A mosaic of east-end islets that includes a 1612 fishing settlement, parks, a cruise landing, and the airport.
Where To Stay
Secluded on a west-end peninsula, this clubby hillside cottage colony—one of Bermuda’s oldest and starchiest—has roomy suites in freshly remodeled pink-and-white bungalows. A new multi-tiered (and rather glam) infinity pool complex overlooks one of five private beaches and the main house, a former sea captain’s residence done up in chintz. On the waterfront, boats and snorkeling gear are available for rent, and a resort ferry makes the run to Hamilton several days a week in spring and summer. Since 2001, children over age five have been welcome—just make it clear that croquet mallets are not to be used for jousting. 30 Kings Point Rd., Sandys; 800/468-7300 or 441/234-0331; cambridgebeaches.com; doubles from $355.
On a promontory just across Long Bay from Cambridge Beaches, this collection of 84 cloth-sided tent-cabins on stilts is radically different from any other island digs—think tropical summer camp, sans reveille. Adventurous families will love the nine pocket beaches, lively water-sports center, mountain bikes for the taking, and superb, close-to-shore snorkeling. Guest quarters are furnished with tropical prints and wicker; each has, in addition to a queen-size bed, a fold-out futon suitable for one or two small children, and a tiny but serviceable bathroom. Cabin location is key; on the resort’s northern tip, the breeze-cooled overwater Paradise Pier cabanas—with Plexiglas panels in the floor for viewing sea life—are definitely worth the splurge. They’ll likely prompt you to get out your resort-issued cell phone and dial up room service, so that you can just stay put. 4 Daniel’s Head Lane, Sandys; 9beaches.com; 441/239-2999; doubles from $195.
From its beach, dotted with blue umbrellas, to its 1911 daffodil-yellow hilltop hotel and low-slung cottages, this century-old resort exudes a Riviera-like allure. Located 10 minutes from Hamilton, it’s a perennial favorite with honeymooners and families who seem to have been born in tennis whites. Shuttles buzz up and down the winding driveway all day, whisking guests from the pool to the ocean and back again. Suites in freestanding garden bungalows close to the water have just been refurbished by new owner Mandarin Oriental in soothing neutrals and clean-lined furniture; all have enormous marble bathrooms and flat-screen TV’s. Tennis courts, sea kayaks, a heated pool that’s swimmable even on cooler spring days, and Elbow Beach itself—one of Bermuda’s most beautiful and safest, with its sheltering reefs—will keep kids happy. (Organized children’s activities are offered June 1 to September 2, and during major holidays.) Still haven’t had enough of that blush-colored sand?Mickey’s restaurant, which is directly on the beach, is perfect for a family dinner, with or without shoes. 60 South Shore Rd., Paget; 800/223-7434; mandarinoriental.com; doubles from $295.
This mammoth hotel on 100 landscaped acres high above Bermuda Sound is popular with conventioneers and golfers, but kids and parents also love it for its free-form pool (big enough to handle two simultaneous games of Marco Polo) and private-cove beach a quick trolley ride away. An indoor pool is open from 6:30 p.m. until midnight (after the spa’s customers have cleared out). Informal cricket instruction, excursions to caves, treasure hunts, and movies are on the docket at the free, year-round Explorers Club for children five and up. Sunny guest rooms and suites are spacious, and most have views of the water. A free ferry goes from the resort to Hamilton, where it docks at its sister property, the Fairmont Hamilton Princess; the boat ride is so pleasant, some make the round-trip without disembarking. 101 South Shore Rd., Southampton; fairmont.com; 800/441-1414; doubles from $259.