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Fondly referred to by locals as “The Pink Palace,” or just “The Princess,” the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is one of the most historic hotels in Bermuda, with roots going back to 1885, and a guestbook filled with illustrious names. Following a two-year, $100 million renovation completed in 2016, it’s now also one of Bermuda’ freshest hotels—and has raised the bar for luxury on the island. The rejuvenated 400-room property has everything you could desire in a tropical paradise: contemporary rooms, junior suites, and suites stocked with thoughtful amenities; pristine pools; state-of-the-art fitness facilities; a spa sanctuary; exceptional on-site dining options (including a restaurant from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson) and a fantastic selection of activities, including direct access to the exquisite pink sand beaches and crystal turquoise waters for which Bermuda is known. Just a five-minute walk from the city of Hamilton’s bustling shopping, dining, and nightlife district, this urban resort is also home to a world-renowned fine art collection (featuring works by Andy Warhol, Banksy, and Jeff Koons, to name a few), as well as the island’s first and only full-service marina, from which you can set forth on a private sail, deep sea fishing trip, or snorkeling adventure. To top it all off, getting there is a breeze, as flights from many major US hubs—including New York City, Boston, Miami, and Atlanta—clock in at under two hours. Which means you can leave for paradise in the morning and by midday, be chillin’ at the infinity pool, Rum Swizzle in hand, soaking up the one-of-a-kind atmosphere of the pink-hued icon.

 

 

What to Do In and Around the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club

 

Bermuda’s fascinating, tangled history features everything from pirates and shipwrecks to glamorous royalty and world-renowned artists—so it’s no surprise that there’s more to this island paradise than pink sand and sparkling waters. (Though we love those perks, too.) From a base at the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club, it’s easy to access the best of the island’s historic sites, unique attractions, signature shopping and dining, and more. Prefer to stay on property? Join the club. With a world-class spa, celebrity-chef dining, and the island’s only full-service marina, life at The Princess is full of plenty of sunny distractions.

 

exhale spa

Hamilton Princess has teamed up with exhale, a leading wellness brand, to provide a transformational spa and fitness experience. If your aim is to unwind and get pampered, highly-skilled technicians are on hand to provide a range of targeted therapies, including deep tissue massages, illuminating facials, and healing acupuncture. Meanwhile, active guests can join exhale’s signature barre, Core Fusion, and Pilates classes at the recently-launched fitness studio, breathe in some poolside yoga, or work out at the state-of-the-art Mind Body Gym, overlooking the harbor. With a spa pool, and the tranquil Zen lounge there are plenty of spots for post-workout relaxation. 

 

Infinity Pool

There’s nothing quite like an infinity pool in paradise. Backed by uninterrupted views of Hamilton Harbor, the resort’s stunning infinity-edge pool and surrounding deck provide a refreshing oasis for all-day swimming and lounging. When you need a break from the sun, the lively adjacent Pool Bar is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail or grab a leisurely bite to eat. And if you’re feeling more active, make use of the recently-renovated lap pool, or head to the nearby pergola for an outdoor fitness class. Pro tip: don’t miss sunset around the pool, when the cotton candy-colored sky reflecting in the water makes for a simply breathtaking moment—and many Like-worthy photo ops.

 

Princess Marina

Princess Marina

Drop anchor and embark on an ideal adventure at this state-of-the-art boating and watersports facility. The only full-service marina in Bermuda, Princess Marina offers for 60 berths for vessels of varying sizes, from 30-foot fishing boats to superyachts stretching 500-feet or more. Boat owners and guest will enjoy the unparalleled freedom of the sailing life paired with the exceptional luxury of a five-star hotel. Don’t have your own vessel? Not to worry. A range of activities and excursions—from jet skiing and snorkeling to deep sea fishing and whale watching—depart from the marina, and will feed your adventurous side. During summer months, the marina is also one of Bermuda’s hottest nightlife spots, hosting weekly Marina Nights happy hours featuring top local DJs, and lavish Indulge cigar events complete with live jazz and flights of fine spirits.

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Beach Club

Added as part of the renovation, the Private Beach Club provides Hamilton Princess guests with a serene getaway where they can enjoy a range of activities, from snorkeling and tennis to lounging on land and water hammocks. Located at picturesque Sinky Bay—a private cove on South Beaches—the club is just a short drive from the resort via a complimentary Jitney. Once you arrive, a full day of relaxation and fun in the sun awaits: take a dip in the crystal-clear waters; join in on a beach activity; refresh with an ice-cold drink from the Tiki Bar; and enjoy flavorful fare from chef Marcus Samuelsson beachfront restaurant. Stick around until evening for s’mores toasting over the roaring bonfire. You may never want to leave this private paradise.

