The Reefs Resort and Club

Gay Friendly Hotels Bermuda: Top 3 (Updated 2021)

 

When talking about gay friendly resorts in Caraibe, Bermuda is not on the top due to it’s more conservative rules but that not means that they are no gay friendly hotels Bermuda.

Bermuda is a conservative society and it lags behind Europe and North America in its attitudes towards homosexuality. Gay sex was illegal in Bermuda until 1994 and discrimination against people on the grounds of sexual orientation was only made illegal in 2013, though in 2015 the Supreme Court of Bermuda ruled that same-sex unions should have the same employment rights and benefits as everyone else. Gay travelers are unlikely to experience overt discrimination, though open displays of affection are very much frowned upon.

Bermuda is a British island territory in the North Atlantic Ocean known for its pink-sand beaches such as Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay. Its massive Royal Naval Dockyard complex combines modern attractions like the interactive Dolphin Quest with maritime history at the National Museum of Bermuda. The island has a distinctive blend of British and American culture, which can be found in the capital, Hamilton.

 

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1.  Aunt Nea’s Inn 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels St. George Bermuda

Aunt Nea's Inn
Aunt Nea’s Inn

Providing garden views, Aunt Nea’s Inn in Saint George provides accommodation, a shared lounge, a garden and a terrace. Both WiFi and private parking are available at the bed and breakfast free of charge.

Fitted with a patio, the units offer air conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. A fridge and coffee machine are also provided.

Guests at Aunt Nea’s Inn can enjoy a continental breakfast.

An old historic building in the town of St. George. It has been completely renovated and updated. It has 9 units available.General observations about traveling to Bermuda in March & staying in St, George: Bermuda is only 2 hour flight from the Northeast United States, and a perfect, quick escape from the cold and winter dreariness. The early March temperature hovered between 68-71 degrees and the soft breezes and humidity was extremely comfortable.

The weather consistently surprised us, for the better: forecasts consistently predicted daytime clouds and rain, we experienced no rain, and lots of sunshine. Tourist crowds are decidedly small, we had a hint what High season must be like when we watched hundreds of day tourists descend upon Hamilton from a large cruise ship! Location/Transportation: St. George is decidedly less crowded and slower paced than Hamilton & The Dockyards, and we relied upon public bus and ferries to travel about. Bus transportation in Bermuda is reasonably frequent, reliable, safe and clean. We purchased an all inclusive four day bus-ferry pass (approximately $13/day) to travel about the Island.

Allow for an approximately 35-40 minute commute between St. George and Hamilton. Bus passes can be purchased at the Post Office, which is closed on the weekends. Many shops and stores remained closed, but we had no difficulty finding good restaurants in St. George. Money: The U.S./Bermudian dollar are at par with each other, and both currencies are used interchangeably. Several bank ATM’s are available in King’s Square. We used credit cards for most transactions

The location is excellent. It is right in the heart of Olde St. George’s. Close to shops, the town square, Fort Ste Catherine and one of the best beaches in Bermuda to which you can. walk or take a bus

Aunt Neas had a beautiful room, excellent location to the bus as well as tobacco bay beach. Located in the beautiful old town of St George which has shopping and everything you need. Great service and nice shared kitchen that can be used for cooking. Very well organized and Faith willing to answer any questions. Room was clean and newly remodeled. View of the water from the balcony. This is a excellent place and I would stay here again.

 

We encountered only friendly residents at the local businesses and during our walks into town too and we always felt safe walking around, including late at night. The town itself is very quiet and I agree with another review that calls it old world. St George is a UNESCO world heritage site and has a very colorful and unique feel with a lot of character, and I’ve never stayed in a town quite like it. The bus stop is also a two minute walk from the inn and the bus system was mostly easy to use to get around and Faith, the innkeeper, also sells all day public transportation passes for the island’s bus and ferry system (and can provide guidance with planning activities around the island) As for the inn itself, it is a beautiful and well-maintained historic house. Breakfast is continental style and I really enjoyed the chocolate as well as the ham and cheese croissant options.

There was fruit, yogurt, cereal and juice as well as egg and cheese if you wanted to cook for yourself. I also enjoyed reading my book in the hammock when the sun was setting. Another highlight was having our morning coffee in the gazebo with the neighbors cats who who like to visit from down the street.Faith was very friendly and provided guidance and help for us during our stay in regards to planning day trips and such.

