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Black Book Travel Guide: 5 luxurious reasons to vacation in Bermuda

When it comes to the jet-set elite, nothing beats a weekend getaway to Bermuda to get pampered and chill.

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Jennifer Weatherhead
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Black book travel guide: Bermuda

Put aside your initial thoughts about Bermuda. Yes, they have countless shades of Bermuda shorts, from the palest salmon pink to checkered and neon. And despite what you might think, this stand-alone island in the Atlantic is not part of the Caribbean (residents will be the first to tell you that just because they’re a sunny destination, they’re not part of the Caribbean). Instead, think of this: Hollywood royalty, from Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas to the upper aristocracy, regularly dip their toes in the sand and the turquoise waters. Why? Because Bermuda is like an untouched Caribbean island that’s home to indulgent spas, opulent hotels and lush hideaways. Ready to pack your bags yet?

1. Who goes
The most well-known celebs to set up house in Bermuda have to be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, who live part of the year in their sprawling mansion. Tons of visitors snap pictures of the house along the shoreline, but if you don’t want to having prying eyes, chances are you’ll see the family dining at some of the local joints. Other big names to vacation on the sandy pink beaches include Beyoncé and her family. Throw in some elite British socialites and wealthy New Yorkers (it’s less than a two-hour flight from New York City), and you have a posh set ready to drop some major cash.

2. It’s this close

Only a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Toronto and you’ll be on Bermuda soil. That’s enough time for a power nap on the plane, or to read a few chapters of the Hunger Games. And if you’re weighing the options of a warm destination between hitting up South Beach and Bermuda in the same flight time, think of it this way: Miami is your nightlife scene, Bermuda is your girls weekend chill out beachside without having to jet all the way down the Caribbean. If a tropical island retreat is on your “I-need-to-get-away-asap” list, book a flight to Bermuda and save your all-nighters for Miami.

3. It’s not just for older people and cruise ships
Sure, you’ll look out into Hamilton Bay and see some of the biggest cruise ships in the world that are decidedly full of the 50 range, but thrown in there are some chic women toting Hermes bags and Balenciaga blazers. And in our eyes, if you’re really looking for a chilled-out getaway where things seemingly move slower than normal, leave the rowdy crowds behind. You’ll also find all of your regular high-end designer shops on the island for a little retail therapy in between poolside lounging, Bermuda’s classic Rum Swizzle cocktail and walks on the beach.

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