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Bermuda’s Pink Palace

The Hamilton Princess and its marina. Courtesy of The Hamilton Princess

The  Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, the historic hotel located on the waterfront of the capital city of Hamilton, has been an ultra luxurious accommodation for over a century. The hotel opened in 1885 and has long been affectionately called “The Pink Palace.” Winston Churchill, Prince Charles, Mark Twain and Ian Fleming are among the many celebrities who’ve been guests over the years.  Now it’s the oldest property in the Fairmont Hotel & Resorts family. We had the good fortune to spend three relaxing days here and felt like notables ourselves, thanks to a professional and welcoming staff.

Designated the Official Host Hotel of the 35th America’s Cup (the races get underway in late May, 2017), the hotel has recently completed a multi-million dollar transformation. Its new décor has clean lines and neutral colors and is embellished with world-class art. As marketing director Diarmaid O’Sullivan explains, the interior design has transitioned from “classic” to “contemporary.” The many improvements include an exhale flagship spa and a state-of-the-art marina. With 60 berths, the marina is, in fact, the first and only full-service marina in Bermuda.

Marcus’ Restaurant Courtesy of The Hamilton Princess

Among three on-property restaurant additions is the only celebrity-helmed restaurant on the island, Marcus’. It’s led by internationally acclaimed Chef Marcus Samuelsson, who provided the leadership for the James Beard Award-winning restaurant Red Rooster Harlem in New York City. The restaurant features a beautiful 30-seat bar and an open kitchen that prepares eclectic, creatively seasoned entrees with vibrant flavors. They include Miso-Glazed Salmon, Black Pepper Duck, Fish Chowder Croquettes and more.

The property’s location is perfect—just a five-minute walk from the boutiques, museums and restaurants in Hamilton. A complimentary jitney took us directly to the hotel’s private Beach Club for sunbathing on a pink sand beach and swimming in the calm waters of a secluded cove.  But if you’re like us, you might find it hard to leave the hotel’s new infinity pool that overlooks the waterfront—a perfect place for a late afternoon swim as the setting sun reflects on the waters offshore. We suggest you  plan a visit to experience the pleasures of one of the few grande dame hotels in the world for yourself..

For more information: thehamiltonprincess.com

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