Horizons and Cottages

Horizons and Cottages has closed. Horizons & Cottages ceased to operate as a hotel in 2010. After closing it was leased to the Bermuda Hospitals Board to provide accommodation for nursing staff. The Splendido restaurant continued to operate at the site until February 2011. In June 2012 the restaurant’s former general manager, Angelo Buglione, opened Angelo’s Bistro in the Walker Arcade in Hamilton.

Bill and Hilary Clinton vacationed at the hotel in the summer of 1979. Chelsea Clinton was said to have been conceived here. The couple visited the island again in 2009 but stayed at Cambridge Beaches. They took a trip down memory lane and attended a cocktail party at Horizons with Premier Ewart Brown, Governor Sir Richard Gozney, and Consul General Grace Shelton.

Horizons and Cottages is an upmarket Bermuda cottage colony is set on a hilltop amidst 25 acres of terraced gardens and lawns. A converted 18th century manor house lies at its centre, with 13 cottages dotted around the grounds. It is one of the only 2 members in Bermuda of the Relais & Chateaux association; the international organisation of refined hotels. The other Bermuda member is its sister hotel; Waterloo House.

View of the Horizons and Cottages in Bermuda

The main building, Plantation House, with its whitewashed roof, pink façade and tray ceilings is a typical example of Bermudian architecture. It houses 9 guestrooms each with a sitting area and private bathroom. The rest of the guestrooms are located in the cottages. Each cottage has between 1 and 5 guestrooms, each with a private bathroom and breakfast terrace. Most of the cottages also have a sitting room with fireplace where guests can socialise with their fellow visitors.

Their daily rates include breakfast, served in your own cottage or with other guests on the Pool Terrace, and afternoon tea. Guests can take dinner in the Middleton Room or Ocean Terrace (jacket and tie required for men). The menu was created by internationally renowned chef Anton Mosimann.

There’s usually some sort of entertainment during dinner, often a classical guitarist or calypso band. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served nightly prior to dining. During the summer, gentlemen can discard their jackets and ties at the casual barbeques held every Friday evening. Horizons & Cottages welcomes children but doesn’t operate any dedicated program. They are, however, happy to arrange babysitters.

Horizons & Cottages also has its very own 9-hole golf course but they can arrange tee-times at any of Bermuda’s golf courses (including the 3 private courses; Mid Ocean Club, Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club and the Tucker’s Point Club. The retreat also boasts a heated freshwater pool, 3 tennis courts, a croquet lawn and putting green.

Guests staying at the Horizons & Cottages can take advantage of the facilities at the nearby exclusive Coral Beach & Tennis Club. These include a private beach, tennis courts, squash courts, fitness centre and beauty spa.

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  1. Honeymooned there in 1991. Loved the place. Have several paintings of it hanging around the house. Great memories

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  2. Is there any chance that someone asked for the chilled cherry soup recipe? My husband and I stayed there for our honeymoon in the early 90’s and remembered having different chilled fruit soups as part of dinner. The cherry soup was delicious and I would love to recreate it. I haven’t found a recipe that’s similar.

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    • Hey Donna,
      i loved the fruit soups and miss them very much. I too never thought to ask for the recipe, I usually would follow that up with a couple of big steaks with about a dozen eggs and a pot of buttered potatoes. These hotel closures make me sad and i have dropped down to 400 pounds which is light for me. Lets hope the pandemic goes away and this magnificent place returns once again.

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  3. I was told that somebody has purchased Horizons and hope to reopen. I have visited there many times with my family and it makes me sad there is no longer a Horizons. We always stayed in the cottages. Morning Glory! Breakfast for us daily. A true find. My entire family would love to return if it ever does re open! From what I have heard the huge places are going up left and right.. A true shame.

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  4. We honeymooned at Horizons in November 1968. Returned several times over the next several decades: truly magical place. We had always hoped to celebrate our 50th there! We are thrilled to have made it to 50…but sorry not to have Horizons there for us!

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  5. I vacationed at Horizons in 1986. I had a friend who worked there so I stayed in one of the cottages with them over Christmas. It was a beautiful hotel on an idyllic island and yes the sand really is pink. I remember riding around everywhere on a little scooter that I borrowed. Very fond memories of this place.

