If Osterville and Chatham were islands...

Paradise is less than two hours away

Paradise is less than two hours away

The Reefs rises from this volcanic isle an hour and fifty minutes east of Boston.

No trolleys, no trams, no tramps, no trains, no theaters, no noise, no lectures, no riots, no murders, no fires, no burglaries, no politics

By Walter & Patricia Brooks

From the Ocean Echo dining room deck the pink sand invites you.

One of the infinity pools at The Reefs.

The chefs in Royston's.

Our Ocean Echo appies one night were Crab Cakes and Smoked Salmon wrapped in seaweed.

And an absolutely stunning Rock-fish at Ocean Echo.
Another night the Royston's special was a half lobster and an individual Beef Wellington.

You can rent a Boston Whaler at Somerset Bridge Marina a short way from The Reefs.

We hopped on the incredible and cheap local ferries to visit St. George at the east end.

"Bermuda is the right country for a jaded man to 'loaf' in. There are no harassments; the deep peace and quiet of the country sink into one's body and bones and give his conscience a rest and chloroform the legion of invisible small devils that are always trying to whitewash his hair..."

So said Mark Twain about Bermuda in "Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion."

He added, "There are no newspapers, no telegrams, no mobiles, no trolleys, no trams, no tramps, no railways, no theaters, no noise, no lectures, no riots, no murders, no fires, no burglaries, no politics, no offenses of any kind, no follies but church, & I don't go there."

And Twain would have had a hard time missing a church in Bermuda since there are at least 125 on the 23 mile-long island 600 miles east of Boston.

This island paradise's motto should be "For fast-acting relief, try slowing down in a place where you can give your stress wings and let it fly away back home".

The pink sand beaches and The Reefs

We stayed at The Reefs which many consider the premier resort on this storied island which was discovered around 1505 by accident by Juan de Bermudez, Captain of La Garza, a Spanish vessel, and part of a Spanish fleet.

But because it was so small, the island remained uninhabited and unsettled until 1609 except for the occasional shipwrecked mariner.

Bermuda has an affluent economy. Finance is its largest sector followed by tourism, and while still belonging to Great Britain as an overseas territory, it has the world's highest GDP per capita.

The Reefs is superb

The food matches the breath-taking scenery and accommodations.

Nestled along spectacular pristinelimestone cliffs, overlooking one of Bermuda's most beautiful privatebeaches, warmed by the luxuriant tropical sun and the hearts of thefriendliest people on earth, sits this intimate, award winning resortwhose sole purpose seems to be to pamper its guests and put them perfectly atease.

This small, luxury resort hotel is the perfect place to relax andunwind, to enjoy a romantic escape, to celebrate a special birthday oranniversary, to gather for a family reunion, or even to get married.Weddings and honeymoons are a favorite reason for staying at The Reefs.

Dining at The Reefs is truly a magical experience. Imagine! An intimate65-room island beach resort with three distinctive and excitingrestaurants, each featuring differing menus but remaining ever constantto the grail of culinary delectation and gratification.

Whichever ofthe three dining experiences you choose, Coconuts on the beach, for an eclectic menu in atreehouse atmosphere, or Ocean Echo Terrace, for alfresco dining with aspectacular view or Royston's, you will enjoy the finest cuisine Bermuda has tooffer.

Among its accolades:

  • 2009 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List of the“World’s Best Places to Stay”
  • 2009 Travel + Leisure “World’s Bestin the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas”
  • Travel + Leisure “World's Best Hotel Value”and “World’s Best Service,” Ranked #1
  • Coconuts as “Best Placeto Fall in Love,” Ocean Echo as “Best Al Fresco Dining” and “BestSunday Brunch,” and La Serena as “Best Day Spa” by The Bermudian

La Serena Spa

TheReefs, widely recognized as Bermuda’sbest hotel,celebrates the opening of its new La Serena Spa. Created by luxuryhotel designfirm Vision Design as part of the completion of the new Reefs Club,the new La Serena Spa offersguests a tranquil environment to connect with the ocean and experiencetotalrelaxation.

LaSerena Spa calms guests with a unique bubbling water globe thatopensthrough a moon gate into the stunning Relaxation Room, which offersendlessviews of the Atlantic Ocean. Morethan four times largerthan before, the spa features eight treatment rooms, including twodedicatedfacial skin care rooms, a spa suite for dual massages, and amanicure/pedicureroom offering guests spectacular ocean views.

Exploring the island

THe best way to explore this magic island is from the sea. We rented a Boston Whaler from Blue Water Divers and Watersports at Somerset Bridge and explored offshore to a wreak and all around hamilton Harbor on the inside.

Located on the western edge of the island at Robinson's Marina, Somerset Bridge is the best spot on the island to reach the most exciting wreck sites and the finest pristine reefs in Bermuda.

About the island

Bermuda is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, near the western edge of the Sargasso Sea, roughly 580 nautical miles (1070 km, 670 mi) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and roughly 590 nautical miles (1100 km, 690 mi) southeast of Martha's Vineyard. The island lies due east of Fripp Island, South Carolina. It has 103 km (64 mi) of coastline. There are two incorporated municipalities in Bermuda: the City of Hamilton and the Town of St George. Bermuda is divided into various "parishes," in which there are some localities called "villages," such as Flatts Village, Tucker's Town and Somerset Village.

Although usually referred to in the singular, the territory consistsof approximately 138 islands, with a total area of 53.3 squarekilometres (20.6 sq mi). The largest island, Main Island, is sometimes itself called Bermuda. Compiling a list of the islands is often complicated, as many have morethan one name (as does the entire archipelago, which has also beenknown historically as La Garza, Virgineola, and the Isle of Devils).Despite its small land mass, there has been a tendency for place namesto be repeated; there are, for example, two islands named Long Island, and St George's Town is located on St George's Island within St George's Parish (each known as St George's).

Incredible bus and ferry system

Bermuda has one of the best public transportation systems I've everseen, many residents use it as their primary means of transportation.There are no "school buses", school kids use the same bus system ascommuters and tourists. If you get a multi-day pass, it is good for theferry system as well. The fastest way to get from St. George's to theDockyard at King's Wharf is by ferry, about 45 minutes.

There are brochures widely available in the terminals with theschedules, but I found it very helpful to be able to plan ahead beforemy trip. The two links below provide all the schedule information forthe bus and ferry system. Each one starts out with a map, showing theroutes and the stops they serve. From those color coded routes, you canclick on the links to the detailed schedule. Make sure to pay attentionto what day of the week it will be, there are different schedules forthe weekends.

In Hamilton,it is about a 3 or 4 block walk from the ferry terminal to the busterminal. Count on about 10 or 15 minutes for that. If you are cominginto Hamilton by bus, many of the routes come in along Front Street andyou can ring the bell and get off close to the ferry terminal. You'llneed to check the map for your particular route.

Bus Schedule
Ferry Schedule

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