Travel Guide: Bermuda

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  • The Reefs
  • 56 South Shore Rd.
  • Southampton Parish
  • Tel: 441-238-0222
  • While the front desk will arrange anything you might want to do off-property, this circa 1947 hotel doesnt try to do everything itself, instead focusing on delivering the ideal beach resort experience on an intimate scale. There are just 83 rooms and suites, all of which have ocean views, above a private beach dotted with pink-and-white umbrellas. Thanks to a recent refresh, the decor is more contemporary than at most Bermuda resorts. The Reefs is relaxing and romantic, sometimes both at once—at alfresco Coconuts restaurant during sunset, for example, or even better, when you're dining by candlelight right on the beach.

  • Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa
  • 60 Tuckers Point Dr.
  • Hamilton Parish
  • Tel: 441-298-4000
  • When it opened in April 2009, Tuckers Point Hotel & Spa became Bermuda's first new luxury resort in almost four decades. And yet, much about the place feels like it's been there for at least a century. This is old-fashioned glamour, with the Manor House main building and the Palm Court pool area (at times, you might feel as if you're playing Clue). There are 88 guestrooms and suites, a championship golf course, and the island's most sumptuous spa, home to a $100,000 SilverTAG shower with 18 showerheads. Part of the Tucker's Point Club 200-acre development, Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa is Bermuda's only member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
  • Pink Beach Club
  • 116 South Shore Rd.
  • Tucker's Town
  • Tel: 800-355-6161
  • A cottage colony in the exclusive Tucker's Town area, Pink Beach is a grown-up resort that has a charming, old-fashioned feel (indeed, some members of the staff have been there for more than 40 years). The cottages are classic Bermuda—low-slung, painted pink, with arched doorways. Every one of the 94 suites and junior suites has an ocean-view balcony (some are ocean front), ideal for in-room breakfast; the hotel also offers in-room spa services.

  • Oleander Cycles
  • Many locations
  • Tel: 441-234-0629
  • Riding a motorscooter—or as Bermudans call it, a "bike"—isn't for everyone, but if you want to get around the island on your own, you have no other choice (there are no car rentals). While there are risks, such as road rash or worse, the reward is being able to explore parts of the island visitors don't usually see. Most big resorts have on-site rental desks, and if yours doesn't, scooter-rental companies tend to be willing to bring a scooter to your hotel. And remember: Bermudans drive on the left!
  • Dolphin Quest Bermuda
  • The Bermuda Maritime Museum
  • Royal Naval Dockyard
  • Tel: 441-234-4464
  • Get nose-to-nose with bottlenose dolphins at the historic Royal Naval Dockyard.
  • Spicelands Riding Centre
  • 50 Middle Rd.
  • Warwick
  • Tel: 441-238-8212
  • There's no more beautiful way to start the day than by riding a horse along Bermuda's astounding South Shore beaches (if you're not interested in getting up early, you can take a trail ride later in the day instead). Private trail rides are also available.
  • Bermuda Botanical Gardens and Arboretum
  • 169 South Rd.
  • Paget Parish
  • Tel: 441-236-5902
  • Bermuda is a lush island, nowhere more so than at the 36-acre Botanical Gardens, home to an aromatic garden designed specifically for the blind, a garden devoted to hibiscus plants, greenhouses with orchids and cacti, and several banyan trees. (John Lennon named his Double Fantasy album after a flower he encountered here.)
  • Blue Waters Divers & Watersports
  • Two locations: Somerset Bridge, Elbow Beach
  • Tel: 441-234-1034, 441-232-2909
  • The treacherous reefs around Bermuda that have made for hundreds of shipwrecks also make for amazing diving and snorkeling. You can go out on a boat or from shore, or take a guided kayak tour out to a shipwreck off Elbow Beach.
  • Bermuda Golf Course Handy Guide
  • The island is a golfer's paradise as it offers more courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world. The Bermuda Department of Tourism has created a guide with all of the available courses, or of course you can inquire at your hotel.
  • Bermuda Railway Trail
  • From 1931 to 1948, a train made its way across a good part of the island, and in 1980s the government officially created whats now known as the Bermuda Railway Trail. Following the path of the old line makes for a fascinating walk (or bike ride) through the interior, with the occasional dramatic view.
  • Windjammer Watersports Snorkel Park
  • Royal Naval Dockyard
  • Tel: 441-234-6989
  • At Snorkel Park, an aquatic playpen popular with cruise-ship daytrippers, especially families, Windjammer Watersports leads Jet-Ski tours that will get your heart racing. The company also has an outpost at Cambridge Marina where you can rent motorboats, sailboats, and fishing gear.
  • Bermuda Waterski Centre
  • Somerset Bridge at Robinson's Marina
  • Sandys Parish
  • Tel: 441-335-1012
  • Bermudas harbor makes for excellent waterskiing, whether you're an expert or new to the sport (available May through the end of October).

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