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Hamilton Princess, Hamilton, Bermuda

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Location Stroll from the Hamilton Princess into the center of Hamilton, where Front Street’s shops, bars, and restaurants line one side of the street, and a harbour walk lines the other. Explore the side streets where more goodies await. Hamilton is Bermuda’s capital city and its center of commerce — largely revolving around offshore insurance, an industry that has helped Bermuda weather tourism ups and downs. The city, which is in Pembroke Parish, is fairly central for exploring over to the East End, where the town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage site, reminds of early settler’s lives; and to the West End, where the Royal Naval Dockyard and Horseshoe Bay await.

Lodging The Hamilton Princess sits majestically above Hamilton Harbour, its bright strawberry ice cream pink facade easily recognizable from far and wide. As striking as its appearance and its location overlooking Hamilton Harbor and the Hamilton Yacht Club are, perhaps the most amazing thing about the hotel these days is its art collection, which includes works from Warhol to Matisse. The collection was the finishing touch to renovations that added a new parade of shops, an Exhale spa and yoga studio, and a state of the art fitness room overlooking the pool. The hotel has its own private beach club on Sinky Bay. It has equipment for activities such as paddle boarding and also a satellite lunch spot, Marcus’ on the Beach. A jitney runs every half hour between the hotel and the beach club. Each Saturday morning, a local art expert gives a guided tour of the hotel’s art collection. Still, for all the magnificence of its modern art collection, and its updates, the hotel has not lost any of its classic Gilded Age splendor.

View of a Room 657  Renovations at the Hamilton Princess transformed guest rooms into sleek, modern, and decidedly non fussy digs. This king bed room has a lounge area with a couch, and there is also a work area with a desk. There is a separate dressing area with plenty of hanging and shelf space. The small bathroom has a walk in shower with double heads and is stocked with one of the best products found in a hotel bathroom anywhere: Rose 31, which has a gorgeous musky rose fragrance. The view is not fully of the bay, but a partial one and only if you are standing at the windows, which look over the entrance driveway and Hamilton’s pretty pastel colored office buildings.

Restaurants and bars The Hamilton Princess has many commendable bars and restaurants: the lobby bar, the Crown and Anchor serves from breakfast to late night drinks, when one of the island’s many talented bands play. There is an outdoor patio restaurant overlooking the manicured gardens and harbour. The hotel’s signature restaurant is Marcus — New York based Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s beautiful island outpost, which also looks out over the lawn and water. 

Information

Hotel Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club

76 Pitts Bay Road, HMO8

Tel: (441) 295-3000

thehamiltonprincess.com

Bermuda’s Pink Sale is on!

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Bermuda —  This is one January sale to hit: Bermuda’s Pink Sale offers a 50% discount on room rates at selected Bermuda resorts. Travelers can experience the island’s award-winning hotels and spas, championship-caliber golf courses and distinctive art, history and cultural offerings by booking this special promotion at nine participating island hotels from January 23 – February 3, 2014 for travel between February 4 – April 30, 2014.

Participating hotels include:

Grotto Bay Beach Resort, pictured below

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  • Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa 
  • Elbow Beach Bermuda  
  • The Royal Palms
  • Fairmont Southampton  
  • Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa  
  • Rosewood Tuckers Point Resort  
  • Rosedon Hotel Bermuda  

While in Bermuda, travelers who take advantage of the Pink Sale can also experience Bermuda’s Love Month events throughout February, which include Love Cruises on Friday afternoons as well as train and shopping tours in Hamilton, a love-themed walking tour of historic St. George’s and special promotions at landmark attractions, hotels and restaurants. Free activities include historic walking tours of Hamilton, Royal Naval Dockyard and St. George’s, cooking demonstrations and music programs featuring Bermuda’s famous Gombey dancers.

For more info: www.gotobermuda.com.

Bermuda Puts Visitors in the Pink!

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Bermuda – For those who don’t like their winter sunshine red-hot, Bermuda is having a “pink sale” offering a limited-time 50 percent off room rates at participating resort properties. The discount is valid with a three-night minimum stay. Purchase between January 23 and February 3 for travel from January 24 through May 7. Participating properties include:

·         Fairmont Hamilton Princess

Fairmont Hamilton Princess

·         Fairmont Southampton Hotel

Fairmont Southampton

·         Grotto Bay Beach Hotel

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·         Newstead Belmont Hills

Newstead

·         Cambridge Beaches

Cambridge Beaches pool

·         Royal Palms

Royal Plams Hotel

For more info: www.gotobermuda.com.

Photo credits: Bermuda Department of Tourism/Hotel Junkie/Royal Palms Hotel

Bermuda Hotels Offer Free Nights

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Hamilton, Bermuda – The Bermuda Department of Tourism is offering travelers the opportunity to enjoy an extra night free. Just book now at participating hotels for stays August through October 30, 2012. High season in Bermuda is summer through fall and Hotel rates start from $189 per night.

Bermuda’s Endless Summer participating properties include Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Fairmont Southampton, and Grotto Bay.

