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BERMUDA — For every traveler, there is a perfect Bermuda.
The small Atlantic island (only 90 minutes from NYC!) offers an impressive number of options and activities for travelers — from below the sea up to the skies, with plenty to do on the ground in between (three words: pink. sand. beaches.). Bermuda's welcoming diversity is reflected in its cultures, history, and offerings, making it easy to find the hotel, restaurant, beach, and experience that's right for you. Consider this your easy-breezy cheat sheet to a perfect Bermuda getaway this holiday season (yes, there's still time to go!) or anytime.
I Need a Getaway
Sound Familiar? "I have too many emails, too many meetings, too little me-time."
Best Holiday Activity: Bermuda National Trust Christmas Walkabout in the Town of St. George is an elegant and genteel stroll back in time. Visit beautiful homes, sing carols in candlelit streets, enjoy historical re-enactments.
Best Anytime Activity: A hot stone massage (on a floating cabana! in a stunning cave!) at Natura Spa at Grotto Bay Beach Resort.
Best Beach: Astwood Cove. A totally secluded escape surrounded by rugged cliffs at the end of a steep trail. Worth the hike!
Best Hotel: Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa, an adults-only, cozy Victorian charmer on the western end of island.
Best Restaurant: Harbourfront in the City of Hamilton, for the dreamy sunsets, the view, and the incredible sushi.
Essential Souvenir: Custom-made sandals from Della Valle in Hamilton.
My Happy Family
Sound Familiar? "I can't remember the last time we sat down all together for a meal without interruptions."
Best Holiday Activity: The Sparkling Boat Parade on Christmas Day in Hamilton.
Best Anytime Activity: Jet-skiing through the Bermuda triangle, stopping to feed the fish at a half-sunken shipwreck.
Best Beach: Clearwater Beach in St. David’s, at the start of Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve, is perfect for exploring, with a stretch of pristine sand, shallow waters, a playground, and Gombeys, the beach bar and restaurant for an easy, local lunch. Shelly Bay on the North Shore has shallow waters and a protected cove, making it ideal for young swimmers.
Best Hotel: Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort and Spa has apartments that feel like homes, with kitchenettes for in-house snacking. Conveniently located, it's great for multi-generational travel. The staff is lovely at family-owned The Reefs Resort and Club, which has spacious private residences and a terrific restaurant, Coconut's, nestled in the cliffs overlooking a private beach. It’s tucked away, but close to public transportation for easy (and budget-friendly) access to the aquarium and other Bermuda attractions.
Best Restaurant: Kids can create their own pizzas at Village Pantry in Flatt’s Inlet.
I'm So in Love
Sound Familiar? "Everything about you makes me happy."
Best Holiday Activity: The annual Christmas Tree Bonfire on the beach. (Talk about lighting your fire.)
Best Anytime Activity: Horseback riding on the beach from November through March.
Best Beach: Jobson’s Cove, where dramatic cliffs encircle the beach, forming an intimate, pool-like lagoon.
Best Restaurant: Devil’s Isle is beloved by locals for its farm-to-table goodness, organic and fresh fare, excellent craft cocktails, and outstanding coffee.
Essential Souvenir: ASE body oils.
The Adrenaline Junkie
Sound Familiar? "I have never met a challenge, experience, thrill, or adventure I didn't want to try at least once."
Best Holiday Activity: Elbow Beach Christmas Day Party, where the champagne comes first, and the ocean plunge soon follows.
Best Anytime Activity: Paddle boarding to a cliff-jumping excursion.
Best Beach: Tobacco Bay beach, where Bermuda locals helped American revolutionaries steal British munitions in the Gunpowder Plot of 1775.
Best Hotel: You won't get bored at the recently renovated Hamilton Princess, a resort in the city with its own marina, a superb art collection, Marcus Samuelsson restaurant, a private beach with a beach club, and a picture-perfect infinity pool overlooking the harbor.
Best Restaurant: Huckleberry at the Rosedon Hotel serves traditional and Southern-inspired cuisine in an award-winning setting. The Pink Beach Club at The Loren is a local favorite with amazing views, a healthy farm-to-table menu, and a strong sense of place.
Essential Souvenir: TABS Bermuda shorts (for guys or gals).