Coastal elegance for couples
When Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa asserts that it treats guests like family, it’s not hyperbole. The 87-room, adults-only property resting between Bermuda’s Long and Mangrove bays opens its doors so wide that it keeps a tally of its extended family members on a wall where guests’ names fall under categories like “Teeners” (10 or more visits) and “Eighty Fivers” (yes, there are two couples who’ve had 85 stays).
There’s a story attached to nearly every name, and staff members wear genuine smiles on their faces when they tell them. You won’t be able to add your family (guests must be over 13) to the esteemed list until your fifth trip, but the writing is still on the wall as to why Cambridge Beaches Resort should be a part of your next Bermudian visit.
As an island with roughly 64 miles of coastline, Bermuda doesn’t make it terribly difficult to find water. How Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa separates itself from others is that it provides varied views and landscapes across its property.
If you’re having an extended lunch at Tamarisk, you’ll have the quaint Morning Beach, and its bounty of docked boats, in your sights. Walk over to Breezes restaurant, on the other side of the property, and you’ll encounter Long Bay Beach, a stretch of pink sand more in the tradition of Bermudian beaches.
Come for a wedding at Turtle Cove and you’ll spy a rocky, green nook that looks as if it could have been transported from the coast of Ireland.
Much like the vistas you’ll spy across the luxury hotel, the room styles also vary significantly. If you plan to keep things relatively simple, the Garden View or Deluxe Ocean View units will work well. Feeling the urge to splurge a bit? Go with the Lily or Palmetto suite; the raised bedroom and shutter doors give the space some definition and create a sense of home.
Up the tropical ante even more by reserving a two-bedroom cottage. These special lodgings have private gardens, fireplaces or even a quick history lesson (Pegem Cottage dates back to a 17th-century privateer).
Though not all the units come with dreams of buried treasure, you’ll find 300-thread-count sheets, flat-screen TVs and Caribbean refinement permeating through floral patterns and spectacular views.
The Food and Fun
Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa loves giving its guests options, so it’s no surprise that choices are abundant when it comes to dining.
Breakfast at Tamarisk might consist of morning staples but the side of sunshine peering through the dining room makes the meal memorable.
Lunch at poolside lounge Shutters or Breezes (this seasonal restaurant will evolve into a year-round establishment later in 2016) makes for a wonderful midday distraction. Be sure to read the chalkboard sign at the latter entry because that’s where you’ll learn if wahoo, rockfish or some other fresh catch will be coming from the kitchen.
When it’s time for dinner, don your snazziest island attire for an evening of fun and jerk king fish back at Tamarisk.
Of course, when you wake the next morning, you may have some lingering guilt from the gluttony. If that’s the case, join Bianca for yoga, Gwen for a belly-dancing class or see the team at H20 Sports about getting on the water for a few hours. Should you require something a bit more relaxed, the Bermuda hotel also has a croquet lawn.