Caribbean & Bermuda

Teeing Up in Bermuda

written by | Posted on May 1st, 2011

THE SCENE: The Reefs makes it easy for guests to explore the local area with its Dine Around program. Clients reserving this option will have the ability to sit down to a meal at either nearby Cambridge Beaches or Pompano Beach Club—or both—all arranged by The Reefs. The resort also sits just west of Church Bay Beach, an ideal destination for adventurous travelers looking to dive right in, literally, to Bermuda’s undersea environment. Just off the shore of this small stretch of sand sits one of the island’s most underrated snorkeling spots.

THE RATES: Rates start at $385 per room per night.

THE PROPERTY: With just 75 rooms spread out across an oceanfront hillside, Pompano Beach Club offers its guests plenty of privacy and personal space. Rooms range from “superior suites” with sitting areas and private balconies, to a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom townhouse set high up on the hill, with a second floor that offers panoramic views of the coastline. But clients don’t have to request an upgrade for the privilege of seeing the sea; every room here offers a view of the ocean.

THE GREENS: The first tee of the Port Royal Golf Course sits just 500 yards from Pompano Beach Club’s property—but that’s not your clients’ only option here. Port Royal is only one of three courses within 15 minutes of the resort. Riddell’s Bay, which dates back to 1922 and is considered Bermuda’s oldest golf course, is a members-only course that allows Pompano Beach Club’s guests to play. By contrast, Belmont Hills, which underwent a redesign in 2003, could be called one of the newest. Both boast scenic, seaside holes and plenty of challenges, from strong winds to bunkers and other hazards.

THE AMENITIES: When they’re not hopping from course to course, clients at Pompano Bay have plenty to relax and entertain them. The resort sits on its own private beach, with water that stays shallow enough to stand as far as 400 yards off the shore. Meanwhile, the Three Graces Day Spa offers pampering massages and body treatments in its three treatment rooms. When it comes to dining, however, things take a turn for the elegant. Both the Cedar Room and Ocean Grill restaurants serve up gourmet meals—no hats or collarless shirts allowed.

THE SCENE: There are plenty of devoted golfers in the world, but for every traveler who wants to spend his entire trip golfing, there’s a vacationer who wants to see and do a wide variety of things beyond the greens. Pompano Beach Club makes it easy, with a variety of excursions including fishing trips, both out in the deep sea and on nearby reefs, and scuba diving tours to Bermuda’s most popular wrecks. Clients can also see the lights of Hamilton on a moonlight harbor cruise, or head to the restaurants at Cambridge Beaches or The Reefs for a meal through their shared exchange dining program.

THE RATES: Rates start at $300 per room per night.