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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

Food & Drink Hot-Spots in Bermuda!

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When it comes to food and drink, Bermuda is a haven of choice! As a total melting pot of cultures, it benefits from the many spices each nationality has brought along over the last 400 or so years. International Business is a dominant industry in Bermuda and so the level of restaurants on the island are extremely diverse, ranging from high end, white table cloth to outdoor fish shacks. On only 21 square miles it’s easy to find everything to satisfy any craving you may have but here are a few of our top picks:


Best Sushi: $$$

Pearl – 87 Front Street, Hamilton.

Pearl is a welcome addition to Bermuda's Sushi scene. Located above Port O' Call Restaurant on Front Street, Pearl enjoys the privilege of a balcony with stunning views over Hamilton Harbour. The chefs strive to use the freshest fish available, local tuna or yellowtail, and create innovative rolls using such ingredients as truffle and yuzu.

Tel: 441-295-9343

Email: pearl@yellowfin.bm

 
Best Fish Sandwich
: $

Art Mel’s Spicy Dicey -  9 St. Monica's Road, Hamilton.

Hand’s down Art Mel’s Spicy Dicey serves the best fish sandwich in the world. Don’t believe me? Check Trip Advisor! This tiny fish shack tucked away in a residential neighbourhood is certainly worth the trek. The sandwich is the size of your head, and is perfect for sharing!  If you wish to try it “true Bermudian” style, order it on raisin bread, with coleslaw, cheese and hot sauce.  All Bermudians agree it is the best!

 
Best White Glove Service (Or Steak House): $$$$

Waterlot Inn, Fairmont Southampton Hotel

Defining Bermuda’s steakhouse experience for nearly 350 years, the historic Waterlot Inn remains Bermuda’s best. Gracefully nestled dockside on Jew's Bay, the Waterlot Inn offers breathtaking sunsets and proudly boasts both AAA Four Diamond and Wine Spectator Awards. Serving the finest steaks and chops, this classic dining room has introduced a newly updated and inspired menu that spans time-honored signature specialities and incorporates bold new flavors.  Fresh ingredients, unique preparation and award-winning service surrounded by warm furnishings are the hallmarks of The Waterlot Inn.

Tel: 441-238-8000

Email: southampton@fairmont.com

 
Best “Toes in the sand” Experience: $$$

Mickey's Beach Bistro – Elbow Beach Bermuda

The sand and surf are just feet away at this unique beach restaurant of the Elbow Beach Bermuda resort, serving bistro menus in a casual environment. Open seasonally, it is the only restaurant in Bermuda where you can dine with your toes in the super fine pink sand. With salads, burgers, sandwiches and fresh fish on the menu, it’s sure to delight all ages. Great for families to allow the children to play between courses!

Tel: 441-236-9107

Email: info@lido.bm

 

Best Innovative Menu: $$$

Bolero Brasserie - 95 Front Street

Just off Front Street down Bermuda House Lane, Bolero opened in March 2007 and is owned and operated by British chef, Jonny Roberts. Enjoy contemporary European cuisine on the porch or inside the dining room, which is adorned with gilt-framed mirrors and local art. Here you'll experience the "buzz" of a casual but classy Parisian brasserie. Menu changes weekly with offerings such as escargot, foie gras and lambs tongue with a “twist”.  Certainly not to be missed!

Tel: 441-292-4507

 
Newest “Hot Spot”: $$$

Marcus’ - Hamilton Princess & Beach Club

An unparalleled epicurean experience awaits at the newest culinary hotspot from internationally acclaimed chef, Marcus Samuelsson.  Marcus’ celebrates the best of Bermuda with vibrant flavours, warm hospitality and the freshest seasonal ingredients. Marcus Samuelsson presents a colourful menu where signature specialities are artfully prepared on the wood-burning grill in the open kitchen, infusing the perfect blend of local flavours into world-class dining.

Tel: 441-295-3000

 
Best “Pub” Fare: $

Frog ‘n’ Onion Pub – Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys

The Frog & Onion Pub was created and opened in 1992 by a Bermudian (the Onion) and a Frenchman (the Frog) and is Bermuda's most unique Pub. Housed in the mid 18th century Cooperage in the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, it is only a leisurely walk from King's and Heritage Wharfs and the ferry dock. Serving traditional fare such as “bangers’n’mash” and “fish’n’chips” it certainly lives up to the island's British heritage!

Tel:  441-234-2900

 

BEST COFFEE SHOP: $$

DEVILS ISLE - 19 BURNABY STREET, HAMILTON

Likened to something you might find in New York or San Francisco, this trendy place serves some of the best coffee in Bermuda.  But it's not just the coffee that we love - Devils Isle serve a range of delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with quality and locally sourced food at the heart of their philosophy. 

Tel: 441-292-3284

Email: requests@devilsislecoffee.bm

Want more options? Click here for our Mini food & Drink guide!

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.