Beautiful Bermuda

Emma Savage on 29 November 2012
Stylish, desirable, exclusive, world-class golf...these are all words which spring to mind when describing the island of Bermuda. It's also a tiny island measuring only 21 miles long, lying all on its own in the middle of the ocean. It is one very desirable destination and I was fortunate enough to spend a few days there being shown around by the Bermuda Tourism Board.

I learnt so many fascinating things about this pretty little island, during my stay. For example, there are no car hire companies here - visitors get around by scooter or by the public bus service which is very efficient. Even the locals are only allowed one car per household. The standard of living here is very high. Bermuda is possibly one of the most picturesque places I have ever visited. Bermudians are very proud of their island and it shows - from the way each house is painted in pretty pastel colours to the amazing tidiness of the island; you won't find graffiti, rubbish or run down areas here. Everyone is happy and when I asked my taxi driver what the secret is, he answered simply 'well we live in paradise don't we?'

When it comes to outdoors activities, Bermuda has a climate which suits being outdoors all year round. From late October to the end of April it is mild, sunny and perfect for playing golf on one of the islands world class courses. From May to October it is a haven for beach lovers who come here to lie on the softest pink sands and paddle in the crystal clear sea.

Most hotels here are run on a bed and breakfast basis with the option to upgrade to half board. Many people prefer to stick with bed and breakfast and head out to explore the island, having dinner at different locations each day. It isn't particularly cheap to eat and drink here, but what you get is well worth the money in terms of quality and service. Bermuda is well known for its fabulous seafood and it is a gourmet paradise. Not only is the food sublime but the views from every angle are breath-taking. One day, while at Rosewood Tuckers Point (a beautiful, luxurious property renowned for excellent golf) I dined on fresh tuna for lunch while overlooking the ocean. Another day, at Elbow Beach Hotel, I ate a delicious Seafood Chowder and listened to the waves lapping the shores of its namesake pink sand beach. Other restaurants to look out for here include The Reefs - a hotel with an excellent restaurant, whose food is highly regarded by locals as well as visitors. Combined with a spectacular setting this hotel and restaurant really does have a crowd pleasing combination.

I stayed at the Fairmont Southampton and was lucky to see the majority of hotels on offer throughout the island and ate lunch and dinner at many of them too. I also saw many attractions such as the postcard pretty St Georges - a UNESCO Heritage Site and the mesmerising Crystal Caves.

If you are thinking about visiting Bermuda, it would be my pleasure to share my knowledge with you.

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