This resort has long been a Bermuda legend, but it has been considerably downsized in recent years. When Elbow Beach rebranded as a “boutique” several years ago, it shed dozens of guest rooms from its inventory—units that were once housed in the hotel's butter-yellow main building. That building first opened its doors in 1908, and now stands largely empty (it’s where you’ll find the reception desk, concierge, gift shop and guest lounge but little else). The reason? Elbow Beach wanted to give its guests a more intimate experience, and they have, for the most part, succeeded. Rooms and suites are in low-slung detached cottages dotted throughout the 50-acre property and are still among Bermuda’s most sought after. In rooms guests can soothing neutral devor and modern amenities, like iHome docking stations, personal espresso machines, rain showers and oversized soaking tubs. Each unit also features a private lanai-style patio, and some have stellar views of Elbow's iconic pink sand beach.
About that beach: It's the largest private slice of sand in all of Bermuda. Hotel guests get VIP treatment, relaxing on chaise lounges and flying a small flag attached to their beach umbrella when they want cold facial towels, or another frozen libation. There’s a large heated pool where the littlest of swimmers can splash in the one-to-three feet wading area. There are three ocean view restaurants on site, but don't miss a meal at Mickey’s Beach Bistro, an alfresco bistro that we’ve named Bermuda’s most romantic dinner spot.