Jungle walks and global tapas? This timeless getaway is shedding its buttoned-up image.
Eat: Pearl wins accolades for turning fresh-off-the-boat rockfish and tuna into creative sushi. Craving something more classic? Fairmont Southampton’s Waterlot Inn, in a 350-year-old former tavern, serves dry-aged steaks and tableside Caesar salad. And the sherry-laced fish chowder at Black Horse Tavern (441/297-1991), on St. David Island, is a local favorite.
Do: Join the nature guides of new ecotourism company Hidden Gems of Bermuda to explore secret caves and snorkel coral reefs. Back in Hamilton, browse the smart selection of frilled silk tunics and Helen Ficalora jewelry at Atelerie.
Stay: Covering 250 emerald acres in Hamilton Parish, Rosewood Tucker’s Point has 88 ocean-view rooms, a beach club, a spa, and a Roger Rulewich–designed golf course. More intimate is Granaway Guest House (three-night minimum), in Warwick Parish, with four treasure-filled bedrooms (china teapots; hand-embroidered pillowcases) and a pool tucked among palm and banana trees.
At A Glance
Flight Time from East Coast: About 2 1/2 hours.
Getting Around: Use taxis; rental cars are verboten and mopeds risky.
Natural Wonder: Crushed shells from marine organisms called forams give Bermudan sand its distinctive salmon color.
Golf Courses per Square Mile: Three—more than anywhere else in the world.
Total Beaches: 34—secluded Warwick Long Bay is our favorite for a sunrise stroll and a swim.
Total Shipwrecks: More than 300.
Adrien Glover is deputy digital editor at Travel + Leisure.