18 avril 2017

LET'S GO... TO BERMUDA WITH BURGESS

Where to eat, drink and explore when the America's Cup action is over.

Renowned for its pink sand beaches, crystal clear waters and charming local hospitality, this year Bermuda will host the 35th Americas Cup yacht race, taking place from May 26 - June 27, 2017. Bermuda has long been a popular stop for yachts passing through the Atlantic on their way to North America, the Caribbean and the Med. The 21-sq mile archipelago of 181mostly uninhabited islands and inlets offers many sheltered and deep-water harbours, beautiful and safe anchorages, plus world-class shopping, dining, golf, and nightlife. Book a charter yacht holiday in Bermuda to coincide with the Americas Cup, and stay to experience its rich colonial heritage, shop and dine in the picturesque harbourside capital of Hamilton, and explore 75 miles of limestone-fringed coastline during down-time.

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Outdoor Activities: 

Golf-lovers will appreciate Bermuda’s many scenic and challenging courses, including Mid Ocean, which counts celebrities among its members, and Port Royal, home of the 2017 Bermuda Golf Classic. Hire cars are banned in Bermuda, but visitors can rent mopeds to see its many historic attractions, including St. George’s, a 400-year-old settlement of colourful cottages and winding lanes that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Horse riding is another great way to explore Bermuda’s lush, hilly terrain – Mike’s Unique Horse Services offers private trail riding. Scuba divers can explore more than 150 shipwrecks and thriving coral reefs, or visit the Crystal Caves to swim amongst stalagmite formations. Deep-sea fishing can be done along Bermuda’s Argus and Challenger Banks – expect to catch tuna, marlin and wahoo.

Dining out:

Catering to a year-round clientele of wealthy expats and tourists, Bermuda prides itself on its exceptionally high standards of cuisine. For steaks and seafood in an elegant setting, both the Barracuda Grill in Hamilton and the Waterlot Inn, set inside a 17th-century Bermudan cottage, will fit the bill. On Front Street in Hamilton, Port O Call serves catch-of-the-day seafood, also available in the form of sushi and sashimi upstairs at Pearl. Tom Moore’s Tavern, a fine-dine restaurant set inside a 17th century house, is considered Bermuda’s oldest restaurant, and The Beach House in St George’s serves fresh Caribbean cuisine in an open-air setting overlooking beautiful Achilles Bay. Marcus’ at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess is where to try Caribbean-inspired soul food from NYC celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson.

Best Beaches: 

Bermuda’s most famous pink sand beaches are often crowded in high season, but those who prefer secluded shores do have options. Hog Bay Beach is not easily reached by foot and is only a beach at low tide – arrive by tender to swim and snorkel in clear, calm waters. West Whale Bay Beach is a pink-sand beach set below a cliff, the best vantage point for spotting migrating schools of humpback whales. Explore the Castle Roads Islands – some of which contain 17th century forts – and discover secluded beaches of pink sand and crystal clear waters. You can also buy a day pass at several hotel-owned private beaches, which usually include access to lounge chairs, umbrella, towels, and the hotel’s restaurants and pools.

Where to party:

Front Street in Hamilton offers a lively scene after dark, as do the bars in Bermuda’s larger hotels. There aren’t a lot of nightclubs to choose from, but Café Cairo, an Egyptian-themed bar located on Hamilton’s waterfront promenade, is open until 3am and offers a dance floor, a hookah lounge, and a terrace overlooking Hamilton Harbour. There are also plenty of laid-back spots to sample Bermuda’s signatures drinks: the Dark n Stormy (ginger beer, rum, lime), and the Swizzle (Bermudan rum punch). Bar 1609 at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess is a chic, open-air lounge overlooking the Hamilton Princess Marina. Harry’s is where expats catch up over servings of Harry’s Special Rum, and Red Steakhouse serves excellent martinis on a glass-enclosed balcony overlooking Hamilton Harbour.