Bermuda: Top Attractions
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Guests seeking ultimate privacy and relaxation escape to this 30-acre peninsula jutting off Bermuda's west coast. Gentle ocean breezes drift in through the patio doors of 95 private cottages, where you'll slip on plush bathrobes, sip coffee, and nibble on mangoes before venturing out to one of five private beaches. Later, you can paddle, sail, snorkel, or visit the Ocean Spa before dining at the elegant Tamarisk Room.
Horizons and Cottages
Discerning vacationers drawn to elegance, charm, and sweeping views of Bermuda's countryside and coast have been visiting this hilltop plantation estate since 1922. The main house, a beautiful example of airy Bermudian architecture, offers deluxe rooms with private gardens and terraces. Or, stay in one of 13 cottages scattered about the lush 25-acre property. Guests take advantage of the nearby Coral Beach and Tennis Club, as well as dining by candlelight on the ocean terrace.
Pink Beach Club and Cottages
Rimmed by two soft, rosy pink-sand beaches in exclusive Tucker's Town, this 16-acre resort features 94 spacious suites with private balconies overlooking the ocean and lush gardens, where colorful birds and butterflies flit about the bursting hibiscus and bougainvillea. The contemporary décor incorporates traditional Bermudian furnishings with bonuses like plush carpets and Italian marble bathrooms. Grab an in-room massage or patio breakfast served by your own personal housekeeper.
Every yearfor good reasonyou'll find the Reefs at the top of the world's best hotel lists. This intimate hideaway sits tucked into limestone cliffs on a gorgeous private beach and, with just 67 accommodations ranging from rooms in the main resort house to private luxurious cottages, the small resort keeps guests feeling like they've climbed to the height of exclusivity.
At the Fairmont Southampton's Willow Stream Spa, everything is meant to emulate the sea, from soothing colors and aromas to Jacuzzi tubs overlooking the South Shore. Cambridge Beaches' Ocean Spa has European-trained therapists dedicated to health and wellness, using traditional and innovated holistic therapies. Or you can luxuriate in one of six private pamper suites, which feature hand-carved granite soaking tubs, steam showers, and ocean-view balconies, at the Elbow Beach Hotel's Spa.
Newport Room and Waterlot Inn
Dine on what may arguably become the most delicious steak of your life at the Fairmont Southampton's famous Waterlot Inn, a dockside restaurant that boasts a lovely terrace, the perfect spot for pre-dinner sunset cocktails. For something even more indulgent, the hotel's Newport Room recreates the elegance of a luxury liner, where five-diamond French cuisine comes lovingly and expertly prepared on crystal and bone china.
Established in 1922, Riddell's Bay is the oldest and most distinguished course on the island. Set on a peninsula that measures just 600 yards at its widest, the course features tight, challenging fairways and narrow greens. Guests need to come with a member or make arrangements through hotel managers. Anyone, though, can secure a tee time at the esteemed Robert Trent Jones-designed Port Royal Golf Course, whose lush, undulating fairways skirt the seaside cliffs and offer stunning ocean views.
Riddell's Bay Golf & Country Club: 441.238.1060, www.riddellsbay.com
Port Royal Golf Course: 441.234.09974, www.bermudatourism.com/port_royal_main.html
The coral waters around Bermuda are protected by national marine conservation laws, making diving on the world's most northerly coral reef truly spectacular. Whether you want to explore giant sea fans and fringing reefs teeming with tropical fish or peruse shallow shipwrecks, the knowledgeable and professional staff at Blue Water Divers will lead you to the best dive sites. Find Blue Waters Divers at three locations: Elbow Beach, Wyndham Bermuda Resort, and Somerset Bridge.
Blue Waters Divers: 441.234.1034, www.divebermuda.com
Explore Bermuda's coves, inlets, and the Great Sound aboard one of Salt Kettle Yacht Charters' sailboats or motor cruisers. Reserve a boat for a day of snorkeling and swimming, or hire a stately sloop for a majestic sunset dinner cruise. Or maybe just accompany your friendly and knowledgeable Bermudian captain and crew on a two-hour cocktail cruise around Hamilton Harbour. It doesn't get any more relaxing.
Salt Kettle Yacht Charters: 441.236.4863, www.bermudamall.com/saltkettle/
Experienced and novice riders can join the island's premier stables for a refreshing morning ride along the beach or a private afternoon trail ride through sand dunes. Spicelands Riding Centre offers lessons. If you can't get enough of the ponies, check out dressage, harness racing, and other events at the National Equestrian Centre.
Spicelands Riding Centre: 441.238.8212, www.spicelandsriding.com
National Equestrian Centre: 441.291.7223
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication