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Best for Golf
The British Crown colony sits in the middle of the Atlantic, some 645 miles off the Eastern seaboard, at roughly the same latitude as Savannah, Georgia. A mere two hours separate New York and Boston from Bermuda, making it an easy quick-break destination.
Even if you could hire a car on Bermuda (only residents are allowed to drive), you wouldn’t want to. Rental mopeds and bicycles are just too convenient and fun—and they’re the best way to explore the island. In the evenings, taxis can get you to and from restaurants without any hassles.
Worth the splurge
Sleek, sprawling, and just months old, the new pool and dining complex at the 94-suite Cambridge Beaches (30 Kings Point, Sandys; 800/468-7300; cambridgebeaches.com; suites from $355) overlooks Mangrove Bay and gives the resort a glamorous edge over the island’s evergreen hotels. When the sun goes down and the dance band strikes up, you’d swear you were at the Edgartown Yacht Club on Martha’s Vineyard, circa 1978.
The 85 cabanas at the 9 Beaches Resort (866/841-9009 or 441/239-2999; 9beaches.com; doubles from $185) are a bargain on an island not generally associated with deals.
At low tide, guests can wade out more than 1,200 feet on the spectacular beach at the Pompano Beach Club (36 Pompano Beach Rd., Southampton; 800/343-4155; pompanobeachclub.com; doubles from $290), and the water still won’t top their shins. Something more strenuous?Sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboating, and windsurfing equipment are available from the resort.
It doesn’t get more romantic than dining on the beach by the light of a tiki torch at the restaurant at the Reefs hotel, Coconuts (56 South Shore Rd., Southampton; 800/742-2008; dinner for two $144). Bury your toes in the pink sand while trying the Bermuda fish chowder and grilled swordfish with papaya-and-watermelon salsa.
Bailey’s Ice Cream & Food D’Lites Restaurant (Wilkinson Ave. and Blue Hole Hill, Bailey’s Bay, Hamilton; 441/293-8605; $2.75 per scoop) churns out some 30 all-natural house-made ice creams, including the best-selling Bermuda Banana.
Where to Golf
In 1921, Charles Blair Macdonald, the preeminent links designer of his day, created the legendary 18-hole, par-71 course at the Mid Ocean Club (1 Mid Ocean Dr., Tucker’s Town, St. George’s; 441/293-0330; themidoceanclubbermuda.com). Frederick Law Olmsted, no less, was the landscape architect, and Robert Trent Jones discreetly revised Macdonald’s design in the fifties. All that, plus one of golfdom’s most infamous hazards: the No. 5 hole’s tidal-pond tee shot.
Oprah was rumored to have her eye on a $25 million mansion in Tucker’s Town, near the soon-to-open Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa (Harrington Sound; 441/298-6915; tuckerspoint.com). If the contractors meet their deadlines, however, next year she’ll be able to check in to what is being billed as the island’s first new luxury resort in nearly four decades. With views of Castle Harbor and Harrington Sound, Tucker’s Point is conceived as the centerpiece of a golf, beach, and tennis club, and of a community of full- and fractional-ownership residences.