Writing up this Bermuda travel guide made me instantly want to transport the quick 2 hour flight back there and soak up more of the beautiful island, insanely nice people, and surround myself with all the colorful buildings. If you asked me to sum up my experience in Bermuda with one word, I would have to say magical! While the weather wasn’t always working in our favor (we had unexpected 25-30 mph winds – their summer season is almost here though, running April through December), I very much enjoyed exploring the island, taking in the culture, and learning as much history as our taxi drivers were willing to share! I can’t wait to go back and discover a few more hidden beaches and try out some new cuisine.
You all should know by now travel posts are my favorite (make sure to visit my “Travel” section located under the “Categories” tab on my site, as it is filled with all the places I have traveled and what I experienced over the past few years since starting this blog!) Also, if you are looking for a few cute travel accessories, these are a few of my favorite customizable pieces: weekender bag // tote // cosmetic case // and passport case (all from Barrington Gifts).
Now, shall we get into Bermuda already!?
Where We Stayed:
I went on the trip with my dear friend Marissa and were so excited to stay at what is known as the “pink palace,” or the Hamilton Princess in Bermuda. It is one of the most gorgeous hotels and I absolutely fell in love with the decor of the hotel and overall island vibe. It truly blended in with the colors of Bermuda, and if I wasn’t exploring the property or town, you could find me at the infinity pool (which is heated)! The location of this property is right on the marina, overlooking the water and boats that pass by. It is also about a 5-8 minute walk from town (Front Street), which has shops, restaurants and beautiful views.
As guests of this hotel, we had access to the Gold Lounge which was amazing! If you are looking to stay here I would 100% recommend the upgrade. You can head into the lounge any time of day and they serve up a delicious breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktail hour and late-night deserts. They also have a large balcony that is perfect for lounging with a glass of vino and a book in your hand. Also, I truly can’t leave out the staff, in particular those in the Gold Lounge. They not only wanted to be helpful, but actually cared about you and genuinely wanted to get to know you. It was from these conversations, that learned so much about Bermuda’s beautiful people and history.
What To Do:
St. George’s Island – This town is located in the North part of the island and about a 20-25 min. taxi from the hotel. One thing to note, taxi prices are pretty expensive (this trip was about $40), so make sure you have plenty of cash (they accept American dollars). Two of our taxi drivers were so incredibly friendly, gave us history of the island and pulled over so we could snap a few pictures, so it’s basically like paying for a private tour guide in a cab ride 😉
<fun fact: the only home with the original wood paneling left on the island>
Check out the beaches – The Hamilton Princess has its own beach club, which is located about 10-15 minutes form the hotel on the south side of the island. They offer a shuttle service to and from the hotel a few times a day so you don’t have to worry about the expense. I would also recommend checking out Horseshoe Bay, which has light pink sand and is names one of the top 10 beaches in the world! Also, as you are driving around the island you will come across so many hidden paths that lead down to a beach. Half the fun of Bermuda is trying out new things and discovering beautiful places on your own.
Shopping – Both on Front Street and St. George’s Island there are many cute shops and boutiques to pop in and out of. Some are more island based (I prefer these when traveling) and others are what we have in the US (such as Vineyard Vines).
Spa – When Marissa and I travel together it has become a bit of a tradition to book a spa appointment one of the first days to really unwind and relax. Exhale spa in the hotel was running a 2 for 1 special which was incredible, so we both choose to have a massage and facial for the price of 1. It was honestly one of the best spa experiences and I have already looked up their locations in NYC!
Where To Eat:
- Devil’s Isle (Hamilton) – Located near the hotel, perfect place to snap an instagram and delicious tapas.
- Village Panty (Flatts Village) – The sister restaurant to Devil’s Isle and newer to the island, we ate here our first night and couldn’t stop talking about it the rest of the trip! You HAVE to get the bleu cheese fries to snack on, and I had one of the best poke bowls to date.
- Portifino (Hamilton) – Another walkable spot from the hotel with a super authentic Italian menu.
- Marcus (in the hotel) – This was the perfect way to end our stay. We ate here our last night and ordered a bunch of things to try off the menu. Make sure to start with the “Duo of Crudo” – still dreaming out that dish!
< Village Pantry >
< Marcus >
A big thanks to the Hamilton Princess for hosting us!