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Ringing in the New Year in Bermuda

Posted by Melanie Nayer  December 30, 2012 08:32 AM

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Bermuda_plane.jpgThe view of Bermuda on arrival to Hamilton International Airport.

It's the dreaded question that creeps up every year after Thanksgiving: "What do you want to do for New Year's Eve?" This year I planned ahead. I was prepared for the question and I had an answer, along with airline tickets and a hotel room. Within a week, I had two friends in tow. We were going to Bermuda to ring in the New Year.

And why not? It's a quick 2 hour and 15 minute flight (non-stop from Boston, thanks to Delta), the US dollar is 1:1 against the Bermudian dollar, the beaches are pink, the water is turquoise, and even in the winter it's still warm enough to swim in the ocean that surrounds this 22-mile long island. It's home to some famous faces (Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, David Bowie and Iman, Ross Perot, to name a few), it's calm waters make it a great spot for water sports, and the hotels offer everything from golf lessons to spa services to breakfast on the beach.

For less than $350, I grabbed a round-trip ticket from Boston to Bermuda, booked a hotel room at The Mandarin Oriental, Elbow Beach, and was on the beach by lunchtime.

I'll continue to post about the happenings from this luxury boutique island over the course of the next few days but in the meantime, here are a few photos to get you thinking about booking a Bermuda vacation in 2013:

Bermuda_bedroom.jpgThe bedroom at Elbow Beach. All the 98 guest rooms are situated in "cottages" with ocean views, and range in price based on their location to the ocean.

Bermuda_beach.jpgThe on-the-beach view from one of the guest rooms at Elbow Beach.

Bermuda_kite.jpgBermuda has great waves for kite surfing. You can organize water sports activities with any hotel or resort on the island.

Bermuda_Marvin.jpgMeet Marvin, one of the bartenders at the Sea Breeze Terrace at Elbow Beach. He's famous for remembering the preferred drink choices of guests.

Bermuda-deck.jpgOcean view dining at Sea Breeze Terrace. Add a dark and stormy for the ultimate Bermuda experience!

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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