Bermuda - an exclusive island of many colours, less than seven hours away. A British colony situated in the middle of the Atlantic. Flights operate direct from Gatwick to Hamilton with British Airways.
I was invited to join ten Bermuda Specialist agents and the Tourism Board for a briefing of the 22-square-mile island. Full of excitement, I met the group at Gatwick airport at midday on 6th November. From the moment we checked in our cases our few days of luxury started. We flew Club Class and the only comment I have is that the flight is too short to enjoy all the facilities that travelling business class has to offer!
Bermuda is pristine, almost manicured – there are no rubbish dumps or old beaten up cars! Homes and gardens are pretty pictures, whitewashed and pastel coloured. You are never far from a pink beach of your own, as Bermuda’s shape is long and thin
We spent a couple of days travelling around the island visiting many hotels ranging from small cottage colonies to large resort hotels. Car hire is not available, so we used taxis, ferries and buses. The public transport system is a pleasure to use - extremely clean, efficient and affordable. Scooters are another fun way to explore the many undiscovered secrets of Bermuda, especially as the speed limit is only 20 miles an hour and driving is on the left.
We spent a day enjoying a few of the many tourist attractions, including Gibbs Lighthouse, which has been in operation since May 1846. The views from the top are breath-taking, but perhaps not for those with vertigo! We also visited the aquarium, zoo and museum situated in Hamilton, all great fun for children.
The Royal Naval Dockyard is full of history – sailing ships and battle stories, there are restaurants and cannons to climb and a sea wall to walk along too With lots of sunken wrecks, Bermuda is great for diving and you can walk on the sea floor, “helmet diving”, very curious!
Bermuda is a golfer's paradise. There are seven 18-hole courses and an eighth to be finished. The best time for a golfing holiday is between November and March, when the conditions are at their best. For those who are keen to learn, there is also an academy with instructors on hand. There is even a mini golf course to entertain those who may not be old or keen enough to play the real thing.
Overall, I can say that Bermuda offers its visitors somewhere to relax, and somewhere to absorb traditional British culture amongst the most beautiful scenery that I have ever seen. The dining is formal almost everywhere, but isn’t it nice sometimes to dress up a bit and have a lovely meal, waited on, wined and dined!
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