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Hotel of the Month - Hamilton Princess & Beach Club

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Having recently undergone a $100 million restoration, the “Pink Palace” has returned to its original grandeur complete with modern accommodation and stunning views over Hamilton Harbour.

Location

Pembroke Parish, just outside of Hamilton, Bermuda.  The hotel is just a 5 minute walk from the shopping, dining, and nightlife of downtown Hamilton and only 14 minutes from the Bermuda National Gallery.

Style and Character

The hotel’s classic pink exterior stands in sharp contrast to the minimalist columned lobby, where soaring white walls appointed with works by artists from Andy Warhol to Tom Wesselmann give the space the feel of an airy modern art gallery.  An array of popular art pieces are scattered among installations by local artists through corridors and open common spaces.

Service and Facilities

The official home of the 35th America’s Cup, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is both a house of luxury and entertainment.  A water sports facility allows guests to tour the island on Jet Ski tours, pontoon rentals, Boston whaler boat rentals, kayaks, Hobie cats, paddle boards, private boat charters, and snorkeling tours.

The exclusive Princess Beach Club is just a short ride from the hotel by private jitney where it is located on the South Shore along a sheltered turquoise swimming cove that meets a crescent-shaped stretch of soft white-sand shoreline.

If you want to visit Bermuda by boat, the hotel has reinvented its marina housing up to 60 berths, ranging in size to accommodate vessels, tournament fishing boats and super yachts.

  • Infinity pool
  • Spa & Pool
  • Gym
  • Exclusive Beach Club
  • Water sports
  • Marina
  • 4 Restaurants
  • WiFi

Rooms

The hotel comprises of a 400 guest rooms, 45 suites and 13 junior suites.  Guest Rooms are beautifully appointed with stately wooden furniture, marble bathrooms and sophisticated interior design.  Opt for one of their suites for the best balcony views, indulgent living spaces and designer details. 

Food and Drink

Choose from four culinary venues during your stay, three of which are new venues and include Bermuda’s first and only celebrity-helmed restaurant, Marcus’. The open air venue is led by internationally-acclaimed Chef Marcus Samuelsson and hosts a colorful subway-tiled 30-seat bar lined with teal high-backed stools, surrounded by mid-century wood tables, leather banquettes and a private dining alcove decorated with Warhol's work.  The menu celebrates Bermuda's vibrant flavours, freshly-caught fish, and locally-sourced seasonal ingredients.

The new 1609 Bar & Restaurant, a harbour-side cocktail bar and grill situated on the hotel’s new marina  is an open-air dining structure that offers a laid-back social atmosphere and a menu that includes charcuterie and flatbread pizza as well as classic Bermudian cocktails such as the Rum Swizzle and Dark & Stormy. stunning waterfront views from every vantage point

With a design that beautifully reflects Bermuda’s rich colonial history, Crown & Anchor is an informal dining option. Historic maritime paintings and handsome hardwood tables are among the details that make Crown & Anchor an immersive experience for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.

Price

America's Cup 5 night packages at the Hamilton Princess start from $2,790 per person*. 

Find out more about America's Cup Packages here.

 

*based on two people sharing a double room

Land Rover BAR Maintain Overall Lead

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We were in for some interesting racing conditions as inconsistent and light winds threatened some of the race schedule at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Toulon.  But the crowds were lucky enough to witness the full show whilst basking under the Mediterranean sun, surrounded by beautiful, mountainous scenery. 

Day 1 of racing came down to tactics rather than speed due to the light and “flaky” breeze which ended with a tie on points between Oracle Team USA and Land Rover BAR.  The day demonstrated the unpredictable and thrilling nature of the America’s Cup with Land Rover BAR jumping from last place to first in the space of two races.  The stars of the day though were Artemis Racing who dominated with two first places and a third. 

Day 2 saw Nathan Outteridge’s Olympic skills at play once more as Artemis Racing took first place in the first race of the day and Soft Bank Team Japan took second – an improvement on the poor performance from Day 1.

The second race of the day saw Land Rover BAR storm to the front of the race.  By the time they came to cross the finish line, their lead gap was so big (1min 51) that they passed the rest of the fleet who were still trying to complete the 4th leg. Home team, Groupama Team France took second place.

In the final race, despite a good performance from Groupama Team France, Dean Barker of Soft Bank Japan took first place which earnt them second place in the regatta.

Artemis Racing’s fantastic performance resulted in three race wins out six and sealed their regatta victory in the Bay of Toulon. However, Land Rover BAR’s 4th position of the final race secured their place at the top of the overall standings where they’ve now taken the America’s Cup World Series lead by 14 points.

