Bermuda: The Land of Pink and Blue for the America Cup
Bermuda may be tiny, but she is big in style. This small island is but a blip in the warm Caribbean waters, but every year the blue ocean teems with the sight of white sails – this year as yachts flock to take part in the Louis Vuitton Americas Cups. At this time, the island is teeming in style and you will find jet setters galore hanging out on the honeycomb sands. Hidden coves, hot stone massages, and teeing off at some of the best golf courses in the world – this is how you fill the hours between races Bermuda style.
To help discerning travelers make the most of this pastel colored paradise we have etched out the very best places to sleep, taste fresh fish, and drink your weight in rum on the island that everybody loves…
Where to Stay
For those who have flocked to beautiful Bermuda before you may have done it aboard your luxury yacht. With the Americas Cup being held outside of the yachting season, this is the perfect time to take advantage of the heavenly hotels Bermuda has to offer. The Hamilton Princess is the giant pale pink landmark that looms on the otherwise blue horizon. This was the spot where the well to do wives would once take tea in the height of a humid afternoon. Now, with its sumptuously large pools, marble bathrooms, and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the harbor you can be sure of an equally sublime stay in the Pink Palace.
See Bermuda through the eyes of the Clintons with a stay at the cottage colonies of Cambridge Beaches. Also, a soft shade of pink, these lovely and lavish little homes capture the very essence of charm. Separate dressing rooms, private patios with ocean views, and whirlpool tubs come as standard in this sophisticated den. Outside, there is all the croquet, yoga, and private candlelight suppers you could ever want.
Hailed as number one by the readers of Conde Nast – The Reefs is making waves as one of the best boutique luxury spots on the island. The award-winning hideaway is a great choice for those seeking unrivalled bliss in a more intimate setting. The Sandpiper Cottage is an idyllic space perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. With a private lawn and hot tub this is where the Hamptons meets the Caribbean.
Where to Dine
Steak, lobster and rum – this is what living the good life is all about in Bermuda and so a table at the Waterlot Inn is a must. Set inside the romantic traditional cottage you can lean back in your oversized chair as waiters whisk wondrous plates of lobster claws, fresh chowder, escargot dripping in butter, wagyu steaks, and flambeed bananas soaked in rum. Decadence doesn’t even start to cover the phantasmagorical feasts at the Waterlot Inn.
No matter where you are in the world – sometimes you just crave that richness of fine French dining and the Beau Rivage is there to meet that dream. The upscale French eatery offers mesmerizing views over the harbor, a fine wine list, and dishes like carpaccio de filet de bouef, terrine de fois gras au naturel, soupe de poissons, and magret de canard.
Back at The Reef resort and dinner at Coconuts is quickly becoming a rite of passage. Dining with front row views of sugary sands on a private beach is something that doesn’t lose its charm and is barefoot luxury at its best. Caribbean flavors burst to life at this breezy white linen place to dine with saffron and basil pickled seafood, lemongrass marinated satay, and steamed rocket fish wrapped in a fragrant banana leaf. Wash it all down with bright chilled cocktails to toast the end of a great day.
Where to Play
The only way to celebrate the America Cup when in Bermuda is with a dark and stormy cocktail where black seal rum meets ginger beer, lashings of ice and a squeeze of spritely lime. In the former royal navy village now the America Cup village you will find festivities abuzz, but for a fabulous foray into the dark and stormy world we suggest bar 1609 for beautiful views and exceptionally crafted cocktails.
Harry’s Bar is another firm favorite on the scene for those who want to sip Moet out on the waterfront and watch the America Cup revelers waltz on by bedecked in the finest yacht fashions. For escaping the crowds and lounging in style on the infamous pink sands then Mickeys is a fine choice, especially if you order up a bottle of elite Whispering Angel rose so your glass matches the pearly hued color of the sand beneath your feet.
Those seeking a first-rate place to watch the action of the America Cup can linger with a lobster and rum picnic in the sprawling 22 acre grounds of Fort Scaur. Panoramic ocean views for catching the race can also be found when you climb to the lighthouse on Gibbs Hill. If you want to get closer then viewing yachts and spectator boats are the most opulent choice.