Elbow Beach is an intimate luxury resort spread amid 50 acres of lush manicured gardens that gently slope down to its signature pink-sand beach. One of Bermuda’s first hotel properties along the island’s famed south shore, the hotel offers gracious comfort that’s luxurious yet unfussy. The resort’s logo, a seahorse in a top hat, sums up the vibe. Hop one of the resort’s scooters for a trip to nearby nightlife and shopping, or simply let the days wander past on the truly stunning beach.
Rooms have a tan and beige decor that’s easy on the eyes, with blue accents to suggest the promise of beach and pool. All rooms have comfortable sofas placed in front of huge walls that slide open at a touch, allowing guests to bask in the ever-present sunshine for which Bermuda is famous. Traditional ceiling fans slowly rotate overhead, bringing into the low-key buildings the breezes guests enjoy on the powdery white sand of the beach. Drinks from the honor bar can be had poolside or at small tables on the deeply shaded terrace.
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Beautiful pink-sand Elbow Beach is right at the bottom of the resort, and the resort enjoys its own exclusive swath of sand. Rooms are situated atop small cliffs and provide sweeping water views.
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Rooms: 98 rooms and suites. From $455. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Elbow Beach is home to four restaurants. Lido is situated above the beach, offering a Mediterranean-influenced menu with an emphasis on fresh, local seafood. Mickey’s Bistro serves casual fare and is the only restaurant in Bermuda sitting directly on the beach. Blue Point is the poolside café, while Sea Breeze offers panoramic views of the beach and water and is a fine spot for a drink. On nippy nights, guests can keep warm around the fire pits. Spa and gym details: The Spa has six private suites, including two for couples. Guests enjoy holistic treatments from therapists in tranquil seclusion. Decor includes soothing colors and organic textures, with handcrafted granite soaking tubs, bamboo flooring, and river-pebble lined steam showers. The huge outdoor pool overlooks the ocean and—of course—has seahorse images in the tiles.
Who's it for: Upscale vacationers looking for privacy over flash. Our favorite rooms: Perched above the beach, Bird of Paradise Cottage is a one-bedroom beachfront cottage that enjoys one of the best locations at the resort and is perfect for couples looking for privacy. Designed in an elegantly simple style, it has the homey feel of an exclusive residential villa. Features include a private, covered patio and an oversize bathroom with windows overlooking the ocean and a glass-enclosed shower and sunken bath situated under a stunning vaulted ceiling. Best of all, this cottage is also the only accommodation at the resort with its own private beach access. First-day frolic: Every year on New Year’s Day morning, guests of the hotel join together to enjoy a swim in the ocean. Everyone then receives a signature Elbow Beach seahorse pin along with a shot of cognac.