The Honeymooner's Guide to Bermuda
With its pink-sand beaches, azure waters, and unique local culture, it's hard to imagine a more postcard-perfect paradise than the island of Bermuda. Not technically part of the Caribbean (the British overseas territory lies just off the eastern shore of North Carolina), Bermuda is more of a seasonal destination than a year-round escape. The island is especially popular during spring and summer, and everyone from bachelorette parties to honeymooners are excited to call this destination home for the duration of their stay. And since Bermuda is only 21 square miles, it's easy to explore the lush landscapes, quiet coves, and pastel-colored cottages within a relatively short period of time.
What makes Bermuda especially appealing to the engaged and newly-married set is that it's close enough for a pre-wedding celebration or romantic mini-moon yet special enough for a lengthy honeymoon. Whichever route you're taking, the fact that Bermuda is just a short flight away from the United States means you could even return for anniversary getaways for years to come. If you're sold on the idea of an escape to this unique island, we've outlined exactly how to make the most of your stay—whether it's for a full week or just a few days. From where to stay and eat to how to fill your days (other than with hours spent lounging on the beach, of course), we've mapped out the best that Bermuda has to offer.
Here, our tips for how to make the most of your post-nuptial getaway on Bermuda—no matter how long you're staying.
Stay: Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, a Fairmont Managed Hotel
If millennial pink is your color, the Hamilton Princess is your hotel. The bubblegum-hued resort is the only luxury hotel on the island that's located just steps from Hamilton, the epicenter of dining, shopping, and nightlife on Bermuda. (Pro tip: Book a stay in the recently renovated Poinciana Wing.) Spend the days lounging in the sun by the marina-facing infinity pool or hanging at the exclusive beach club (the hotel offers complimentary shuttle service). As night rolls in, grab a drink at the waterfront 1609 Bar and Restaurant before stroll hand-in-hand down picturesque Front Street.
Stay: Rosewood Bermuda
Further afield on the island is this ultra-luxurious resort, situated in the Tucker's Point community, which counts former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg among its famous residents. All of the 92 guest rooms recently underwent a renovation, offering honeymooners spacious, light-and-bright interiors, plus access to a champion golf course and a private beach club (with an updated bar and new luxury cabanas). Should you find yourselves wiped from the sun, without the energy to drive to Hamilton for dinner, just stay put and indulge in Southern Italian-inspired cuisine at Sul Verde or try elevated island comfort foods at the Island Brasserie.
Not too long ago celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson brought is Harlem flair to Bermuda, opening a namesake restaurant at the Hamilton Princess. And we're so glad he did. The floor-to-ceiling views of the harbor are as visually striking as the food is delicious and flavorful. Expect bold yet approachable plats such as fish chowder bites with black rum aioli, surf and turf with gumbo, and the culinarian's signature fried chicken and waffles.
Eat: Blu Bar and Grill
Wining and dining one another will never be so easy as at this waterfront restaurant in Warwick. Request a table on the outdoor patio for sweeping views of the Great Sound. The gentle sound of waves will pair perfectly with a menu that spans greatest hits from across the globe—sushi and sashimi, pasta and pizza, raw bar classics, and more. (If that sounds a little hodgepodge, trust that the food is crowd-pleasing and always cooked to perfection.)
Eat: The Swizzle Inn
If there's one thing Bermuda is famous for (besides the Bermuda Triangle, which is really more the stuff of lore), it's the rum swizzle. This signature cocktail—a potent rum-and-fruit-juice concoction—is best served at Bermuda's oldest and most famous pub, which dates back to 1932. Though there are now two locations (one on the South Shore), the landmark site, in Bailey's Bay, is where you go for an afternoon-into-early-evening sip.
Do: Rent a Twizy
Bermuda is one of those islands where 1) You can't rent a car and 2) You wouldn't want to even if you could. The narrow streets and hairpin turns are enough to make a passenger wary, let alone a novice driver in an oversize SUV. Instead, most couples choose to scoot around the island by moped or, the latest offering, a Twizy. The two-person electric vehicle—smaller than a Mini Cooper but larger than a Vespa—is the perfect way to explore Bermuda's many hidden beaches. Traveling tip to tip on the island typically takes less than an hour, so take your time and enjoy the scenery.
Do: Book a Sunset Sail
There's no more romantic way to cap a Bermuda honeymoon than to sail around the island on a daytime snorkeling adventure or evening sunset cruise. Charter companies like Sail Bermuda have an entire fleet to choose from—yachts, catamarans, a mono hull, and more. Picking your vessel is the only decision you'll have to make: The captain and crew will take care of the route and, most importantly, the bar, for you.