There are three types of accommodations in Bermuda: Family-run inns and bed-and-breakfasts, large resorts with a singular main building, and historic cottage colonies, which feature freestanding units that are uniquely Bermudian in design and feel. If a hushed vacation is what you're after—one without raucous families, young children, and party-going 20-somethings—then consider a stay at Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, the oldest and most celebrated cottage colony on the island. With 94 rooms, suites,and cottages spread over 30 tropical acres, plus four private pink sand beaches each with its own slice of secluded seashore, you might never see another guest. An exaggeration maybe, but there's a reason why bigwigs, celebrities, and politicians alike have long made this adults-preferred retreat an island favorite (Bill and Hillary Clinton have long been fans and children under 16 are not permitted).
Spacious cottage rooms boast marble bathrooms and a private terrace or patio; suites feature full living rooms with island antiques, oversized bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, and a separate dressing area. Traditional cottages are decked out in island style, with exposed Bermuda cedar beams, fireplaces, and endless views of the water (consider booking Pegem, a 300-year-old sea captain's house overlooking stunning Mangrove Bay). When you're done relaxing in your cottage, head to the renovated Ocean Spa, which offers island-inspired massages, facials, and treatments; play tennis on one of the resort's three outdoor courts; or pull up a chaise lounge at the multilevel infinity pool, where you can also order lunch at its casual café.
If you're hungry for more, then make reservations at Breezes, the resort's open-air beachfront restaurant serving an eclectic mix of steaks and chops, plus an ever-changing menu of fresh local fish for lunch and dinner. Don't want to eat outside? Then grab a table at Tamarisk, the elegant indoor dining room that features live entertainment nightly. Located in Sandys Parish on Bermuda's far west end, the resort is approximately a one-hour taxi ride from L.F. Wade International Airport, so plan your arrival and departure accordingly.