We were also happy to find that the inn was listed as lgbt friendly, especially with Bermuda being a bit more conservative. I must say we didn’t have any problems in St George during our stay and even saw a pride sticker on one of the local sandwich shops we visited for lunch, so if you are concerned as a gay couple, you shouldn’t be worried staying at this inn or in town. I always love supporting a local business that supports us, and I was more than happy to spend my money here. If you’re looking for a romantic, quiet, relaxing and slow paced oceanside kind of vacation in a historical town, this is the place to stay. The inn it clean, well-maintained, aesthetically pleasing, and peaceful and I would love to stay here again.

Gay Friendly Hotels Bermuda
Gay Friendly Hotels Bermuda

How much does a room costs at Aunt Nea’s Inn?

Prices start 225 $/night for Double RoomThe King Suite with Balcony is 383$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples. double room features air conditioning.

This suite features a balcony, seating area and sofa.

Where to book onlineAunt Nea’s Inn – Gay Friendly Hotels Bermuda you can find the best hotels deals in Bermuda during Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bermuda on  Booking.com or Expedia.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

2. The Reefs Resort and Club 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Bermuda

The Reefs Resort and Club
The Reefs Resort and Club

This beachfront resort & gay friendly hotels Bermuda in sunny Southampton features an infinity-edge pool and included breakfast. The Reefs Resort and Club also includes free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurants and a fitness centre.

Each luxurious room at this property comes with ocean views, private patios or balcony, a flat-screen TV and a wardrobe.

Guests at this property enjoy an on-site spa, tennis courts and complimentary beach equipment. Fairmont Southampton Golf Course is 900 m away, while Horseshoe Bay is 2 km away.

Widely recognized as the one of the best hotels in Bermuda, this award-winning and intimate hotel offers spectacular ocean views from every room. Perched along limestone cliffs overlooking its own private beach, you’ll enjoy legendary Bermudian hospitality and gourmet dining at three different restaurants. The Reefs is one place where you will feel perfectly at ease.

Our cliffside room, although small, was clean and offered an unbeatable view. The restaurants offered excellent food although I wish there were a few more choices on the menus. It was the beginning of the off-season, so the resort was quiet and entertainment was minimal. The beach staff seemed disinterested but you could flag them down for drinks and/or food should you choose. The free beach equipment was a great plus. Spa experience was lovely.

All in all the hotel location and staff could not have have been much better, the courtesy shown by all staff including being addressed by our names was most impressive. We stayed in 329, a cliff-side room not a junior suite, more about that later.

The bathroom had a double vanity and large walk in shower, all modern and recent I would of thought. The only wardrobe was in the bathroom and very small. No way near enough hanging space for my wife’s clothes, let alone mine. It also housed and iron/board plus a coffee maker. The coffee machine was almost impossible to fill with water whilst in the cupboard, and although four pods of coffee were replenished daily, only two milks/sugar packs were left.

The bedroom was large with an impressive west facing view. The room looked a wee bit tired, but was perfectly adequate. The bedding, sheets, mattress etc were clean and very comfortable. The balcony in our room was tiny and although west facing lacked very little sun, even at the end of the day. The TV was medium sized and had a few quality channels and a lot of dross. Our room overlooked the stairs down to the beach and Coconuts (beach bar/restaurant).

This was convenient in some ways but noisy late at night when people were returning to their rooms, with a bit of alcohol in them. The other slight irritation were the air conditioning units beneath us, they did rumble on a bit. A sensible sized fridge (for a hotel) was in the room for your own drinks if required, an ice-machine and soft drink vending machine a short walk from our room. Our room had a ceiling fan and air-con unit. To complete the location spec, the gym only a stones throw away. Please note most of the resort requires the use of steps, so you do need to be reasonably able for sure.

Food. Breakfast was included in our package or was available for an additional $25 plus 17% gratuity. The meal plan (MAP) for evening dinner $50 plus gratuity. This must be booked for a minimum of three nights. All in all the dinner plan was reasonable value (for Bermuda) and provided a three course dinner at Coconuts or Aqua Terra. The food was certainly good but nothing really to ‘write home about’ The beach BBQ night was at best average, with luke warm food. Drinks were certainly at the higher end of the $$$ scale. I think breakfast was good, you could order from a limited menu and/or use the buffet. The juices tasted very watered down and were certainly not high end. The staff however were always delightful and cheerful at breakfast!

