Bermuda

Bermuda’s Flights of Fancy

written by | Posted on February 1st, 2009

A pastel-hued luxury stay is an easy find in the oldest British colony.

Bermuda is kicking up its heels this year, celebrating 400 years of continuous habitation in grand style, usual elegance and a bevy of great offers in some of its most sumptuous hotels and resorts. Special events are taking place throughout the year, including theTall Ships Atlantic Challenge—a roundabout race from Spain to Belfast, with a stop in Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda, from June 12-15—and the grand opening in the spring of Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa in Tucker’s Town, done in classic British interiors and featuring just 88 guestrooms and suites. But there’s no need to wait. Singular packages and rates—and even offers for agents—are available right now for a fast escape to pink sand, true-blue waters and salmon-colored architecture.

One of Bermuda’s most luxurious properties is Elbow Beach, a Mandarin Oriental resort swathed in island elegance. With a history dating back to 1908, it overlooks the waters of Bermuda’s South Shore and consists of 235 rooms, suites and cottages (many of which have been recently renovated and all of which will enjoy new tweaks in months ahead) on 50 vast acres of gardens and pink-sand beach. Just five minutes away from the city of Hamilton, Elbow Beach has brought back resort traditions that had been neglected in years past, including a new porte cochere and beachfront use exclusively for guests.

The Spa at Elbow Beach is a top draw, with six spa suites (including two for couples with granite soaking tubs for two and river pebble-lined showers), private balconies and daybeds in which to while the day away. A mix of the trademark Mandarin Oriental excellence and Bermudian influences form a perfect spa experience here, with special spa cuisine and decadent treatments such as the Rum Swizzle Ritual, which includes an antioxidant-rich scrub, bath and cocktail.

Elbow Beach has a 3-night Rekindle the Romance package starting at $4,500 for two people that includes accommodations at a renovated premier oceanview room with a sunken tub and daily breakfast; spiced truffles and a bottle of champagne upon arrival; rose-petal turndown service and candlelit bath set up for clients by their own bath butler; a couples’ massage class and private latin dance lessons; Oshada Clay and Ginger Ritual Spa Journeys; a spicy custom-made dinner for two at the Seahorse Grill; a bonfire on the beach with blankets and canapes; and more. The package is available through April 30, and Nov. 1 through December; additional nights can be added for $555 dbl.

fairmont sisters Last summer, The Fairmont Hamilton Princess—the quintessential Bermudian hotel inspired by Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise—wrapped up a $20 million renovation and restoration that includes the revamping of the newly named Bermudiana House(formerly the Bay Wing) with 113 guestrooms with Victorian accents, local artwork, customized furnishings, wireless Internet, and dedicated concierges. Both fresh and saltwater pools inspire impromptu dips here, while afternoon tea is a daily affair. Other enhancements have taken place in the Gazebo, Fairmont Gold and Pool wings of the property, which opened its doors for the very first time in 1885.

Whether clients choose to stay here or at the beachier The Fairmont Southampton, they will enjoy reciprocal signing privileges at the other hotel and may journey from one to the other via a complimentary ferry service. The Southampton property sits on the south shore of Bermuda, with an award-winning par 3, 18-hole golf course on site, nine restaurants and a private beach club.

Both Fairmont properties are now regaling future guests with a Compliments of Bermuda: 400th Anniversary Offer—a $200 resort credit for a 2-night stay, a $300 credit for a three nighter or a $400 credit for a stay of four nights or more, to be used at any of their restaurants, the world-famous Willow Stream Spa, golf, jet ski excursions, or other activities. Those choosing to stay for at least four nights also receive the Bermuda 400th Anniversary Passport with $1,000 in savings throughout the island.

Rates start at $259 per night at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess and $229 at The Fairmont Southampton, with upgrades to Fairmont Gold available at an additional $120 per night that include complimentary breakfast, private registration, afternoon tea and hors d’oeuvres, and access to a private lounge.