Picture this: pink sand, a turquoise sea, blue skies, and pastel homes. These are some of the reasons that Bermuda is a favorite vacation destination. And, it has something for everyone.
Not all homes are pink. We found an array of pastels from eggshell blue, lavender, yellow, and mint. There is no fresh water on the island; all of the roofs have to be painted white to catch the rainwater.
For environmental reasons, only one car per family is allowed. We used taxis, vans, trolleys, and typically, our feet. And there were always scooters. Bermuda is also home to more golf courses per square mile than anywhere in the world.
During our first two nights we stayed at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital. The luscious hotel grounds, surrounded by hibiscus and oleander, are centered between harbor and town centre.
We had Afternoon Tea at the Heritage Court, located in a very British “Old World” hotel lounge. Staff treated us like royalty, without tiaras! The table: British silver tea sets, Belgian fine china, and Italian woven linen. Even a “princess” tea for children is offered with hats and a string of pearls. We tasted finger sandwiches, scones (topped with Devonshire clotted cream), cakes, and teas (a variety of 14).
The hotel’s “Happy Hour,” a weekly outdoor event, features the “Dark and Stormy,” a combo of ginger beer and rum. Almost on cue, the sun set on the harbor.
Our first dinner was at Little Venice, which The New York Times calls the best restaurant in the area and to order a Crustacean Casserole or Veal Parmigiano. Out of the blue, Tony, one of the waiters, broke out into opera. Bellissimo!
We hit the Royal Naval Dockyard, known to locals as Her Majesty’s Dockyard. From the Bermuda Maritime Museum to the Bermuda Craft Market, we were able to shop and explore at the same time.
After checking into the Fairmont Southhampton, the Princess’ sister hotel, we had a massage at its Willow Stream Spa. This gorgeous property is perched on a hill, overlooking the ocean. The view from the fitness center and spa is unlike any other in town.
After being shuttled by a trolley, we dined at The Waterlot Inn, an AAA Four Diamond restaurant, where we found the best steaks/ prime rib on the island! Passing a fireplace, a winding staircase, and a baby grand with candelabra, we dined with a view of Jew’s Bay. This is where Bermuda’s original Jewish residents settled.
You can’t miss the simulated underwater Titanic experience at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. It a seven-minute ride in an enclosed capsule, about 10 feet wide.
After a stop at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo, we lunched at the original Swizzle Inn, Bermuda’s oldest pub with live jazz day and night. Home of the original rum swizzles, they keep the recipe a secret not even our crackerjack journalists could break.
Our final dinner was at The Ocean Club, perched on a coral cliff overlooking the Atlantic. We walked up a staircase to this beautiful Mediterranean-looking haven, known for seafood with an Asian twist.
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