Recently, Mike and I took a trip to Bermuda for our 15 year anniversary. We were looking for a great resort, a direct flight from Charlotte, and something with a beach as well as a pool. We ended up selecting Bermuda because of the time of year—it’s hurricane season in the Carribbean, but was still peak season in Bermuda. We hadn’t been before and it really blew us away!
It is a very unique place geographically. Arriving in Bermuda, you see nothing but ocean, ocean, ocean. It’s so gorgeous and expansive with nothing around it.
Bermuda consists of seven main islands connected by bridges and more than 100 smaller islands. The territory is divided into nine parishes and has an estimated population of 63,000 people.
Bermuda – Eat!
We ate well there, but it all felt light and healthy. A few people asked me what kind of food it was—very similar to the Carribbean. Fresh, with lots of seafood.
Where we ate:
The Pink Beach Club is breezy and casual with fresh fish, creative cocktails, and light bites. It was at our resort, but is a popular destination for evenings and weekend brunches. Most of my pictures are from breakfast and lunch but their dinner was great, too—we ate there a couple of nights.
Some locals let us know about Bolero and it was so great. It was Spanish tapas, so something different and delicious! They had a large list of vegetarian options as well as gluten-free.
This spot is in the Rosewood. It is a more upscale place but very fresh and in a gorgeous setting. The food had an island vibe—jerk pork, flame grilled and dry rubbed steaks, tiger shrimp curry and fresh-caught fish.
Both of these restaurants are in the Hamilton Princess hotel, which is worth seeing. 1609 is very slightly more casual and sits up a level so you have fantastic water views. Their food uses seasonal ingredients and there was a good amount of locally sourced seafood on the menu. Intrepid is right by the water with indoor and outdoor seating, and is an upscale steak and seafood spot with a raw bar. I’d recommend either of these spots.
Bermuda – Stay
We stayed at the Loren at Pink Beach, which has 45 suites and opened a few years ago. Interestingly, Bermuda has so much history that this was the first new luxury hotel built in Bermuda in almost 50 years! It is set on a quiet corner of Bermuda’s southern coast with uninterrupted views of the Atlantic.
The Loren has a world-class art collection including contemporary paintings, sculptures and works of mixed-media by artists such as Vik Muniz and Los Carpinteros. The collection adorns public spaces as well as guest rooms, suites and villas.
One of the reason I picked this spot was that all 45 suites have views of the Atlantic. The hotel’s outdoor space includes two pools, cabanas and an untouched stretch of signature Bermuda-pink sand beach for guests to use. Amenities include a nice gym and a spa.
The service was wonderful here, and I’d definitely stay here again. The other spot I’d like to try next time would be the Rosewood, where we visited for dinner and liked.
Bermuda – See & Do
We did get out and explore a good bit while we were there. It’s a great city, with very friendly locals, and lots to see and do. The public bus is a great way to get around, as are the taxis.
What we loved:
Shopping near Front Street
It’s definitely worth spending some time shopping around Hamilton near Front Street. Some of my favorite spots were Atelerie & Partners, The Island Shop, and Della Valle Sandals. There are also many coffee and lunch spots to keep you going.
Pedago e-Bike Tour in St. George’s
We spent a few hours one day biking around historic St. George’s which was absolutely a must-do. Our guide was fantastic and showed us all the shortcuts and backroads to the best views! This is a great way to see everything on the must-do list: the Bermuda Railway Trail, The Unfinished Church, Tobacco Bay, Ferry Beach, Building Bay Beach and so much more. Below are some snaps from our bike tour:
Taking in the Scenes
Most of our time was spent sitting by the pool and just relaxing 🙂 The weather is perfect and you can’t beat those ocean views. Bermuda had the most gorgeous sunsets, so that was an amazing way to cap off the days!
Hope everyone has a great rest of their week!