Annual Escape: Bermuda Edition
Exactly a year ago, Jason and I went away for a weekend without the kids, for the first time since our honeymoon. It was only four days, but we both realized in that short time away, that this was something we needed to happen more often, even if it is just once a year. Jason travels constantly for work, so when he is home, we are constantly playing catch up. Naturally, he wants to spend as much time as possible with the kids, so our alone time together is not what it should be. With that, we’ve agreed to getaway whenever we can, even if it can only be once every 12 months.
Of the many desired destinations on my list, Bermuda has been on the top for some time now. My parents actually honeymooned there, and they’ve had serval trips there since, so I’ve been hearing stories about the island’s beauty for many years now. For the three day Memorial Day weekend, the kids were off from school, so I thought it was the perfect time for our annual escape. My mom came to watch the kids on Friday, then took them to her house, so they can spend endless hours in the pool, and get spoiled by their Gee and Bug.
I knew Bermuda was a quick flight from NY, but had no idea just how close it was! Our 8am flight touched down less than 2 hours, and by 11am we were already checking in at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel. Sometimes, it takes longer than that to get out to the Hamptons!
The first thing on our agenda was the beach. The Southampton Fairmont, is located on Bermuda’s South shore, next to Horseshoe Bay Beach. Since the Fairmont is situated on a hillside, they offer non stop shuttle service to their private Beach Club area. Along the five minute ride to the ocean, you pass their tennis courts, and sprawling golf course. On the beach, complimentary lounge chairs and umbrellas, are offered, along with two restaurants, water sport rentals, a dive shop, lockers and changing stations. We quickly slipped into vacay mode, ordering two Rum Swizzles ocean side. I couldn’t get over the beautiful turquoise beach and pink sand. The water was so clear you could see the fish around your feet.
That evening we took it easy, and had dinner at Newport, a Gastropub, which is one of the nine restaurants on the Fairmont Southampton property. It was difficult to decide which places to choose. For a casual Bermuda restaurant dining experience and a family feast, Bacci serves authentic Italian cuisine. Jasmine Lounge offers signature martinis, tapas and other light fare, in its sophisticated lobby setting. Wickets is the ideal place for a casual poolside lunch and signature burgers. If you enjoy fresh local seafood at the beach, Ocean Club is perfect to catching sunsets. In the mornings, Windows on the Sound is a beautiful setting for breakfast, with a view of the Great Sound.
On Saturday, we wanted to explore the island. Bermuda does not rent cars to visitors, so we rented a scooter to get around town. After chatting with some locals, we decided to ride into Hamilton, which is the closest thing to a city in this Atlantic gem island. We visited the other Fairmont property, called Princess Hamilton. Located on a Harbor, it was nice to see the difference from the Fairmont Southamptons’ sister hotel. We stopped at the Bernuda institution Swizzle Inn for lunch, which is the namesake for Bermuda’s official cocktail, the Rum Swizzle. Scooting everywhere was a great way to take in all the beauty and scenery, and we truly fell in love with the island even more along the way. For dinner, we dined back at the historic Waterlot Inn, which was another Fairmont Southampton restaurant. The restaurant, housed in a large tradition Bermuda cottage, is a steak and chop house, offering impeccable service. While nestled dockside, we enjoyed a breathtaking view of the sunset.
And if our trip couldn’t get any better, we spent Sunday morning at Willow Stream Spa. The indoor pool alone was super dreamy, set high above the hotel grounds, for stunning views of the ocean. Jason and I enjoyed a Southampton Signature 90 minute massage, which combines warm lava shells harvested from the ocean with Lotus Wei flower essences. This massage definitely goes down as one of my favorite rubs ever. We could’ve probably stayed lounging by the spa pool and hot tub all day long, but we were eager to get out and explore the island more. Plus when are we ever on a scooter together.
We scooted over to Elbow Beach, also located on the South Shore, to spend the rest of our last day in paradise. Completely relaxed from our morning spa time, I didn’t want our vacation to end. After the beach, we drove around, admiring the houses and plush greenery of island. Jason and I are both so blown away that this paradise exists so close to us. Riding along the Harbor Road, we caught another beautiful sunset, before we headed over to The Dock At Waterlot for the evening. With some cocktails, tapas and live music, we wound down an epic day.
Looking back, I think we both could have used one more day, but even the quick three day trip was much needed. It goes without saying that we missed our kiddies, but the uninterrupted sleep was unsurmountable. Landing at home, we were energized and fully refreshed, ready for a super busy month of June. There is no doubt in my mind that we will be returning to Bermuda, only next time with Ryder, Siella, and Gemma, for sure!