2015 Top Five Bermuda Things
I have now lived in Bermuda over 7 years, 2 more than I lived in Chicago, which every time I think about it just sounds more incomprehensible. Chicago was a place where everyday I experienced something new. I never found a routine because the city would always throw up alternatives.
Bermuda is not like that, little changes apart from the tide of the sapphire blue Atlantic Ocean. However this year the island finally appeared to come out of the other side of a tough recession and there is a very noticeable wind of optimism coming in with that tide.
So to continue with my 2015 Top Fives, these are my Top Five Bermuda Things from the last 12 months:
1) The Americas Cup
The 35th race of the Americas Cup, the world’s oldest international sporting event may still be 18 months away but the expectation of it is everywhere on the island and the World Series races held here over a weekend in October were a raging success that really wet the whistle of what we can expect in 2017.
2) Hamilton Princess
The Green family have spent $100m on redeveloping the iconic but was a very tired hotel on Hamilton Harbour and I have to say they have done a superb job. The Green’s also own a remarkable collection of art and much of it is displayed in the hotel. Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant is a great addition to Hamilton and the hotel’s gardens and pools (photo) have been transformed. Hotel re-development is a hot topic in Bermuda and under the Green’s the Hamilton Princess is leading the way.
3) The Dock
Not that long ago The Dock was just, well a concrete dock outside a restaurant as part of the Fairmont Southampton not far from where we live. A little bit of imagination, great tapas, comfy chairs and live music later The Dock has become a great summer location to enjoy with friends or family ably abetted by the great work of manager Tom.
My favourite restaurant on the island because unlike so many of it’s rivals it never rests on it’s laurels. English owner and chef Jonny Roberts changes the menu weekly with imaginative and uncustomary dishes. Combine this with the great staff and warm atmosphere and you will find me here on a regular basis.
5) Rugby Week
The Bermuda Rugby Classic began here in 1988 after organisers crystallised many years of end of season rugby tours during the 70’s and 80’s starring players like JPR Williams and John McBride. A veterans (over X) tournament was founded and spans a week of great rugby and heavy drinking. In recent years professional players retiring from the game fitter the competitive nature of the week has dramatically increased although the frivolity remains unblemished. Hands down the most fun week of the year.