Wyndham Bermuda Resort and Spa

The Wyndham (Sonesta) has been demolished. It could be redeveloped in the future. In the meantime why not check out The Reefs or the Fairmont Southampton. Both hotels are in the same area and have great reputations.

The Wyndham closed at the end of October 2006. In 2007 the resort was purchased by Scout Real Estate Capital of New York. They demolished the property with the intention of building a new $300 million 5-star hotel on the site. In 2008 the plans were scrapped when Lehman Brothers, the main financier, filed for bankruptcy. In March 2013 the site was purchased by the Green family of Bermuda. They are currently considering options for its future development. The family also owns the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.

The Wyndham Bermuda Resort and Spa offers an oceanfront setting and 33 acres of landscaped grounds surrounding three natural beaches in Southampton Parish. Previously the Sonesta, the hotel has undergone major refurbishment since being purchased by Wyndham International.

One of the most significant features of the hotel is its water park, Wahoo! The park offers one main pool; three family activity pools; a 110-foot body slide; two river rides including a 188-foot ride through caves and an infinity Jacuzzi with room for up to 30. Other amenities include the Cedar Spa with separate male and female spas, a gymnasium, relaxation lounges, sauna and steam bath.

With 4 restaurants to choose from diners are spoilt for choice. At Chameleon, where the décor changes with the menu, guests can enjoy American and International cuisine indoors or al fresco. Sazanami serves a full sashimi, nigiri and sushi menu while the Tip Toe Lounge offers a full beverage service and pub style food throughout the day. The Pearl Onion is an outdoor lounge area, overlooking the water park, serving refreshing beverages, lunch and dinner.

All rooms feature individual climate controls, cable TV, safes, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, air-conditioning, bathrobes, bathroom amenities, coffeemakers, high-speed internet access, voicemail, and patios or balconies.

The hotel is located on the South Road in Southampton Parish. Attractions nearby include Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Horseshoe Bay, the Port Royal Golf Course and the Railway Trail. Bus stops are close by offering easy access to Hamilton and the Royal Naval Dockyard. Those who wish to explore Bermuda at their own pace can rent a scooter from Smatt’s Cycle Livery.

The Wyndham Bermuda Resort also offers shoeshine, babysitting, computer rentals, hairdressing, valet laundry service, tour assistance, and a complimentary children’s program.

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  1. My late wife and I honeymooned at the Carlton Beach in October of 1965. WE went back to Bermuda with friends in 1975 and stayed at the Elbow Beach. The accommodations there were terrible. The Carlton was perfect from the beach to the pool and ocean views from our room The dining room was beautiful, the food excellent and the friendliness of the staff was incredible.
    We never got to the Sonesta but from the posts it appears that they maintained the same level of service, food ambiance. Sad to see it gone…..

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  2. We spent our honeymoon at Sonesta Beach 1985. We loved it., stayed in the rooms off to a single hallway to the side. Had a inside pool. Sad to hear this has since closed. What is it now, property is empty? We will be cruising in early November and want to take a walk and see the moongate. Any chance that is still there?

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  3. We enjoyed our honeymoon here for 1 week on 16 August 1970. Attempted to go back on out 40th only to see it was no longer available so we stayed at the Princess Fairmont and had a wonderful time. The island sure has changed in those 40 years. Now with our 50th approaching we would have returned but now it looks like it will be another island resort.

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  4. my wife and i honeymooned at the sonesta in 1971 in room 308. went back to bermuda on a cruise in 1996. went back to check it out then it was great. to bad nothing stays the same.

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  5. My husband and I spent our honeymoon at The Carlton Beach June 1967. What fond memories. We were back in 2001 on a cruise and went to see the hotel. Nice changes were made. This year we celebrated our 50th but chose not to go back. We wanted to keep those memories.

