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From the street, the stately Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is hard to miss. For starters, it’s pink, a rose-colored hue that led locals to deem it the “Pink Palace” when it was built in 1885.
Upon walking in you will notice the “Palace’s” crown jewels sparkling. As lobbies go, this is one of the most extravagant, with sky-high ceilings and endless marble, and the island’s most impressive collection of modern art.
There’s a friendly, social buzz as guests make use of the comfortable lounge area, admiring eye-catching sculptures and artwork while enjoying a cocktail from the poolside bar or cabana.
At the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, the service is next level. White-jacketed bellmen welcome you, the front desk folks are cheerful and accommodating, and the concierge can get just about anything done.
$100 Million Renovation
Managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, the family-friendly Hamilton Princess & Beach Club took a decidedly boutique-esque turn when it was purchased by the island’s local billionaires in 2012.
The Green family invested more than $100 million to give the hotel a fresh new look.
The extensive multi-year renovation shined up an already glistening property. Additions include:
- a stunning 60-berth luxury marina
- 2 new restaurants
- a chic harbour-view infinity pool
- 8,200-square-foot spa with fitness center
You could make an afternoon of it in the 5,400-square-foot Exhale spa that offers everything from customizable facials to rum swizzle detoxification scrubs.
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Impressive Art Collection
There’s an adults-only pool, a fashionable retail corridor, spacious suites, and completely refurbished rooms. But the cherry on the sundae is the phenomenal multi-million-dollar collection of pop and contemporary art that hangs throughout the lobby and pretty much everywhere you look.
The number and variety of valuable pieces of art outside any museum are remarkable. In fact, it’s the most impressive collection of modern art in Bermuda.
The museum-worthy pop art collection includes works from Andy Warhol, Banksy, and Damien Hirst. New additions to the hotel’s extraordinary art collection include a larger-than-life canvas original by KAWS – whose At This Time statue looms over the hotel’s Flagpole Terrace, tableside to the Crown & Anchor restaurant.
Want to learn more about the pieces and the artists? Guided and personalized tours are available through the concierge.
The reigning royalty of Bermuda lodging, the Princess luxury hotel boasts some of the most comfortable guestrooms on the island.
Classy, contemporary, and updated, the tasteful rooms and ultra-sophisticated suites offer garden, pool, or harbor views. Many rooms are downright palatial with a terrace overlooking Hamilton Harbor.
Top-tier offerings include The Fairmont Managed Hotel Gold Lounge experience. In addition to dedicated concierge services, the special Fairmont Gold Room luxury tier gives guests access to a private lounge and patio as well as complimentary wifi, breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening canapés.
Imagine spending each afternoon with your book in hand and enjoying a glass of bubbles while watching sailboats and day cruisers jet across the cobalt waters. Heaven!
Dining at The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
The dining game here is first-rate. With three gourmet restaurants, you don’t have to go very far for an unforgettable meal. You can dine each evening at their three gourmet restaurants.
The Intrepid Restaurant name comes from the code name of real-life super spy, Sir William Stephenson. He headed the censorship station based at the Hamilton Princess during the Second World War. He was a friend and inspiration to Ian Fleming, creator of the world-famous fictional super spy, James Bond.
Intrepid is an upscale steak, seafood, and raw bar restaurant.
The hotel’s new Executive Chef de Cuisine, Antwan Ellis, has a talent for creating exciting and delicious dishes that combine the flavors of his Caribbean childhood with international cuisine.
At Intrepid, that means the freshest of oysters, the Intrepid Maki Roll with Lobster, Shrimp Tempura, and Goldeneye Baked Apple Galette for dessert. Ridiculously delightful!
The newly reopened seasonal restaurant, 16O9, features a taste of Latin America through creative dishes and cocktails curated by Chef de Cusine Oscar Trejo.
Capitalizing on a network of local producers—including organic farmers and fishermen who deliver fresh-caught wahoo, bonito, snapper, amberjack, and octopus right to the marina dock of this harbor-view restaurant – the culinary concept fuses Caribbean, Portuguese, and Asian influences.
The charming Crown & Anchor is beautifully designed to reflect Bermuda’s rich colonial history. Sit outside overlooking the art-infused courtyard while enjoying a quintessential English dinner of pot roast with all the fixings. It is the perfect way to savor the sunset.
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Things to Do at The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
An utterly breathtaking multi-level infinity pool looks straight out into Hamilton Harbor.
Each morning, after enjoying the state-of-the-art gym, grab a coffee and head to a lounge chair in the shallows to spend the morning listening to the birds and dreaming of sailing while the sun warms you up.
The Private Beach
The Princess, as perfect as it was, lacked one important Bermudian feature: a beach.
The new owners remedied that by buying a beach in Southampton and turning it into an exclusive private beach club! All you have to do is hop on the hotel’s jitney and in minutes arrive at the private South Shore Beach Club on Sinky Bay.
Talk about prime real estate! Here, you will understand why Bermuda’s beaches are so special. The clear water and pink sand surrounded by cliffs are like a picture.
Imagine relaxing in one of the hammocks perched in the shallows of the glistening water at the Princess Beach Club. If you want to get active, this is the place to swim and snorkel in crystalline turquoise waters.
Only hotel guests and members of the beach club are allowed into the beach club, which also serves incredible food and a variety of drinks to sip while you relax on the sand, or on the lounge chairs shaded by umbrellas.
More Things to Do
The pool and beach club are great spots to let the kiddos blow off some steam. There’s a kids club for ages 5-12. Babysitting is also available.
Those waters and the natural reef that surrounds the island are also a major draw for divers, who can explore hundreds of shipwrecks.
Golfers can choose from seven courses on the island, which boasts the highest concentration of golf courses per square mile in the world.