All of us have heard about the Bermuda triangle, a mysterious patch of sea where things disappear. And for those seeking to disappear in the stresses and strains of life, Bermuda is the perfect idyll. With its pristine pinky white beaches, outstanding luxury hotel accommodations, fine cuisine and all year round sunshine, it is no wonder that individuals return year after year.
Many people mistakenly think that the 200 islands that comprise Bermuda have been in someplace sunny and warm. Actually Bermuda is really a hundred miles north of the Bahamas, within the Atlantic and a mere 650 miles off the coast of America. And although the island is an overseas territory from the UK, the area has a very American feel and attracts many visitors from the UK and America.
Bermuda is known for its pink sand beaches and Horseshoe Bay could well be Bermuda`s finest beach and is great for snorkeling within the rocky areas around the bay as well providing access to a broad selection of aquatic sports including sailing, parasailing and waterskiing. And when something more sedate is needed, it is usually easy to go fishing.
While it may be hard to leave beaches and also the clear calm waters which surround the area, the Crystal Caves are very well worth a visit. Descend over 100 feet underground through caves and caverns to admire the stalactites, stalagmites and dramatic rock formations.
Bermuda can also be great for golf with the highest power of courses per square mile in the world and every one of options are a great test of skill with some fabulous 19th holes. An execllent excuse to disappear for some time.
And don`t forget to go to the Royal Naval Dockyard to see the world’s first iron house, the Bermuda Maritime Museum and the old ramparts and cannon that make up Bermuda`s fortress and defense. This can be a good way for children wanting a rest in the beach who will be well entertained with tales of pirates and sea battles.
The Dockyard too contains many fine shops and boutiques and shopping is yet another pastime available. A vacation to Hamilton, the island`s main town is always a good hunting ground for serious shoppers. Start your day with coffee and pastries before strolling around the boutique and specialty shops that dot the town, especially along the sea front.
Accommodation on the island is outstanding with a wide selection of hotels, villas, resorts, boutique and cottage properties to suit everyone. The Fairmont Hotels in Southampton and Hamilton offer undiluted luxury and ideal for those who want to be seriously pampered. More modestly Aunt Nea`s Inn at Hillcrest in historic St George`s is an extremely romantic inn. Or a more intimate bed and breakfast type holiday The Granaway Guest House & Cottage in Warwick Parish was built in 1734 with terrific views of the Great Sound.
The area is a superb place for foodies with restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Bermudian cuisine blends the flavors of West Africa, Asia, India and the Portuguese Azores to create dishes that are distinctly Bermudian. The island specialty is robust, tomato-based, spicy fish chowder having a prodigious listing of ingredients.
Island Cuisine in Southampton specializes in affordably priced, great-tasting, local Bermudian home-style dishes. And also to taste a few of the island`s specialty fish dishes The Lobster Pot and Boathouse Bar includes a great reputation with local and visiting foodies. And for that special occasion try Bermuda`s premier dining spot, the Newport Room, an AAA Five Diamond award-winning restaurant at The Fairmont Southampton. Its exquisite French-inspired cuisine is not to become missed.
If Bermuda feels as though an excellent place in which to disappear for a week, click here for all the travel deals and information needed to make disappearances to the island easy, relaxing and most of all value. As the saying goes in Bermuda “it only feels like a millions away.”
Peter Diaz is president of VoyageMonkey.com Online Travel Booking and author of various published travel articles.