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When Pink Beach Club opened in 1947, it was the first of many cottage colonies that eventually sprouted across Bermuda. Cottage colonies are a cluster of detached, white-roofed residences, each with classic Bermudian architectural and decorative features such as vaulted ceilings with exposed wooden beams and handsome four-poster beds made of rich hardwood. At Pink Beach Club, those cottages also have island-inspired names—think Surfside, Oceanspray, and Seacliff hand-painted on porcelain signs outside of each entryway—and they’re among the largest in Bermuda. There are plenty of them, too: 94 spacious rooms and suites dotted across 16 tropical acres, all with outdoor balconies or patios and most with sweeping views of the turquoise Atlantic Ocean.

Rooms have everything you'd expect from a luxury hotel (marble-topped bathroom vanities and large sitting areas with love seats and wingback chairs) plus a few things you wouldn’t (no televisions in rooms, and the showers are in need of an upgrade). But of course, most of the action at Pink Beach Club isn't in the rooms at all—unless your idea of action is watching the waves roll in from your bed. At Pink Beach Club most of your food is included, which means you'll be spending lots of time dining on the al fresco poolside patio (where breakfast, pay-as-you-go lunch, and some barbecue-style dinners are served) or inside its formal lamp-lit dining room, where a jacket is required for gentlemen at dinner (the better to enjoy the live piano music).

Both are located in the hotel's limestone clubhouse, a former family home where you’ll also find the Cedar Bar, which is paneled with lacquered Bermuda cedar; the Hibiscus Lounge, a comfy living room where afternoon tea is served daily; and the library, where two computers offer internet access in addition to free Wi-Fi throughout the building. And about that pink beach moniker? The hotel's two private beaches are indeed a rosy hue complete with chaise lounges, shady umbrellas, and the volcanic rock formations prevalent throughout Bermuda.