I am so excited to finally share my recent trip to Bermuda with you guys! Over Thanksgiving, Jonathan and I vacationed in Bermuda and it was one of our most relaxing trips we have ever taken. We had never spent a Thanksgiving away from home, so we were curious to see what it was going to feel like when we were away from our families for the holiday. Although we definitely missed them on Thanksgiving (and the food!), it was really the perfect getaway for us to spend some alone time together since we hadn’t done that since our honeymoon in August of 2015.
I had booked this vacation way back in January of 2016 (I like to plan ahead) because I had done some research and found out that Bermuda hosts a huge sale in the winter called the “pink sale” and they offer up to 50% off select hotels. Jonathan and I were able to stay at the Rosewood Tuckers Point for 6 nights at 50% off the normal price. The resort is insanely gorgeous and has 4 restaurants, 2 pools, a golf course, private beach and the most beautiful spa you could ever dream of. If it weren’t for the sale, we probably wouldn’t have been able to afford staying there, so it was totally worth it! The staff was so nice and although it was the low season when we visited, it was almost better because we weren’t fighting for lounge chairs by the pool and we basically had the private beach to ourselves. The “pink sale” sale actually begins again on January 5th, 2017 and I highly recommend that you check it out because it is SO worth it. There is an extremely large amount of hotels to choose from and the island is absolutely stunning. The best part about the sale is that it applies to travel throughout the entire year. You can find great deals even for the high-season and all you have to do is book by January 31st. You can find out more details about the sale here if you are interested.
When Jonathan and I first arrived to Bermuda, all we wanted to do was relax so we decided to spend our first couple of days at the resort. Our room had a great balcony with a day bed so we just sat outside and enjoyed the view of the ocean as soon as we arrived. We were actually extremely lucky with our timing because as soon as we sat down, a small rain cloud had passed by and left the most beautiful double rainbow I had ever seen. I am pretty sure this happens very often in Bermuda, but I had never seen a complete rainbow in my entire life ( I guess that might not be normal?). Don’t get me wrong, I frequently see partial rainbows after a storm but never a full rainbow start to finish, so a double rainbow was mind-blowing to me! I was in such shock that I didn’t get a chance to grab a good enough picture to show you guys, but it really was such a cool experience and made me feel like we made the right decision to go to Bermuda ( I am very superstitious).
After spending two days at the resort exploring the incredible grounds, lounging by the pool and beach we decided to venture out and explore what the island had to offer. Since Bermuda does not permit rental cars on the island, the only options to get around are either by bus, taxi or scooter rental. Jonathan and I decided to go with a scooter rental because it was the most convenient and cost-efficient option. The scooter gave us the freedom to go where we wanted, when we wanted. Bermuda is a very expensive island to visit and our resort was about a 25 minute ride into Hamilton which is Bermuda’s city center and if you take a taxi, it could easily cost $50 or more each way. Jonathan had experience with dirt bikes, so I was comfortable having him drive, but if you aren’t comfortable, then I don’t suggest it because it can be dangerous since the roads are very narrow, and you have to drive on the opposite side of the road so you need to know what you are doing.
The first day that we had the scooter, we decided to visit St. Georges, which is the island’s most historical section as it is where the first permanent English settlers landed when they came to Bermuda. This town in Bermuda has the most colorful homes that you will find and some very unique landmarks. We first stopped at Kings Square to have a bite to eat at the White Horse Tavern. The pub was perfect because it had a great outdoor seating section right on the water and the food was very good. The interesting thing about Bermuda is that the majority of the food that you will find is pub food due to the fact that it is a British island. Most people don’t realize that when they visit because they just assume that they will find Caribbean food because it is an island, but that is not the case.
After lunch, we walked around Kings Square and visited a few of the shops and then walked directly across the street from Kings Square to visit St. Peter’s Church, a UNESCO world heritage site. This church was established when Bermuda was settled by the Virginia Company in 1612 so it has been around for over 400 years! It’s not a big church, but it was pretty incredible to visit a site that has been cherished for so long and is one of the first places ever built on the island. After visiting the church, Jonathan and I walked over to the Bermuda Perfumery (Lili Bermuda) which was only a block away from the church. The perfumes are made locally in Bermuda and they even offer perfume making classes, which I thought was pretty cool, but we didn’t have enough time for that, unfortunately. I ended up buying a perfume for myself in the scent “Coral” which was so fresh and had the perfect hint of floral. It was fun to smell all of the different scents which are inspired by the island and I liked having something that I wouldn’t find at home. I will definitely go back again and make time for a perfume class.
Shortly after visiting the perfumery we took our scooter up the hill to the Unfinished Church. It’s definitely a unique site because it is basically the frame of a large church that was never finished. Apparently in 1869 the people of St. Georges felt that St. Peter’s Church was too old and was in danger of being knocked down. The people feared that if the church was knocked down it would spread diseases from the many yellow fever victims buried in the graveyard at the church, so they decided to begin the construction of a new church. Unfortunately, after construction was underway for the new church, the parishioners couldn’t agree on a design for the altar so construction had slowed down. In addition the church in the town of Hamilton had been destroyed and the money that would’ve gone to the construction for this church went back towards building a new, larger cathedral in Hamilton which slowed down construction on the unfinished church even more. The last and final straw was a “freak” tornado in 1925 which only took off the roof of the church and didn’t damage anything else on the island (not even the flowers), so the people of St.Georges decided that it was an act of god and never finished the church.
We then finished our tour of St. Georges by driving around the different neighborhoods and admiring the rainbow of colorful homes that surrounded us. On our way back to the hotel, we stopped at the Swizzle Inn, a must in Bermuda, as they specialize in the “Rum Swizzle” a typical Bermudian beverage. They call it the Swizzle Inn because you basically are “swizzling” out of the restaurant by the time you finish the drink. Don’t worry, Jonathan was my designated driver 😉
Since there is too much to share in one post, I will be splitting my itinerary up into two posts so stay tuned for the rest!