A Bermuda Weekender: Southampton
Yes, Bermuda is only a two hour flight from New York.
Now usually I don’t do this… but back in April I booked a full on resort weekend in Bermuda and it was awesome. Like many of us, I tend to stray off the beaten path, look for that secluded spot down the road or just plain prefer to stay at smaller hotels, or private houses, but the New York winter got the best of me in mid-April and I needed to go somewhere warm immediately.
Bermuda had never been on my wish list of islands to visit, but I decided to give it a try because it’s only a 2 hour flight from New York, and March/April is their border season, so it was relatively affordable too. Flights were under $400 each and I arrived in Bermuda on a Thursday evening in time for dinner and a rum swizzle and was back at my desk by Monday morning. Easy!
I stayed at the Fairmont Southhampton (not to be confused with the Fairmont Hamilton Princess) for 4 nights and it was way better than I expected. I was afraid it was going to be super touristy and have an all-inclusive feel, but instead, I was pleasantly surprised that it was a straight up classic resort vibe: great food and drinks, attentive staff, amazing spa and an awesome beach club right on site. Perfect for a long weekend when you just want to chill.
One of my favorite things about the Fairmont was the Willow Stream Spa. Guests of the hotel can visit the spa for the day for about $40 each and it includes a sauna, steam room, lounge, showers, two hot tubs, and a heated indoor swimming pool with waterfalls. Highly recommended!
My other favorite thing was the Fairmont Private Beach Club. It’s a secluded cove with pink sand located on the hotel grounds and you can spend the whole day sitting in a chair staring at the aqua sea sipping on tropical drinks and eating snacks. There’s also a dive shop on site where you can rent snorkel gear and follow “The Snorkel Path” from one end of the cove to the other swimming past huge rock formations and coral reefs. I saw tons of colorful and gigantic fish! I never wanted to get out of the water.
For dining at the Fairmont, the Jasmine Lounge is perfect for casual lobby bar fare and drinks; The Newport is a nautical themed gastropub with a raw bar and lots of fresh seafood option, plus it’s good for wine and apps too; and Bacci serves homemade pastas and classic Italian dishes, all great.
One night, I ventured into the city of Hamilton, but to be honest, it was kind of a waste of time. It’s a big banking and investment city and it pretty much shuts down after 5pm, so there wasn’t much to see or do, except for some bars and restaurants. However, if you do end up “downtown” hit up Devil’s Isle for nicer drinks and a locally sourced meal or the classic Hog Penny Pub for some traditional Bermuda fish chowder seasoned with black rum and sherry pepper sauce.
And finally, if you’re up for a little exercise, you can hop on the Bermuda Railway Trail right behind the hotel. It’s an 18 mile trail that runs along the former Bermuda Railway right through the middle of the island. It’s perfect for biking, hiking and sightseeing as it winds through the smaller neighborhoods, tall tropical trees, and along the coast in some places. I only walked it, so I didn’t see as much of it as I would have liked, so I’d recommend renting a bike so you can see the whole trail and make stops along the way.
The Fairmont Southampton
Willow Stream Spa
Fairmont Private Beach Club
101 South Shore Road, Southampton SN02, Bermuda
19 Burnaby, Hamilton, Bermuda
Hog Penny Restaurant & Pub
5 Burnaby Hill, Hamilton, Bermuda
Bermuda Railway Trail