Most flights from North America arrive in Bermuda at midday or early afternoon, leaving lots of time to begin unwinding. Check into the award-winning cliffside resort The Reefs, where you can sip swizzles beside the stunning infinity pool overlooking the South Shore boiler reefs. In the evening, ask for a private dinner on the sand at the resort’s restaurant, Coconuts (The Reefs, 56 South Shore Rd., tel. 441/238-0222, lunch noon–3 p.m., dinner 6:30–10 p.m. daily except Mon., Apr.–Nov. only, $14–28). Tiki torches, a locally inspired menu, and surf just a few feet from your toes will make it a special start to your romantic getaway.
Share a scooter (perfect for twosomes) and enjoy exploring the postcard-pretty West End. Stop in Somerset Village for lunch and explore some of its pastel lanes on foot. Head out to Dockyard for the afternoon, where you can rent a kayak, Jet Ski, or snorkeling gear to gaze at angelfish and sea fans. Later, head into Hamilton and watch the sunset—or moonrise—over the waterfront from one of Front Street’s restaurant verandas.
See the pristine South Shore beaches on horseback with a dawn trail ride from Warwick’s Spicelands Equestrian Centre. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view with breakfast, at The Dining Room at Gibbs Hill Lighthouse (68 St. Anne’s Rd., tel. 441/238-8069 or 441/238-0524, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily except Christmas, $2.50 per person, kids under 5 free). Then head east with a picnic and spend the day at the Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve, a 44-acre peninsula bordered by a half dozen beaches on the site of a former U.S. military base. The beaches’ azure privacy mimics scenes from romantic flicks like The Sandpiper or The Blue Lagoon. Visit historic St. George’s for an intimate soiree with fresh seafood at Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio, off a cobblestoned lane on the waterfront.
Make sure you book an afternoon flight out if possible, to make the most of the morning. Have a swim, play a game of tennis, or luxuriate in a dual massage at the resort’s La Serena spa before you leave.
Excerpted from the Third Edition of Moon Bermuda.