Beach. In a word stunning. Yes it’s not massive but the boats, snorkelling equipment, towels etc are available free of charge. Whilst we were there, no silly sun-bed hogging with towels, good to see! The pool area was at best adequate, small but why use that when you have the beach.

Location. The Reefs is on the South Road, it’s where most of the best beaches are, however there is very little within walking distance of the hotel. Walking anywhere is not great cause there is no pavement (sidewalk for my US friends). There is a bar/restaurant just up the road (Henry VIII) which is ok…The Lighthouse is a long walk, great views from the top and a restaurant there. You need to be fit and able to get to the top! There is a bus stop right opposite the hotel with a frequent bus service in both directions. It’s around $9 return per person to Hamilton.

We used it once to go over and have a few drinks plus a great 🇮🇳 curry at Ruby Murray’s. We also hired a scooter for the duration of our holiday from the bike rental place, also directly opposite the hotel. It was great travelling the length of the Island and seeing all the sights. I would recommend it, I felt very safe, but we were advised that thefts could happen, so keep your belongings close and the bike locked at all times. There really are some lovely beaches/landscapes to see on such a small group of islands. One other word of caution is some of the roads are quite exposed so if it’s windy beware!

Hotel Summary. The Reefs is a very good boutique hotel and there really is not many better locations. The staff and service levels were very good. My big problem is the price, our room was was apparently a very good discounted rate, for $550 a night the food was not ‘right up there’ and the room lacking a wee bit. The island is stunning and I believe The Reef’s one of the better hotels. If you are eating and drinking all day long then be prepared for a $750 bill per day easily.

This is more expensive or on par with London, NY, Dubai (cities I’ve visited) and way more expensive than the most stunning resort in Europe, namely the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Yes if you are happy with the price and don’t compare it with 5* resorts around the world, then this is the place for you.

Gay Friendly Hotels Bermuda
Gay Friendly Hotels Bermuda

How much does a room costs at The Reefs Resort and Club?

Prices start 243 $/night for Pool side – King Room with Ocean View. The Cliffside King Room with Ocean View is 279$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples. double room features air conditioning.

Below the terrace and on the upper and lower levels along the cliff looking out to the pink sand beach and Atlantic Ocean, cliff-side room is appointed with private patios or balconies, a king-sized bed (can be split into two twins) and a seating area with a pull-out couch in front of the sliding glass doors.

Where to book onlineThe Reefs Resort and Club – Gay Friendly Hotels Bermuda you can find the best hotels deals in Bermuda during during Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bermuda on  Booking.com or Expedia.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3. Hamilton Princess & Beach Club A Fairmont Managed Hotel 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Bermuda

Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club

Overlooking Hamilton Harbour, this luxury waterfront hotel boasts an infinity pool with Hamilton Harbour views and floating sun loungers; and 4 on-site restaurants, the Crown & Anchor, Marcus, 1609 and HP.

A flat-screen TV is included in the bright guest rooms at The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club A Fairmont Managed Hotel. A work desk and coffee-making facilities are provided.

Guests can work out in the 24-hour fitness centre or hire bicycles for free to explore the area. Tickets and dinner reservations may be arranged with the concierge desk. Guests can take a 5-minute walk to go to the heart of Hamilton and its wonderful shopping, dining, nightlife and entertainment options.

Offering hardwood tables and a full-service bar, Crown & Anchor Bar, Restaurant, & Terrace is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Marcus’ signature restaurant by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, features an open kitchen and a wood burning grill., this restaurant offers modern Bermudian fare and an extensive wine list to guests for lunch and dinner.

Overlooking the stunning blue waters of the breathtaking harbor, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, offers everything you could possibly need to make your vacation a truly memorable experience. Our stunning Bermuda resort is steps from Downtown Hamilton and conveniently located near shopping boutiques, restaurants, exciting nightlife, and a twenty minute shuttle ride to the new private Princess Beach Club on South Beaches.The Hotel also offers both a Saltwater and a Freshwater pool. Hamilton Princess & Beach Club features well-appointed guest rooms, many with harbour views, private balconies and marble bathrooms.

