Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Balmy Bermuda

Mark Twain once wrote, "Bermuda is the right country for a jaded man to 'loaf' in. There are no harassments; the deep peace and quiet of the country sink into ones body and bones and give his conscience a rest." Decades later those words still ring true. it's possible that it's the locals-friendly and helpful. Or the signature pink sand beaches and dining options.

But what's more likely is that it's the islands proximity to the eastern United States-it's a direct two hour flight from more than a half dozen major cities. All of which means that instead of allotting two days for travel, you can instead enjoy that time on one of the stunning beaches or at a spa.

American Airlines is currently having a fare sale that includes Bermuda. Click on Fare Sales or NetSAAver fares when you visit the site.

With its British influence and conservative attitudes you will find gay clubs in more subtle forms. You may need to polish your cruising skills, but social life is existent. Caseys Lounge is located at 25 Queen Street (seriously) in Hamilton. Splash is a gay-friendly nightspot if you are looking to party and relax. The patio is appealing or you can choose between two bar services. The Veranda, also gay-friendly, offers an island jazz bar and a beautiful terrace that peeks onto the ocean.

If new, grand and intimate accomodations is what you're looking for, consider Tucker's Point Hotel and Spa, the only property to open in Bermuda in the past 37 years. It boasts four lighted tennis courts, two freshwater infinity pools and a private beach. The 88 guest rooms and suites have British West Indies decor and all modern amenities. One of the properties most appealing traits is its privacy. You can spend a week there and not interact with another guest.

Make like a local and rent a moped. Skip the tourist-packed Horseshoe Bay and spend the day at a private beach like Warwick Long bay or Jobson's Cove. Visit the Royal Naval Dockyard where you'll find the British Maritime Museum. There you can explore old munitions warehouses, the Bermuda Slavery Exhibit, the Dockyard Glassworks, Bermuda Rum Cake Company and Bermuda Perfumery. Over in downtown Hamilton is where shopping (Louis Buitton, Max Mara), dining and nightlife are the draws.

Head to restaurant row on Bermudiana Road for some of the best dining on the island. Latin, one of the bewest eateries, has house-made sangria that perfectly complements the savory paella. For an upscale experience make a resrvation at The Point Restarant and Terrace, but gents must wear a jacket. Or consider Elbow's Veranda Bar and Terrace, an intimate rum bar that featurse live music on Fridays and Saturdays or enjoy a cigar on the outdoor patio.

The best times to go to Bermuda are April, May, September and October, the latter being less crowded, less humid and downright spectacular.

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