I recently had the privilege of travelling to Bermuda for the first time and really enjoyed this friendly Island full of fantastic hotels and beaches. I flew out with British Airways from Gatwick on the direct service which takes just 7 hours and has daily departures in the summer months.

Arriving at night on the BA service Bermuda looks like a sparkling jewel in the middle of the ocean, the Island enjoys calm waters thanks to the reef which surrounds it.

I stayed at the Elbow beach Hotel, a stunning property in a fantastic location just a 25 minute transfer from the airport. It’s also less than 10 minute drive into Hamilton with great public transport links. The hotel is situated on a long private beach
which has beautiful powdery sand and a gentle slope down into the sea. The rooms are cottage style buildings throughout the extensive gardens and are really well appointed with many of the rooms facing the sea with fantastic views.

We spent our first evening dining on sushi and tapas in the seafront restaurant which even at night has a great view of the beach thanks to some clever lighting.

Bermuda is definitely a destination for lovers of food and all things rum, I can personally recommend the fantastic rum cake and the native cocktail called ‘dark and stormy’.

During the daytime we visited many of the islands attractions including the Royal Naval dockyard, the Crystal caves, the aquarium, Zoo and Natural history museum and the famous Gibbs Hill lighthouse, which has many steps (ladies take off your heels!) but offers some of the best views on the island. My favourite place had to be the World heritage listed town of St Georges which still retains much of its olde world charm and has some impressive architecture.

Bermuda has an excellent nightlife scene, we spent a very fun filled night in the Henry VIII pub and with the aid of a DJ it made a smooth transition between being the place for locals spending their office Christmas party to a lively hotspot. Complete with elderly Bermudians who could teach me a thing or two about dancing!

Hamilton is also a great destination for those wishing to hang out with the locals, there are numerous pubs and bars including Café Cairo which is THE place to go on a Saturday night, in the day it becomes the shopping capital of Bermuda complete with a Marks and Spencers!

Hotel wise there is something for every taste in Bermuda. Whether you’re looking for somewhere intimate for a romantic break or wanting somewhere with loads of facilities for a fun filled family holiday. All the hotels offer an excellent level of service and some have quirky features such as the indoor swimming pool and Spa at Grotto bay, both are situated inside their very own Grotto. The bedrooms at the beautiful Rosedon have a set of steps to allow people to get into bed (they are quite high up!).

Prepare to be sung to sleep by tree frogs if you stay at one of the hotels with garden rooms. Majority of the hotels on the Island are situated on or above a beach so you can spend your days dipping your toes in the azure waters or going for a walk along the unique pink tinged beaches, as well as the host of watersports on offer and the fantastic snorkelling.

I would most definatley recommend Bermuda, it’s one of the most relaxing islands I visited.

There is so much to do here, I definitely agree that Bermuda is so much more.

By Amy Atkinson