For unsurpassed luxury and service reserve a room on Fairmont Gold, a luxury lifestyle offering that pampers guests with its dedicated concierge, complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapes served daily in a private lounge. For business or special events, groups of all sizes can enjoy the resort’s multiple indoor and outdoor venues-30,000-square-feet of elegant reception areas and meeting rooms providing picturesque backdrops for unique gatherings, corporate functions and tropical weddings. Conveniently located in the mid-Atlantic, less than a two-hour flight from most east coast gateways, Bermuda is perfect for getaways year-round.

Built in the 1880s and added onto through the decades, it offers an architectural testimony of evolving tastes and concepts of luxury over 130 years. Everywhere is casual elegance and visual delights of colors, great art work, expansive views. The infinity pool overlooking the harbor is magical, especially at sunset with a prickly pear mule cocktail or run swizzle in hand. Breakfast in the courtyard is a treat, great food and greater people watching. Restaurants Marcus is a lovely experience and 1609 is terrific. All of that said, the staff is what makes the place: the warmth and genuine desire to see the guest be happy.

The concierge staff was especially noteworthy for their commitment to the guest’s experience. The room was lovely, in the older wing. It enjoyed high ceilings and beautiful views. The maintenance (not the housekeeping which was great) was a little lacking what with a leaking faucet and other minor details which I quickly addressed.

The hotel is minutes from the colorful fun of downtown and the Ferry Terminal for even more adventures.

Alcohol isn’t included in this and beware that Bermuda is expensive. We bought liquor at the duty free outlet at the airport, so if you are a drinker, I recommend buying it upon arriving as it is reasonably priced there.

The infinity salt water pool is awesome and where we spend a lot of time. It overlooks the harbor and is heated. We also loved the private beach owned by Princess. It’s more of a cove, but has comfy lounges, umbrellas, drink and food service, as well as water toys, such as kayaks and floaties. The jitney runs every 45 minutes and usually was not crowded. We also went to Horseshoe bay beach ( you can walk, although when it’s hot, it seems longer!). It’s also beautiful but the downside is the cost to have a lounge is about $25 per person, which we didn’t do.

The locals are friendly and shared a lot of their experiences of the island. Again, the staff was wonderful, the rooms up to date and clean. I will definitely stay here again if I come back to Bermuda. It’s a short plane ride from Boston, about two hours, to a beautiful paradise and this hotel is perfect for a comfortable and unpretentious vacation.

I stayed in the Harbour View Suite: this room had a large balcony and a nice view which we could enjoy from both the living room and the bedroom. The living room was very spacious and had hardwood floor with high ceilings to make for a great place to spend time. In contrast, the bedroom was mostly to sleep: the room was fairly small and the ceiling was low.

While Hamilton Princess is a city hotel and Fairmont Southampton is a beach resort, Hamilton Princess has a nice feature that they have a shuttle bus 4-6 times per day that takes guests to the hotel’s private beach near Fairmont Southampton and have everything needed such as towels, showers, changing rooms, lockers, sun loungers, etc. It gives the Hamilton Princess hotel fairly easy access to a decent beach on the south shore while being centrally located in the city with lots of nice restaurants and shops within walking distance.

The common areas of the hotel including the pools are beautiful and well maintained. The hotel might not be on a beach but it’s nonetheless right beside the water so it can be good enough to give a relaxing / vacation feeling to guests. I particularly like the excellent 1609 restaurant in open air by the marina although unfortunately for this visit it was closed.

Overall I was pleased with our stay once again and I will return. I would note that in 2021 a St.Regis will open which will provide some competition to Fairmont Hamilton Princess although StR will be at the far end of the island in St.George’s; based on location alone I suspect Fairmont will retain its status as one of the best hotels on the island especially for people who want or need to be in Hamilton.

Gay Friendly Hotels Bermuda
Gay Friendly Hotels Bermuda

How much does a room costs at Hamilton Princess & Beach Club?

Prices start 569 $/night for Fairmont King Room. The Fairmont Gold Harbour View With Lounge Access is 879$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples. double room features air conditioning.

These luxurious rooms are located in the main building, featuring large balcony with lounge chair boasting stunning views of Hamilton harbor. Guests also enjoy complimentary access to the Fairmont Gold lounge offering complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapés as well as concierge services.

Where to book online Hamilton Princess & Beach Club A Fairmont Managed Hotel – LGBT Friendly Hotels Bermuda you can find the best hotels deals in Bermuda during Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bermuda on  Booking.com or Expedia.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

by Vlaicu Sorin

Traveler, trying to be a photography, hostel lover , backpacker, beer hunter. In search for the perfect place.