|Travel Agent's Ocean View Junior Suite at Elbow Beach Resort in Bermuda|
Elbow Beach Resort in Bermuda offers a sense of place by utilizing its space.
During Travel Agent's recent onsite coverage of the popular luxury property, the resort was nearly full capacity and home to both families and couples. Yet, we never once heard a child splashing recklessly in the pool, we never fought crowds for a lounge seat on the beach and we always had our table of choice at the restaurants.
Simply put, the resort spreads itself over 50 acres and thus creates an environment where anyone can find peace and quite even if the property is full to the max.
There's always a place you can go to escape whether it's finding one of the hammocks that are tucked away amongst the resort's gardens or watching the sun go down while sipping a local cocktail at the resort's pool bar (between 5-6 p.m. is the best time for that).
We toured other impressive luxury resorts on the island, all of which complement each other perfectly. But what set Elbow Beach apart from the other resorts we visited was its easy access to the beach. Whereas other resorts require a shuttle or a golf cart to Bermuda's beautiful beaches, Elbow Beach was a short stroll from our room.
But if clients don't feel like walking around, the hotel staff will drive clients around on golf carts or even provide free horse-and-buggy rides throughout the resort's grounds.
There are 98 rooms and suites here. We stayed in room no. 610, an Ocean View Junior Suite that offers both ocean and garden views with a King-sized bed and flat screen LG television. The room's veranda was also stunning and it practically offers guests their own backyard. The best feature of the room, like many at this resort, was its easy access to the beach and close proximity to the resort's main swimming pool, spa and fitness center.
|One of two couples treatement rooms at the Spa at Elbow Beach|
The fitness center is pretty modest but offers all the amenities one would expect from a gym including ample space, free weights, complimentary headphones, fluffy towels, a good sound system and plenty of TVs. Also, most of the treadmills and bikes offer views of the gardens and partial views of the ocean.
The Spa at Elbow Beach was also pretty impressive. There are six private treatment suites, including four single treatment rooms and two couples treatment rooms. We were treated to what may have been the best couples massage we've ever been apart of. The couples treatment room is what truly made the experience. We were escorted to a large room in the back that got ample amount of light and was home to a soaking tub, adorned with red rose pedals; two treatment beds and a day bed to lounge on while sipping a glass of champagne.
We went with the Oasis treatment, which is a simple, basic massage. But if your clients are a bit more adventurous, the spa offers an array of unique offerings from its Aroma Stone treatment, which uses heated stones to generate energy and create a sense of balance and calm, to its Thai treatment, which does not use oils or lotions and requires the guest to remain clothed as there is constant body contact between the therapist and the guest. The body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked in order to clear energy blockages and relieve tensions. The spa also offers a host of body scrubs, wraps, facials and more.
Classic island dining is infused with modern elegance at the resort's four restaurants. From tender steaks and fresh seafood dishes at Cafe Lido to cocktails and Spanish tapas on the resort's open-air terrace at Sea Breeze, the property has a great range of unique dishes.
|Cafe Lido's large windows offers guests sweeping views of the ocean|
Mickey’s Beach Bistro, the island’s only restaurant situated directly on the beach, was our favorite spot for lunch or simply an afternoon cocktail. We had a juicy burger and washed it down with a cold Heineken. The best place we ate at for dinner on the property was Cafe Lido. The earlier clients get there, the better. The restaurant is surrounding by large windows and offers sweeping ocean views, so its best for guests to dine while it's still light out. We would suggest anytime before 8 p.m.
Elbow Beach Resort to Add 35 Rooms in 2015
During our stay, Travel Agent had the opportunity to sit down with Ed Burns, the owner's representative of the property, and learned of the hotel's plans to add 35 new rooms that are expected to be the property's new highest room category.
There are about 130 rooms in the main building of the hotel that have been closed off for some time, says Burns. There are 70 in the front of the building and 60 in the back. Burns says the plans call for wiping out the 60 in the back "because who wants to look at the back of a building" and then dividing the 70 rooms in the front into 35, which would create huge, 800-square-foot rooms overlooking the ocean.
"In my opinion, those will be the best rooms on the resort," says Burns.
Rehanna Palumbo, director of sales and marketing for the property, told Travel Agent that a model room could be ready by December. The rooms are expected to be fully complete by the second half of 2015.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, which managed the property until late March of this year, originally wanted to knock the building down, something that was not well received on the island given that it was the original building of the property built in 1908 and carried a lot of history.
"When I took over as the owner's representative and we announced that the building would remain intact, it was like New Year's Eve in Bermuda," says Burns.