BY JANET STEINBERG
sailed some 641 nautical miles from Norfolk on Silversea’s Silver Shadow, we
reached the delicate water-colored islands of Bermuda that are among the most
beloved islands in the world. Under
a “pink cloud of oleanders, the idyllic islands of Bermuda are framed by a
shimmering turquoise ocean. Homes painted in pastel colors, and topped
with white lime-washed roofs, line the flawless spun-sugar beaches of these
breathtakingly beautiful islands.
A TURQUOISE OCEAN AND A FLAWLESS SPUN-SUGAR BEACH
purification plants for the Bermudian’s water supply. The fact that there
are no rivers or streams on the island makes Bermuda dependent on rainfall for water.
If Bermudians run out of water, they simply have to buy it.
THE BERMUDA ISLANDS ARE DIVERSE IN LANDSCAPE
islands are quite different from the Caribbean islands. They are less
tropical, cleaner, more formal and more expensive. If it’s reggae and
beach barbecues you crave, head for the Caribbean. But if you desire superb
golfing, fine shopping, gourmet dining, pristine pink beaches, and upscale
hotels on a manicured island, Bermuda is for you.
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, a palatial “Pink Palace” and the reigning
Grande Dame of Bermuda hotels, is Bermuda’s oldest hotel (1885). It was
named in honor of Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, who is credited
with putting Bermuda on the map as a tourist destination. For more than a
century, the Hamilton Princess has been the hotel of choice for
discriminating guests including Mark Twain, Sir Winston Churchill, and Prince
Charles. The Hamilton Princess, Bermuda’s first waterfront hotel
personifies what Bermuda is all about…courtesy, quality, and hospitality.
|THE HAMILTON PRINCESS…BERMUDA’S “PINK PALACE”|
1609 Bar & Restaurant, the hotel’s dramatic harbourside dining experience, serves up
one of the most spectacular views in Bermuda along with a memorable ginger and
black rum drink called “Dark and Stormy”. Following an extensive and exciting renovation at the
hotel, Afternoon Tea at Crown & Anchor will continue the tradition
that incorporates old English charm with the tropical setting of the island paradise
the Hamilton Princess’s sister hotel the Fairmont Southampton Princess.
Reigning from atop Bermuda’s highest point, and located on a majestic 100-acre
estate, The Fairmont Southampton Princess has been one of the island’s
premier luxury resorts since it opened in 1972.
|SOUTHHAMPTON PRINCESS GOLF COURSE|
Nature gave Bermuda the climate and terrain for
challenging golf courses long before the game was ever invented. Bermuda
golf is an unhurried, unmitigated pleasure, calculated to test your
mettle. Some of the water hazards just happen to be the Atlantic Ocean.
With distracting wide-sky and blue-sea scenery, it is difficult to keep your
eye on the ball.
that water sports make up a good deal of the daytime activities in
Bermuda. On, or in, the water you can make a splash with swimming, diving,
snorkeling, whale watching, or boating. If you don’t have your own boat
to take you in and out of Bermuda’s hidden coves, there are several other modes
of transportation by which you can explore all the parishes on the island.
ferryboat service that is very relaxing. The laid-back, non-hustling
Bermudians have an easy-going attitude about time. They keep the clock at
the ferry terminal in Hamilton five minutes slow…so you won’t miss the boat.
GIBBS’ HILL LIGHTHOUSE
transportation is the motor-assisted bicycle or the motor scooter. They
hum along the left (“wrong”) side of the road, often detouring for a magnificent
view or ducking out for a secluded swim. The idea is great, but so is the
horse-drawn surrey with fringe on the top. They clip-clop along at a
leisurely pace as jets whisper into the island’s International Airport. With
its myriad of moongates, under which you must steal a kiss, Bermuda is truly a
|AN UNUSUAL MOONGATE AT THE GIBBONS ESTATE|
|VISIT THE 17TH CENTURY TOWN OF ST. GEORGE’S|
way you chose to tour the island, don’t forget to greet Johnny Barnes, a living
legend in Bermuda. Johnny is at the Crow Lane roundabout every weekday
from 6 AM to 10 AM showering passerbys with waves, blown kisses, and a smile
that could melt the heart of even the most jaded traveller. The islanders
have erected a bronze statue honoring their beloved folk hero.
IN PERSON, OR IN BRONZE, JOHNNY BARNES MEETS AND GREETS ALL