Tag Archives: Bermuda

Bermuda Pool Party

25 Apr

If I’m not choosing a hotel based on the fact that it has a whirlpool tub, I’m most likely choosing it based on its amazing pool. What about location, you say? On the roughly 20.6 square mile island of Bermuda, location is a non-factor. No matter where you stay on the island, sweeping views of lush blue hues are merely a hop, skip and jump away.

These gorgeous colors, combined with an infinity pool is just what the doctor ordered for some ultimate R&R on your next Bermuda getaway. Here are two of my favorites.

Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa

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A cruise ship leaves the harbor, as I relax poolside after my massage

Minutes from the center of town, and thus overlooking the harbor, is the beautiful infinity edge pool at Newstead Belmont Hills. I had a fabulous deep tissue massage at the spa and went down to the pool to check it out. It was a gorgeous June afternoon and tourist season was in full bloom, but you couldn’t tell it here. The pool scene was quiet and serene. The pool is breathtaking and actually has a good depth to it, unlike most hotel pools.  I think I’ll actually stay here next time I come to Bermuda.

 

The Fairmont Hamilton Princess

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On a partly cloudy day, this pool is just what the doctor ordered  

The makeover of the Fairmont Hamilton is utterly impressive. Not only do they now have this jaw opener, but they have kept their original salt water pool as well. Even on a cloudy day, this perfectly placed pool is a wonderful place to relax. There are plenty of chairs and umbrellas at this larger resort.

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Oh look! The sun came out!

The Fairmont is within walking distance to town and is a larger resort than Newstead. Add to that the on-site marina and all of that said, the pool crowd can get a bit noisy at times. I still love this pool for its modern, fresh style and abundance of seating options.

 

No matter which hotel you choose, you’ll find yourself staring out into the harbor: Watching cruise ships come and go, party boats crank up the latest reggae and soca mixes, and children learning how to sail.

If “worse comes to worse” and you choose to stay elsewhere, the beautiful pink sand beaches are merely a hop, skip and jump away.

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Labor Day Cruises

8 Jun

Labor Day is quickly approaching. For some, it signifies the last chance to take a vacation before the kids are back in school. (Unless you live where I live and the kids go back around mid August). This is one of the best offers out there. It applies to any Norwegian cruise 5 days or longer, but I’ve included the latest rates for Labor Day sailings to Bermuda. More dates and cruises are available including Bahamas, Alaska, and European sailings.

Book an inside cabin and receive a FREE BOTTLE OF WINE. Ocean view cabins receive free wine and CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES, balcony booking receive all of the above plus an ITALIAN DINNER FOR 2 onboard. Other cabin categories have increasingly awesome extras such as onboard and spa credits.

  • August 31- September 7 cruise on the Norwegian Dawn from Boston to Bermuda. Space is still available from $1218 per person.
  • Prices start at $1078 for September 2-9 onboard the Norwegian Star (pictured) departing from NYC to Bermuda.

Other destinations are available and space is filling up fast, and driving the prices up. Many people do not realize that once the lowest priced cabins are gone, the next price point is rolled out, then the next. The above rates are what the inside cabins are going for as of today via Norwegian’s booking system.

Today is the last day to book to receive the Norwegian promotional offer! (817) 607-3693.

Want more examples?

  • For a shorter getaway, consider Carnival Imagination. The 3 day cruise to the Bahamas departing August 31st from Miami. $289 per person gets you there.
  • There is also Carnival Ecstasy leaving from Orlando on September 1st for a 5 day sailing to the Caribbean. $249 per person.
  • Royal Caribbean’s Majesty and Monarch of the Seas both depart on August 31 for a 3 day sailing. Majesty departs from Miami and Monarch departs from Port Canaveral. Staterooms are from $319 per person. A $200 deposit is due at booking and the balance is due on July 2.
  • Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas- 7 night Alaska cruise tour departing from Vancouver on August 31, from $599.

Many other itineraries are available. Call us for more information!

 

Snorkel Park Beach, The Dockyards, Bermuda

25 May

You’ll find Snorkel Park Beach tucked away in the Royal Naval Dockyard, a short walk from the ferry terminal and where the cruise ships dock. With almost nightly beach parties and after-hours events for adults, there’s something for every member of your family. Jet skis, kayaks, paddle boats, and of course, snorkel equipment are available for rent. There is also Wi-Fi available (fee applies). The beach area itself is small and there is a rocky area to be mindful of. If you get hungry and thirsty, there’s no need to leave the property. Hammerheads Bar and Grill serves food and there is a bar for the 18 and up crowd.  Admission to the grounds is free.

The Fairmont Southampton- Southampton, Bermuda

22 May

Here I am, 650 miles east of North Carolina, or about 2 hours flying time from the east coast, in beautiful Bermuda. I am staying at The Fairmont Southampton, one of Bermuda’s luxury resorts. It boasts the largest guest rooms in Bermuda featuring British colonial decor. There are 10 on-site restaurants ranging from casual to “jacket suggested.” The Fairmont Southampton has an 18 hole, par-3 golf course, an ocean front beach club, and plenty of activities for kids! This is true luxury.

The room itself is very spacious. It has a walk in closet, space to work, and space to lounge. I am in a “Fairmont King room”.

Fairmont King Room

Bathroom vanity area

Walk-in closet

1st floor hallway

So far, I have eaten twice at Jasmine Lounge. The chicken salad sliders were to die for. The spaghetti and apple pie are skippable, but were not a bad choice. For anything Italian I’d probably head over to another on-site restaurant, Bacci.

The Willow Stream Spa has your typical steam room, sauna, locker room, and lounge areas. The jacuzzi and hot tub are accessible through the  indoor pool area. The eucalyptus steam room is great and isn’t noisy when producing steam like some spas I have been to in the past.

That’s a wrap for day 1. Hopefully the weather will improve (although it’s not looking like it will). Cheers!

Apple pie from Jasmine Lounge.

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A Rainy Bermuda Day

21 May

A Rainy Bermuda Day

View from The Fairmont Southampton “Fairmont King” Room.

I lifted the shade. The bright white clouds blinded me. It’s a drizzly day in Bermuda, but even the damper day can not put a mask on her beauty. We approached the island from a different direction than I am used to. The turquoise water and green reefs were still visible. I stared out of the window in awe. I love flying into Bermuda!

Welcome

3 May

Welcome to the official blog spot for Blue Grotto Travel. I look forward to sharing stories and insights about various great travel destinations with you. Keep an eye out for my live blogs, which will kick off with my May 2012 trip to the island of Bermuda. July will include stories of Las Vegas, Roatan, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, and Belize City.

Before you book your next vacation, call us at (817) 312-1107 or contact us through our Facebook page (link on the right). We have access to some great rates and there is never a consultation fee.