Beaches of pink sand, crystal clear waters and warm weather throughout the year have attracted the rich and famous to the small island of Bermuda.
The relaxed atmosphere offers the perfect weekend break for stressed-out Americans and a luxury getaway for UK travelers, while waters filled with corals and shipwrecks give lovers of strong emotions something extra.
Wanting to get away from the sweltering heat and bustle of New York for a few nights, I visited it for the first time in July.
Paradise: one of the best features of The Reefs is, undoubtedly, its private beach of pink sand just a few steps from the rooms
Pink sand: a paradise for lovers of selfies, Horseshoe Bay Beach has been classified as one of the best in the world
A little over two hours away and with reasonably cheap flights, Bermuda is quickly becoming the perfect alternative to The Hamptons for New Yorkers looking for a short break in paradise.
I stayed at The Reefs, an impressive family-owned boutique hotel with its own private beach on the famous South Shore.
The beachfront location overlooking the Atlantic is undoubtedly the best selling point of the complex. Just a few steps from your room, you are greeted by the famous pink sand, the coral reefs and the warm water of the island.
A dedicated team on the beach means you will never be without clean towels and, of course, one of the island's signature cocktails: swizzle rum.
Those interested in being active can take a kayak for the day, or as I did, a mask and snorkel.
Outdoors: The Reefs has four bars and restaurants, but dining on the beach was the best dining experience
Unique: I ate (and drank) while the sun was setting over the cliffs and the tide came
Although the comfort of a private beach is attractive, I was eager to look for other places around the island.
Due to the size of Bermuda, you are never more than a mile from the ocean.
A few steps from the hotel is the famous Horseshoe Bay beach.
A paradise for lovers of selfies, it has been classified as one of the best beaches in the world, although it can be filled when cruises dock a few kilometers away.
I wanted to find a more secluded place and I asked the Bermudian bar staff where they would go on their days off. The consensus was Admiralty House Park in northern Bermuda.
Buses cost only a few dollars, American and Bermudian dollars are accepted on the island, and are the best way to explore without spending on taxis.
The Admiralty House Park, which was once the home of the admirals of the British Royal Navy, was wonderfully deserted, and some locals.
It has a completely isolated beach called Deep Bay, which can only be entered through an unmarked hole in a wall. If you are a safe swimmer, you can tour the nearby caves.
Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda, has British charm in abundance. The red telephone booths are an interesting contrast to the nearby pink sand beaches
British charm: the streets of Hamilton would not look out of place in any old English town
WHY IS THE ARENA PINK?
The pink beaches are a combination of crushed coral, calcium carbonate and the red shells of tiny unicellular animals called foraminifera.
Returning to the bus, the capital Hamilton is only a few minutes away.
For me, a Brit who has lived in the USA. UU For more than two years, one of the biggest attractions for this island of 21 square miles in the Atlantic is British charm, and Hamilton has it in abundance.
Bermuda is a British overseas territory, discovered in 1505 by the Spanish, but later colonized and colonized by the English in 1612.
The red phone booths, the beautiful cobblestone streets and even the green, amber and red traffic lights just two hours from my house in Brooklyn woke me up a bit of nostalgia.
The highlight of my stay, however, was the accommodation. The Reefs has four restaurants and bars, an infinity pool with sea views and a spa.
Services: In addition to its own beach, the hotel has an infinity pool overlooking the turquoise ocean
Luxury: I stayed in a junior suite (pictured) with its own balcony, the deepest deep tub I have ever seen and a luxurious king bed from which you can see the ocean from
The Coconuts restaurant is just steps from the beach and offers casual lunches and intimate romantic dinners with menus full of delicious fresh seafood.
But it was Thursday's barbecue on the beach that was truly extraordinary.
The coffee was rubbing the barbecue ribs, the beef skirt simmered, the Wahoo fish and the mussels were some of the delicious dishes cooked by the chefs.
After a long day of swimming, I felt grateful to be able to return for seconds and even third parties.
I ate while the sun was setting over the cliffs and the tide came, at one point soaking my bare feet. A DJ played the last songs and the guests danced around the bonfire after a few drinks.
I stayed in a junior suite with its own balcony, the deepest tub I have ever seen and a luxurious king bed from which you can see the ocean.
A room with a breathtaking view: I stayed in a junior suite at The Reefs with its own balcony overlooking the ocean
Romantic Place: Case's Point is a terrace overlooking the water where couples can tie knots. It is named after Larry Caso, who visited more than 120 times
At night you can hear the whistling tree frogs, which although they are only the size of a miniature, are surprisingly noisy.
However, like the cicadas in other countries, you get used to them quickly.
The family business has many personal touches, such as Caso's Point, a terrace overlooking the water where couples can get married.
General manager David Dodwell Jr told me that he is named after Larry Caso, who visited him more than 120 times. He would sit in that place, which at the time was just rocks, and he would fish every day. After his death, he was named after him.
After only three nights at The Reefs, it was clear to me why Mr. Caso visited him year after year. The beauty of the complex, on this unique island really conquered me.
For travelers from the USA UU. Rates start at $ 375 per night based on two adults sharing a room next to the pool on a bed and breakfast basis.
For travelers from the UK, Prestige Holidays (tel: 01425 480400) offers 7 nights in a pool-side room at The Reefs Hotel & Club from £ 1,615 per person, based on two adults who share bed and breakfast, including return flights from London Gatwick to Bermuda with British Airways and private transfers. The price includes a saving of £ 766 per couple for bookings made before September 30. Price to travel on January 16, 2019.