away from the busier parts of the island. I may not recommend going to this resort if you are the go out and party all night type (then again, Bermuda might not be the right island for you in the first place) or have highly active kids looking for something exciting and new at all times of the day, but we thought it was great for a nice honeymoon with a perfect balance of activities, relaxation, and variety. I'd highly recommend it to others.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cambridge Beaches Sandys
- Cambridge Beaches Hotel Sandys
- Cambridge Beaches Bermuda/Sandys Parish