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    • We also spent our honeymoon at the Carlton Beach in September 1968. It was beautiful. Been back to Bermuda a few times and are going on a cruise in September there for our 50th Anniv. So sorry to hear the resort was demolished. Wanted to revisit and retake a photo by the “wedding ring” behind the hotel. I still remember Elliott, the singing doorman!

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    • My wife & I spent our honeymoon at the Sonesta Beach Hotel in Bermuda in August 1986.
      It was a beautiful property and I am sad to hear that it no longer exists.
      We just celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary!
      Our good friends that we met on our honeymoon at the Sonesta are now divorced.

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  6. My husband & I honeymooned there in September 1986. I was so sad to hear they tore it down. We had a great time there. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with stage 4 bone cancer and all he talks about is the Sonesta. I hope that anyone who was there will remember their memories

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    • I and my husband had enjoyed the Sonesta was well. We honeymooners there in 91 and returned in 93. Have since gone on a few cruises to Bermuda and always pass to see that nothing has been rebuilt. It was a wonderful vacation spot.

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    • We were there in 1997 as a family. Had a delightful stay. When we went back to Bermuda in 2006 we were disappointed to see that it had been mothballed. I had tried to make reservations before our arrival. Someone mentioned that there were problems with the building and that it had been more or less condemned. One of the best sites for a resort anywhere. I used to love looking over the cliff when cooling off after my runs.

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    • I stayed at the Sonesta with my family when I was 16 years old back in 1977. Just now looked it up for a potential trip and was saddened to hear the news of its closing. That trip with my family was the first time ever drove. The mopeds were great. I have fond memories.

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    • Yes!! We went with our kids and loved it so much we got our luggage off the plane and went back to the hotel for another 4 days! Cannot believe it’s gone.

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    • We got married in 1980. We had our honeymoon at Sonesta Beach! We went back for our 25 years anniversary. It was restored because of the hurricane. And then called Wyndham. It was like life went so fast. Had two girls and now 7 grandchildren! We have great memories and so many pictures.

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    • I was there with my wife and 3 children. Are friends own the property and also have a home adjacent to the what was the Sonesta Beach Hotel. We still have great memories being there in the early 1990’s.

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  7. I stayed at the Sonesta Beach hotel in 1990 and 1997. Wonderful room with ocean view and “honey arch”. Had a great time. Miss it. 🙁

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  8. My husband and I honeymooned there in 1975. Still married (almost 41 years). Beautiful hotel and grounds…..remember the Obso Lounge…..underwater bar, so cool.
    Met some other newlyweds; we all had a great time together.
    So sad to learn if its’ demise.

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  9. My husband and I stayed at The Carlton Beach Resort for our honeymoon, back in 1969!! He had just returned from Vietnam the month before. It was so beautiful and impressive. …When we cruised for the first time for our 45th Anniversary a few years ago, we were on a bus going to “our” Horseshoe Bay Beach, and drove by the old site. Just rubble now, and wonderful memories !! ♡♡♡♡

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  10. We stayed at the Sonesta for our honeymoon in 1981 and loved it.. Went back for our 25th and it was closed… Sad to hear it’s all gone now but the property is beautiful hopefully something new will sprout up for new good memories.

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  11. honeymooned 6/1985 at Sonesta. It was so romantic. Unfortunately we divorced 1990 & didn’t see eachother til this past Thanksgiving. We’ve been together ever since & plan to remarry. We wanted to have wedding at Sonesta since it was so beautiful with many great memories.

    Haven’t seen eachother till this past Nov. We’ve
    been dating ever since &
    plan to remarry.

    was sadden to hear Sonesta is no longer there. We wanted to remarry at Sonesta the same place we honeymooned & made great memories.

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  12. We had a fabulous Girls week in July of 2003 at the Sonesta, stayed in Room 210 planned to make it a yearly trip we had so much fun, we loved the hotel and the piano bar across the road, 2 weeks after our trip the Hurricane hit the hotel, we were so sad.
    We hope to return to Bermuda but it won’t ever be the same.

