It’s that time of year where the long awaited January paycheck has come in and the weather is looking quite grim. With Christmas out the way it’s natural for us to start thinking about our summer holidays and longing for some beaches and sunshine, the warm hug of humidity on our skin and some exotic food.
Call me biased, I do live here, but here’s why I think you should put the Maldives and Tulum aside and think about a visit to Bermuda this summer.
For my American readers out there, Bermuda maybe isn’t such a random summer holiday, being only a 2 hour flight from both New York and Miami, it’s a popular Hamptons-style destination.
But for the UK, it’s not somewhere you might think of straight away. In fact, Bermuda is only a 6.5 hour flight across the Atlantic, straight from Gatwick and the beaches rival that of the Maldives and Mauritius (I’m not kidding, if you’ve seen my Instagram you will know just how crystal clear and stone free the beaches are – no filter needed).
I remember our first weekend here and we took a trip to Cooper’s Island, I nearly cried with how beautiful the location was – I thought at the time that I’d never seen such a beautiful view.
It’s quite literally paradise…
Whilst not quite an island in the Caribbean, it’s classed as one and you can pretty much guarantee good weather through May to October – I don’t think it rained once in August last year!
It’s early February as I write this and I am quite happily in a pair of shorts and tee shirt so you can be sure that you get a pretty lovely summer vacation to top up the tan.
If you’re sensitive to the heat I would recommend coming just out of season as July and August can get pretty unbearable thanks to the humidity – it might say 30 degrees but the real feel is more like 36 at times and you can feel like you need 3000 showers a day.
It’s no secret that Bermuda is a luxury holiday destination and yes, you will need a fair bit of cash to come here as the cost of living is one of the highest in the world (think $7 a loaf of bread) but it’s perfect for a special honeymoon or a romantic get a way with many hotels offering some fantastic packages.
The spas on the island are also unrivalled, either at The Loren or the The Rosewood, it’s a popular celebrity get away spot due to the privacy and standard of service (many Bermudians won’t look twice at Catherine Zeta-Jones walking down the street – her husband Michael is Bermudian!).
You can also check out The Hamilton Princess for art tours of the hotel featuring original Picasso’s and Damien Hurst’s. It really is a place that you will be showing pictures of to your friends and family for years to come.
Bermuda is one of the safest countries in the world relatively speaking there’s no doubt about it. In general the average GDP means petty crime is extremely low and you won’t have people trying to flog you fake Louis Vuittons or souvenirs on the street.
Tourists are advised to watch their handbags on the back of their mopeds (you can’t rent a car in Bermuda – but you don’t really need to) but in reality this is just good practice and really you won’t find yourself feeling vulnerable.
The locals are just so friendly and will be happy to help you out – just make sure you say hello, smile and ask ‘how are you?’, especially in the shops and restaurants, and you’ll find this is greatly appreciated. Remember Bermuda is a small island and during tourist season can mean restaurants are often rushed off their feet and the locals way of life can be disturbed (buses for their commute are full etc…) so be polite and respectful.
Being a tourist destination there’s no shortage of places to eat in Bermuda and there is really something for everyone. If you’re looking for luxury then The Waterlot or The Loren is a go-to but there are plenty of healthy, vegan options at The Devil’s Isle or The Village Pantry.
Along Front Street there are so many great places to sit above the shops and people watch whilst looking out to The Great Sound and you really can’t beat the fish here – caught locally and cooked the same day.