The beauty of Bermuda

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The beauty of Bermuda

If you’re in need of a romantic escape from the grey winter weather, book a trip to the glamorous island of Bermuda, writes Shereen Low

Bermuda, with its stunning beaches and tropical weather, is the perfect getaway for newlyweds and married couples alike.

Located just off the east coast of the USA, two hours from New York, the UK’s oldest colony continues to have strong British influences, from its red phone and mailboxes, to its place names such as Somerset Village, Devonshire and Warwick.

The six-hour flight from London’s Gatwick airport will transport you to paradise and into a whole new way of life, where everyone greets each other and the houses are all painted in bright shades.

You can’t miss local celebrity Johnny Barnes. For the past 40 years, the 87-year-old blows kisses and greets drivers and pedestrians at the Crow Lane roundabout every weekday morning, between seven and ten.

The good Lord gave me a job. I saw so many people going to work glumly, and thought I would help make their day better,” he told me, adding: “Come back to Bermuda soon. I’ll be here waiting!

While it is considered a rich man’s hideaway, with certain parts of the island closed off for exclusive access, this dream destination – made up of 181 islands – is accessible to couples of varying budgets.

The island’s capital Hamilton is the place to eat, drink and shop. Rum cake, made with copious amounts of Gosling’s Black Rum, is a local delicacy, as are Bermudian cocktails. Rum Swizzle (rum and fruit juice) is considered the female drink, with its manly counterpart being Dark And Stormy (rum and ginger beer).

Window shop along Front Street, affectionately known as The Strip, where designers such as Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren sit alongside more affordable stores like MAC. Reward yourself with a quick bite at The Pickled Onion, where a plate of fresh sushi will cost you $12 (£7.50).

Despite having a reputation for being a tax-free haven, paying your way around Bermuda is not as cheap as you may expect. A round of five drinks at Cafe Cairo is comparable to prices in central London, setting you back $50 (£32), and shoppers may find most items are more expensive because of the import tax.

There’s plenty to satisfy sports fans though. Scuba divers can explore the numerous wrecks and coral reefs in its clear waters, while golf lovers can play a few holes at the various courses.

From the famous Horseshoe Bay to the sunbathing spots on Elbow Beach, many ships may have lost their way in the Bermuda Triangle, but you’re sure to lose your heart here.

Bermuda facts

Prestige Holidays is offering seven nights at the Elbow Beach in a Premier Twin with garden view, room only, with flights from Gatwick with British Airways and private transfers from £1,399 per person. The package includes a ‘Stay seven and pay for six’ offer, saving £186 per booking, and is based on two adults sharing and travelling in February 2011.

Holidays between January 3 and March 16 2011 are priced from £1,029, which includes seven nights for the price of four and flights with British Airways from London Gatwick, room only accommodation in an ocean view room at Grotto Bay Resort and private transfers.

For reservations visit www.prestigeholidays.co.uk or call 01425 480 400.

For more information about Bermuda, visit www.gotobermuda.co.uk and for Mandarin Oriental Elbow Beach, log on to www.mandarinoriental.com/bermuda

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