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Cambridge Beaches
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sandys Parish
Certificate of Excellence
Bermuda
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Weekend in paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2014

This is the perfect place to get away from it all. It is a beautiful resort set on one end of the island with excellent accommodation. Both restaurants Breezes and Tamarisk had very good service and excellent food. Who cared about the weather (there was a storm coming through) because we were there to relax and did so but we know this place is incredible when the sun is sparkling on the clear blue water. Would we go back? Would we recommend the resort? The answer to these questions is also clear - YES!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ManagingAgent
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

Wonderful location, service excellent. Beeezes restaurant very good, lovely dining on the beach. Could not fault this hotel, would highly recommend anyone to this hotel.

We had ocean view delux room, spacious, lovely bathroom, very comfortable.

Staff very helpful in every way.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Helen C
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

3.5 Stars.

Cambridge Beaches is a survivor. The great recession hit Bermuda hard with many resorts--competitors to Cambridge--closing. On this, our fourth visit, we found much of what makes Cambridge an ideal spot--the property, the beach, the peaceful atmosphere--intact. Although we found that many of the service issues which drove us to seek alternatives to Cambridge in the past remained (read previous review here: http://tinyurl.com/l4wq986). In truth, if the Pink Beach Club were still open we would still choose it over Cambridge even given improvements we experienced on this latest visit.

The positives: Cambridge has brought back dining on the beach at Breezes and the staff and food there is top notch. The breakfast buffet and afternoon tea are fantastic, and Cambridge has added food and beverage service to the main beach. The free boat ferry to Hamilton is gone, but the onsite scooter rentals, marina rentals and free shuttle to the Dockyard remain. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed with lovely ocean views.

The negatives:
The dress code for dinner is gone. That may be a sign of the times, but I never imagined that I'd see men in shorts and t-shirts, or jeans and flip-flops at dinner at the Tamarisk room which used to require a jacket and tie.

Service in the Tamarisk room is also scattered. The well-trained and senior staff is at Breezes, and Tamarisk doesn't quite have the rhythm of a fine dining service down. Food at Tamarisk is mixed, we had some wonderful meals there, but we also we served uncooked fish one evening only to have the exact same plates returned after asking for a refire.

WiFi is free, but the signal is so weak that you can only use it if you're standing by the front door of your room.

Housekeeping, which had previously been where Cambridge excelled, was the lowest point--instead of replacing towels, clean towels were left on our suitcase in the vestibule or in the sink on more than one occasion; if toilet paper was replaced, the wrapper was left in the sink; toilet was cleaned, but left with cleaning solution in it and lid/seat up; and dirty plates were left on the table for days till they were swarming with ants (NB: I put the plates on the table on the patio and left a note for housekeeping; the note was gone, but the plates were still there five days later when we checked out. Cambridge has admitted it struggles with insects as any tropical resort does. One idea to addressing the problem may be to encourage housekeeping to pick up plates with food remnants on them daily). Our room did receive an actual cleaning on one day near the end of our seven day visit--it was sparkling, but did also point out that the room hadn't really been cleaned before then.

The bellman never showed up on the day of our departure. After waiting for 15 minutes past when the bellman was supposed to meet us and past the time our taxi was set to arrive, we were forced to carry our suitcases to the main house ourselves to meet our taxi.

There is reason to hope--on our previous visit when we encountered troubles, the management was indifferent and when trying to resolve an overcharge on our bill, unreachable. Now under a new team, management responds quickly and sympathetically. We were refunded the cost of that dinner with the uncooked fish without any question and for the first time in four stays, our bill was accurate on check-out.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank beachgirl722
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Charleston, South Carolina
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54 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

From the time we checked in until we caught a cab to the airport, the staff went out of their way to make us feel at home. The rooms were very clean and the grounds were amazing (very quite and peaceful), with great water views all around. There are 3 restaurants and 3 bars onsite to meet all tastes, from beach side cabana to formal dining indoors. There is a spa, indoor pool (which we skipped because the water at the beaches was so clear!), a gym, putting greens, onsite rental of snorkel (there is a virtual tropical aquarium of fish surrounding the dock and sea walls in the bay side) and fishing equipment (we were told, too late unfortunately, that the beach on the ocean side of the grounds was "The Bone Fish Capital of Bermuda", of which we saw several big ones while snorkeling), onsite scooter rentals. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Shawn S
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Huntington, New York
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23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

We just returned from our eighth trip to Bermuda. We never get tired of this magical little place less than two hours flight from our home in NY.

