Hotel of the Week: Cambridges Beaches, Bermuda
'It's the romantic setting that pulls in the punters'
Sunday 05 August 2007
The key to a holiday at Cambridge Beaches is to do nothing. This is a place to kick back with a suitably tropical Dark 'n' Stormy cocktail and just admire the view. And what a view; the resort is set on a peninsula, its 300-year-old main house and 94 cottage-style apartments spread across 30 acres looking out over five private pink-sand beaches. In contrast, the cottages may disappoint at first glance, because they look a little like retirement homes. But be reassured that every comfort has been attended to inside. Book one of the new Pool Suites and you'll get a bedroom, living room and dressing room, whirlpool bath, massage shower with built-in sound system and infinity plunge pool. Those who do want to stir from their sunlounger can enjoy the Ocean Spa, three tennis courts, gym, infinity pool or take a diving excursion. But it's the romantic setting that pulls in the punters; so many guests feel the urge to pop the question that the resort now has a "romance concierge" who can get the mood just right for going down on bended knee.
All cottages are individually decorated in fresh tropical designs. Each has a private patio, terrace or balcony and is furnished with king-size beds dressed with soft cotton sheets. Air con, TVs, internet access and CD players come as standard. It's a shame the experience is let down by the rather utilitarian bathrooms.
Food and drink
Rooms are equipped with toasters so that there is no danger of the toast turning up cold and chewy. That'll go down well with guests from the UK, yet while this is Britain's oldest colony, Bermuda is now a favourite holiday playground for Americans and most guests come from the US. So the food tends to be North American in style; expect good-quality large buffets and Tex-Mex-style chow. And although Bermuda is lush, it has no agricultural history – hence our driver pointing out, with excitement, the island's one small herd of dairy cows – so most food is shipped in.
Children over five welcome.
British Airways Holidays (0870 242 1276; ba.com/holidays) offers seven nights from £2,116 per person, based on two sharing, including return BA flights, transfers and b&b. For more about the island contact the Bermuda Department of Tourism (bermudatourism.com).
Cambridge Beaches, 30 Kings Point Road, Sandys MA02 Bermuda (001 441 234 0331; cambridgebeaches.com).
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