Arrival Experience: This 10-hectare tropical estate sits on a panoramic peninsula at the western end of the island and is especially popular with Europeans, most particularly Italians who stay here for up to two weeks at a time. The main clubhouse is welcoming with a residential appeal of antique furnishings, board games, plush sofas, and excellent seaviews. Kids are only permitted here during Christmas, Easter, and a small period in August when summer vacations are at their peak. Management is considering going adults-only year-round though.
Dining: Meals are sumptuous and fresh featuring local ingredients especially highlighted by the seafood buffet that allows guests to select their actual seafood item to be prepared for them. Drinks are enjoyed by the infinity pool, at a happening bar nearby, or on the terrace. Guests dine on delicious fare prepared with creativity, and the chefs are always experimenting with new flavors and dishes. Whole lobster, seared scallops, and jerk chicken are among the favorites. Be sure to reserve early for an al fresco table during the sunset hours. The resort is also planning to add tables on the water’s edge so that guests can dine barefoot with the waves lapping at their feet.
Accommodations: The plush cottages feature elegant interiors fully air conditioned and well-positioned for sea views. Big names have bunked here including Bill and Hillary Clinton who appreciate the privacy of this edge-of-the-island resort. Décor varies from contemporary to more traditional with colorful fabrics, large mirrors, and safes in all. Marble baths are spacious with hairdryers and double sinks. Amenities are plentiful including high speed Internet, CD players, and cable TVs. Most popular for families and repeat guests are the dual level, dual bedroom cottages.
Conclusion: The impressive spa here includes it all, and it is rivaled only by that of the Fairmont Southampton. It features saunas, steam rooms, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, and a café. The infinity pool is postcard-worthy, but for those wanting to let it all hang out there is a clothing-optional area for people to truly relax. Five beach areas provide plenty of nooks for guests to veg out with a good book and little distraction along the pink sand. For those seeking an intimate getaway in an individual cottage setting, this is the best choice on the island.
US Airways offers weekend flights between Charlotte and Bermuda; connecting flights are available on Air Tran, American, Continental, Delta, and jetBlue.