Lonely Planet travel experts have named Bermuda as one of their top countries to visit this year and it’s not difficult to understand why. From the moment you arrive it feels as though you've found paradise and for a small island its surprising just how much this country has to offer. So here's our round up of why Bermuda is a great destination for every type of traveller:
The Sport’s Fan
It’s impossible to talk about Bermuda this year and not mention the America’s Cup! It is the biggest event the country has played host to and the buzz amongst the locals is palpable. The event starts at the end of May 2017 and runs for a month, so you’ve got plenty of opportunities to get up close to all of the sailing action and enjoy the competition for the oldest trophy in sport.
There are endless activities to enjoy if you want to be more involved in sports. One thing Bermuda is renowned for is golf. There are six world class courses to choose from, many complete with surrounding ocean views and each with their own challenges.
For the fishing fans you’ll know the Atlantic Ocean is home to all sorts of catch, so why not jump on board a charter boat and join others in trying to hook an impressive prize!
Of course there are plenty of water sports to keep you entertained from paddle boarding to kite surfacing to jet skiing and kayaking. The clear water makes it a fantastic location for diving and swimming too.
For those who love tennis, enjoy a stay at hotels such as the Fairmont, Cambridge Beaches, Elbow Beach, Newstead, The Reefs or Rosewood Tucker’s Point and you’ll be able to work up a competitive sweat, day or night.
If you’re interested in the finer things in life, Bermuda is the place to be. Lili Bermuda is an elegant perfumery based in Bermuda’s oldest town, St George. Enjoy the art of perfumery with Master Perfumer Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone at one of her seminars and customise your own indulgent scent that will forever remind you of this unique island.
Almost all of Bermuda’s luxury hotels and resorts have in-house spa facilities and treatments and users can often enjoy the tranquillity with unique perks such as a private beach, garden surroundings, ocean views or a cabana by the pool.
Pink sand beaches and crystal clear water makes Bermuda a top destination for anyone who simply appreciates the beauty of basking in the sunshine within beautiful coastal surroundings. And when you’re not at the beach, you’ll find a pool and sun loungers at most of the island’s hotels. All you need to bring is a good book (although you can often find these at the hotels too!)
Measuring only 53.3 square kilometers, you might be surprised to learn that there are plenty of things to explore during your stay. The Crystal Caves are one of Bermuda’s biggest attractions. Discover this beautiful labyrinth under the ground and take in the awe inspiring formations thought to be millions of years old.
See and learn about Bermuda’s wonderful and unique sea life and wild animals at the Aquarium and the Zoo. From harbour seals to flamingos to golden lion tameron monkeys and the oldest resident of the zoo, Oscar the Alligator - there is plenty to see and do.
Bermuda's architecture is a unique blend of styles, from pastel stone cottages to 18th century forts you'll encounter many impressive buildings - check out the top 10 to look out for.
One of the best ways to learn about Bermuda is by experiencing its local cuisine which has been influenced by multiple cultures of the years. We've put together our top pick of restaurants that will ensure your trip is full of flavour!