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  13. Spent our honeymoon at the Sonesta in June 1970. Very good hotel with none of the added attractions stated by others as that appears to cheapen the hotel value and quiet sourrandings. At that time they were lowering an under water containment bar but did not see it completed. Returned to Bermuda 8/8/15 via Royal Caribbean Cruise and like others was saddened to see the hotel was gone. Hope they replace it with an enjoyable hotel.

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    • I spent my honeymoon at the Sonesta Beach Hotel as well! Have visited the island a dozen times since and stayed at Sonesta numerous times until the sad day when it was demolished as the Wyndham!! Visited last year and sat at Henry The 8th and looked down at a very ’empty and sad’ plot of empty land!! I could fill a book with memories of that hotel quite easily!! Sigh! I might suggest to rent an apartment as we have recently on our trips to the beautiful island!!

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    • We also honeymooned at the Sonesta in June 1970. We have many fond memories of the resort and it’s amenities including the moongate.

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  14. We spent our honeymoon at the Carlton/Sonesta Beach hotel in July of 1969. We had hoped to return for our 50th Anniversary in 2019. It looks like that won’t be possible and that’s a shame because we enjoyed a wonderful stay and came away with terrific memories. Memories so vivid that they seem like yesterday.

    Does anyone have a recommendation as to where we might stay to celebrate our 50 years together?

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    • The Hamilton Princess in town is really nice and you can walk all over plus they have the ferry to get you across to their other property for the beautiful beach

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    • I started to work at the Carton Beach as Reservations Secretary in 1968 and most likely had something to do with your hotel reservation for your honeymoon, even though the hotel was then called the Sonesta in 1969.

      After my return to Canada and when I got married I had a hard time to convince my husband to visit Bermuda but eventually won, albeit not for the honeymoon but many years later. He loved the place and we stayed at Surf Side Beach because I had seen the place being built while I was living in Bermuda. I had promised myself that if I would ever visit in later years that’s where I would want to stay. Needless to say, he loved it and we stayed at different places at other times.

      I’m sure you can find a suitable place for your anniversary visit to Bermuda either through googling or a reliable travel agent.

      Happy Anniversary.

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    • We are going to the Pompano Beach Club along the same road this coming weekend June 2018 as it was highly recommended.

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  15. My wife and I shared our honeymoon at this property in 1968. I’m pretty sure it was called the Carlton Beach back then. We had not been back to Bermuda until this past year (2014) and we stayed at the St George’s Cottages. We have wonderful memories of the location, the beautiful beaches and the great motorized bicycle rides around the island. I hope some new quality resort is built on the site.

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    • I was a waiter there at the time you have been at the Carlton Beach Hotel.
      Yea, I had a great time on the Bermudas. I was the only blond man (from Switzerland)
      in the service brigade: all others > Italians!

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  16. After 30 years of having done my internship there to graduate college in 1984 to become a travel agent/manager we returned last month to see the site. I knew it had been demolished (being a travel agent) but I just had to see the site. I was very saddened as this was a great resort, and a lot of awesome memories with the staff and customers. It is such a shame that it closed.

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  17. A planning application has been submitted for a second beach club on the site of the former Sonesta/Wyndham. It will provide an additional facility for guests staying at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.

    Plans for another beach club at the site were approved in April 2014.

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    • My Dad, Don Lancaster was the engineer in charge of building this hotel for the Sonnabends, the owners of Sonesta hotels. I was present for the grand opening when they flew my dad’s Bermuda shorts from the flag pole. I later stayed there for my honeymoon. I’ll miss that place.

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  18. I was in Bermuda in June 2014. The site of the Sonesta hotel is just vacant land.

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    • What happened to that hotel? My wife and I went there when we got married and loved it there. We have such memories of that hotel .

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      • It closed and has been demolished as noted in the text above.

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  19. My parents took me to Sonesta for my 21st.birthday in September 1980. It was my first airplane ride and first time out of the States. I returned
    two more times over the years including my last trip when Hurricane Fabian hit. I’m going to miss the hotel, best times of my life.
    Anyone have any photos of what the site looks like now?