 

Dolphin Quest

Swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Dolphin Quest Bermuda offers a variety of interactive, multi-sensory encounters that allow you to play with, swim alongside, and feed these fascinating creatures in their oceanwater haven, coming face-to-face with them during one of the most memorable things you’ll do in Bermuda. Located at the National Museum of Bermuda at the Royal Naval Dockyard (a premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination and cruise ship terminal), Dolphin Quest is short, scenic ferry ride or taxi trip from most anywhere on the island. https://dolphinquest.com/bermuda/

 

Caves

The setting of two of Bermuda’s most astonishing sights may surprise you: they are underground. The spectacular Crystal Cave and Fantasy Cave are top visitor attractions for a reason, with each unique cavern offering guests a fantastical setting filled with hidden treasures. Head down to take in deep pools of bright blue water, incredible rock formations of every size and shape, and cave ceilings adorned with clusters of hanging stalactites. Experienced guides will lead your journey into the caves and help you discover the hidden natural wonders of underground Bermuda. It’s a can’t-miss adventure!

www.caves.bm/

 

Golf

For golfers, it doesn’t get much better than teeing off on a championship golf course while surrounded by breathtaking views. The island of Bermuda has more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world, ranging from private, members-only courses to family-friendly public options. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner looking to practice your swing on the driving range, there are plenty of pristine greens here were you can take your game to the next level, while also taking in the island’s natural beauty. The Hamilton Princess concierge team can help find a course that’s right for you.

 

http://www.pga.com/grandslam/news/bermuda-golf-courses-guide —OR—

http://www.gotobermuda.com/things-to-do/golf

 

Marcus Restaurant

Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson has brought his world-class cuisine to Bermuda with the eponymous Marcus’ in the Hamilton Princess. The visually striking restaurant features a collection of modern art (including original pieces by Andy Warhol, Liu Ye, and Nelson Mandela), a grand outdoor veranda, and unparalleled panoramic views of Hamilton Harbor. Chef Samuelsson’s vibrant menu pays tribute to Bermudian culture with signature dishes like crispy fish chowder croquettes and spicy jerk pork belly, while fans of his other restaurants will find favorites like the famous fried chicken and waffles. Classic cocktails and a full bar menu round out the offerings; for a new spin on a local favorite, order up the ginger beer-based Darker and Stormier. 

Marcus

Marcus Restaurant

Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson has brought his world-class cuisine to Bermuda with the eponymous Marcus’ in the Hamilton Princess. The visually striking restaurant features a collection of modern art (including original pieces by Andy Warhol, Liu Ye, and Nelson Mandela), a grand outdoor veranda, and unparalleled panoramic views of Hamilton Harbor. Chef Samuelsson’s vibrant menu pays tribute to Bermudian culture with signature dishes like crispy fish chowder croquettes and spicy jerk pork belly, while fans of his other restaurants will find favorites like the famous fried chicken and waffles. Classic cocktails and a full bar menu round out the offerings; for a new spin on a local favorite, order up the ginger beer-based Darker and Stormier. 

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St. George’s

On the opposite end of the island from Hamilton sits the town of St. George’s, a UNESCO World Heritage Site first settled in 1612. It’s easy to spend an entire day here, beginning with a visit to St. Peter’s Church, the oldest Anglican church in the Western hemisphere. Learn more about the area’s history and architecture on a themed walking tour (the Haunted History Tour is a fun test of bravery), while spots like the famous Bermuda Perfumery—where you can pick-up unique fragrances, or let Master Perfumer Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone guide you in creating your own—showcase the island’s contemporary side. When meal time rolls around, head to Wahoo’s Bistro for dishes made from locally-caught seafood, like the signature crispy wahoo tacos, all served with panoramic harbor views. www.corpstgeorge.bm

 

Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo

Get in touch with your wild side at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo (BAMZ for short.) Located in Flatts Village on the North Shore, this three-part attraction houses a range of marine life in replicas of their natural environments. The aquarium boasts more than 200 species (including sharks, moray eels, and barracudas), plus a large-scale living replica of Bermuda’s coral reefs, and outdoor areas showcasing green turtles and playful harbor seals. Head to the well-maintained zoo to spy animals like monkeys, flamingos and alligators, and to enjoy interactive exhibits organized by geographical region, while over at the museum, find interesting displays on humpback whales and sea birds, among others, as well as an outdoor kids’ playground. bamz.org

Fondly referred to by locals as “The Pink Palace,” or just “The Princess,” the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is one of the most historic hotels in Bermuda, with roots going back to 1885, and a guestbook filled with illustrious names. Following a two-year, $100 million renovation completed in 2016, it’s now also one of Bermuda’ freshest hotels—and has raised the bar for luxury on the island. The rejuvenated 400-room property has everything you could desire in a tropical paradise: contemporary rooms, junior suites, and suites stocked with thoughtful amenities; pristine pools; state-of-the-art fitness facilities; a spa sanctuary; exceptional on-site dining options (including a restaurant from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson) and a fantastic selection of activities, including direct access to the exquisite pink sand beaches and crystal turquoise waters for which Bermuda is known. Just a five-minute walk from the city of Hamilton’s bustling shopping, dining, and nightlife district, this urban resort is also home to a world-renowned fine art collection (featuring works by Andy Warhol, Banksy, and Jeff Koons, to name a few), as well as the island’s first and only full-service marina, from which you can set forth on a private sail, deep sea fishing trip, or snorkeling adventure. To top it all off, getting there is a breeze, as flights from many major US hubs—including New York City, Boston, Miami, and Atlanta—clock in at under two hours. Which means you can leave for paradise in the morning and by midday, be chillin’ at the infinity pool, Rum Swizzle in hand, soaking up the one-of-a-kind atmosphere of the pink-hued icon.