Rosewood Bermuda hotel, a luxury seaside retreat in Britain’s oldest colony, is regally seated above the dusty rose-pink beaches of Castle Harbour and Harrington Sound. Sure, you’ll catch familiar sights from the UK – a bobby directing traffic or a heated cricket match – but this sun-splashed island is decidedly tropical, moving to the rhythms of calypso and reggae. Splash about in your pick of pools – you’ll have four to choose from – hit the links, plunk down in the spoiling spa or simply settle in to enjoy the glittering pink beaches. Add a handful of island-influenced eateries and sea-view bars, and your luxury island getaway is complete…
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12noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Guests arriving early or checking out late can store luggage and have access to changing rooms and resort facilities.
Double rooms from £418.56 ($541), including tax at 11.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $24.00 per person per night on check-out and an additional service charge of $16.80 per person per night on check-out.
Rates exclude breakfast and (for guests staying in suites) an additional nightly service fee of US$15 a person.
Pop into the Conservatory Bar & Lounge for elegant afternoon tea – sip on loose leaf brews or rich coffees, and nosh on crab and beetroot sandwiches, tuna tartar, passion fruit meringue pies and freshly baked scones.
At the hotel
240 manicured acres, private beach (reached by a short tram ride), four swimming pools, spa, fitness centre, tennis courts, golf club, running and walking trails, scooter and bike rental, concierge, library, laundry, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, bathrobe, slippers, La Bottega and James Heeley bath products, Keurig coffee makers in suites and free WiFi.
Our favourite rooms
We love coming home to the one of the spacious ‘Lucky 17’ (117, 217, 317, 417) Ocean View Kings. Bask in the breathtaking sunrise views of Castle Harbour as you sip your morning coffee on the private balcony of these corner rooms. And, for more privacy, play house in the Royal Suite just a stroll from the spa. With an elegant dining room, kitchen, inviting living room and a massive outdoor terrace, it’s perfectly kitted out for entertaining new friends you'll meet poolside… or on the links… or at the beach.
Splash your heart out at one of four pools. Steps from the Manor House, the palm-tree fringed Palm Court Pool is set with private cabanas and luxe sunloungers, overlooks the Coffee Chine Grotto, and the Castle Harbour Pool has lap lanes for serious swimmers and private alcoves for serious relaxation. Down at the the beach club you'll find two freshwater infinity pools if an ocean swim just isn't enough. The Horizon Pool is open to guests over 13 and the family-friendly Fountain Pool has a shallow end for toddlers and a trio of spouting fountains.
Be sure to make appointments in advance for your restorative Bermuda Triangle or rejuvenating Atlantic Sea Spray treatment at the Sense Spa. Relaxing beauty treatments – from massages and facials to manis and pedis – are inspired by Bermuda’s rich culture. This sprawling spa also has a private pool and a proper barber shop for men.
There's no need to grapple with the logistics of lugging golf clubs or tennis racquets, the resort has top-of-the-line gear available to rent during your stay.
The hotel is completely non-smoking. Several suites in the Manor House will accommodate mobility-impaired guests, and there are elevators as well as ramps throughout the property.
Very welcome. There are junior golf and tennis academies and an excellent kids club to keep them entertained. Extra beds ($25 a night) and cots (free) can be added to every room. The Villa rooms (accessed by 77 stairs) are the least family-friendly.
Rosewood has established a green initiative, Verde, to ensure they seek out practices that are mindful of the sensitive island environment and its natural resources. Many of the herbs and vegetables for the restaurant are grown in the chef’s on-site garden, seafood is locally sourced, meat comes from a sustainable farm and vegetables are local whenever possible. Eco-conscious practices such as the use of green cleaning products, repurposed water-irrigation for the gardens, general recycling programs and the use of bikes and low-emission mopeds are all in place.
On a still evening when the stars crowd the sky, opt to dine alfresco. Gaze out over placid Harrington Bay from the Brasserie terrace, meditate on the rolling greens and Castle Harbour from the terrace at Sul Verde.
Collared shirts and long trousers (sorry, no Bermuda shorts) are required for men and jackets are recommended at the Point. Ladies shouldn’t hold back on unveiling their resort wear line of designer dresses and shoes.
