Our Trip to Bermuda
Matt, Milo and I recently spent a few days in Bermuda. We partnered with Fairmont Southampton Bermuda and stayed at their beautiful kid-friendly hotel on the island’s South Shore. It was our first time to Bermuda, but we had heard about the soft pink sand beaches and beautiful water for years. Laura and Dan went for their babymoon a few years ago, and my parents celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary there. Matt’s cousins have been probably a dozen times. They have traveled extensively and are always mentioning how it is their favorite place. Suffice to say, we were excited to check it out for ourselves!
In my opinion, one of the best parts of traveling to Bermuda is the short flight. We flew on Delta Airlines from Boston and it was under 2 hours direct to Hamilton. So easy!
Since we were staying at the hotel, we were able to travel (relatively) lightly since we didn’t need a crib. We did bring our travel stroller (we didn’t use it a ton, but I always like to have it as a backup for naps), a baby carrier, a wrap, and of course all the essentials like diapers, wipes, and sunscreen. Bermuda is very expensive, and I had read that it was difficult (and costly) to pick up items like diapers and sunscreen.
We took a taxi from Hamilton to the hotel which took us about 40 minutes. We actually organized a shuttle on the return, which was easy as well. The cost was about 40 US dollars. The roads in Bermuda are so beautiful. There are no highways, and it seems like you can see coastline no matter where you are. The roads are windy, hilly, and have the most magnificent views.
Once we arrived at the hotel, we didn’t leave the grounds aside for a morning visit to Hamilton. We were only there for 4 days and there was so much to do at the Fairmont Southampton. I had read that it was super kid-friendly, but I was astounded by how much thought went into parents traveling with kids. They have a kids camp, which was very reasonably priced, but it starts at age 5 so we didn’t do that. There was a neat toddler’s room with toys, puzzles, life-sized stuffed animals, beautiful wooden play structures from New England’s CedarWorks, and a ball pit. Milo had a blast, and we took him every day, especially before dinner so he could work out all that extra energy. There was a huge main staircase in the hotel, and Milo loved going up and down the stairs… waving to everyone who passed by!
The hotel isn’t directly on the beach, but you hop on a shuttle and it takes you across the street to the private beach club. I loved how easy everything felt — plenty of chairs, umbrellas, towels, and clean restrooms all at the beach. We loved the Cabana Grill, right on the beach. We devoured chicken fingers and fries one day for lunch, and of course had our fair share of cocktails. Kids under 5 eat free at all Fairmont Southampton restaurants. Such a perk!
Milo had a few epic beach naps. Drifting off to sleep as the ocean waves crash — so peaceful!
We ate dinner at The Newport Gastropub two nights in a row. The food was delicious — our favorites were the garlic bread, wings, and mussels. Milo’s food was so good, too. One night he had salmon with peas and corn, and the second night he had spaghetti with lamb meatballs. The Gastropub only serves dinner and reservations are required, but very easy to make with the concierge. The ambiance was really cool, too. We felt like we were underwater with little peephole windows and plenty of fishing trinkets.
Each morning, we wandered downstairs and grabbed coffee at Wickets Coffee Bar. The line was often out the door, but it moved quickly. It was the cheapest option for a quick breakfast. Plus, it was right next door to the toddler room so one of us would wait for coffee and the other would take Milo to play. He made so many friends in the little playroom.
The pool was beautiful, and the kid’s pool was so cute with a water slide. I wish we had spent more time lounging by the pool, but not as realistic with a baby. Milo preferred the temperature of the ocean, which was a tad warmer. The lounging chairs by the pool were so inviting, though.
In the lobby, there is a big restaurant and lounge area called Jasmine. It was well-suited for families since there is plenty of space to walk around. Milo doesn’t sit very still in a high chair. We can maybe get 2 minutes of him being happy before he has a meltdown. While we were sitting at Jasmine’s, Milo made good friends with a family across from us — he loves big kids! We saw them throughout our stay and they were actually from the Boston-area too.
I would love to visit Bermuda again someday. Our trip felt a little short, but doesn’t vacation always feel that way? Bermuda is an expensive place, though, so four days felt like the right amount of time budget-wise. While staying on island, I think it is so easy and relaxing to stay at a resort. When you are traveling with kids, you really need everything to feel as relaxed as possible so that it can feel like vacation. Fairmont made traveling with a toddler as easy as can be.
Next time, I would love to spend an afternoon wandering around St. George’s and it would be fun to take Milo to the aquarium.
Here’s my packing list for the must-have essentials when traveling to Bermuda with a toddler:
– diapers, wipes, all the essentials!
– sun hat for baby (this is my favorite, since it covers their neck)
– SPF blanket, since beach towels get so hot
– short-sleeved pajamas since even with air conditioning, it can feel hot and humid at night
Have you been to Bermuda? If so, what was your favorite thing about the island? xo
This post is in partnership with Fairmont Southampton, but as always all thoughts are my own.