Headwater – Self-Guided Bermuda Islands Discovery

Resort: Headwater - Self-Guided Bermuda Islands Discovery
Operator: Exodus
Destination: Bermuda
Price From: £3455.00

Overview


Discover Bermuda – a pocket-sized paradise of sugary pink sands, secret
turquoise bays, sea grottoes and pastel villages.

This self-guided walking holiday is the perfect mix of gentle walking and
independent exploring allowing you to discover the quintessential island
paradise of Bermuda at your own pace. Warmed by the temperate Gulf Stream,
this sub-tropical gem, seemingly adrift in the North Atlantic Ocean is a
stunning archipelago of 181 islands and islets, the eight largest of which
form the fishhook-shaped mainland. Famed for its stunning turquoise waters in
a whole rainbow of blues, incredible pink sands and coral reefs home to
hundreds of colourful fish, Bermuda is a beach-lover’s heaven and, as
Britain’s oldest colony, it is packed with history too. Beyond the
postcard-worthy bays, the islands offer a lush interior alive with a
multitude of birds and flowers, making it perfect to explore on foot. As Mark
Twain commented, ‘You go to heaven if you want. I’d rather stay here in
Bermuda’.

Highlights

* Discover a pocket-sized paradise of sugary pink sands, secret turquoise
bays, sea grottoes and pastel villages
* Luxurious hotel with swimming pool, tennis court, panoramic ocean views
and outstanding cuisine
* Gentle traffic-free trails, spectacular coastal paths, lush woodland
tracks
* Lots of opportunities for independent exploring
* Colourful flowers, birds and fish. Also look out for humpback whales

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Bermuda

Your base in Bermuda for the next 14 nights is the exclusive 64-room 4H-rated
Coco Reef Hotel, staying in a Deluxe Ocean View Room (with either balcony or
terrace). The hotel is just 15 minutes from the capital, Hamilton and perfect
for independent exploring.

*You stay at the Coco Reef Resort for 14 nights on a Room Only basis. *

*Breakfast and evening meals are available at a supplement – please request
prices at time of booking.*

Day 2-7
The Walking Routes

Bermuda is the perfect destination for a mix of relaxation and gentle
walking. We provide six detailed walking routes to help you discover the
historic, cultural and natural highlights of the island, but there’s no set
itinerary so you’re free to choose when and where to walk – you are on
holiday after all!
To help you get around, a 14-day travel pass is included, allowing unlimited
access to the modern and efficient bus and ferry networks. Our local partner,
Tim Rogers, has a wealth of knowledge about Bermuda’s flora, fauna and
history, and will brief you about how everything works.

You’re free to choose when and where to walk:
*Somerset and Ireland Island 7km/4.5mi/2hr or 8km/5mi/3hr*
Begin at Somerset Bridge, the world’s smallest drawbridge, and follow the
Railway Trail lined with unusual screw palm and cedar, reaching C19 Fort
Scaur, with stunning views to Hamilton. Onwards to sleepy Somerset Village
for lunch by pretty Mangrove Bay, you then follow a coastal track out along
Ireland Island to Bermuda’s most westerly end.
*Exploring the East End 11km/7mi/4.5hr*
You start the day in charming St George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There’s time to explore the tangle of colourful streets and pretty harbour,
before a dazzling path lined with prickly pear and casuarina leads to Gates
Bay where Sir George Somers first came ashore in 1609. You continue along a
herb-scented coastal track to Ferry Reach, with its C17 forts and Corsican
tower.
*St David’s and Cooper’s Island 4km/2.5mi/2hr or 5km/3mi/2.5hr*
At tranquil St David’s, fragrant hibiscus scents the salty ocean air as you
visit Red Hole bay. Then it’s on to St David’s Battery, with cliff views
stretching infinitely across the ocean, before heading over to Cooper’s
Island, Bermuda’s newest nature reserve, a truly isolated and unspoilt area.
*Sights of the South Shore 13km/8mi/3.5hr*
From Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, balcony views span the entire west end across the
azure waters of Great Sound, dotted with white sailboats. From here you
descend to the sugary pink sands of the South Shore Trail, a string of nine
gorgeous bays linked by a scented path of flowering morning glory and
oleander. There’s time for a dip at Chaplin Bay before a shaded path leads
past cassava fields to the hotel, in time for a dip in the hotel’s pool.
*Coast and Caves 12km/7.5mi/4.5hr*
Colourful prickly poppies dot the sparkling coastal route towards Flatts
Village, where friendly locals cast their nets into the azure expanse of
Harrington Sound, an inland lake littered with sea grottoes. It’s then
onwards with views over the northern shore to reach Blue Hole Park, a tiny
treasure trove of caves filled with aquamarine waters. Maybe savour a Dark
‘n’ Stormy cocktail after visiting the fascinating Crystal Caves, then take
the bus back to the hotel.
*Botanical Gardens and Spittal Pond 5km/3mi/1.5hr or 4km/2.5mi/2.5hr*
Alive with the noisy chatter of yellow kiskadee, a gentle allspice-scented
trail brings you to Paget Marsh, a wetland oasis, home to herons and
warblers. Then it’s on to the Botanical Gardens – John Lennon’s Double
Fantasy album is named after the purple flower he spotted here – before
heading to Spittal Pond; maybe spot herons, egrets and flamingos before
following the coastal path, vibrant with sea lavender, looking out for
humpback whales basking in the warm Atlantic waters.

Day 8-14
Independent Exploring

There’s plenty to see and do for the remainder of your stay, with the hotel’s
private beach an obvious attraction! The island boasts many other beautiful
beaches, such as Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay, and several excellent golf
courses too.
Pay a visit to the island’s capital, Hamilton, and stroll along the harbour
where pastel-coloured colonial buildings mix with high-end shops. Perhaps
visit the stone Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity and climb the tower for
glorious city views befroe relaxing in one of the many harbour-side cafes for
a spot of people watching.
The Royal Naval Dockyard is also well worth a visit: once the largest naval
base outside the UK, the beautifully restored buildings now house a museum
that offers a fascinating glimpse into the UK’s and Bermuda’s naval past.
Nearby you’ll also find the National Museum of Bermuda where you can discover
more about the island’s history and wildlife and pay a visit to Dolphin Quest
to learn more about these fascinating animals, while the Bermuda Aquarium and
Zoo on the shores of Harringston Sound, offers the chance to see seals,
turtles, fish, monkeys, birds, and the first living coral reef exhibit in the
world.

Day 15
Leave Bermuda

The British Airways flight leaves in the early evening, so you have most of
the day at leisure. The hotel has a gorgeous swimming pool or Elbow Beach is
a short walk away. The hotel will provide a courtesy room (by the pool area,
if necessary).

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