Ebony Recommends Visiting Bermuda “Now”

July 2, 2014

An Ebony magazine article has given Bermuda a strong recommendation as a tourist destination, citing five of the many reasons that people should consider paying the island a visit.

Titled “5 Reasons to Visit Bermuda Now,” the article focuses on attractions ranging from top-notch accommodations to the famous fish sandwiches available at Art Mels restaurant, ending with thoughts on the “general hospitality and friendliness of Bermudians.”

The article, written by Kristin Braswell, opens by posing the question, “What if I told you that less than two hours away from most cities on the Northeast, there is an island so beautiful that at every turn it almost looks staged?”

“Bermuda is bustling with life, from late night reggae boat parties to the always-anticipated Cup Match for cricket lovers in the summer. One could easily spend a day in awe of the brightly colored pastel homes, drinking a rum swizzle and watching the sunset sink behind a symphony of colors. Next time you are choosing your future beach getaway, consider Bermuda.”

View from a room in the Fairmont Hamilton Princess’ new Poinciana Wing

Fairmont Hamilton Princess Poinciana Wing Bermuda, June 5 2014-6

The list of reasons for visiting Bermuda begins with the newly-renovated Fairmont Hamilton Princess, saying, “With its recent renovations and ideal location in the central town of Hamilton, the Fairmont Hamilton Princess is the perfect place to stay for a business trip or weekend getaway.

“On Friday evenings, Marina Nights brings hotel guests and locals alike to drink and mingle at 1609 Bar & Restaurant, which offers gorgeous harbor views. This summer, Fairmont Hamilton received an additional bonus with the opening of chef Marcus Samuelsson’s pop-up restaurant, Samuelsson at HP.”

With accommodations out of the way, the article moves onto visitor attractions, including museums, the increasingly well-known Art Mels restaurant, and “beaches that simply knock the wind out of you with their beauty.”

Masterworks is given a specific nod, with Ms. Braswell saying, “Artists around the world have contributed to this diverse museum, which is not to be missed for anyone looking to learn a bit more about Bermuda’s rich history.”

Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art

Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, generic

About the famous fish sandwiches available at Art Mels, the article says, “Please do not blame me for the withdrawal you are sure to feel days after you leave Bermuda and realize you experienced the best fish sandwich you will ever taste in your life.”

The article closes with an overview of the hospitality that Bermuda is so well-known for, saying, “I am always in awe of the general hospitality and friendliness of Bermudians whenever I visit the island. People greet strangers with “good day” no matter where you are, and being invited to a barbeque or a boat party at some point during your visit is not out of the norm.

“It is this same community that makes the island feel like home almost immediately. My heart aches each time my plane departs knowing that I am leaving all the beautiful people who have made me feel like family, every single time I visit.”

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  1. LiarLiar says:


    Thanks Ebony!

    Hopefully it translates to more tourists now. One thing I have noticed is there seems to be a lot more tourists here as of now as indicated by the number of rentals on the road these days.

    Keep ‘em coming.

    • somuchless says:

      that’s because the cruise ships are in…

      • Kunta says:

        Most people that read Ebony are Black so that means the Elite or well to do Blacks would consider which is a small % compared to de average blue color worker/Joe Blow would not be able to afford it vs down de Islands where de dollar goes further!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Good News though.

  2. X man says:

    Ebony carries 40 million readers.–
    Over 8 million African Americans travel abroad every year for Vacation. – 65% live on the eastern seaboard so lets look at this with more vigor and energy. —– by the way the color of money is green!

    • Russ says:

      Ebony’s audited circulation is actually 1,280,350 on average for the last six months of 2013. To lay claim to circulation of nearly 11 million per month does not speak well for its influence or credibility.

      Preliminary figures subject to audit as filed with the Alliance for Audited Media.

  3. San George says:

    You have to get Art Mel’s Ginger Bread as well – to die for!

    • nuffin but the truth says:

      ” -to die for! “…those of you that have heard this expression know just how bloody stupid it it!

      • Impressive says:

        lighten up sir,, figuratively speaking, we all know what is meant by the expression.. have some asthma medicine or something, you sound like a miserable person.

        • hmmm says:

          He just ain’t tasted Art Mel’s Ginger Bread yet!!!!

          • Truuufff says:

            Excellent reply!! Touche, my friend. Taste the ginger bread!!

      • Colourless says:

        Guess this writer has limited knowledge of slang phrases. If something is to die for, it is extremely good. Nuffin but the truth, sounds as if you do not obtain enjoyment from reading.

      • Truth is killin' me... says:


  4. Proud to be Bermudian says:

    This is awesome! Thanks Ebony magazine and do take note Bermuda – let’s continue to do our part in making the tourist experience an awesome one!

  5. This is great exposure for Bermuda. Clearly we have the natural beauty and friendly people. With a few improvements to our product we can attract the right number of air arrivals to boost our struggling economy. We only need 200,000 more arrivals per year which I think is achievable.

  6. Al says:

    Go OBA/Tourism Authority! Keep up the good work!

    • Coffee says:

      Ummm… This free endorsement by Ebony magazine depicting Bermuda as a fun destination has absolutely nothing to do with the current government or T/A .

      • Trulytruly says:

        How can you say that with Any certainty? It is quite possible the TA invited them here to write their article.

  7. Kangoocar says:

    It is with great relief that she was treated in a manner that made her write such nice things about us, I would like to thank her for sharing her experience in BDA. Now if we can get everyone on board with treating our guest workers and PRC residents the same, we will all be better off for that as well!!!!!!!

  8. This is absolutely great news!It’s something we’ve been seeking for years! We thank you Ebony.

    • Russ says:

      Ebony’s audited circulation is actually 1,280,350 on average for the last six months of 2013. To lay claim to circulation of nearly 11 million per month does not speak well for its influence or credibility.

      Preliminary figures subject to audit as filed with the Alliance for Audited Media.

      Ray, You know better than this.

  9. rob says:

    before it becomes more of a s***hole !

  10. LOL (Original TM*) says:

    Let me know when smooth comes to do a photo shoot here…