The Final Show Down

There is only one America’s Cup World Series to go and we’re off to Fukuoka, Japan for Asia’s first hosting of an America’s Cup race within the sport’s 165 year history.  The city will be buzzing with excited crowds and nail biting fans as the teams battle it out one last time - the winner of which will take a two point lead into the double round robin Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers in Bermuda in May 2017. The team finishing second will take one point which could play to their advantage in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.  Take a look at the racing schedule here.

Do you want be a part of history? Join us in Bermuda next year to watch the best sailors battle it out for the 35th America’s Cup.  We can help organise your trip and because we know how important it is to get the best racing views, our exclusive accommodation packages include official on the water spectator tickets - so you won’t miss a thing.  Find out more here.

Top 10 Things To Do in Bermuda

For a small island, there is so much to do in Bermuda! From land to sea and with Bermuda’s diverse culture and history, you’ll be able to find something that speaks uniquely to you where you can create your own “Bermuda Experience”.  To get you started though, here are some of our top picks for things to do:

1. Nicknamed the Shipwreck Capital of the World, Bermuda is home to over 300 shipwrecks waiting for you to explore.  Multiple dive shops are located all over the island and they can arrange a full day dive so you can explore what these amazing shipwrecks have to offer.

2. Snorkelling in Bermuda is uniquely perfect. You get crystal clear waters of the Atlantic, stunningly beautiful coral reefs, numerous shipwrecks in shallow waters, submerged caves and breathtakingly beautiful marine life. Parrot fish are known to swim close to shore and these magical and colourful fish are a sight to see.

3. Either by jet ski, kayak, or stand up paddle board, explore the many coves, inlets and protected bays Bermuda has to offer.  See fish, turtles and long-tails (a native bird to the island) in their natural habitat.

4. The beautiful Atlantic Ocean is home to many species including grouper, rockfish, snapper, tuna, dolphin fish and more. Charter boats make daily full or half-day trips to the banks where fishermen can indulge in deep sea fishing, trying to hook the big ones in the wahoo and tuna family.

5. Home to the most golf courses per square mile in the world, Bermuda golf courses offer spectacular ocean views and lush green expanses that you will rarely find anywhere in the world.

6. Learn the art of perfumery and create your own customized scent with Master Perfumer Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone at Stewart Hall in St. George's.  In the charming confines of Bermuda's oldest town, immerse yourself in the history of perfume from Ancient Greece to contemporary Madison Avenue. Isabelle's intimate seminars, of no more than five people at a time, are built around spirited discussions and full interactive participation. Try your hand at the various families of scent and their respective olfactory pyramid, educate yourself on natural essential oils and specialty aroma molecules. In less than four hours you'll have the knowledge to dazzle friends and family with your command of the art of perfumery.

7. Learn about the rich history of Bermuda, local traditions, and the story behind Gosling’s Rum, Bermuda’s oldest business, on a private rum tasting tour. .  A ‘rumologist’ will introduce you to a local liqueur and three award-winning rums as well as let you sample local rum cake made with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Watch as they prepare Bermuda’s national drink, the DARK ‘N STORMY®, and discover the true secrets of the Bermuda Rum Swizzle.

8. Located in Hamilton Parish Bermuda, Crystal Caves is one of the largest and most famous caves on the island. It is about 36 meters (120 feet) below the ground level. With its dramatic formations of stalactites and stalagmites, which are crystal-like pointed structures naturally formed out of limestone rocks, the views are stunning. There is a lake called the Cahow Lake within the caves complex and it has crystal clear water, and you can walk over a pontoon bridge that goes across the lake. The lake has a depth of 17 meters (55 feet).

9. The Town of St. George is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the oldest English-speaking colonial town still in existence. It is home to a plethora of cultural experiences.  Take a walking tour and wander narrow streets with names such as Old Maid’s Lane, Printer’s Alley and Featherbed Alley.  Visit one of the many museums such as the World Heritage Centre, St. George’s Historical Society Museum, Bermuda National Trust Museum, Bermudian Heritage Museum, and St. Peter’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in the Western Hemisphere Fluster.

10. Experience Bermuda on Horseback. You can ride all throughout the year in Bermuda along the beaches, the old railway trails or through the lush hilly landscapes.  Choose to be part of group or book in private.

Of course a lot of these activities are combined with trips to Bermuda's beautiful beaches.  Enjoy the contrast of the pink sand and turquoise water between the shoreline and outlying reefs, and the dark blue of the ocean beyond the reefs and land.