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    • If you go to youtube and type in “old sonesta hotel site bermuda” in there are two videos showing the grounds and no main hotel building. I too miss this hotel and miss even more the old Inverurie hotel and Belmont hotel. Hope this helps answers your question.

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      • How very odd. I just was watching one of these yesterday.

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  20. Went here about 8 years ago and had the best experience one could have in Bermuda. The full sushi bar, poolside bar, water park, and spa really made the hotel. Seeing the building of a new hotel in the same location would be wonderful. Such a shame to hear it’s gone.

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  21. Spectacular hotel , very large, nice pools where I used to lounge and swim at day and night. Very found memories, would have liked to visit it again but maybe for the better since I`ve put on quite a bit of poundage and probably would have scared away anyone who wanted to go for a swim……ahhhh the memories.

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  22. My wife and I spent our honeymoon there in August 1992. Beautiful memories were made. Thought we might go back for our 20th anniversary, so we’re very sorry to hear that its gone.

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  23. Surprised to find out the Sonesta is gone, was a nice honeymoon in 1990. Now, the marriage is gone as is the hotel. Remarried now and would love to return to Bermuda to make bad memories into fabulous memories!

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    • Hey Michigander, I too had a bad experience at the old Sonesta. On my motorbike on the way down the hill, I lost control and knocked out all my front teeth. What a way to remember Sonesta and Bermuda by. And the teeth still didn`t grow back.

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      • Sorry to hear about that. Hope your other memories are good.

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  24. In the summer of 1990 my wife and I along with my two and six year old daughters took our first trip to Bermuda and stayed at the Sonesta. The hotel was chosen for us by our travel agent as it was a family friendly hotel that catered not only to the business traveler but also to families with children. As others have mentioned it would be hard to find a more friendly staff than that of the Sonesta’s and as a result of how comfortable we were made to feel we have returned to Bermuda each summer since, staying at the Sonesta for the next 15 years and one year at the Wyndham.Once the hotel changed ownership the feeling of one big family also disappeared as the staff was reduced by cuts or voluntary departures.The restaurants were never the same and the activities that one could count on like evening movies and bingo and horse racing games were a thing of the past. The new pool and slides in spite of being wonderful for the kids was a bit much and reminded me of water parks in Orlando. Kenny moved to somewhere in Georgia and Dereck I last heard was working at the Southampton Princess, Glen Woods, the Bell-Hop captain has his own business and lives right above the Sonesta grounds on Sentinel Hill. Also Restaurant manager Anthony Santucci also is still on the island. Now twenty-one years later my grown daughters and my wife and I still return each summer staying at the St. Georges Club in St. George and at a smaller but quite nice hotel in Hamilton called the Rosemont. As a result of the wonderful treatment that we received throughout the fifteen years that we spent as guests at the Sonesta from 1990 till 2005 we have come to view Bermuda as our home away from home.

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  25. I’ve been to the Sonesta 1992 and 1993 and had a great time. It was fun to hang out with Kenny (can’t remember his last name) at the Beach, as well as with Glenn and Mark Johnson at the secret "employees’ beach". I wonder were they ended up working now? It’s a wonderful location down there – hope somebody will take care of it soon!

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  26. My wife and I honeymooned at both the Sonesta Beach (6 nights) and the Marriott Castle Harbour (5 nights). It seems both are now gone….so sad. We loved both, but the Sonesta Beach had the better location.

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  27. Worked at the Sonesta Beach Resort & Spa from "88 to "91 and they were some of the best years of my life. The hotel staff was awesome and we had a great time. I wish Sonesta would take it back and rebuild. Always dreamed of working there again!

