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There are few things I love more than finding that perfect spot in a hotel where I can settle in with the full intention of staying awhile, whether to relax, to work or — often — both.
I may try out other areas around the property, but, invariably, I’ll wind up back at that one place that has charmed me so (usually with its combination of comfort, practicality and a unique vantage point).
Within hours of arriving at Rosewood Bermuda, it was the chaise loungers at the elegant Palm Court Pool that wooed me. Specifically, I gravitated toward the ones overlooking the pool’s infinity edge to the sloping hillsides and, past that, the dense tropical foliage with sparkling glimpses of Harrington Sound.
As I watched a rooster and a few hens make their way across the grass below and a couple of empty hammocks swinging invitingly in the breeze, I realized I couldn’t be persuaded to leave my perfectly situated chaise. The towering palms provided just the right amount of dappled sunlight and shade, and the attentive pool staff stopped by regularly to make sure I wanted for nothing.
The ease with which Bermudians project such gracious hospitality and genuine warmth never once failed to impress during my three-day stay at Rosewood Bermuda, which reopened in April after closing for the entire first quarter of the year to undergo a $25 million refresh. The 88-room property re-emerged with a complete redesign of the lobby, the reception area and all guestrooms and suites, in addition to updates and upgrades to the Beach Club, Golf Clubhouse and Sense, a Rosewood Spa. Food and beverage offerings were also reimagined, including the addition of Conservatory Bar and Lounge, a stylish-yet-casual venue that seamlessly transitions from barista coffee counter in the morning, to tea service in the afternoon, to a gin-centric artisanal cocktail bar at night.
The property’s new look makes a strong first impression and is a study in breezy island elegance, with marble flooring throughout, a soft color palette and contrasting dark-wood paneling. Entering the Rosewood Bermuda’s renewed lobby and reception area feels more akin to stepping into the pages of a cover story for a Bermudian coastal living magazine than walking into a hotel. For example, the front desk and concierge’s corner aren’t immediately visible, though the views of Castle Harbour’s cerulean blue waters most certainly are.
That same seaside sophistication extends to the updated guestrooms, which have been reimagined as residential-style retreats that feature bespoke furniture and local artwork, as well as a continuation of the soft hues, marble stonework and dark-wood accents. Rooms and suites are broken into five room categories and three suite categories that range in size from 520 to 2,000 square feet (all with balconies). Clients should be advised that views vary: The one from my Harbour View King Room looked directly onto the street, which wasn’t as desirable as the views would be elsewhere on property. Guests should also note that there is a fair bit of stair-climbing involved in getting to and from some rooms; if your clients have mobility concerns, you’ll want to make sure they stay in a room that’s close to the reception area.
The property’s new look makes a strong first impression and is a study in breezy island elegance.
Perched on a hillside overlooking Castle Harbour, Rosewood Bermuda is indeed the crown jewel of Tucker’s Point in Hamilton Parish. The resort sits amid 240 manicured acres that comprise the Tucker’s Point Golf, Beach & Tennis Club, at which hotel guests have full access to membership privileges and amenities, including tee times at the Roger Ruelwich-designed championship golf course; rentals and excursions through the on-site dive and watersports center; access to the Beach Club’s pools and private pink-sand beach; lessons with Cliff Drysale Tennis pros at the tennis center, which features four clay courts; and complimentary resort tram service.
But even with these recreational and leisure pursuits, it wasn’t hard to know where to find me: at the Palm Court Pool.
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