A Bermuda-ful Weekend!

We recently jetted over to Bermuda for a long weekend for a friend’s wedding. A four-day event, it was nothing short of incredible.

Bermuda is famous for its pink sand beaches, clear turquoise water, tropical vegetation, touches of British style, and ridiculously friendly people. It’s upscale, yet casual, and while it’s not exactly notorious for being a culinary destination, we thoroughly enjoyed everything we ate and sipped.

Almost immediately after arriving, we were greeted with a tray of Rum Swizzles: a sweet, tangy punch typically made with light and dark rum, orange juice, pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine.
rum-swizzle

It only got better from there. Here are my top picks of what/where to eat, and where to stay:

What & Where to Eat in Bermuda

A majority of our stay was at Elbow Beach, and we didn’t have to leave the hotel property for great food. The first night, as part of the wedding celebration, we attended a welcome dinner at Lido.

Situated above the beautiful pink sand beach, we fell in love with Lido’s ocean view, attentive service and great food. The dinner menu consisted of Mediterranean-influenced dishes with an emphasis on fresh, local seafood, and the breakfast menu had a great variety of egg dishes and freshly baked pastries. They have these chocolate chip muffins that come out warm from the oven, and are still gooey on the inside. They are absolutely heavenly. The warm chocolate croissants are also worth gaining a few pounds for.

Lido at Elbow Beach.

Lido at Elbow Beach.

Breakfast at Lido. Seriously regretting that I didn't snap a photo of the muffins for you, but trust me on this one.

Breakfast at Lido. Seriously regretting that I didn’t snap a photo of the muffins for you, but trust me on this one.

While enjoying a day on the Elbow Beach, you can also walk 100 feet and have lunch at Mickeys, which is right on the pink sand and has arguably the best view on the island.

Lunch at Mickey's at Elbow Beach.

Lunch at Mickey’s at Elbow Beach.


A fresh shrimp caesar salad at Mickey's.

A fresh shrimp caesar salad at Mickey’s.

On our last day we ventured to Front Street, Hamilton’s main shopping strip, and ended up at Flanagans for lunch. A Best of Bermuda award-winner, Flangan’s had the best food I’ve ever had at an Irish pub. Recommendations from our meal: the fresh, local Wahoo Bites, Madras Curry, and the Steak & Guinness Pie.

The Wahoo Bites at Flanagan's on Front Street.

The Wahoo Bites at Flanagan’s on Front Street.

The Madras Curry (left) and Steak & Guinness Pie.

The Madras Curry (left) and Steak & Guinness Pie at Flanagan’s.

Hotels: Elbow Beach & Coral Beach Club

We ended up staying in two hotels, Elbow Beach and Coral Beach Club, which are next door to one another in the Paget Parish. The location of these hotels is great, as they’re centrally located and only about a 15 minute drive to the shops and restaurants of Hamilton.

The grounds of both hotels are absolutely stunning, and they both overlook pink sand beaches. Coral Beach Club does have a slightly better view from the rooms and terraces in my opinion though, as it’s situated up on a small cliff. But honestly, the beaches of Bermuda are so gorgeous from any elevation and angle that it’s like comparing two Victoria’s Secret Angels.

The view from outside our room at Coral Beach.

The view from outside our room at Coral Beach.

The guest rooms are where the two hotels are like night and day. Elbow Beach is updated and modern, while Coral Beach Club is more of a charming “Old Bermuda” style that’s a bit outdated. To make comparisons to South Florida, the rooms at Elbow Beach reminded me of the W, while Coral Beach Club reminded me of the Breakers. Check them out:

Elbow Beach Hotel

Our room at Elbow Beach Hotel. How incredible is that tub?

A suite at Coral Beach Club.

A suite at Coral Beach Club.

If I were to go back to Bermuda, I would choose to stay at Elbow Beach. In addition to the rooms being cleaner and more modern, they were also more luxurious. The bath products were of better quality, and there was more attention to detail in the service. There’s also just something about those warm chocolate chip muffins and creamy eggs from Lido that I can’t stop thinking about. I’d go back just for those alone.

How's that for a wedding backdrop? The terrace at Coral Beach Club does not disappoint.

How’s that for a wedding backdrop? The view from the terrace at Coral Beach Club does not disappoint.

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