Tourism

Bermuda ranked No 1 in travel magazine

Bermuda has been voted top choice in island destinations in the Caribbean and Atlantic by readers of an upmarket tourism magazine.

The Condé Nast Traveler 2018 Readers Choice Awards ranked Bermuda above competitors St Vincent, Aruba, the Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos.

Bermuda is also featured on the front cover of the magazine’s November issue.

The awards were based on surveys filled out by 429,000 readers, with separate top-five lists for different regions.

The magazine said: “Though this small island sits in the North Atlantic, its climate is decidedly subtropical.

“A British Overseas Territory, Bermuda is a melting pot of British, American and Caribbean cultures, and offers a long list of things to do: snorkelling near pink-sand beaches, golfing, shopping, museum-hopping and more.”

The magazine also highlighted ease of travel to the island from the US East Coast and the recent revamp at Rosewood Bermuda.

Paulie Dibner, managing editor of the magazine, said: “We stayed in a suite that overlooked Castle Harbour and came with our very own golf cart perfect for zipping the ten minutes down to the beach.

“There’s plenty to do in Hamilton if you want to walk around a bit — grab brunch one morning at Devil’s Isle — but there’s several restaurants and a gigantic spa on site so I didn’t feel even slightly guilty for staying right where I was.”

The hotel was not the only one highlighted in the awards, with both the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club and The Reefs listed among the top ten resorts in Bermuda, Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos.

Other highly rated Bermuda hotels were Cambridge Beaches, Rosewood Bermuda, The Loren and the Fairmont Southampton, who were all among the top 20 resorts in the region.

The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious in the travel industry and are said to be “the best of the best of travel”.

Kevin Dallas, chief executive of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, said the spotlight on Bermuda in the magazine was “one of the biggest PR moments of the year”.

He added: “The November issue represents two important validations for us as Bermuda’s marketers.

“We have validation from consumers who voted Bermuda to the top of the list and validation from industry experts who deem our destination worthy of a Condé Nast Traveler cover.”