My long overdue Bermuda travel recap is finally here! I’ve had a few people ask me for suggestions on what to do, where to eat and where stay so here you are!A few things first about Bermuda. There are only one or two all inclusive option hotels in Bermuda. We have always had really great experiences with all inclusives in the Caribbean so we were a little disappointed that this wasn’t a big thing in Bermuda. On top of that, food and transportation in Bermuda is pretty expensive and not that great (the food that is). The gorgeous beaches, beautiful weather and friendly people made up for these negatives though.
Why we chose Bermuda: If it wasn’t for Zika, we likely would have never consider Bermuda a vacation destination. We knew we wanted to take a trip before the baby came, and with our normal Carribbean destinations out of the picture, we still wanted a beach vacation, without a long flight. We considered the Amalfi Coast and Hawaii, but with only a week to take off, the long flights and potential jet lag didn’t really make sense. Bermuda sounded like the perfect option!Where we stayed: Like I said there are only a couple all inclusive options in Bermuda, the most popular one being Grotto Bay. We considered staying here, but to be honest we weren’t impressed with what we saw online so we decided to put the money we would have spent on upgrading to the all inclusive option to stay at a nicer hotel. We ended up choosing the Hamilton Princess Bermuda, a Fairmont hotel. The hotel recently went under a massive renovation and you can tell! Every corner you turn there is amazing art and the rooms were really nice. Our room was on the first floor, which I normally wouldn’t have liked but we had a private patio that looked out on a canal. There were some pretty amazing houses on the other side of the canal that were total #housegoals for Brett and I.Where we ate: Like I said, Bermuda isn’t exactly known for their food. It’s a lot of pub food, and we thought it was expensive for the quality and taste. The service also wasn’t great. Gratuity is automatically included at most restaurants, so servers aren’t going above and beyond. At one of of our favorite meals, at Swizzle Inn, we commented how great the service was and when we got the bill gratuity wasn’t included. Obviously we gave him a big tip! One of the things we loved about our hotel was that it was within walking distance to downtown and all the restaurants. Here’s where we ate:
- We had breakfast at the hotel every morning and it was very good. There was always a ton of fresh fruit and Siggi’s yogurt (my favorite!), plus pastries, eggs bacon etc.
- For lunch there was a great gourmet market right next to the hotel that we would pick up wraps and salads from to take to the beach or pool. It was a lot more affordable and a much healthier option than the fried entrees and burgers that were on a lot of lunch menus.
- Our concierge recommended La Trattoria for Italian so we went there one night. It was good, but didn’t blow me away. I did like that you could order appetizer portions of all their pastas since I never eat a full plate of pasta anyway. Their pizza looked really good!
- I was craving pizza our last night in Bermuda, so we went to Portofino, another Italian restaurant. I ordered the seafood pizza and it was massive. Again it was good, but nothing outstanding. The pasta here looked amazing though so I actually wish I would have had pizza at La Trattoria and pasta at Portofino.
- Ever since our honeymoon, where we had conch fritters nearly every day, Brett and I have always tried to get conch frittters whenever we’re on an island. We tried the conch fritters at Flanagan’s, The Lobster Pot and Swizzle Inn and our favorites were at Swizzle Inn. I also had a really great fish sandwich at Swizzle Inn.
- For dessert, I was told Bailey’s is the place to go for ice cream. It’s right across the street from the Swizzle Inn and was a really cute little ice cream shop. If we weren’t already at the Swizzle Inn, it’s not something I’d recommend going out of your way for though.
What we did: I’ll be honest we spend most of our time just lounging by the pool or at the beach. We wanted a relaxing vacation and that’s what we got!
- The hotel is actually located on the marina and not a beach so they have a shuttle that takes you to their private beach, about 20 minutes away. It was a beautiful beach and they had kayaks, paddle boards and floats to use plus hammocks in the water. So fun!
- After the beach one afternoon we took a taxi to Warwick Long Bay and then hiked along the coast to Horseshoe Bay. This was my favorite thing we did the entire trip. The hike was beautiful and we stopped along the way taking pictures and even dipping into the water a couple times. There were very few people in the coves on the hike, compared to Horseshoe Bay, which can get very crowded with tourists. Most of my pictures are from this hike or the beach.
- In the evenings we really enjoyed walking around downtown Hamilton. Front Street parallels the harbor and there are quite a few shops we could pop into as well as restaurants. We felt very safe walking around at night. One thing we were surprised about was the lack of nightlife. Even with it being the height of their tourism season, downtown and the hotel were very quiet at night, typically starting at around 9pm. Of course, we weren’t looking for any nightlife so it didn’t bother us.
If you have any questions about traveling to Bermuda that I didn’t cover, please send them my way!