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Bermuda Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Bermuda , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Discover luxury Bermuda with Elegant Resorts and you’ll find an island that’s not quite English, not American and far from the Caribbean; Bermuda is an exotic blend of its own island style, cosmopolitan class and natural beauty. Comprising a series of islands linked together by bridges, the twenty-one miles that make up this mid-Atlantic paradise are a veritable treasure trove of champagne-pink beaches, emerald-green golf courses and distinctive architecture.

They do things a little differently in Bermuda. While other islands of the West Indies are characterised by fabulous pops of yellow, green and red, Bermuda has claimed pastel-hued pink as its colour of choice. The beaches, the buildings, the buses and even the shorts all adopt their favourite shade, suitably fitting for an island that is proud of its individuality. For other Caribbean islands, the heritage of British history seems to end with cricket and sailing, preserved in the past along with old, colonial buildings and museum exhibits. In Bermuda, a sense of Britishness is alive and kicking. A respect for rules, dress codes and the English monarchy are, arguably, more prevalent here than in the motherland itself, along with an eccentric sense of style long lost – the gentleman’s uniform of immaculately tailored pastel shorts, worn with a dark dinner jacket and knee high socks, would certainly be an acquired taste back in the United Kingdom!

Since its tumultuous discovery, Bermuda has had its name in the history books, from the mysterious myth of the Bermuda Triangle, to the string of famous names drawn to it. Discovered by Sir George Somers when his voyage to Jamestown, Virginia went awry during a storm, leaving him and his one-hundred-and-fifty crew members stranded ashore a previously unknown island, the first camp set up here became the town of St George, the oldest inhabited English community in the New World. It is said that this story was the inspiration for William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, while, in connection to American literature, Mark Twain was famously a fan, announcing, “you go to heaven if you want to, I'd rather stay right here in Bermuda.” It was also a favourite holiday destination for US President Woodrow Wilson, who, rather scandalously for a man known throughout the country for his uptight, puritanical ways, began an affair here with the more outrageous, divorced socialite, Mary Peck.

For visitors today, though, there is still plenty on offer. Here, you can scuba-dive on an historic wreck or snorkel a crystal-clear bay in the morning; enjoy Afternoon Tea followed by the exploration of St George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the famous Royal Naval Dockyard, full of historical intrigue, wander through the old, colonial buildings and browse museums exhibiting the heritage of slavery, Portuguese settlers and maritime wars. Restaurants, galleries and pubs line the waterfront, perfect for ending the day with a tropical dinner overlooking the ocean as you plan your next day playing golf on world-class championship courses, shopping at the capital city of Hamilton, or simply chilling out with exclusive facilities on the much-envied pink-tinged sands of this luxury island paradise.

General Information
CapitalHamilton
LanguageEnglish
Time Difference-4 hours
CurrencyUS Dollar and Bermudian Dollar
Voltage120v

Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.


Visa

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

 

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Climate+

Situated in the Atlantic, Bermuda is warmed by the nearby Gulf Stream and enjoys a mild climate with the sun shining its brightest from April to October; it can often feel hotter due to humidity levels.

Winters are generally mild but blustery winds can make the air feel cooler. Because of its position along the Gulf Stream, hurricanes moving north from the Caribbean occasionally hit the island although they have usually begun to weaken as they approach the island causing storm damage and flight delays rather than direct landfalls.

Rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year and Bermuda is entirely dependent on rain for its supply of freshwater; many houses have cisterns stored beneath their houses to catch the rain water so you may hear residents referring to summer showers as "good tank water".

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Bermuda.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January22136
February22121
March22121
April23123
May26143
June28111
July3196
August31112
September30120
October29127
November26141
December23149

Highlights+

Explore the Area
There’s more than enough to keep you busy here, if beaches fail to hold your attention, and it is much recommended that you get out and about and explore the area. The Royal Naval Dockyard is a must-see on the west of the island. A vast, 19th Century fortress, the dockyard was crucial in protecting the British settlers, and is fascinating for learning more about maritime history. There is now also a complex of museums, restaurants and shops to make an easy day trip.

For guests staying at Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, the pretty little village of Somerset is a short walk away, where you can see the world’s smallest drawbridge, roam railway trails and potter around trendy shops. Also nearby is the Bermuda Arts Centre, opened by Princess Margaret in 1984, and the Clock Tower Mall, where you can visit boutique clothing shops and eateries. For high-end shopping, head to Hamilton, the heart and commercial hub set in the middle of the island.

Near to Rosewood Tucker’s Point is the historic town of St George, so well-preserved it is a UNESCO-recognised site. Slower paced than Hamilton, savour the old-world charm and stop by the Historical Society Museum, where a display of period curiosities can be observed.

