Checking In: Pompano Beach Club
Article Published on 27 June, 2013
Plenty of fun family activities. Mouth-watering cuisine. The wide expanse of the ocean, right in front of you.
Welcome to Bermuda's Pompano Beach Club. Tucked away from a main road, this 75-room hotel provides an oasis on the island's southwest shore.
"Our setting is dramatic," says Tom Lamb, Managing Director of the family-owned and operated hotel. "[We're] perched on a hill overlooking this incredibly colourful water."
Every room in the property has an ocean view, with suites and recently renovated deluxe rooms perfect for families on vacation or couples taking a romantic escape. Golfers too will be pleased with Pompano Beach Club's proximity to the neighbouring Port Royal Golf Course, home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
Pompano Beach Club's setting is unique in that it's located on a large sandbar, with a shallow waterfront extending out into the Atlantic. "You can literally walk at low tide about 300 or 400 yards out," says Tom.
Of course, one of the best ways to enjoy Bermuda's refreshing turquoise blue waters is to grab a kayak or paddleboard and head on out. Pompano Beach Club has a Watersports Centre open mid-May through October with everything from masks and snorkels to water tricycles and glass-bottom kayaks for two.
With colourful fish to spot underwater and frolicking on the shallow sandbar, there's no shortage of excitement for children here. The game room at the hotel is also quite popular. It is close to the beach area, so parents can enjoy a bit of time to themselves while the kids play.
In the summer season, the hotel organises entertainment and themed events such as sandcastle building to s'mores on the beach after sunset. Speaking of sunsets, you may be inclined to watch them all right here at Pompano Beach Club during your hotel stay.
During the day, explore the island with a shuttle system that is "on demand when you want to go," says Tom. The shuttle provides a quick jaunt to Port Royal Golf Course, other South Shore beaches and the Royal Naval Dockyard.
Also just minutes from the Rockaway ferry terminal, Pompano Beach Club guests can take a scenic boat ride to the City of Hamilton for a day of shopping or night on the town.
A trip to Bermuda is not complete without sampling some of our world-class dining. At Pompano Beach Club, guests don't have to venture far to find it.
"We really have some outstanding cuisine," says Tom. "Our chef is in his 17th year with us." Two restaurants offer dinner, Cedar Room and Ocean Grill, both serving up coastal views alongside superb meals. Dining at the Cedar Room is always a treat, as the menu changes every night. Popping into Coral Reef Café for lunch is also a must.
Besides the food, another draw that keeps guests coming back to Pompano Beach Club is the dedicated staff. Many of them have worked at the property for several years; for repeat visitors, "They know our staff and they like the way they're treated," says Tom. In fact, joining Tom at the helm is his brother Larry, General Manager at Pompano Beach Club.
"This is our family business, " says Tom. "It really matters to us that people have a good time."
Between delicious meals and awe-inspiring views, a stay at Pompano is sure to be fun-filled. The Lamb brothers will personally see to it.