TRAVEL

BERMUDA BABY MOON

September 15, 2017 By Dania Alshafei / Photography Hamzeh Alasfar
Our final trip as a family of two.

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It seems like we are a family of last-minutes.

All throughout my pregnancy we bounced around the idea of taking a baby moon.  It was something that I always wanted to do, but after a few months of back-and-forths, we decided that it would be a better idea to just invest our time and effort into getting our house ready for our baby girl. Well, things changed quick.  During the start of my third trimester, I had become increasingly sick of my house. A slight panic had taken over me and all of a sudden I felt so anxious that I could not even handle being inside of it for a full day.  That’s when we made the last minute decision to book a flight to Bermuda. 

Although I come from a family of travelers, we never found the time to make it to Bermuda.  Whenever we needed a break from reality we usually headed out to Turks and Caicos (1, 2, 3) for some R&R, but that wasn’t even an option for me due to the high risk of Zika virus. So off we went for a 4 day 3 night trip to get away from it all, and shockingly enough, the flight to this beautiful island did not exceed 2.5 hours.

Bermuda is stunning. Never in my life have I seen so many different shades of blue in the sea. It was the perfect place to sit back and relax on the beautiful pink sand beach, and also a nice place if you want some adventure in the middle of the city.  The people were overwhelmingly friendly, and the restaurants were filled with all kinds of fresh fish (just go and eat at Art Mels every single day and you’ll be golden). Although I did travel during my 8.5 months of pregnancy, it could not have been more worth it.  I couldn’t have imagined a better location to reset my mind, and it was so perfect to spend some quality time with Hamzeh before we become a family of three.

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We didn’t have many options when it came to places to stay (due to our last minute-ness), but we were thankful for our accommodations at the Grotto Bay Beach Resort.  While it may be far from the heart of the city (appr. 30 mins by bus, 15 mins in taxi), it provided us with sites that we wouldn’t have had the options of seeing otherwise. This resort is located about 5-7 minutes from the airport which was really convenient when we checked in and out, and the hotel is the only one on the island that had access to a spa inside of a cave.  We were able to relax in the serenity cave as well as dive into the Cathedral cave, two things that Hamzeh and I had never experienced and will remember for a lifetime.

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A2F Bermuda Babymoon canoes at Grotto Bay

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The most memorable part of our babymoon was our trip to Castle Island, the most scenic view in all of Bermuda. It is a secluded beach with historic castles and can only be visited by boat.  Hamzeh and I spent the day snorkeling and laying on the pink beaches. A view that we have never witnessed in our life, and almost couldn’t believe our eyes that such a beautiful place existed.  If I recommend anything about Bermuda, it is that this island is an absolute must to see with your own eyes.

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Pink sands beach
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A2F Bermuda Baby moon feature image

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A few minutes away from our resort is a brightly colored village called Flatts. It is a wonderful photo-op as the houses are brightly colored and the yachts and boats of the Bermudians are just parked in the middle of the sea.  On the corner you will find a delicious Italian restaurant called Rustico that serves fresh fish and homemade pasta. Across the street is home to the famous Bermuda aquarium and zoo. A place where you can see all of the fish that reside on this beautiful island as well as numerous creatures who have called Bermuda home.

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