Fashion girls vacation like it’s a competitive sport. Being properly outfitted is key, and thankfully some of this season’s top trends lend themselves well to a sunny holiday. Off-the-shoulder tops and pom-pom–bedecked sandals, anyone? Also of critical importance: location. There are a few key spots that the fashion crowd descends on every season, such as the Greek islands and St. Barths, but as of late, there’s another destination on the radar: Bermuda.
Eva Chen recently vacationed there, and style consultant and Bermuda native Shiona Turnini always makes the locale look incredible. Fashion designer Rachel Roy had her first “magical” experience with the island last year, and she was so charmed that she brought back a group of press, including yours truly, to come stay at the newly renovated Hamilton Princess. Upon arriving on the island, I could easily see why the destination is gaining traction among the fashion set. Rainbow sherbet–painted houses and pink beaches with aqua water make for quite the stunning setting—and, let’s be honest, quite the perfect Instagram.
If you’re on the hunt for your next getaway replete with the best photo opps, check out Roy’s and my suggestions for the most stylish spots to hit up in Bermuda.
“The beaches are to die for. Once you hit a beach, you’re staying there for the day,” Roy says. The beaches with pink sand (pink sand—it’s still such a novelty to me) are on the southern part of the island. If you do a Pinterest search for Bermuda, a lot of the photos will actually be of Horseshoe Bay, even if they’re not labeled, since it’s one of the most picturesque.
St. Georges is the oldest town on the island, and it’s bursting with charm. There are colorful old buildings at every turn, easily making it the best place to get the Instagram that’s going to make everyone jealous.
These church steps are calling for a Boomerang.
Charming homes like this are everywhere.
“There are these most stunning caves at Grotto Bay that have been there since the dawn of time,” Roy says. “They have not touched at all, except to put in these floating beds that you can get massages on. You hear water dripping, and you’re on a floating square. The women are so kind too; they’re happy you appreciate where you’re at.”
The stone structure of this church was built in the 1800s and never completed. It feels like a modern ruin, and it has this unexplainable calming energy. With lush grass growing where pews would be and the sky overhead, it’s definitely worth a visit. Fair warning: You may have to scale a wall to get in, but a little thrill is part of the fun.
The hotel just got a major renovation, and it’s a flat-out gorgeous place to stay. Picture harbor views filled with boats, an infinity pool, three restaurants, a seriously impressive collection of modern art, and a world-class spa. Just writing this list is making me itch to go back.
Now for the hotel’s private beach club, also known as my personal heaven. You take a short jitney ride there and are transported to a cove of warm aqua water, cabanas, and hammocks. True story: On my final day in Bermuda, the last jitney back to the hotel almost left without me because I decided I *needed* one last swim, despite the car of people waiting on me.
Cabana life never gets old.
“What I love about the island is that you can kind of blend. If you want to melt into nature and what’s there, you can do that. But you can also get dressed up too. It feels very comfortable,” Roy says.
“I found a few boutiques that were really nice. There is one called The Irish Linen Shop. If you’re into home stuff, it’s great. I love the really pretty cocktail napkins that are embroidered,” says Roy.
If you want to do something off of the beaten tourist path, consider adventuring through Tom Moore’s Jungle to go swimming at the Blue Hole. There aren’t any signs to mark the way, so it does feel a bit like you’re exploring the jungle as a local. You might have to go down a few paths until you uncover the hidden Blue Hole. It’s the clearest aqua swimming hole you’ve ever seen and is surrounded by stunning cave formations. Two words: Just. Go.
Jumping off the the cliffs into the blue pool? Highly recommended.
“There’s an adorable vintage shop from a girl raised on the island called Urban Cottage,” Roy says. “The stuff is old British, all those kinds of things that you would imagine you could find on a ship like Iittle brass binoculars. That sort stuff is really picked through in Los Angeles or New York, but here there’s a lot of it. The owner has a good eye too. It’s like the Kirna Zabete of vintage.”
Is there any better trend for vacation than off-the-shoulder?
An asymmetrical hem is very of the moment.
Sleek sandals with bold hardware, a match made in heaven.
Straw bags always feel right on a tropical island.
Where are you vacationing this summer? Let us know in the comments below!