PART FIVE OF A SERIES
Having sailed some 641 nautical miles from Norfolk on Silversea’s Silver Shadow, we reached the delicate water-colored islands of Bermuda that are among the most beloved islands in the world. Under a “pink cloud of oleanders, the idyllic islands of Bermuda are framed by a shimmering turquoise ocean. Homes painted in pastel colors, and topped with white lime-washed roofs, line the flawless spun-sugar beaches of these breathtakingly beautiful islands.
A TURQUOISE OCEAN AND A FLAWLESS SPUN-SUGAR BEACH
The picture-postcard, lime-washed rooftops serve as purification plants for the Bermudian's water supply. The fact that there are no rivers or streams on the island makes Bermuda dependent on rainfall for water. If Bermudians run out of water, they simply have to buy it.
THE BERMUDA ISLANDS ARE DIVERSE IN LANDSCAPE
And, contrary to another misconception, the Bermuda islands are quite different from the Caribbean islands. They are less tropical, cleaner, more formal and more expensive. If it's reggae and beach barbecues you crave, head for the Caribbean. But if you desire superb golfing, fine shopping, gourmet dining, pristine pink beaches, and upscale hotels on a manicured island, Bermuda is for you.
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, a palatial “Pink Palace” and the reigning Grande Dame of Bermuda hotels, is Bermuda's oldest hotel (1885). It was named in honor of Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, who is credited with putting Bermuda on the map as a tourist destination. For more than a century, the Hamilton Princess has been the hotel of choice for discriminating guests including Mark Twain, Sir Winston Churchill, and Prince Charles. The Hamilton Princess, Bermuda’s first waterfront hotel personifies what Bermuda is all about…courtesy, quality, and hospitality.
|THE HAMILTON PRINCESS…BERMUDA’S “PINK PALACE”|
The 1609 Bar & Restaurant, the hotel’s dramatic harbourside dining experience, serves up one of the most spectacular views in Bermuda along with a memorable ginger and black rum drink called “Dark and Stormy”. Following an extensive and exciting renovation at the hotel, Afternoon Tea at Crown & Anchor will continue the tradition that incorporates old English charm with the tropical setting of the island paradise of Bermuda.
A different kind of Tee Time is also available at the Hamilton Princess’s sister hotel the Fairmont Southampton Princess. Reigning from atop Bermuda's highest point, and located on a majestic 100-acre estate, The Fairmont Southampton Princess has been one of the island’s premier luxury resorts since it opened in 1972.
|SOUTHHAMPTON PRINCESS GOLF COURSE|
Surrounded by a turquoise blue sea, little wonder that water sports make up a good deal of the daytime activities in Bermuda. On, or in, the water you can make a splash with swimming, diving, snorkeling, whale watching, or boating. If you don’t have your own boat to take you in and out of Bermuda’s hidden coves, there are several other modes of transportation by which you can explore all the parishes on the island.
The government operates an efficient, inexpensive ferryboat service that is very relaxing. The laid-back, non-hustling Bermudians have an easy-going attitude about time. They keep the clock at the ferry terminal in Hamilton five minutes slow…so you won’t miss the boat.
GIBBS’ HILL LIGHTHOUSE
The most popular, yet most dangerous, means of transportation is the motor-assisted bicycle or the motor scooter. They hum along the left (“wrong”) side of the road, often detouring for a magnificent view or ducking out for a secluded swim. The idea is great, but so is the accident rate.
The most romantic mode of transportation is a horse-drawn surrey with fringe on the top. They clip-clop along at a leisurely pace as jets whisper into the island's International Airport. With its myriad of moongates, under which you must steal a kiss, Bermuda is truly a romantic island.
|AN UNUSUAL MOONGATE AT THE GIBBONS ESTATE|
|VISIT THE 17TH CENTURY TOWN OF ST. GEORGE’S|
Whatever way you chose to tour the island, don’t forget to greet Johnny Barnes, a living legend in Bermuda. Johnny is at the Crow Lane roundabout every weekday from 6 AM to 10 AM showering passerbys with waves, blown kisses, and a smile that could melt the heart of even the most jaded traveller. The islanders have erected a bronze statue honoring their beloved folk hero.
IN PERSON, OR IN BRONZE, JOHNNY BARNES MEETS AND GREETS ALL