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Bermuda could rival the Hamptons

Bermuda is on track to become the new Hamptons, an American magazine devoted to lifestyle and architecture has claimed.

Architectural DigestM said in an article published on Tuesday that New England residents were increasingly turning to the island as their getaway of choice.

The story said: “Although it’s technically international travel, it’s an easier commute than New Yorkers have to the Hamptons or most New Englanders have to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard — 90 minutes by air from New York and under two hours from Boston. Most airlines that fly to the island operate just one flight a day, which makes immigration a breeze.”

The report added: “You can attend a morning meeting in Manhattan and be at 1609 at the Hamilton Princess Hotel in time for a fashionably late lunch.

“As any New Yorker without a helicopter knows, that’s not happening on your average Amagansett-bound Friday.”

The article also quoted Bermuda Tourism Authority figures that showed a 62 per cent increase in visitors from Boston this summer.

Stephen King, who opened The Loren hotel in Smith’s Parish last year, said in the article his new venture has seen steady business.

The British-born New Yorker added that, as a visitor, he preferred Bermuda to popular New England resorts such as Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket or the Hamptons.

Mr King said: “The problem with the Hamptons is that the season is so painfully short.

“In June, you’ve still got on a sweater and you’re by the fire.

“So that leaves July and August — and literally everyone in New York is there with you.”