Dating back to 1609 when it was first discovered by shipwrecked English sailors, Bermuda is the oldest remaining British overseas territory and lies in the North Atlantic (yes, Bermuda is not in the Caribbean) around 1,000 km east of North Carolina. Just 21 square miles in area, it is made up of a crescent-shaped chain of 181 islets, rocky outcrops and islands, and basks in glorious sunshine for much of the year.
Among Bermuda’s many delights are pink coral-tinted sandy beaches, numerous opportunities for sailing, diving and sports fishing, a liberal number of world-class golf courses scattered across the island and some rather excellent restaurants. Lush greenery, pastel-coloured cottages, traditional British pubs and colonial buildings dotting the island add to Bermuda’s quaint, laidback charm.
Bermuda’s hospitality scene isn’t exactly contemporary, with many of the island’s most popular hotels dating back to the 19th century, complemented by a number of unspecial smaller establishments. Think lots of chintz and multitudinous overstuffed sofas. So, when Bermuda’s first new-build hotel in 45 years opened its swishy doors, it was always going to be something of a game changer.
In stark contrast to the island’s traditional British-colonial style (which is evident pretty much everywhere in Bermuda), The Loren is all sleek finishing, clean lines and angles.
Set on the stunning South Shore of the island which boasts some of Bermuda’s most beautiful beaches, The Loren straddles two of them, and is just ten minutes away from the airport. The capital, Hamilton, is 15 minutes away.
Inside, light and airiness prevail, and the lobby is more akin to the stylish living room of a well-to-do friend than a hotel. Chintzy and overstuffed The Loren is not. Contemporary and design forward it most certainly is, and the sophisticated colour palette is carried through to its very 45 generous guest rooms, all of which boast gorgeous bathrooms with walk-in rain showers, deep freestanding tubs, twin sinks, MALIN+GOETZ toiletries and custom flip-flops.
Outside, the infinity pool is carved into a cliff, is more for cooling-off in rather than exercising, and is so close to the ocean that bathers get splashed by sea spray. A bijou spa offers a range of rather good bespoke treatments using natural botanicals and French skincare brand Yon-ka. There’s a post-golfing massage, a hairdresser to tame unruly locks and The Loren has a tie-up with The Mid Ocean Golf Club five minutes-drive away. It may have been a long time coming, but The Loren is most certainly a hospitality hole in one for Bermuda.