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  28. Have been to Bermuda many times starting back in 1981 and have stayed at various places but the absolute most memorable stay was at Sonesta. Our family stayed there in 1998, probably at its height as a resort, and we had a great time. Our kids still talk about it and always ask me what’s up with the Sonesta. We have been back and always moped past to see if anything is happening to the property.I remember most the children’s program. We have never traveled anywhere where my wife and I felt so comfortable leaving the kids with the staff of the children’s program (Alex from Australia – was the man)and be able to relax on the beach. The kids would come running up to us and tell us how things went and what they were doing after lunch. Sad, so sad. How does something like that happen? Will it rise again????

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  29. Was there in June of 1993 on my "honeymoon". A few years later my ex turned up gay; we divorced. I was in Bermuda June 2010 and saw that the Sonesta had been leveled. Sorry to those who loved it, but I cracked up!

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  30. I stayed at the Sonesta on my honeymoon in 1990. Started looking it up again with the hurricane hitting Bermuda today (9/2010). Am really sad to hear that it has been destroyed. The staff back then was indeed exceptional. So much courtesy. I remember the honeymoon package that had 7 course meals, pictures in the arch, and then a special get together for honeymooners with an island band and that special rum punch they make there.

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    • I was there on my honeymoon in 1988. We had our picture taken in the arch, too. So sad to hear that the Sonesta is gone. It was spectacular! I have photographs and memories, though.

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  31. Ah, the childhood memories of Sonesta Beach in 1970. At least we have the home movies.

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  32. Stayed there in 1994 and loved the Sonesta. After suffering major hurricane damage in 2003 Wyndham tried to make a go of the re-built hotel and no luck. Its says today on the Bermuda Tourism website that the property is being demolished and will re-open in 2011. But it will not be the same. Loved that property!

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  33. Hey Christine, Castle Harbour Hotel is open now but it`s called Tuckers Point Hotel. It`s all been redone.

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  34. We stayed at the Sonesta many times over the years in our 13 trips to Bermuda from 1991-2002 when we took a few years off to have children. Now we are ready to go back and all our favorite places have disappeared! How we long to go back to one of those big beautiful hotels. We have stayed all over the island from Grotto Bay to Elbow Beach but our favorite and most frequently visited was by far Sonesta for its absolutely phenomenal staff, breathtaking location and best kept secret "the employees’ beach". So sad to see it gone. Don’t forget another island classic also gone by the wayside; the Castle Harbor, another sadly missed property closed now for many years. Eager to hear more about the "Southampton Beach Resort".

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  35. Was there in April. It’s completely demolished and not even finished cleaning up the debris. Very, very sad. There are no plans to do anything at the moment and most likely not until next year from the looks of the demolition.

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  36. We have so many wonderful memories of the Sonesta when we stayed there for our 25th anniversary in 1983. We loved the pool with the dome, the staff, and food.

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  37. Was just in Bermuda in June 2010. Nothing is being built on the site of the Wyndham/Sonesta. Local guides state that nothing is planned as of now.

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  38. Hey JPP, how can you build and open a resort in less than one year starting from nothing? I don`t know about your statement.

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  39. Good news everyone that is so sad this building is gone. It is under construction now and will open in the summer of 2010 as the Southampton Beach Resort. Stay tuned.

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  40. What a shame that the building could not be saved. It was such a simple yet beautiful structure that will cost a fortune to rebuild. The loss of all the lovely staff is such a shame.

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  41. We spent our honeymoon at the Sonesta in 1973 and was hoping to go back for our 37th wedding anniversary and to renew our wedding vows. So disappointed that Sonesta in no longer. We had such a wonderful time there.

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  42. Looks like "Southampton Beach Resort" will reopen in 2011

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  43. We just found out about closing of Sonesta. We stayed there in 1980 and were looking forward to a 2nd honeymoon in 2010. We’re so disappointed.

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  44. My wife and I honeymooned at the Sonesta in 1985. It was paradise! We are so disappoined it is no longer open and that we cannot visit the Sonesta for our 25th anniversary in 2010.