Beaches
The defining feature of beaches in Bermuda is the pink hue of the sands. This unusual characteristic is created from the crushed pink and red shells of microscopic ocean organisms, but what matters most to us is just how soft, pristine and beautiful they are.

The best-known beach is Horseshoe Bay, though despite its size, it can get crowded during popular seasons. For more exclusivity, Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa has four private beaches: the fully serviced Long Bay; the secluded Turtle Cove and Pagem Beach; and the relaxing and peaceful Morning Beach. Rosewood Tucker’s Point also has its own private Beach Club, with beach attendants on hand and the Watersports Hut providing snorkelling equipment, so guests have everything they need for a completely relaxed beach day.

Golf
With more golf courses per square kilometre than any other place in the world, Bermuda should be your number one choice if golf is at the top of your luxury holiday agenda. Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa is a member of every golf course in Bermuda; there are currently six, eighteen-hole courses and two nine-hole courses.

The championship Port Royal, second in ranking to Mid Ocean, is the closest to Cambridge Beaches (only ten minutes away), while a special arrangement with the private Mid Ocean Club - the most exclusive course in Bermuda, means that guests can play Mid Ocean on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Rosewood Tucker’s Point is also fantastic. First designed in 1932 by Charles H Banks and redesigned in 2002 by Roger Rulewich, this is one of Bermuda’s premier courses, and guests of the hotel are provided with GPS-guided carts to assist them. Do speak to our Travel Consultants or our Concierge Department for assistance with reservations.

Watersports and Diving
Watersports abound here, and range from the more action-packed jet-skiing, parasailing and high speed catamarans, to boating (paddle boat, sailboat, Hobie Cats and kayaks) − whilst on the sea, look out for migrating Humpback Whales. Pay a visit to Dolphin Quest, at the National Museum of Bermuda in the Royal Naval Dockyard, because the dolphins are situated in their own safe pond, meaning children of all ages can touch and even swim with them.

Bermuda is one of the world’s top diving sites, and it’s surrounded by a fantastic coral reef that harbours colourful fish and provides excellent dive sites, either in the shallows or on the ocean side walls that drop into the colder, deeper water. There are over 450 shipwrecks dating back over five centuries − ideal for exploring.

Family
Bermuda is a great destination for the entire family, and excellent children’s clubs, such as Rose Buds at Rosewood Tucker's Point, feature a special summertime programme of activities including tennis, golf and cooking lessons, which, in addition to babysitting services, leaves mums and dads with plenty of opportunities to spend some time alone, or enjoying a treatment at the spa.

Alternatively, the island offers a host of its own attractions for the whole family to enjoy. The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo introduces everyone to the undersea world, with handheld recordings narrating the islands maritime history and live exhibits of Bermuda’s native fish. The Maritime Museum, an authentic Victorian fortress with exhibits and references to nautical dramas, will keep everyone interested, whilst the stalactites, stalagmites and underground saltwater pools in the Crystal Caves will amaze and awe.

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways direct from London Gatwick.

Flight Time
From London Gatwick to Bermuda: 7 hours, 50 mins.

Flight Upgrades
British Airways upgrades start from as little as £1,235 per person, each way.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Dressing Up
Whilst the rest of the world dresses more and more casually, Bermuda still retains an air of formality and many restaurants, particularly after 6pm, request that gentlemen diners wear a jacket; ladies can get away with stylish, but more casual attire. During the day, cover ups are de rigueur. If you’re in any doubt about the required dress, please feel free to ask our Concierge department to find out for you.

Afternoon Tea
The English ritual of Afternoon Tea is a delightful tradition that Bermuda still maintains to this day. Dutifully served every day between 3pm and 5pm, tables are immaculately dressed in crisp linens, and finger sandwiches and scones are served on fine china. In respect of the changing times and attitudes, this is one of the rare occasions that the usual dress and social codes are overlooked, and guests can also partake in this tradition around the pool, in their swimwear.

Bermuda Rum
Rum has been the favoured drink of Bermudians (or Onions as they affectionately call themselves) for three-hundred years, and Bacardi has their headquarters here; Dark and Stormy (black rum and ginger beer) is often referred to as the national drink, whilst the Rum Swizzle (rum, citrus juice and soda) is a popular cocktail.

The Bermuda Triangle
You’ll find that almost everyone has an opinion about Bermuda’s most fascinating legend. The Bermuda Triangle allegedly covers the 932,057 square miles of open sea between Bermuda, Miami, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. For decades, the unexplained disappearances of ships, planes, and people has captured the world’s imagination, with tales of giant sea monsters or alien abductions fuelling the legend. The reality of human error, poor engineering and nature, or a combination of all three, is however more likely.

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