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Wellness in Bermuda: 9 Ways to Stay Healthy on Vacation

9 Reasons Bermuda is the Ultimate Health & Fitness Destination

Practice yoga alfresco at Spittal Pond in Smiths Parrish

Practice yoga alfresco at Spittal Pond in Smiths Parish

| Credit: Peter Aldrich

Expansive trails, stunning nature reserves, sea to table dining, local farmers’ markets, and an array of year-round outdoor activities – it’s all here. Maintaining a safe and healthy lifestyle out here is not only a breeze, it’s part of our DNA. Try these wellness activities on your next visit.

1 Getting here is safe & stress-free.

aerial bermuda island airplane skyview

Getting to and around Bermuda is as stress-free as it gets. The island’s COVID-19-related health and safety protocols make it one of the safest places in the world to visit (see the guide for Bermuda-bound travellers). So, mask up and get ready for a surprisingly short flight: From take-off to touch-down, a flight to Bermuda from most East Coast U.S. cities is under two hours (see flight schedule). Once you’re here, the island’s 21-square miles are easy to navigate via public transit, including ferry routes that showcase the island’s serene natural beauty.

2 Our spa experiences are pure bliss.

Natura Spa

Whether you want to soothe your sore muscles after a long hike or rejuvenate with heavenly skincare treatments, Bermuda’s spas offer the pampering you crave in settings that include a sparkling cave and a coastal bluff. November is Spa Month in Bermuda, when you’ll find irresistible – but inexpensive – spa packages.

Please note: Bermuda’s robust health and safety standards will apply: all guests who have travelled to Bermuda within 14 days of their spa visit must have a negative Day 8 test on island to access facilities and treatments. Masks should be worn in all spa public areas and physical-distancing guidelines must be followed.

3 The yoga is otherworldly.

Yoga pose alfresco at Grape Bay Beach

Yoga pose alfresco at Grape Bay Beach

Practise sun salutations on a dramatic cliffside overlooking turquoise waters and pink-sand beaches. Test your balance with a warrior-pose sequence atop a stand-up paddleboard in a gentle bay. Local yoga studios offer these experiences and more. Attend a class, or book a private session in a blissful outdoor spot. Lucky Elephant Yoga and Wellness in Hamilton offers drop-in classes for just $15.

4 Explore our running & hiking trails

A runner on the Bermuda Railway Trail

The Railway Trail is a scenic place for a run.

Out here, an array of trails offers runners and hikers alike magnificent vistas of Bermuda’s sparkling coastline and unique architecture. Chief among these is the Bermuda Railway Trail. The former railroad has 18 miles of paths across the island, and brings those who traverse it to some of the island’s most photogenic panoramas. There’s also a great trail along the South Shore beaches -- perfect for a "runcation". Or, hike at pristine Spittal Pond, the island’s biggest nature reserve.

5 Our serene waters are perfect for paddleboarding.

Two men enjoy stand-up paddleboarding on a sunny Bermuda day.

Bermuda's calm waters are great for stand-up paddleboarding.

If you’re looking for a great core workout in a gorgeous setting, rent a stand-up paddleboard from one of the island’s watersports outfitters. There are plenty of protected coves and bays along the shore where gliding along the surface is a breeze. Great spots include Tobacco Bay Beach, Horseshoe Bay Beach, Spanish Point and Daniels Head Beach Park. Lucky Elephant even offers SUP yoga sessions. Learn more about stand-up paddleboarding in Bermuda.

6 Enjoy our local cuisine.

loquats
Credit: Larry Hoffman

Bermudians take great pride in their cuisine as well as their sustainability efforts, and celebrate seasonal foods like loquats and Surinam cherries, which you can find at the Farmer’s Market every Saturday at the Bermuda Botanical Gardens – either on their own or as part of a scrumptious local recipe. (See Bermuda food by the season.) Seafood lovers can savour spiny lobster from fall to spring, and sample lionfish, the dangerously invasive species that is threatening reef ecosystems worldwide, including Bermuda’s. See fresh markets for local food.

7 Join a foraging tour with Wild Herbs & Plants of Bermuda

A tray of sandwiches made with ingredients grown in the wild.

Sample plant-based fare with ingredients grown in the wild with Wild Herbs N Plants of Bermuda.

Out here, it’s never just a walk in the wilderness, especially when you join a foraging tour with Wild Herbs & Plants of Bermuda. Founder and vegan chef Doreen Williams-James leads you on a 1.5-mile walk amid a beautifully wild Bermudian landscape, where she shows you edible and medicinal plants that grow along the way. Afterward, you’ll sample delicious plant-based dishes that use these ingredients.

8 THE MEDITATION SPOTS ARE TRANSCENDANT.

The shoreline cliffs and deep water at Admiralty House Park provide a perfect venue for cliff jumping

Admiralty House Park

From atop cliffs with magnificent views of turquoise seas at Admiralty House Park to inside the mysterious walls of the Unfinished Church, there are plenty of places to practice mindfulness across the island. Whether you choose to chant your mantra at sunrise or sunset, there’s a beautiful spot waiting. Be here now.

9 EATERIES OFFER PLENTY OF HEALTHY FARE.

A breakfast bowl with granola and blueberries

A nourishing acaí bowl from Om Juicery.

Whether you’re fueling a morning yoga session or recovering from a rigorous run, nutritious food that won’t weigh you down is on the menu at restaurants island-wide. Vegan options here abound: indulge in a vegan brunch at Village Pantry (avocado toast? Yes, please!) or spice up your day at House of India (see more about vegan food in Bermuda). Pescatarians will find seasonal sea-to-table menu items. Feel like making your own seasonal creation? Pick up ingredients at the weekly farmer’s market at Bermuda Botanical Gardens.