My girlfriend and I enjoyed at 5-day winter getaway in Bermuda at the end of January. I used to have family that lived on the island, and I know that weather through the winter months here can be a bit of a crapshoot. We were fortunate, though, to have only one entire day of rain during our visit. We were also fortunate to book a room at the Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa.
Where the resort is situated is its biggest drawback, but also its greatest asset. We were warned that a cab from the airport would be upwards of $50 USD, and it was. Because of its remote location, though, tucked away off of a side road in sleepy Somerset Village, we paid far less for a room plus breakfast than we would have almost anywhere else.
And it wasn’t until the morning after we checked in that we realized just how expansive the property is!
Upon check-in we received a complimentary upgrade from our booked Classic Water View room to a Petite Water Suite—featuring, among other things, a walk-in closet/powder room and enormous bathroom with jacuzzi tub. Our particular cottage overlooked Mangrove Bay, and though there were maybe 20 guests total staying at the resort while we were there (it can definitely hold a lot more), we all seemed to be lodged in one area of the property, perhaps for the efficiency of the room-cleaning staff.
No lie, I gained 10 lbs. in my five days on the island, and Cambridge Bay’s delicious breakfast was partly to blame. I’m quite used to decadent hotel breakfast buffets, but this resort did things a little differently. Our first morning went like this:
Server: Can I get you some coffee, juice?
Us: Yes, please!
Server: How about a fruit plate? Some cereal? Yogurt?
Us: Yeah, sure…
Server: How about something from our fresh pastry basket?
Us: Oh, um, okay…
Server: And now, are you ready to order some hot food?
Us: Hey, just to confirm, our rate includes breakfast. Is there maybe a separate menu for us?
Server: Nope, order anything you like!
Even on mornings where a buffet was set up you could still order hot food from the kitchen. And it was fantastic.
We ended up taking most of our lunches off the property, and for dinner more often than not ended up ordering room service. There was an available dinner service in the main restaurant but it was a little pricey; that and the dress code put us off a little bit. Because it was the off-season the casual restaurant wasn’t open for dinner; however, that same food was on the room service menu—dispatched by golf cart and delivered promptly to our suite.
The resort also offers a daily and complimentary afternoon tea in the main building. A nice touch, particularly on days with inclement weather.
On our one rainy day we took advantage of a spa credit and enjoyed a couple’s massage, located directly under the large indoor pool (there’s an outdoor one as well). That same building also houses a small gym and two separate hot tubs. Another bonus to staying at Cambridge Bay is that you can rent a scooter from Oleander Cycles right on the property. Here’s where the remote location once again comes in handy: you can get your “road legs” puttering around the grounds and the quiet side road before venturing out into proper traffic.
We had a great stay at Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, and if the price is right the next time we visit Bermuda we’ll almost certainly stay there again!