if you follow along on snapchat or instagram, you might have caught a bit of our trip to bermuda a couple weeks back! we are working with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts this year and loved getting the chance to go explore the island and capture a bit of our experience to share with all of you! we stayed at the Fairmont Southampton, which had the most spectacular views (you’ll see from the drone shots josh captured in the video!) that we couldn’t get enough of.
i really can’t take for granted the fact that josh and i are able to do and experience a lot of great things and places with our kids. i feel fortunate every day, but this trip to bermuda felt extra extra special. i haven’t been able to stop thinking about all the fun we had there since we’ve returned to the city and i’ve even looked at the calendar for next year trying to find dates that work with the school year to go back! :) one of the biggest pros for me (besides the fact that it’s just about a 2 hour plane ride from new york!) were the beautiful beaches. the water is warm, vibrant and clear and it’s also shallow a good ways out. i always appreciate those sorts of things, especially with kids who love getting in the water. there is also this beautiful pinkish sand around the island, so i pretty much questioned if i truly am a city girl at a couple of different points during this trip. those beaches were talkin’ to me.
you’ll see in the video and photos below, but we were able to spend a morning at the bermuda aquarium, museum and zoo learning all about and feeding rescued sea turtles, birds, and other animals. more about that below too!
for anyone interested in a little island getaway or in trying out any of our little adventures, Fairmont has a special offer called the discover bermuda package with a daily resort credit to spend on activities and exploring bermuda!
this is probably one of my favorite travel videos (above) that josh and i put together this past week!
do you get what i mean about bermuda basically STEALING MY HEART?! i could look at this photo forever.
we pretty much planted ourselves right next to this kiddie waterslide at the Fairmont Southampton nearly every afternoon because our kids were obsessed! conrad would go down it by himself (you can see in the video!) and did so maybe 6,846 times! ;) super proud of eleanor and samson for swimming so well this trip and i have to tell you what a relief that is as a mama to finally have a couple capable swimmers in my crew!
when we drove up to the hotel, eleanor said “they sure do like pink here!” haha! we had just passed a couple of pink taxi cabs on our drive over from the airport. we approve of the usage of pink!
we took a golf cart out one afternoon and the conrad wanted so badly to sit in the drivers seat! he wants to do everything we do. sometimes we’ll be laughing at a joke or something and he’ll be across the room but look at us and start laughing too! like, i get it! i’m in on this joke! haha! it’s the cutest. i love him so much.
the hotel welcomed the kids with their own sea turtle stuffed animals on top of a plate of cookies! i don’t think they knew how obsessed our kids are with sea turtles, but they are still carrying them everywhere since. thank you so much, fairmont!
my favorite town we visited was old historic saint george’s! what a beautiful and colorful place!
the people at the bermuda aquarium, museum and zoo are so great. one of the sea turtles we saw just had throat surgery there. throat surgery! the turtle was following a couple of people around when they actually noticed it was having trouble breathing and called the aquarium. they took x-rays and found a hook in its throat! the turtle was going to be released a couple days after we visited (and after they helped it regain over 50 pounds of weight!).
they rescued this baby bermuda longtail bird from the road when it was just 4 days old! again, someone called the aquarium and they are taking care of it now. it’s eyes hadn’t even opened yet when they found it on the road! these are just a couple of the cool rescue stories we heard about during our time there!
actually feeding the sea turtles lettuce and special sea turtle food!
YES, that is a shark. and YES, my kids touched it!
petting a grouper fish that loved being petted! it was the sweetest thing! it would come up to the top of the water and hang out! it’s name is darth vader, which also helped.
the private beach at Fairmont Southampton.
and these photos make me laugh because we came down to the beach this night for dinner and i didn’t bring the kids swimwear because we were just going to the restaurant but of course that didn’t slide with my three kids! we had to stop by the beach and play with the sand before and after we ate!
can’t ever deny myself a chance to be matchy-matchy with my mini me!
feeding papa some salad at the hotel’s ocean club!
after church on sunday morning, we stopped by the crystal caves which were really cool. i loved hearing the story of how they were discovered by two little boys who lost their cricket ball and climbed down a 140 foot hole and swam around an underground saltwater pool for hours trying find it. (that is totally something my husband would do. even now as a grown man.)
i took too many photos from the day we spent riding a boat around the island (i might have to share them in another post!) but this was such a fun activity! while the boat ride was scheduled for a good portion of the day, we thought our kids would last maybe an hour or so and that’d we’d turn back early. but they couldn’t get enough of it, and we lasted the entire time! our boat driver, tom, was the kindest and took us to some great secluded beaches and areas to snorkel. we also fed fish at the vixon (a sunken ship a ways off shore, which i highly recommend to do with or without kiddos!) the water is so turquoise and clear out there and you see hundreds of beautiful fish around you! samson has not stopped talking about it! so happy fairmont suggested the activity in our itinerary.
see what i mean?! look at that water and look at those fish! such a cool experience.
exploring the grounds at the national museum of bermuda at the royal naval dockyard!
we watched glass being made at the dockyard glassworks. the kids watched this woman lee ann make a tiny sea turtle and then they each picked out a tiny sea turtle (and a frog and lizard) of their own to take home! they are up on the mantle in their nursery! so far, we’ve only broken or lost one! major success for our family!
samson took this photo on our big heavy camera while josh was taking some photos for another family behind him! i love it.
our meal at the waterlot inn was our favorite meal in bermuda. the sticky toffy pudding was so good, we ended up ordering a second one!
what an incredible place we won’t ever forget. thank you so to Fairmont Southampton for hosting us, and also to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts for sponsoring this blog post.