This was our first visit to Cambridge Beaches and we found it every bit as magical as the Island itself.

Let's set expectations. One does not come to Bermuda for the nightlife, the gambling or the avant garde restaurant scene. Bermuda has none of these things. If you are expecting glitz, it's just not here

You WILL find simplicity, unbelievable natural beauty and endless beaches, a slightly dated elegance and really nice people--both on the Island and at CB hotel. It is entirely possible to have (as many have commented here) the vacation of your lifetime without once riding a zipline, visiting a theme park or renting an ATV-- none of which, as you may have gathered, are available here either.

In the 23 years we have been coming to this island, change has been incremental. Some hotels are gone, the 'skyline' of Hamilton has gotten a bit spifier, the price of things can still pop your eyes out--even to a native New Yorker.

But the point is that by turning down the noise and opening your eyes, you may come away feeling, as we always do, completely refreshed, relaxed and planning to return.

CB hotel is in Sandys, which other reviewers have characterized as 'out of the way.' The fact is that the entire Island can be driven from end to end (at 25 mph with the occasional stop for chickens crossing or a befuddled moped driver) in less than an hour. The Watford Ferry stop is a 10 minute walk from the hotel through the charming little town of Somerset and access to Hamilton (20 minutes by ferry), the Dockyards (10 minutes) or even St. Georges is a $4 token or even cheaper if a daily or weekly pass is purchased. Having stayed at many other locations, I can honestly say that CB is perfectly located.

The hotel is elegant, slightly dated but solid in a way you may never have experienced. If you recall the movie 'Pretty Woman' with Julia Roberts, you may remember the hotel that Richard Gere was staying at. The staff at CB is like that. These are not summer interns or part timers-- the staff here is iconic, modest and dedicated. They will remember your name at dinner, will greet you at the beach and inquire whether you'd like to have dinner on the sand ( a worthwhile evening, by the way) and they will use the hotel van to take you on a quick last minute jaunt to the village--without ever putting out their hand for a tip. The chambermaid will refresh your towels several times a day, turn down your bed and tidy your room while you are out for dinner. Larry and Steven are fixtures at the reception area--brothers with a hundred stories about the island, the various tropical vegetation and what would be fun to do next-- as they whisk you and your luggage to your room in their ubiquitous golf carts.

No review would be complete without some quibbles, here are mine. Yes, there are ants. If tiny ants will ruin your vacation, make sure to request a second floor room (there are a few) and you will avoid them. Our ocean view cottage had ants in the bathroom and we were offered a different room (we chose to stay right where we were.) I also have a quibble with the cost of drinks and some food items--yes, I understand that everything in Bermuda is unreasonably expensive-- but $31 for two pina coladas? $13.50 for a simple desert? This is unreasonable and disappointing. There is a sort of prix fixe plan ($65 per person for dinner) but this does not include drinks or lunch--so is not a real value at all.

In sum, this is a hotel that tries very hard and mostly succeeds at doing the hardest thing for a hotel to do-- making you feel as though you are at home while you are on vacation. You can be comfortable here, the staff will do their very best. If you leave the grounds, Bermudians will, in their courtly way, also make you feel quite at home.

I can't think of a more restful and relaxing destination or a lovelier place to stay.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Orleans, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

The Pink Beach Club in Tuckers Town was our "go to" place for over 25 years - we now have a new "go to " place . Cambridge Beaches is spotless , great beaches , good food ,and a choice of restaurants including on the beach looking at the sunset .
My wife has limited mobility but we got a ride to any location on the resort . When you go there say hello to George and Larry !
Don't bother to take a trip to the Dockyards !

