The America’s Cup brings the world’s top sailors and craft to Bermuda, but there’s much more to this cluster of 181 isles—visit and you might weigh anchor
Since Spanish sea captain Juan de Bermúdez became the first known person to successfully sail to Bermuda in the early 16th century, the British Overseas Territory has become synonymous with crystal-clear blue seas, beautiful beaches, and all things aquatic, particularly luxury yachting and sailing.
The series of events that make up the 35th America’s Cup, including The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup (June 20–21) and America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton (June 17–18 and June 24–27) certainly draw the crowds, but for Scott Tindal, head physiotherapist and team nutritionist for defending champions ORACLE TEAM USA, the islands he calls home are an attractive prospect all year round.
Landscape of contrasts
“The natural beauty of Bermuda is like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” says Tindal, a native Australian whose job brought him to the island two years ago. “You have to see the water to believe it; every day you have to take a photo even though you’ve taken the same photo 50 times before. It still catches you every time.”
While Tindal and the rest of the team have a hectic training and competing schedule, any time off is often spent in the main island’s capital and social hub, Hamilton in the province of Pembroke—one of nine parishes spread across Bermuda.
Golf is also a popular pastime and Tindal lives right by the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, described by Jack Nicklaus as one of the best public courses in the world. “I’ve managed to get my handicap down to 13 since I’ve been here,” he says.
Tindal also rates the golf course at the Fairmont Southampton on the South Shore, where the majority of Bermuda’s hotels can be found. Meanwhile, the recently opened The Loren at Pink Beach has islanders excited about Bermuda’s culinary potential. The hotel is home to the tony Marée restaurant, where chef Tim Sullivan showcases refined fine dining in elegant surrounds.
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From Christie’s International Real Estate | Luxury Defined | June 20, 2017