Boston Traveler: Bermuda
The 2017 America’s Cup brought a wave of development to balmy Bermuda—and even more options for an idyllic island getaway. —By Carley D. Thornell
Drink your Dunkin’ in the morning and touch down in this British territory in time for afternoon tea, courtesy of two-hour direct flights available daily through Delta and JetBlue. Alternately, cruises on Norwegian, Holland America, and Royal Caribbean depart from Flynn Cruiseport from April through October.
The 40-room Rosedon Hotel (starting at $380 a night) offers an intimate feel. Hang out by the small heated pool surrounded by lush gardens and enjoy grilled fish tacos at Huckleberry, a restaurant added as part of a 2017 renovation.
Adventuring here is easier than ever thanks to Current Vehicles’ fleet of Twizy electric cars. As you zip around the island, make time to marvel at the stunning stalactites of Crystal Caves. Then head to the Royal Naval Dockyard for samples and souvenirs at Bermuda Rum Cake Company before taking in a show at Dolphin Quest or strolling through the National Museum of Bermuda. As you explore, you’ll see that signs promoting happy hours abound—no surprise, given that the island holds Bacardi’s headquarters. But if you prefer gin to rum, return to the Rosedon for Tipsy Tea and sip artisanal infusions on the porch while catching the day’s last rays. Or soak up that sun at the new Loren at Pink Beach, where cabana rentals come with access to secluded pink sands and saltwater pools.
Most of Bermuda’s larger hotels host live bands at night to get the party vibe going, and the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is no exception. You’ll be greeted by tunes in the lobby bar area before making your way to Marcus’, a fine-dining destination from famed chef Marcus Samuelsson that debuted as part of the 133-year-old hotel’s $90 million renovation. Watch the sun set through the restaurant’s panoramic windows with a signature rum swizzle (made with a top-secret mix of light and dark rums) in hand. Or enjoy a complimentary swizzle at sea on a sunset sail with the Island Tour Centre, which also leads illuminated twilight cruises on a glass-bottomed boat that provides glimpses of colorful fish and coral.