The hotel has four restaurants: Island Brasserie, Sul Verde, Bar Sul Verde and the Beach Club Restaurant. Island Brasserie dishes out a modern take on island comfort food, with richly spiced cuisine cooked up in time-honoured methods. Snack on yucca fries, conch fritters and jerk chicken wings; for dinner, dine on banana leaf baked spring chicken, pan-seared rockfish and Calypso shrimp pasta. Feast on rustic Italian cuisine such as house-made pastas and seafood specialties at Sul Verde – spaghetti alle vongole, ravioli caprese and made-in-house cheeses and breads; pair with southern Italian wines and homemade liqueurs and grappas. Relaxed Bar Sul Verde is open for lunch – order Neapolitan-style pizzas, decadent burgers and British pub classics. The Beach Club Restaurant looks out over Bermuda’s southern shore; this seasonal, open-air eatery has direct access to the hotel’s private pink sand beach and a menu featuring freshly caught fish, steamed wild mussels with pancetta. You can also order snacks, sandwiches, burgers and salads from the Beach Club Restaurant straight to your poolside sunlounger.
The light-filled Conservatory Bar & Lounge is just off the lobby, in the heart of the hotel, with twin fireplaces and beamed ceilings. Here, the expert bartenders mix up cocktails infused with fresh botanicals from 3pm to 11.30pm; gin takes centre stage. Tucker’s Bar (open from 11am to 11pm) is a handsome lounge worthy of a top-brass admiral – just the spot for cooling off with a dark and stormy (made with local Gosling’s rum, of course) and a tasty bar snack or more substantial bite. In season, the Beach Club’s bars serve up refreshing drinks – rosé wines, Champagne, tequila and classic frozen cocktails – alongside an island-inspired menu of snacks and lights bites at the beach or the club’s two pools.
The Brasserie is open for breakfast (7am to 11am) and dinner (5.30pm to 9pm), Tucker’s Bar serves lunch (11am to 5.30pm) and Sul Verde is open from 11am to 9pm. The Beach Club Restaurant is open throughout the day, but closed in the winter.
Dial up room service whenever the craving for a juicy cheeseburger, classic club or wrap sandwich strikes; it's open 24-hours a day.
Located in Hamilton Parish, Rosewood’s Tucker Point is a luxury retreat overlooking Castle Harbour and Harrington Sound that’s secluded, yet has easy access to an abundance of outdoor activities from golf and tennis to sailing and scuba diving.
Bermuda's only airport is LF Wade International (www.bermudaairport.com) in St George’s Parish; it's served by several major airlines, including British Airways, Jet Blue and United Airlines. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from the airport.
Only locals are permitted to drive on the island, so you’ll have to leave the motoring to them. Taxis are readily available at the airport and convenient to hire once at the hotel.
Travel like the locals and hop a ride on one of the pink and blue jitney-type buses that run daily throughout the island. Or, if by sea take one of the six high-speed ferries to historic sites and neighboring towns. Moped scooters and bicycles are also a popular option for zipping around the island.
Worth getting out of bed for
Basking on 240 secluded acres with the island's only private, hotel-guests-only beach, you’ll find little reason to leave Rosewood Tucker’s Point resort once you’ve dropped your bags here. Reserve a tee time or schedule a private lesson and lunch date with a PGA pro at Tucker’s Point Golf Club. This 18-hole, par-70 palm-tree-dotted course is worth playing a round for the scenic walk alone. Improve your game in a clinic or book some time on one of the four Har-Tru clay courts at the pro-staffed Tennis Center.
Hop on board the tram that runs regularly from the hotel down to the resort’s Beach Club. There you can swim in one of the two freshwater pools, stroll the stretch of pink-sand shoreline or rent snorkel gear to explore the vibrant coral reefs nearby. Arrange for any number of seafaring-thrills – from shipwreck and reef scuba diving, sailing lessons, kayak rentals or a sunset cruise and snorkel trip – at the Dive and Watersports Center.
Explore the running and walking trails that circle the grounds and afford jaw-dropping views of Castle Harbour and Harrington Sound. Power up with a workout at the fitness center, which also has a tranquil outdoor space near a waterfall for yoga and tai-chi classes. Following all of that activity though, don't miss out on a booking a spoiling session (or two… or three) at the indulgent Sense Spa. Pop by for a mani-pedi, gents can come in for an expert shave in the proper barbershop and there are even immersive pampering sessions of soothing, scrubbing and sloughing that last up to five hours. Make mine a double….
With four exceptional restaurants at the resort, you could easily dine exclusively at Rosewood Bermuda without ever feeling the need to go elsewhere. However, with the confluence of diverse cultures and history on the island, local cuisine is worth exploring. Originally built as a private residence,Tom Moore’s Tavern (+441 293 8020) in Hamilton, is a well-preserved 17th-century whitewashed home that began operating as a tavern a century ago. Considered the island’s oldest restaurant, the menu, with dishes such as caramelized sea scallops and rack of lamb with a mustard crust, has certainly been updated since its humble tavern days. You’ll find local specialties here too, including traditional fish chowder with black rum and sherry pepper that may have even been served in the 1652 homestead. Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio is in the heart of historic St. Georges; settle in for dinners of locally caught fish, homemade pastas and, in season, fresh Bermuda lobster. For decadent breakfasts, head to Village Pantry and order plates piled high with egg-topped chilaquiles, roasted sunchoke hash, fluffy pancakes and eggs-many-ways. The coffee’s no slouch either, but if you need a second cup later in the day, swing by Devil’s Isle for a little boost.