Room Tip: All rooms have water view , check the layout make your choice .
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank 86GeorgeW86
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Newton, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

Since we had happily honeymooned in Bermuda 50 years ago, we decided to return there to celebrate our 50th anniversary! We thought about staying at the hotel where we had stayed for our honeymoon, but soon learned that it had been demolished after being wrecked by a hurricane. (It was the Carlton Beach Hotel, that became the Sonesta before being blown down.) We didn't want another big hotel experience for this trip, but a cottage charm with wonderful water views and Tripadvisor reviewers promised and delivered precisely what we desired! We had a Petit Suite with incredibly beautiful ocean views.We didn't realize that the week we were to be there (July 30- Aug 5) would include 3 days of national Bermudian interest: the 2 day cricket match on Thursday and Friday between St. Georges and Somerset Cricket Clubs (akin to our Baseball Leagues All-Star Games) played near our resort in Somerset and Somers Day, a national Bermudian holiday. On Sunday, the locals attempted their annual Non-Mariners' Non-Boat Race, an adorable and spirited revelry (as opposed to rivalry) in which the sport is floating a creative contraption from nearby Mangrove Bay toward Hamilton that saner minds would never consider getting wet. Horseshoe Bay (a truly picturesque Bermudian asset was peppered with locals in tents enjoying their "4th of July" type holiday weekend. None of this national celebrating fazed us at all. Cambridge Beaches had the quiet spirit we anticipated and the celebrating was there when we chose to join in. On our actual anniversary we chartered a fishing boat (Captain Sinclair Lambe) and enjoyed reef fishing, catching our anniversary dinner cooked up by Cambridge Beaches' Breezes Restaurant Chef for our enjoyment at a torch-lighted table on the sands of the restaurant's beach with prime sunset viewing. Romantic doesn't get any better! We took day trips to Hamilton and to the Royal Navy Dockyards and ate at the Fairmont Southhampton's Ocean Club Restaurant. We also enjoyed High Tea at the Hamilton Princess during our visit there. Otherwise the resort was our recreational base. The Ocean Spa offers an unspeakably enjoyable hot stone massage that is worth the financial indulgence! Speaking of financial indulgences...this resort is expensive, but well worth it!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sallee L
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Property: Cambridge Beaches
Address: 30 Kings Point Road, MA 02, Bermuda
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Region: Caribbean > Bermuda > Sandys Parish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sandys Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Cambridge Beaches 4*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award-winning AAA Four Diamond Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, Bermuda’s premier cottage resort, provides the ideal sanctuary for adults seeking an intimate and relaxing escape from the demands of contemporary life. Guests indulge in a serene and romantic getaway while experiencing the Island’s rich history and distinctive culture. Cambridge Beaches invites guests to discover breathtaking panoramas of the Atlantic Ocean. Relax, renew, reconnect or simply do nothing at all, and do it well. Whether you seek activity or tranquility, the resort beckons with a wealth of amenities, from the indulgent Ocean Spa and four private beaches to an onsite marina, kayaks, croquet and putting greens, tennis courts and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Not to mention the seemingly endless private coves, providing the perfect setting for an intimate escape.Cambridge Beaches offers guests all the sophistication of an internationally acclaimed resort in an authentic Bermudian environment. Accommodations are provided in elegantly appointed traditional pink Bermuda-style cottages and customary afternoon tea is served in the historic main house. And all of this may be enjoyed without the demands or distractions of traveling with children, as Cambridge Beaches is the island’s only resort that caters exclusively to adults.The resort’s casually sophisticated environment encourages a sense of total relaxation, romance and renewal. Idyllically set on a 30-acre peninsula on Bermuda’s western coast, the property boasts 4 private beaches, a nature reserve, private gardens and spectacular water views from every vantage point of the property. Additionally, guests enjoy unique treatments and wellness options at the seductive Ocean Spa, and a range of culinary delights in three restaurants, including the celebrated Tamarisk Room, rated by Food & Wine Magazine as one of the Bermuda’s best restaurants.Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa is legendary Bermuda at its very best. ... more   less 
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