Contributed By: Sheri Israel
From New York to Bermuda in just 90 minutes, wheels up, wheels down.
From concrete jungle to cascades of greens and blues, pink sand horizons, curative sun, just like that. Bermuda, a semi-tropical paradise exuding British charm. So close, yet you feel worlds away.
Bermuda. Illustrious, seemingly undiscovered—misunderstood, even. This is not the Caribbean. This is the Hamptons meets Miami, with a British twist. The climate is mild—agreeably warm in the summer months, a pleasant 60 degrees even in the winter. There is reason to visit all year long. Go for the colors alone. The sensational turquoise—to behold this hue is to feel grateful for the day. The rows of colorful homes, painted in bright yellows, greens, pinks, and purples. These colors evoke joy and vitality. This is a place that celebrates life, where each day feels special and worth treasuring.
Come golfer and boater, foodies and families. Bermuda has something for everyone: romance, culture, beach life and more. And the food, oh the food! The island’s restaurant scene is diverse and vibrant, with high caliber culinary talent serving up the unique and familiar in spectacular settings. Hotel restaurants are open to the community, so the locals eat alongside guests. This dining arrangement is a metaphor for the harmonious ethos of the entire territory. Bermuda is one very happy place.
We stayed at Fairmont Southampton, a beach resort perched on 100 acres on Bermuda’s south shore. The beautiful and grand building sits on top of a hill, affording spectacular views. It has 593 spacious rooms – the largest on the island – yet it cultivates a feeling of home. We admired the walk-in closets and warm creams and coral that make up the room’s décor before stepping onto our balcony which overlooks the sea. We sipped the Dark and Stormy cocktail that was waiting for us in our room, a tribute to the island’s signature ginger beer and rum, and again beheld the colors of beach and sky.
That evening, we dined on property, reveling in live music and toasting the night with the island’s other signature drink, the Rum Swizzle.
Breakfast, a lavish affair with decadent spreads, was enjoyed in Windows on the Sound, an elegant restaurant overlooking the property’s lush gardens. We were at the beach in minutes. We walked along the smooth sand to nearby Horseshoe Bay, regarded as one of the world’s best beaches.
You could spend your days relaxing on the picturesque sand, perhaps at Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, a luxurious and award-wining adult-only property with refined service and a variety of accommodations to choose from. Cambridge Beaches epitomizes Bermuda’s approach to hospitality by visually tracking their return guests on a large wall in the lobby (pictured below).
For a boutique beachfront retreat, it’s The Reefs on the island’s south shore. Named number one in the region by Conde Nast Traveler, it is elegant, peaceful, and pristine. Guest rooms overlook cliffs and ocean, greens and blues—the perfect setting for a wedding or another important celebration. Your only problem (a wonderful problem to have): Guests won’t want to leave.
For culture and history, explore the Royal Navy Dockyard, built in the early 19th century. Visit the National Museum, the local boutiques and food shops, or even swim with dolphins at Dolphin Quest. We sampled local delicacies, like rum cakes, artisan jellies and Wahoo, a sweet fish that tastes similar to albacore.
For dinner, be sure to try Café Lido at Elbow Beach, a luxurious beachfront resort set on pink sand and lush garden, the epitome of modern luxury. This fine-dining restaurant emphasizes Mediterranean flavors and local seafood. We enjoyed Porcini Mushrooms Crusted Sea Bass as we took in panoramic views of the ocean. The sea looked like a painting.
Where to Stay: Rosewood Bermuda
Recently renovated, Rosewood Bermuda is the centerpiece of Tucker’s Point Club, Bermuda’s premier resort, golf club, and residential community. Gracing 240 beautiful coastal acres on the island, the award-winning tropical hideaway neighbors the estates of Tucker’s Town and offers breathtaking vistas of the ocean and sound. With 88 rooms and suites, guests feel they are part of an elite club, with access to private pink-sand beaches, as well as the island’s finest amenities. They can golf, sail the ocean blue, dive to shipwrecks, play a friendly game of tennis, or “spa” to their heart’s delight within this well-appointed setting.
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- Daily Breakfast
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- Food & Beverage & Spa Credits
- Complimentary Activities
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