This story originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
As Mark Twain once said, “You go to heaven if you want to, I’d rather stay right here Bermuda.” And we certainly agree. The tiny island in the Atlantic (yes, the Atlantic, not the Caribbean) packs an enormous punch in its 20 square miles. Pastel houses with white roofs perched on verdant hills, curvy roads carved into cliffs, some of the clearest turquoise water you have ever seen, and its famous pink-tinged beaches make up the dreamy island landscape. But there’s so much more than its incredible natural beauty. Bermuda played an important part in global history, from early British settlers exploring the New World to espionage during World War II. It has refined cuisine, a vibrant and friendly culture, spectacular water sports and now its formerly staid hotel scene is catching up with the island’s popularity. The first new build in 45 years, The Loren at Pink Beach, opened last year to great acclaim; two of its most iconic hotels, Hamilton Princess and Rosewood Tucker’s Point, recently emerged from multimillion-dollar renovations; and a spate of new luxury properties, including Caroline Bay—a Ritz-Carlton Reserve—and a St. Regis, are on the horizon. And with its prime location just 90 minutes from the east coast of the US, there has never been a better time to listen to Twain’s wise words and head to an island more superb than heaven.