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  45. I am happy the Wyndham is gone. I absolutely loved the Sonesta. It was truly paradise and the staff was exceptional. Then the Wyndham came in and made it like a Howard Johnson hotel. Compared to the Sonesta – not even the same league. Staff was horrible and rude, food went downhill, the water slides, great for the kids, but for the fact that there were so many people not staying at the hotel using them. And the kids program was not up to par. I don’t like to ever leave kids, but to have 1 lunch or dinner where you know the kids are so looking forward to their special time never happened. Glad the Wyndham is closed. I wished a company like Intercontinental could’ve come in and made it just like it was in the Sonesta days!

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  46. I am absolutely heartsick over this news. I loved the Sonesta, loved the people, loved staying there. What has become of the Bermuda I knew and loved. Will the South P be next. The staff of the Sonesta was exceptional. I new the hotel was doomed when they filled in the pool and built that ridiculous water park. Who ever is in charge of Bermuda’s tourism department better take a long hard look back at the 70’s and 80’s when Bermuda was loaded with middle class families who enjoyed a yearly vacation to Bermuda. I am so sad that my children will never experience "my Bermuda" How very sad for Bermuda and the Sonesta.

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  47. Wow! I can’t believe they just tore this place down! My husband and I celebrated our 20th anniversary there and had a great time. It was much more affordable and family friendly than Elbow Beach (which is where we honeymooned). I was searching for the Wyndham as a recommendation to my child’s teacher who will be traveling to Bermuda this summer. I’m shocked to find this out. Was it hit in 2005? We were there in 2006 and it seemed fine! I really hope they put up something similar in its place and not price out the "common folk".

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  48. The Wyndham hotel has been demolished and nothing has replaced it. Had a look in June 2009 and nothing going on.

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  49. Any updates? So was the hotel leveled? Is there a new hotel in its place? That cove was incredible and the location was perfect. What is happening on the property?

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  50. I got married there in 2005. What a shame to see it torn down. It was truly a beautiful day and experience.

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  51. I was there in 2000, 2003 and 2005 and watched it change hands from Sonesta to Wyndham. I’ll be honest, it was the best as the Sonesta. They closed it because it was hit by a hurricane. The last time we went was in 2005 and they had half of the resort open, the other half was being worked on due to the hurricane damage (it was hit the hardest on the island) they have pictures in the lobby bar. from what I had heard, there was just too much damage to repair it, so they are tearing it down to rebuild it. I just hope it comes back to what we all loved and knew.

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  52. I didn’t get to the Wyndham but enjoyed the Sonesta. My husband and I found the hotel and staff to be wonderful and the best vacation that we had ever had. The site is amazing and I look forward to returning. I am sorry to hear that it is being torn down.
    Dianne Justis Nickel
    PO Box 55
    Locustville VA 23404

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  53. Is it still closed? Why did it close? We stayed there in May, 2006 and loved it.

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  54. We stayed at Wyndham and loved it. It was the best family vacation we have ever been on. I enjoyed it very much and wish you didn’t have to close it and give it a makeover. Please don’t make it so expensive we can afford it. I look forward to seeing the new work being done to it.

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  55. The Wyndham/ Sonesta is situated on the most prime site in all of Bermuda. The Sonesta has been our family vacation destination for fourteen years.We have seen and experienced first hand the exchange of ownership and it’s effects on the hotel over the years. We certainly miss the atmosphere of the old Sonesta, have enjoyed the Wyndham experience, and look forward to many more beautiful family vacations at this wonderful hotel. You can always find tasteful accomodations, but the beauty, peace, and tranquility here is unsurpassed…..takes you away from the rush of everyday living….Thanks

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  56. Bring back the Sonesta!! We stayed at the Sonesta twice (95 & 2000), then stayed at the Wyndham (05). Mostly same staff, but it was not the charming Sonesta we had come to love!

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  57. It’s a shame it closed. The hotel had its problems but it did have the best childrens programs and activities in Bermuda.

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