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When this resort rebranded as a small boutique hotel in 2010, following a $5.5 million renovation, it shed dozens of guest rooms from its inventory—rooms that were once housed in the hotel's butter-yellow main building, which first opened its doors in 1908. The reason? Elbow Beach wanted to focus on quality, not quantity. That effort paid off handily, as its 98 rooms, all of which are housed in low-slung detached cottages, have gotten a refreshing facelift. Guests can now expect modern in-room touches, such as iHome docking stations, personal espresso machines, and large flat-screen telvisions, in addition to handsome bathrooms featuring rain showers and oversized soaking tubs. Each room 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 and guests of the hotel get the red carpet treatment while they relax on its comfy chaise lounges and under its large navy blue umbrellas (think cold facial towels and fresh fruit brought to you by waiters who'll also take your drink order when you let a small red flag blow in the breeze). There's a dive shop and non-motorized watersports for active types, plus five tennis courts and a large heated pool. 

In addition to its rooms, the hotel's spa has also gotten a major overhaul and now features six ultra-private suites with personal showers, soaking tubs, massage tables, and outdoor daybeds. There are three ocean view restaurants on site, but don't miss a meal at Mickey’s, an open-air bistro where you can have lunch and dinner within 20 yards of the waves.