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Travel

Bermuda

An island of conscious conservation and laid-back adventure.
BY DAVID KEITH

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Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo

One of the world’s oldest aquariums, it’s situated on 7 acres in Flatts Village and features a 140,000-gallon tank with live corals and large predatory fish. Its mission focuses on conservation projects and research programs that include rescuing injured marine turtles and harbor seals. bamz.org

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Trunk Island, Harrington Sound

Part of the Bermuda Zoological Society, this major restoration project is a living classroom showcasing the area’s varied natural habitats. Hike around the island for a closeup look at the fauna, snorkel above sea grass beds, or spend some time with its resident beekeeper, Spencer Field. Put on a beekeeper’s suit and taste fresh honey, still warm from inside the hive. bamz.org

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Natura Spa: Prospero’s Cave

An underground lake in a 500,000-year-old cave is the setting for indulgent spa treatments beneath massive stalactites. Take a rejuvenating swim in the crystal clear waters of the lake or dive in to one of the 30-foot-deep cave pools for a real adrenaline rush. Weekly cave tours sans treatment can also be booked. Massages from $165; grottobay.com

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Hawkins Island, Great Sound

This former British POW camp from the early 1900s—ruins can still be seen—is now a private island retreat. Book the entire island for up to 16 guests in the Main Villa and Guard House, with food and beverages included, plus all water sports equipment; or use it as a venue for a special celebration with up to 200 close friends, including full event planning and catering by premier curators Dasfete. hawkins.bm; dasfete.com

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Della Valle Sandals

Choose your style and get measured by Vincenzo Della Valle and team, who create a special pair while you wait with a glass of prosecco in hand. Pick heel height, sole style, and strap color. From $145; dvsandals.com

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STAY: Rosedon Hotel

Now a Relais & Châteaux property, the newly renovated colonial mansion in the heart of Hamilton has 40 individually decorated rooms, each with a view of the property’s secluded tropical gardens. Classic British high tea is served daily, the pool is heated year-round, and the pink sands of Elbow Beach are nearby. From $380; rosedon.com

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Sea Turtle Exploration

For something out of the ordinary, book this excursion through the Winnow app. As co-founder, Allison Swan, says, “We try to find things you can’t Google.” A private boat ride takes you to the best place to snorkel with these gentle green creatures. You’ll be surprised by how hard it is to keep up with them. $465 for 4 hours; 1-6 people (snorkeling gear included). winnow.life

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Bermuda Railway Trail

Built on the abandoned railway path, the trail runs from one end of the island to the other. At 18 miles long, it has entrances located at a number of historic points along the way and provides views of the island’s floral landscapes, idyllic ponds, and stunning coastline. Hike, run, or rent e-bikes to cover more ground.

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Natura Spa: Prospero’s Cave

While Fairmont’s Hamilton Princess & Beach Club may be the oldest hotel on the island, its art collection is one of the most contemporary—and worth a viewing. Stroll through a stunning assemblage of modern art, including works from Damien Hirst, Ai WeiWei, Banksy, and Jeff Koons. There’s even museum-quality art in the fitness center. Guided tours with the hotel’s curator are available every Saturday. thehamiltonprincess.com

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Hawkins Island, Great Sound

A not-to-be-missed food adventure is the classic fried fish sandwich on raisin bread with cole slaw and a side of fries at Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy. Each sandwich is loaded with tartar sauce and, if you’re brave enough, hot sauce. Order carefully; it’s more than enough for two. St. Monica’s Road, North Shore Village; 441.295.3965

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Della Valle Sandals

Following a recent renovation, Tucker’s Bar at the Rosewood Hotel is now dedicated to enlightening patrons about the history of the island’s signature spirit. Try any of the classic rum cocktails or join a tasting session. For custom-crafted drinks in town, seek out Yours Truly, a speakeasy tucked away at 2 Chancery Lane. House-made syrups, infused liquors, and mixologists with whimsical creativity. rosewoodhotels.com; yourstruly.bm

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STAY: The Residence at the Loren

Built as the hotel owner’s private home, the waterfront mansion features stunning views of Bermuda’s coastline from each of the seven bedrooms, a separate staff cottage for the full-time butler, a private beach, tennis court, and pool, along with a fitness center and media room. Plus, access to all of the Loren’s first-class amenities. From $15,000/night; thelorenhotel.com

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