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  6. We loved Horizons…stayed there in 1987 for our honeymoon, then started taking our family vacation with our children in about 2000…LOVED it..so charming, so unique and so Bermudian. SAD it’s no longer there! There is nothing else like it!

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  7. Horizons – what a wonderful experience and a great hotel. We have stayed there several times in our favorite room #4. The dolphin in the pool was lots of fun for our son when we took him there at age 11!
    Our last visit was in August 1982 when we celebrated a special 21st anniversary. Sorry to see the real Bermuda go by the wayside.
    Chuck

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  8. I can’t believe Horizons is closed! My wife and I were so lucky to go there on our Honeymoon in 2009. I guess we got there just in time. That place was like going back in time.

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  9. My parents went on their honeymoon here in the late 40’s. They invited their three children and spouses to celebrate their 40th anniversary in the 80′. We all loved it and am so sad to see that it has closed. It was a gracious and elegant place to stay–like being in another era. And Trimingham’s has closed too. What is happening?

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  10. We went to Horizons on our honeymoon in Sept. 1959 and returned a number of times up to our 45th anniversary. Horizons as well Bermuda itself always felt the same. I am really sad that Horizons is no more. I hope someone will reopen it some day.

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    • Virginia, we also honeymooned at the Horizons in 1973 which was one of the best resorts at that time. It is so sad to see the authentic Bermudian architecture not being appreciated.

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    • We honeymooned there is 1980. That was an absolutely idyllic setting, so sad to hear it has closed.

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  11. It seems that anything that is traditionally Bermudian is being closed or knocked down. What is wrong with Bermudians? People come to Bermuda because it is quaint and charming. Years ago we stayed at the lovely old Newstead House and so what happened? Developers knocked it down and put up a “slick” modern spa-type hotel. If we wanted a “spa” we would stay in the U.S. Instead of keeping Triminghams, they knocked that down too…..UGH!

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  12. I stayed here several times, beginning in the mid 70’s through the mid-90s. On my first visit, as a young girl in 1974, it was called Horizon’s End and was owned by a lovely couple who had a Doberman named Max. I fell in love with Bermuda and this lovely little oasis on South Shore Road and went back to visit often. It was like home away from home! It changed hands a few times, but managed to maintain its low key, friendly, homespun status. Was planning a trip back and hoping to stay there again! Disappointed to learn it is now closed! Does anyone know when it will reopen?

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  13. I miss Horizon’s! Sadly the property is closed and I can’t believe any new version of what we experienced on our many visits could be any better. Please bring her back!

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  14. Great food. eg. you can choose to have your complimentary breakfast on your patio. You can also purchase a dine around option which allows you a choice of restaurants for dinner. One thing to remember is that they have a fairly strict dress code in some places. One night where this doesn’t apply is the Friday night BBQ which is highly recommended. Everything else, be it service or facilities was of a similarly high standard. I would have no hesitation in recommending Horizons to anyone.

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  15. We had a lovely large room which was exceptionally clean and freshly decorated. The air conditioning was excellent, which isn’t often the case. This one was quiet and efficient. The whole place had a lovely colonial feel to it which is nicely rounded off by the serving of complimentary tea at 4 in the afternoon. A very relaxing experience.

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  16. Stayed in the beautiful manor house, although the cottages also looked very appealing. There’s a 9 hole golf course on site or if you prefer you can use the facilities at the Coral Beach Club nearby. You are also very close to Elbow Beach and all its amenities. Needless to say the service was first class in every department.

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  17. Difficult place to beat for a quiet romantic break in picturesque surroundings.

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  18. This place had loads of character and is ideal if you are looking for one of Bermuda’s more traditional resorts. We stayed in one of the lovely cottages and had a gorgeous view of the ocean. The staff are friendly and accommodating and the restaurant serves some of the best food on the island in my opinion.

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  19. Horizons and Cottages is just across the road from the Elbow Beach Hotel. I’ve stayed at both and I prefer Horizons because it feels more like a home than a hotel.
    Service is pretty good and the rooms large. There’s something on most nights and the Friday night bbq’s are not to be missed.

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