Catch up on the local scoop over a cup of in-house roasted java at Rock Island Coffee on Reid Street in Hamilton. Just try to resist the scones, muffins and breads they bake every morning.
I’d heard that Bermuda was the place where Michael Bloomberg tanned and Ross Perot parked his money, but I never thought of it as a spot that would lower your shoulders three inches simply by inhaling the breeze. The minute Mrs Smith and I stepped off the plane from New York and onto the open-air tarmac at the tiny international airport, we knew we were in for a treat.
After a five-minute ride (in an overly air-freshened taxi van – the trip’s least decadent detail), we pulled up to the Rosewood Tucker’s Point resort, and were instantly greeted by the friendly staff.
Entering the lobby was like walking into a cozy – but very exclusive – country club, where every corner is polished and every smile is contagious. Sun bounced off the shiny marble floors and the shimmering ocean was visible through nearly every window.
We were quickly checked in and led to a Villa Deluxe, an airy and spacious room with antique furniture and hand-loomed rugs in keeping with the resort’s traditional style. It had a slightly obstructed harbor view from a mid-sized balcony, but our focus was the large, fluffy bed that became our napping haven.
The bathroom was the size of a single-car garage, but thankfully the details – oversized soaking tub, private toilet room, a gigantic rain shower, gorgeous penny-tile floor – were quite the opposite.
We explored the sprawling and highly-manicured grounds, took note of the world-class 18-hole golf course and private beach, but this was a true sit-and-do-nothing retreat. Being a ghostly fair-skinned couple fleeing a brutal winter, we set up shop at the main pool (there are two) in the center of the resort for as many hours as possible.
The larger pool, with an infinity edge overlooking the rolling hills of the golf course, was attended to as if we were the only ones there. Which was true for most of the trip since overcast skies kept others away. Yet I managed to spend just enough time shirtless in the filtered sunlight to turn my skin from a blanched off-white to a flushed lobster hue.
It was quite a rookie move for a repeat offender who should know better. ‘Please help me I’m sunburned’ was written all over my face… arms… neck and other harder-to-reach areas, and the staff generously assembled a relief kit containing fresh aloe cut from the garden and tea bags to help soothe my aching skin. Clearly I was not the first visitor to have made this mistake.
And what is a vacation of luxurious laziness without its trusty companion gluttony? The poolside staff made sure we were supplied with our local cocktail of choice: rum swizzles and more rum swizzles, please.
Add to that dinner at The Pointe, an elegant white-tablecloth restaurant specializing in seasonal and local fare with top-notch service – it was definitely the resort’s standout eatery. The maitre'd and the outgoing Australian head chef made the rounds to each table to fetch feedback on the dishes and chat about the area. Their hands-on approach only made the experience that much better.
We weren't looking for a five-star experience at every meal, so we also happily dined in the hotel's nautically themed Tucker’s Bar several times to make a dent in their rum swizzle supply.
We did manage to take our sunburned bodies offsite one rainy day, and the always-helpful concierge directed us to a nearby attraction called the Crystal and Fantasy Caves.
Here, along with a group of other tourists eager to escape the weather, we took a short (don’t blink) guided tour of the natural caves with an infinite amount of stalagmites and some of the clearest and bluest water we’ve ever seen. A pricey twenty minutes later and we were back out in the rain to debate if it was worth the money… it was.
With umbrellas in hand, we ventured to the historic town of St George's and stumbled upon what I have crowned ‘The Best Fish Sandwich Known to Man’ at Art Mels Spicy Dicy – a true hole-in-the-wall.
Picture (with your mouth) a friend local snapper filet topped with tartar sauce, coleslaw and hot sauce stacked between two soft pieces of raisin bread. Yes, raisin bread. The magic sandwich was the size of a toaster, and one could have easily satisfied two people less gluttunous than us.
Keeping with the theme of indulgence, I made sure to book appointments at the onsite spa house offering tempting themed treatments like the Bermuda Triangle and Atlantic Sea Spray. I’m not one for new-age music or scented oils, but the expert massage did succeed in lowering our tension-filled shoulders several more inches. Did we really have to go home?
For a Bermudian resort that prides itself on its golf course and country club milieu, we had a fantastically refreshing time without ever swinging a club.