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James Andrew, Bermuda

James Andrew, Bermuda

Just back from a brilliant long weekend in Bermuda.

My dear friend, bon vivant, entrepreneur extraordinaire Raj Tolaram has settled back in Bermuda, and as you might imagine an invitation to weekend there elicited an enthusiastic and immediate affirmative from yours truly.

First stop, The Coral Beach Club! Once the bastion of uber wasp chic, today I would hardly give it a “top drawer” rating, but there is still something wonderfully nostalgic about it and perhaps the members can take note of the continued success of the Lyford Cay Club as a vital and elegant retreat for global taste makers.

While I have an undeniable appreciation for the past, I do recognize the role one can have in creating the present! Instead of mourning the loss of what once was, I always try to bring my own brand of chic wherever I go. In this way, one can elevate one’s experience of a place, while raising the bar for those that surround us. Of course its an effortless endeavor when one has a host as sophisticated and like minded as Tolaram! Needless to say, I was treated to the very best of Bermuda!

At the Coral Beach Blub dining terrace I’m sporting a Gucci safari style shirt in palest pink cotton, white cotton sateen flared leg pants and aviator style sunglasses, Tom Ford pale sand suede loafers, white rope belt by Orlebar Brown, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

WIJW In Bermuda

James Andrew — Bermuda

James Andrew — Bermuda

Off on a long weekend excursion.

I cant wait to share more detailed posts when I return.

Love from Bermuda,

JA

The Coral Beach Club

A trip to Bermuda is not complete without a gorgeous lunch at the creme de la creme of beach clubs, the Coral Beach Club.

Having changed very little since its 1948 incarnation, the Coral Beach is a wonderfully well preserved piece of a bygone era – a membership, let alone an invite, is indeed a major achievement!

Dining on the terrace of the Coral Beach club offers breathtaking views of the pinkish coral sand and turquoise sea – the perfect setting to enjoy the delectable menu of local Bermuda specialties like fish soup with rum and cherry pepper vinegar or a “dark and stormy,” (a mischievous concoction of Barritts ginger beer and Gosling’s black rum with a generous wedge of lime!).

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I’m pictured here at the terrace of Coral Beach, with an excellent example of an archetypal Bermuda roof and chimney, and of course the ever-present and always hypnotic sea beyond. The wall color reminds me of Farrow and Ball’s “smoked trout” and is indicative of the blend of island and colonial sensibility that typifies the unique Bermuda style.

Admiring the beauty of this magnificent place I’m wearing a Gucci white cotton voile safari shirt, Club Monaco purple and white cotton seersucker shorts, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with sterling buckle, ivory leather Gucci loafers and sunglasses by Gucci.