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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Hit the Links in Bermuda

Blessed with pink beaches, heady rums, and killer golf courses, this northerly island (located off the Carolinas) rolls out heavy discounts in the wintertime off-season.


1. Where to Stay

The 9 Beaches resort  

A colorful colony of summer-camp cottages (if your summer camp once moonlighted as a luxury hotel), Horizons & Cottages’ thirteen individual bungalows (from $315) are terraced into a lush green hillside overlooking the sea. Each comes with a maid who cooks full English breakfasts in your private kitchen; there are also nine rooms in the main house, all designed with a distinctly Bermudian palette (think lots of pink). Get the kinks out of your swing on the nine-hole pitch-and-putt.

If you must have a full-size course within walking distance of your room, the Fairmont Southampton (from $219) maintains a par-3 eighteen holes. Occupying a former 100-acre estate overlooking an outrageous pink-sand beach, the nearly 600-room hotel also has all the restaurants, shops, and beach-club goodies you’d expect from a big-box resort.

After an extensive—and expensive—overhaul a few years back, Elbow Beach (from $249) was acquired by Mandarin Oriental, which among other renovations reopened the Deep Lounge & Club, one of the few after-hours places that still exists on the early-to-bed island. Splurge on one of the stylish, sea-level cottages, with private doors that open right on the sand.

The 9 Beaches resort (from $185; $305 over water) imports a South Pacific flair to the mid-Atlantic in the form of over-water cabanas on stilts—a Bermuda first. These soft-sided cabins resemble safari-lodge tents—albeit with air-conditioning, wi-fi, and nautical-themed interiors.

Published on Jan 3, 2006 as a web exclusive.

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