Kirsty visits Bermuda20.07.15 | Kirsty Taylor
My first visit to Bermuda was in September 2001, on an educational trip with Prestige Holidays. I instantly fell in love with the island, so much so that myself and my family made a special trip there this year to celebrate my father’s 60th birthday. My second visit to Bermuda was a totally different experience to my first, as this time I was able to enjoy my trip as a tourist and I got to see a lot more of the island and what it has to offer.
Our home for the week was Pompano Beach Club – a property that I was very impressed with when I visited in 2001. Situated on one of the most fantastic beach fronts in Bermuda, it is suited to couples and families, and is a perfect choice for golfers as the Port Royal Golf Course is located adjacent. Pompano Beach Club has a very relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and the staff really can’t do enough for you. On several occasions, the owner of the hotel gave us a lift to and from the bus and ferry stops – this is all part of the personal service you can expect to receive at Pompano. There are four room categories available – all with stunning sea views. We chose to stay in a deluxe room which was located on the waterfront. The property is one of three hotels which is part of the Bermuda Collection, along with The Reefs and Cambridge Beaches. The main advantage of staying at a Bermuda Collection hotel, is that they offer guests who are on a half-board basis a ‘dine around’ programme. Therefore, if you are spending your holiday at The Reefs but would like to try the food at Cambridge Beaches, this can be arranged for you, and will be included as part of your half-board package. The only extras payable are drinks and transport between the properties.
The bus and ferry services in Bermuda are extremely easy and safe to use, and are very reasonably priced. If a bus stop pole is pink, buses are heading into Hamilton, and if it is blue it is heading away from Hamilton! Bus and ferry passes for all services can be obtained from most hotels. I made full use of both the bus and ferry services, and would recommend any visitor to Bermuda to do the same as it is a fantastic way to see the island. Another popular way to travel around the island is by scooter, as car hire is not possible in Bermuda. The speed limit is 20 mph and driving is on the left hand side of the road. Island taxi tours are a very good way to see the island, and can be personalised to suit your requirements. I would recommend at least three hours to see the main areas of interest. Island tours can be arranged at most hotels, and the itinerary can be planned with the driver in advance.
There are many attractions in Bermuda to suit all tastes and age groups. As I travelled with my two-year-old daughter, one of the first places we visited was the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. Extremely well priced at just $10 per adult, $5 per child and free for children under five, I would highly recommend a visit. The Royal Naval Dockyard is one of the main attractions in Bermuda with something to suit everyone ranging from restaurants and stores to workshops and water sports. Dolphin Quest is located here, and a swim with the dolphins can be pre-booked if you wish. The old capital of the island, St George’s, and the current capital, Hamilton, are both worth a visit, with a good choice of shops and restaurants, offering something to suit all tastes and budgets. Hamilton even has it’s own Marks and Spencer store!
Sports enthusiasts will appreciate all that Bermuda has to offer ranging from all types of watersports to fishing and horse riding, cycling and tennis. Bermuda is also a golf lover’s paradise with eight courses in just over 21 square miles. The 25th edition of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf is being held in Bermuda in October, at the Mid Ocean Club (known as one of the greatest golf courses in the world) and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel.
There are a wide variety of properties to choose from when planning your trip to Bermuda, from traditional cottage colonies to world-class resort hotels. I personally prefer the smaller, more personal properties, as I feel you get a real taste of Bermuda when staying there.
Overall, I feel that Bermuda is a fantastic destination which suits all kinds of people and age groups, and I hope I am lucky enough to visit for a third time!
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