We’ve been here before with this group, so our trip has a nice element of familiarity to it. Time for a Dark and Stormy! (For those of you who question whether it is cocktail hour, remember that Bermuda is an hour ahead of Eastern time.)
Kish and I were in Bermuda last week on a business trip and had a very enjoyable time during our brief visit. We stayed at the Fairmont Southampton, which is the biggest hotel on the island. It is located on a promontory with a commanding view of the ocean in one direction and a sweeping bay in the other. Others obviously recognized the value of the location from a lookout standpoint; the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, built in 1844, is a short walk away from the hotel.
Bermuda is known for its beaches, and for good reason. We spent some time on Horseshoe Beach and the neighboring Fairmont Southampton beach, both of which are beautiful. The sand is light and fine, striking rock formations jut from the shoreline, and the water is highly colorful — brilliant blue in the distance, a bright blue-green near the shore line, and a palette of colors in between depending on the depth of the water. The bright color of the water stands in sharp contrast to the dark rock that rises quickly from the shore line. Roads are carved into the rock, making the entire island seem like the careful handiwork of a master sculptor.
During our trip, we had some excellent meals. I highly recommend the Waterlot Inn and The Reefs, both of which are within easy walking distance of the hotel, and we had a wonderful outdoor meal under the stars at the Ocean Club, which is located above the hotel’s private beach. Don’t miss the Bermuda chowder, which is a dark, hearty, highly flavorful concoction infused with rum and pepper sauce. We also visited Hamilton, one of the larger towns on the island. It offers some beautiful vistas, with storefronts and seaside restaurants painted in soft pinks and yellows. When you see those colors you know that you are in the tropics.