My 2016 Top Five Favourite Bermuda Things
My final Top Five selection from last year are things closer to home. Bermuda has much natural beauty, and outdoors is an alfresco activity heaven but beyond that it lacks some modern day indulgences. So I’ve avoided all the natural beauty, which I should remind myself I must never take for granted, and chosen some oddments that make life in Bermuda a little more sweeter.
So, here are my Top Five Favourite Bermuda Things from last year:
1. Americas Cup
The 35th Americas Cup will take part over a 6-week period this year from May to July. Since the holders of the oldest international sporting trophy, Team Oracle, selected Bermuda to be the venue for them to retain the title in December 2014 the island has been slowly gripped by the ultimate sailing race, described as F1 on water.
2. Hamilton Princess
Since being bought by the Green family in 2012 the two brothers charged with revamping this historic Hamilton hotel (below) have done wonders transforming the ‘pink princess’ into a modern oasis. The hotel retains all of its character but the meticulous detail that the Green brothers have brought makes much of the hotel unrecognizable.
I eat a lot of sushi and this place doesn’t get the credit or publicity it deserves. Tucked away and hard to find the chef’s produce the most imaginative rolls and fresh sashimi in Hamilton. Cheaper and better than other Bermuda sushi options.
4. Village Pantry
Austrian owner Holger can’t do much wrong but it shows what a bit of initiative, creativity and really good food can do. He has an eye for design as well, and this open all day child friendly restaurant in Flatts Village is a much welcomed addition to the sometimes outmoded Bermuda food scene.
5. Vineyard Vines
Yes, a shop. But a unique addition to the improving Hamilton shopping scene. An American brand selling good quality garb at prices probably cheaper than in the States. Preppy, with bright colours and the smiling whale logo, the look crosses the ocean from Martha’s Vineyard to Bermuda with ease. The shop, which reminds me of a Long Island beach house, also sells a range of individual Americas Cup stuff too.