Conde Nast gives St Regis hotel glowing review
A glowing review of the “glorious” St Regis Bermuda Resort has been published in luxury travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller.
Writing for the US edition, Betsy Blumenthal gave a comprehensive overview of the hotel and Bermuda’s offerings including the history, food and drink entertainment, spa and standard of service.
Setting the scene, Ms Blumenthal wrote: “Away from the buzzy harborfront of Hamilton, the St Regis’s location – on a quiet beach on St George’s Island, on the northeast tip of Bermuda – feels right on brand for the hotel’s low-key, laid-back feel.
“Far from late-night revelry and shots on the beach, this is a place for languorous days around the infinity pool, sprawled across cushioned lounge chairs with a Dark and Stormy in one hand and a Rachel Cusk novel in the other, and long, slow dinners overlooking the ocean.”
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Ms Blumenthal described St George’s as “pretty sleepy” but said there was still plenty to see, particularly for those with an interest in history.
She wrote: “We took a tour with local guide Peter Frith, an enigmatic, eleventh-generation Bermudian who took us to sites like St Peter’s Church and the State House, built in 1620, which once housed Bermuda’s Parliament; Kristin White, the owner of local bookstore Long Story Short (and whose son William works part-time at the hotel), also leads walking and bicycle tours around town.”
Ms Blumenthal visited nearby Tobacco Bay which she described as “bumping” with reggae beats.
While she “wasn’t blown away” by the hotel rooms at St Regis, she said that the food was consistently “impressive”.
Ms Blumenthal wrote: “Executive chef Julio Ferradas, who comes to the St Regis Bermuda from the JW Marriott Lima, has loaded up the various menus with more traditionally Bermudian offerings like fried fish sandwiches …
“But it’s the way he’s managed to incorporate his own Peruvian heritage that impressed me most, from delicate ceviches with hunks of rockfish to huancaina dip and fish tacos with expertly fried local wahoo and zesty chipotle sauce.”
She also pointed out that the hotel’s founders “the titan Astor family” have a history here in Bermuda – John Jacob Astor’s son, Vincent Astor, maintained a 22-acre estate in St George’s Ferry Reach.
Speaking of the 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr, Ms Blumenthal added: “You’ll find a cadre of 30- and 40-somethings, decked out in sweat-wicking baseball caps and short-sleeve polos swaggering back from a day of play, along with young families meeting up with other young families, and couples celebrating or just taking a long weekend from the East Coast.”
She emphasised St Regis’s family-friendly service adding: “Hardcore drinking and partying isn’t really on the menu. This place is really all about R & R.”