Renowned for its subtropical beauty and luxe lifestyle, Bermuda has long been a celebrity favorite, attracting everyone from John Lennon to Oprah Winfrey. Even so, the resort offerings have become somewhat stagnant, with few new luxury hotels debuting in recent decades. That changed in May, with the opening of the five-star, 120-room St. Regis Bermuda Resort. Here are four reasons to check into the hotel, which melds Caribbean style with St. Regis tradition.
It’s a Quiet Place
Beachfront hotels are a rarity on the island, and this property, which occupies prime real estate on St. Catherine’s Beach, offers unparalleled access to the soft sand and placid water. Whether you’re sipping a cocktail at The St. Regis Bar (make it a Rum Swizzle, oft cited as Bermuda’s national drink), soaking in the view from your private balcony, or lounging around one of the pools, you’ll feel immersed in the island.
Bermuda was settled in 1609 by English sailors after a shipwreck that supposedly served as the inspiration for Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Five years later, the first version of Fort St. Catherine was built on this curve of land overlooking the bay. Today, the fort’s ruins, which can be seen from the St. Regis, house a museum that tracks the island’s history.
Putts and Pampering
The course at the resort’s Five Forts Golf Club offers spectacular views of the crystalline ocean from nearly all of its 18 holes. The Iridium Spa, meanwhile, uses products from the famed Parisian brand Sothys in its relaxation-focused treatments. Guests are encouraged to enjoy a post-session glass of Champagne in the Zen garden or heated plunge pool.
It Brings the Inside Out
The St. Regis features a range of alfresco spaces. Soft breezes waft through the open-air lobby, and the indoor-outdoor bar-restaurant takes full advantage of its scenic surroundings, even as its focus shifts. During the day, the space operates as Lina (named for Caroline Astor, whose family built the first St. Regis and who once owned property in Bermuda), serving Latin-influenced fare, and at night it transforms into an outpost of the acclaimed BLT Steak New York, which puts a French spin on the traditional steakhouse experience.
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