Pompano Beach Club is a family-owned resort in the Southampton area of Bermuda. It opened in 1956 as a fishing club. After going out fishing, its members would return to the club and cook their fish. Accommodation was subsequently added, and over the years it has developed into the 75-room facility it is today.
Rooms and suites are located within a dozen or so low rise pink buildings spread over a hillside. There are 37 Deluxe Rooms, 21 Superior Rooms, 12 Suites, 4 Lower Snapper Suites, and 1 Townhouse. Regardless of type all rooms include cable TV, wireless internet access, telephone, mini-fridge, iron and board, coffeemaker, and safe.
Lower Snapper Suites are the cheapest category and can accommodate a family of four. They offer a bedroom with King-size bed, a separate living room with sofa bed and sitting area, bathroom, and a private balcony with partial ocean view.
Superior Rooms are slightly more expensive. Rooms offer a King-size bed and sitting area and are suitable for two adults and a child. Sliding glass doors open up to a balcony or patio with a panoramic ocean view.
The One Bedroom Suites feature a bedroom with King-size bed and a living room with sofa bed and sitting area. Each room has a TV. A sliding glass door in the living room offers access to a balcony or patio with a full view of the Atlantic.
Deluxe Rooms are the most common type and also the most expensive. They feature a King-size bed, a sitting area, an en-suite bathroom with tub and shower, and a private balcony or patio with a breath-taking ocean view. They flank the main hotel building and are closest to the water.
Almost everything you need for a perfect vacation is onsite or nearby. There’s a private beach with plenty of loungers and umbrellas. At low tide, visitors can wade out nearly 400 yards in warm waters that do not rise above chest height. Down by the beach there’s a water sports centre where guests can rent a variety of equipment such as kayaks, sailboats, and snorkelling gear. Complimentary tackle and bait is provided for shore fishing from the private dock.
The pool deck is up by the main hotel building and features a heated swimming pool, children’s pool, and a Jacuzzi. There are a further 2 Jacuzzis on the level below. The fitness centre has a good selection of cardiovascular equipment and weights. Its spectacular ocean views make exercise considerably less tedious. Guests can also play video games, table tennis, and pool for free in the games room. The hotel also boasts a clay tennis court. Many hotels in Bermuda charge extra for tennis, but at Pompano court time and racquets are complimentary.
Pompano Beach Club is adjacent to the world-famous Port Royal Golf Course, one of the best public courses in the world. It recently received a multi-million dollar facelift to hold the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Turtle Hill, Riddell’s Bay, and Belmont Hills are just a short drive from Pompano. The concierge can help guests to book tee times at any golf course in Bermuda, including private courses such as the Mid Ocean. Complimentary transport to and from Port Royal is provided.
5-course dinners are served in the hotel’s Cedar Room while the Ocean Grill offers an a la carte menu. For dinner, the dress code at both restaurants for dinner is smart casual. Men are not required to wear jackets but collared shirts are a must. The Modified American Plan (breakfast and dinner rate) is particularly good value here. Guests on this rate can also take advantage of the hotel’s dine-around programme and have dinner at The Reefs or Cambridge Beaches. Lunch is served in the Coral Reef Café from noon until 5 pm.
The Pool Bar is open daily and serves cocktails, beers, and sodas. There’s also a small tiki-style bar on the beach. In the summer months, the Sunset Lounge offers live entertainment most nights of the week.
Exploring the island is easy. Guests wishing to use the island’s excellent bus service are offered complimentary transport to and from the bus stop at the hotel’s entrance. Bus services 7 and 8 stop here. Both travel between Hamilton and Dockyard but take slightly different routes.
To get to Hamilton, it’s better to use bus number 7. This bus takes a scenic route along the South Road. Sights on the way include Church Bay, the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Horseshoe Bay, Chaplin Bay, Jobson’s Cove, Warwick Long Bay, and Elbow Beach. Buses to all areas of the island leave from the Central Terminal in Hamilton.
To travel to Dockyard, you can take bus number 7 or number 8 (the routes are exactly the same going north). Dockyard is now the island’s major cruise terminal. It’s a busy area but offers many attractions such as the Clocktower Mall, the National Museum of Bermuda, Dolphin Quest, and the Bermuda Arts Centre.
The hotel also provides complimentary transport to the ferry stop at Rockaway where guests can take the aquatic route to Hamilton. Ferries on this route operate Monday to Friday only. Ferries are more frequent from Dockyard. They go to Hamilton and, in the summer months, to St George.
The Bermuda Railway Trail passes close to the hotel’s entrance and is great for walking and cycling. Take the trail north into Sandys Parish and you’ll see sights such as Somerset Bridge, Fort Scaur, and the Heydon Trust Estate.
Pompano Beach Club is situated on Pompano Beach Road, just off Middle Road, in Southampton Parish. LF Wade International Airport is approximately 17 miles from the hotel.