The island of Bermuda, though just two hours off the coast of New York, is an entirely different world. One where the pomp and circumstance of the British culture--the land is technically British overseas territory--is juxtaposed with the bright colors and ease of the tropics, iIllustrated in their brightly painted homes scattered along the winding road and the local's genuine enthusiasm to chat with visitors. Planning a trip to Bermuda? Here is your guide to everything GLAM:
Where to Stay
The Fairmount Southampton, Bermuda Resort: 1 (800) 257-7544 or (800) 0441-1414
Sitting atop of Bermuda's highest point, this luxury hotel boasts 100 acres and 593 rooms, each with an amazing view of the ocean to be enjoyed on the guest's private balcony. The hotel features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, though not as tempting as the pink sand beaches surrounding the estates, an 18-hole golf course, two restaurants, and, as if that wasn't enough, Willow Stream spa services. You'll never want to leave the hotel! But if you do decide to venture out...
Where to Eat
Lido: Elbow Beach Sea Terrace, Paget (441) 236-9884
This complex has something for everyone. Start off at Mickey's Beach Bistro with charming bartenders serving cocktails over looking the water front. Looking for a light dinner of sushi and cocktails? Try Seabreeze Lounge, located in a custom wooden gazebo, perfect for relaxing with a cocktail in hand. Next, make your way to Lido restaurant with it's large windows over looking the beach and tasty menu of Mediterranean dishes, local fish and meat selections. Afterward, the on-duty pastry chef will try and tempt your tastebuds.
Henry VII Restaurant, Sushi Bar & Pub: 69 South Road, Southampton SN 02 Bermuda (441) 238-1977
Known affectionately as Henry's by the locals, this restaurant was named after the Tudor who's famous for his love of food, drink and music. This spot caterers to all three, allotting guests an array of culinary offerings such as sushi, marinated steaks, and vegetable strudle. While you're here, you have to try the Fish Chowder. It's a Bermudian staple which is customarily mixed with pepper sauce and sherry, and we have to say, Henry's makes this the best. But don't ask the chef how to replicate this distinctive dish, he'll never tell. Trust us, we tried! We can tell you, though, that after dinner, you should relocate to the Oak Room Pub where the DJ keeps the party going well into the early morning. We danced the night away with two 80-year-old women celebrating their birthday. That's just the kind of place this is.
The Swizzle Inn: 3 Blue Hole Hill Baileys bay CR 04 Bermuda (411) 293-1854
Swizzle in, swagger out is this former roadhouse turned oldest pub (established in 1932) on the island's motto. And, after a few of Bermuda's national drink of choice--the Rum Swizzle--it isn't hard to see why. Along with great drinks, the atmosphere is fun, the pub is literally litered with graffiti and business cards from adoring locals and tourists alike. Because you'll need some food on your stomach with all of the Rum Sizzles, we recommend that you try the Back O'Town fish sandwich. Breaded fish piled high, and we do mean, high, with shredded lettuce, tomato, spicy slaw and a tartar sauce. Delish.
Where to Get Pretty
Gibbon & Company: 21 Reid Street, HM 11 Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
Bermuda doesn't have a Sephora or even an Ulta, but this is pretty darn close offering a selection of medium to high end cosmetic brands like cult-favorite MAC, Dior, black|Up as well as skincare lines like StriVectin and Declèor. Pop in if you forgot your favorite lipstick, or you know, want a new one to commemorate your trip.
Polished Nail Boutique: 1 Reid Street Hamilton Bermuda (441) 535-6245
Polished, according to one of it's nail technicians, allows guests to choose from a "menu of scrumptious manicures and pedicures aimed at delivering a unique experience for both local residents or tourist all packaged with a very London vibe." Manicures start at $40 and you can get a long-lasting gel manicure for $60. You can have your eyebrows shaped for $40, and other waxing services start at $20. Quick service for a reasonable price? Absolutely.
Strands Skin Spa/Hair Salon: 31 Reid Street Hamilton HM12 Bermuda (441) 295-0935 or (441) 295-0353
How does wine and a pedicure sound? Amazing? Good, this is what you can expect when you book services at Strands Skin Spa and Hair Salon. The only day spa on the island exclusively distributes Clarins skin care products used in the Skin Spa, Nexxus, Goldwell hair care lines and Nailtiques products used for manicures. Come here for all of your beauty needs: facials, messages, manicures, blowouts and even color touch-ups for those pesky roots!