In 2010 it was announced that 9 Beaches was to close for a multi-million dollar redevelopment. Hotel representatives stated that the property would reopen in summer 2011. At the time of writing (March 2015) a statement on the website states that 9 Beaches is expected to reopen in summer 2017. However, similar statements over the years have come to nothing. Media reports suggest the owners are having difficulty raising the capital to finance the project.
There is, however, a watersports concession operating on the beach. Surfs Up offers stand up paddle boarding plus windsurfing.
9 Beaches is a casual, eco-friendly resort situated at Daniel’s Head, on the western tip of Bermuda. Spread over 18 waterfront acres it features 84 private soft-sided cabanas, each resting on stilts and offering spectacular ocean views.
Each cabana boasts a wooden deck floor, air conditioning, bathroom, and a water-facing veranda. Some of the cabanas are built over the water and are connected to the land by a boardwalk. An additional feature found at this class is a small floor window that allows viewing of the tropical fish swimming below.
The resort’s main restaurant Hi-Tide is open for breakfast and dinner and offers an international menu while Dark ‘n Stormy’s Beach Bar and Grill offers beverages and light cuisine for lunch. 9 Beaches also offers a roving dining car that delivers snacks, meals, and drinks throughout the resort. Simply call the A La Carte service on the free cell phone provided, and your order is brought straight to you.
Facilities here include several private beaches, an all-weather tennis court, watersports centre, swimming pool, playground, and gym. 9 Beaches also offers a guest lounge with TV and complementary internet access.
Attractions nearby include the Royal Naval Dockyard (Bermuda Maritime Museum, Dolphin Quest etc.), Somerset Bridge, and Scaur Hill Fort. Hamilton can be reached by bus or ferry in about 40 minutes.
Reviews and Additional Information
My two sisters and my three nieces loved 9 Beaches! I hope it reopens as it is a beautiful place. Love The Admiral’s House and the quaint little cottages on stilts and glass floors.
I have stayed in overwater bungalows/villas in the Maldives, Bora Bora, and Mo’orea. It’s such a wonderful experience and would absolutely do it in Bermuda. I visited 9 Beaches in 2015 and walked around the deserted premises. It’s such a shame it was designed the way it was. It has SO much potential. I truly do hope they will renovate one day, as I would absolutely stay here. I loved the area, the people, and every beach in Bermuda is fabulous. Let’s hope they don’t keep pushing it out as they have since 2010. But, we all know as of the end of 2017, they haven’t touched the place. Fingers crossed they will soon!
Loved our stay at 9 Beaches ‘back in the day’. Didn’t much care for the stinky cow smell that wafted in from the farm next door or all the broken glass as we walked down the path from our cabin to the main building..Still the experience was unique for Bermuda–had been there many times before and done the typical hotel stay. Fully enjoyed the cabin with glass floor, swimming at the wonderfully secluded beaches-using the ‘James Bond’ like apparatus to pull us through the water..and collected old pieces of pottery that had washed up on the shore.. The place was a little gem. I hope it opens up again soon!
I rented a Boston Whaler from KS Watersports at Somerset Bridge. We visited many beaches and stopped at 9 Beaches since it was secluded. The water was clear, warm and it made for a great experience. If 9 Beaches were still in business we would have booked a return visit thst day.
One of our two best vacations ever …. Haven’t been back to Bermuda since 9 Beaches closure. Can’t wait to renew, bring family … have long ago told many friends. Like the rest of Bermuda … but want to be back a 9 Beaches … and stay.
Hey SOC, that place has as much chance of coming back as i do to fitting back into my old desirable 52 inch waste. PS currently at 56 inches but looking like the Italian stallion that I am. If by some miracle it does come back I will visit but will stay at one of the land cottages for my own safety.
9 Beaches truly offers something special to the island. There are many resorts in Bermuda that are quite fine but have a similar colonial or typified “resort” feel to each other . This particular getaway just felt more intimate, relaxed and unique to the island. The owners and staff were quite friendly and helpful. I had an amazing time there and truly hope it reopens soon. When it does, I’ll be one of the first in line to sign up for another stay. Fair winds to 9 Beaches!
Wow Tom. I am sorry you feel that way most come for the beautiful pink beaches. What better way to enjoy the scenery then to have a glass floor. I’ve been to many of the elaborate hotels there just like anywhere else. 9 Beaches is something truly special. I pray whatever the financial issues are can be resolved. I love Bermuda and got married there but won’t go back until they open. I can go to fancy hotels anywhere. Praying they open soon!
It was the best place I’ve been to and that includes Turtle Cove cottage at Cambridge Beaches. I have not been back to Bermuda since 9 Beaches closed. It was spectacular.
Did you enjoy the smell from the pastures close by ??? Thats why they closed,who wants to smell manure ????
Anxiously awaiting the reopening. Best vacation ever!
Don’t hold your breath. Last time we looked at the website (June 2014) they said it would be opening in 2015. Just checked again and it says they will be reopening in 2017. They’ve been doing this since 2010.
The hotel might be closed but you can still visit the beach here. You can also rent paddle boards and snorkel gear from a concession. The stand-up boards were a lot of fun. There are good facilities such as washrooms. The beach is closer to Dockyard than Horseshoe Bay and much less busy.
I don’t like to see anybody go out of business, but this hotel didn’t quite fit with Bermuda. Hotels on stilts, or over water bungalows or whatever you want to call them, don’t fit with the Bermuda experience. Yes, maybe in Malaysia, the Maldives, Thailand, but not in Bermuda. People come to the island for the ‘colonial-style’ experience. This wasn’t it.
Speak for yourself! Lmao. I’d never consider visiting the island for any “colonial feel”. And I’m pretty sure since you can get that elsewhere, being unique is key. We’ve not had a desire to return to Bermuda, knowing 9beaches has not back in business yet. It really disappointing.
Agreed! 9 Beaches was the best experience in Bermuda and we have not been back since.
Snooty, aren’t you! People make their own fun. Obviously you didn’t have any.
Tom, speaking from a former colony, yeah, no. We went to Bermuda for the friendly people, the gorgeous beaches, and the perfect weather. A high-rise hotel could never have afforded the experience we got at 9 Beaches. I do hope they eventually re-open.
This is one cool place. I liked the cabins with the glass floor which was very unique. I also liked the fact that it had nine beaches. I would picnic out at three different beaches three times a day that way I could enjoy all the beaches daily but unfortunately really exceeded my daily caloric intake requirements. Can`t wait to go back.