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Bermuda: Which hotel has better beach? Pompano? Fairmont Southampton?

Old May 22nd, 2010, 11:11 AM
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Bermuda: Which hotel has better beach? Pompano? Fairmont Southampton?

We are going on an anniversary trip to Bermuda in September. We stayed at The Fairmont Southampton many years ago, but would like to try a smaller, quieter property. Both of us love the beach. Which hotel would you recommend or are there others that I should be checking? Thanks very much!
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 07:07 PM
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Just came back from Pompano. It is definitely small and quiet, but the sandy beach area is tiny (maybe 100 yards at the most). Of course if you have a moped you can be at any of the south shores beaches in 10 minutes or you can take the bus. Fairmont as you know you need to walk/shuttle to the beach anyway and I've heard it can get crowded - if you find a deal it can be much cheaper though. The Reefs is more expensive, a bit bigger than pompano, and I think the beach is bigger - it seemed a little more polished than Pompano.
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 07:11 PM
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Tubulus,

Thank you! What were your overall impressions of Pompano? Would you go back?
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Hi We will be going back to Pompano at the end of this week for our 5th or 6th time. We really enjoy the small resort feel. No problems with chairs or over crowding. the beach is big enough to accomodate the guests. Service and food are really good and the staff is always friendly. If you are looking to get away to a quiet resort this is the place for relaxing and you can walk out in the crystal clear water with little waves really far. They rent water bikes, boats and snorkel equipment. They will bring you to the bus or ferry stop.
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Old May 23rd, 2010, 11:03 AM
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Thanks, endlessvacation2 for the information. Sounds wonderful!
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Old May 24th, 2010, 05:11 AM
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Agree with endlessvacation. The beach area is small but the amazing calm/clear shallow water more than makes up for it. The service is fantastic as well.
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I would definitely return. Really appreciated the small size, friendly staff, etc, etc, although if I could get the reefs at the same price I would give that a try just to shake things up. IMHO the food was better at the reefs, though it was still very good at Pompano (you can dine around but it's not guaranteed). Really appreciated the small size, friendly staff, etc, etc.
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If you haven't made your plans you might want to check out the CocoReef resort (cocoreefbermuda.com). It is really a small hotel not a resort with clean but standard rooms. The PLUS though is the location right on Elbow Beach. It is probably the one of the closest hotels to a great beach in Bermuda. My wife and I have stayed there for 11 years in late June (my wife loves the beach). It's a great beach to walk and LONG by Bermuda standards. As stated there is really no nightlife at the hotel. The Elbow Beach Resort is right next door and offers nightlife and a few good restaurants. CocoReef's restaurant is also very good with great views but the menu is not varied much. I would not get the meal plan and breakfast is no longer included in the room rate. They have a manmade sand area above the natural beach directly in front of the hotel (some natural beach is always available but 3 of the years we've been there periodic erosion has made it very small with no direct access to the water due to rocks, etc.). This should not deter you as access to the water has always been easy in front of the Elbow Beach resort just steps down the beach. Anyway if being near a great beach with great views from your room is the most important I would recommend CocoReef. If you truly want a resort experience I would not.
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