Grotto Bay Resort

In addition to enjoying Bermuda’s Endless Summer promotion, the island’s Sizzling Summer program offers free activities through October.

For more info: gotobermuda.com

 

Photo credit: Hotel Junkie

Grotto Bay Beach Resort, Bermuda

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Location Nestled in a beautiful cove just a few minutes drive from L.F. Wade International Airport, the Grotto Bay Beach Resort is situated in Hamilton Parish in-between Bermuda’s two main towns, Hamilton and St. George. Both of which are wonderful spots to amble and take in the Bermudian lifestyle. Bermudians seem to have a friendly way about them and greeting people you don’t know is commonplace. It’s the old English ideal of courtesy and good manners that seems to have survived there.

A few minutes walk away, the Swizzle Inn is a casual restaurant and pub with a patio. Bailey’s Ice Cream Parlour is nearby, too. Bikes, or push bikes as they are still called, scooters, and motorbikes are popular modes of transport on the island’s narrow winding roads. Bikes and scooters are available for rental to tourists, but they come with very little tuition. It can be a stressful if not dangerous way to travel. Bermudians drive on the left hand side.  Buses to St. George and Hamilton stop right by the Grotto’s front gate. Tokens and passes are available at the front desk. Unlike the West Indies far to the south, Bermuda is quiet and with a more temperate climate. The high season is June through August, though the island has a lot of charm in fall and winter too.

The Hotel   Set back on a gentle cliff overlooking a picture perfect cove etched with white sand and azure sea, the Grotto Bay  has a tropical Colonial design. Coral and pink colored guest lodges sit in semi-circle in front of the main hotel building, overlooking the sea. Guest rooms are spacious with cooling tile floor and wooden dressers. All rooms have small balconies, some offering great shade.

The airport might be nearby and planes do pass within view, but for some reason they aren’t heard.  Palms and colorful fauna dot the rolling lawns. Shady patios provide perfect viewpoints. Cockerels and happy looking hens roam the grounds, as do some cats. Kiskadees – a lemon and black colored bird the size of a starling – call out, but they’re no match for the cockerel’s cock-a-doodle-doo!

One thing not to miss is an on-site natural cave filled with stalactite and stalagmite formations. It was at one time used as a bar. It’s open for guests to explore and even swim in its natural pool. Supposedly, it can be booked for private use, or spa treatments

Restaurants and Bars The Bayside Grill offers poolside dining and drinking. The delightful Palm Court restaurant serves (complimentary) afternoon tea with cakes and cookies, and a good variety of teas. It also serves as a coffee shop in the morning, and a more casual restaurant with family appeal – pasta, pizza, burgers  — and the adjacent bar is a-buzz in the evening serving the island’s signature Swizzle and Dark and Stormy. The capacious Hibiscus Room is open for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast is buffet style and covers all the main bases from cereal and fruit to omelets and pancakes. Dinner is a smart affair, but there is no dress code. Because of Bermuda’s unique situation of importing pretty much everything, locavore cuisine isn’t extensive, but the menu includes a salad of organic locally grown greens and local Wahoo fish, basted with butter and roasted, and served with green lentils spiced with chorizo.  A panna cotta with a strawberry coulis is a perfect silken pudding with just the right amount of sweetness – and unmissable.

Fitness rooms, pools, and spas There is a pool near the beach, by the Bayside Grill. A jacuzzi is open day and night, too. There are four tennis courts, though a fee may be charged.  A dive shop is to the right side of the beach. The Natura spa (untried) offers spa treatments

Tech  WiFi is available for a fee. There is cable TV.

Highs For easy access to the airport, St. George and Hamilton, the Grotto can’t be beat.

Lows For some, that cockerel might be an unwelcome wake up call! Not for us though!

Info:

11 Blue Hole Hill, Bailey’s Bay, Bermuda 441-293-8333/1-800-582-3190. grottobay.com

Bermuda Hotel Deals Through March

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The Bermuda Department of Tourism invites travelers to enjoy a free night stay with its “Compliments of Bermuda”  program. This promotion, which provides a free night at participating hotels for guests booking a minimum three-night stay, is available for booking through March 15, 2012, and valid for travel November 1 through March 31, 2012.  The promotion also provides access to exclusive deals and rates at more than 50 Bermuda retailers, including water sports shops, retail stores, restaurants and more with a special Traveler’s Price Card.

Accommodations range from luxury resorts and boutique hotels to beach clubs and historic beach-front properties.  Rates start at $97.50 per person, per night. The following hotels are offering the third night, fourth night or fifth night free during the promotional period:

Third Night Free
Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa
Elbow Beach, Bermuda
Fairmont Hamilton Princess
Fairmont Southampton Hotel
Grotto Bay Beach Resort
The Reefs Hotel & Club

Fourth Night Free
Newstead Belmont Hills Resort
Pompano Beach Club
Rosewood Tucker’s Point
The Royal Palms

Fifth Night Free
Rosedon Hotel
Surf Side Beach Club

For more info:  1-800-BERMUDA, Go To Bermuda