Catch the best of Bermuda

By Amy Rosoman

Title photography by Scott Dunn

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January 2018

The Bermuda isles are the optimal blend of rejuvenation and adventure. Sandy pink beaches, cool-off cabanas and ocean spas make for ultimate unwinding moments. Take to the action with watersports, golfing greens, cycling trails and cliff jumping challenges. Polish off the day with a Dark ‘N’ Stormy, as you watch the sun go down.

Colourful coves

Whether you’re a toe-dipper or a full body plunger, the turquoise waters and blushing sand beaches of Bermuda will soothe your soul. Discover the iconic Horseshoe Bay, with its powder-soft cove of pink sand. Head to the snorkelling paradise of Tobacco Bay, to explore the extraordinary rock formations and thriving sea life. Elbow Beach is a popular place to be, with beach volleyball games, sun bathers and kite surfers – you can choose to soak up the views or join in the fun. Or enjoy the shallow waters and family-friendly shores of Shelly Bay and take a picnic. Warwick Long Bay is a beach dream for strolls and topaz oceans, just watch the strong current when the wind is up.

Where to stay: Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa – for its selection of beautiful beaches. Jump on a boat to nearby private islands, sunbathe on pink sands and cool off in the topaz ocean. Take a whirl at water skiing, jet skiing or venture off the shores in a sea kayak. Watch the crimson sunset from the waterfront restaurant, Breezes. Dine alfresco and sip on a Rum Swizzle, the perfect way to finish your day.

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Polish off the day with a Dark ‘N’ Stormy, as you watch the sun go down

Island insiders

The isles of Bermuda may be small, yet there is an abundance of intriguing sights to see. Venture to The Dockyard for a slice of history and rum cake, then stop by the Frog & Onion, the only craft Brewery in Bermuda. Wander the charming streets in St. George for the pastel-hue houses. Find your way to the edge of town to St. Catherine’s Fort and enjoy sweeping views with historical highlights. Head down to the harbourside of Hamilton, then make your way to Gibbs Hill Lighthouse for a panoramic island lookout. Make time to cycle along the awe-inspiring railway trail, visit the enchanting Crystal Caves and explore the serene beauty of Walsingham Nature Reserve.

Where to stay: Grotto Bay Beach Resort – For the enchanting spa cave and sensational landscape. Enjoy the tranquillity of a spa like no other, in the bliss of a calming cave. Savour the captivating ocean views and make the most of the All Inclusive option, at the only All Inclusive hotel in Bermuda. With its great location, the Crystal Caves, Swizzle Inn and Blue Hole Park are just a short walk away.

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Signature refreshments

Bermuda is home to many mouth-watering dishes and tantalising drinks. Head over to Swizzle Inn for the signature Rum Swizzle, a scrumptious treat that isn’t too sweet. The staple meal you must-try is the fish sandwich. Enjoy one at Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy, fried fish in soft raisin bread, drizzled with tartar sauce – add cheese and coleslaw for the full experience and grab a ginger beer to wash it down. Discover delicious bites at Miles Market and create your perfect picnic for a beach day. Try the orange sorbet to go, the perfect scoop for sunny days. Find your way to Achilles Bay for a Dark ‘N’ Stormy sun downer cocktail, with a delicious red snapper dish at The Beach House at Blackbeard’s. You’ll find one of the best sunset spots here.

Where to stay: Hamilton Princess & Beach Club – for an urban sanctuary with dazzling views of Hamilton Harbour. Enjoy the world-class menu at Marcus’, from lobster tacos, to fresh catches and jerk flavours. Unwind at the oceanfront 1609 restaurant and try the Bermuda Mai Tai, just check the seasonal openings here. Hamilton city is in walking distance, making it easy to explore a vast choice of eateries and bars, in this culinary destination.

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An array of adventure

If you’re not one for lounging around every day of your break away, Bermuda is bursting with activities to liven up your senses. Explore some of the best dive sites of shipwrecks, coral and marine life. From the incredible Hermes wreck out from Horseshoe Bay, to the sensational reefs and creatures at Tarpon Hole, this place is a scuba diving haven. Enjoy an array of watersports across the isles, windsurfing, paddle boarding, guided sea kayaking, spots for snorkelling or sail out to the horizon on a sunset cruise. If adrenaline activities are for you, Bermuda is a hot spot for cliff jumping. Discover the heights of Canon at Admiralty House Park or Blue Hole Lake at Tom Moore’s Jungle.

Where to stay: Newstead Belmont Hills – for plenty of activities to keep you on the move. Play to match point on the tennis courts, take a swing on the golf course or rent a bicycle and hit the railway trail. When you want to explore, hop on the water shuttle over to Hamilton. After sporty days, or taking time out to venture the Bermuda isles, you can rejuvenate in the spa. Dine in the incredible Beau Rivage restaurant, to replenish your energy.

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Putt like a pro

Make the most of a real golfing utopia, with six world-class courses, a variety of terrain and vast sea views – you’ll want to play away your Bermuda days. Make for a challenging game at Turtle Hill, brilliant for players of all levels. Head to Belmont Hills for its tough handicap and look across the green for mesmerising views. Watch out for the tricky hole at number 16 on the popular Port Royal Golf Course, or take a swing on the first 18-hole golf course in Bermuda at Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club. Choose a different course each day, experience serene sea views next to one hole, then tee off by palm trees at the next.

Where to stay: Fairmont Southampton – for the award-winning Turtle Hill Golf Club. Take to the green as much or as little as you like with a stay here. When you’re not playing the rounds, relax under beach cabanas, or go for a snorkel in the crystal-clear sea. Be pampered in the spa, or head to the PADI centre and get your scuba diving kit on to discover Bermuda’s mesmerising underwater world.

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