Earlier this summer Nick and I spent three blissful nights at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club located in Hamilton, Bermuda. Yes, that pink hotel you’ve probably seen all over Instagram.
I can’t tell you how many times over the last few years I’ve had people rave to me about Bermuda. The crystal clear water and white sand beaches. Sunny skies. Friendly people. The 1.5 hour flight from New York. Looking back it seems silly that we didn’t visit sooner because the hype was REAL. I mean, the quick travel time alone is enough reason to book a trip to Bermuda ASAP. Our first day on the island we looked at each other and were like, ‘HOW DOES THIS EXIST SO CLOSE TO THE EAST COAST?’ Totally unreal.
The invite to head to Bermuda came at the perfect time– we’d just gotten engaged a few weeks earlier so it was the perfect excuse to celebrate over a long weekend.
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club Hotel Review
The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club or “The Princess” for short is centrally located right along the downtown Hamilton waterfront. It’s about a 20-minute drive from the airport and within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. What really struck me right away was the large dock filled with mansion-sized yachts and sailboats– can you even imagine?
OUTFIT DETAILS // The perfect little black & white stripe t-shirt dress and a wholllleeee lotta wind!
With over 400 guest rooms, the hotel property is quite large. I’d describe the feel to be similar to that of a Ritz-Carlton or another large luxury waterfront resort. The other guests seemed to be a mix of couples like us, families and groups. We went on a popular weekend in mid-June, but despite the hotel almost being at full-capacity it didn’t feel crowded or congested. Here are a few things I noticed that I felt set the Princess apart from some of our other tropical getaways.
THE FAMOUS ‘PINK WALL’
PS this floral maxi dress is now on sale!
INSTAGRAM HEAVEN. As a blogger I really appreciate when a hotel or restaurant puts extra thought into the aesthetics and the Princess is nothing short of photo-worthy. Not only is the hotel the prettiest shade of light PINK, the property is dotted with sculptures, paintings and other works by famous artists like Jeff Koons, Banksy, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.
^ Bermuda camouflage = anything pink and green 🙂
PRIVATE BEACH CLUB. To me the biggest draw of staying at the Princess is getting access to the hotel’s private beach club. Since the hotel is located in downtown Hamilton on the waterfront, to get to the club you just have to hop on the pink jitney bus (these run every 30 minutes for guests) and from there enjoy a scenic drive where you’ll pass some of Bermuda’s most notable scenic spots like Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay. Fast forward 20 minutes later you’ll find yourself in paradise with a private beach and cove totally at your disposal. We came here both days of our trip and immediately posted up on two loungers and spent the afternoon drinking margaritas and ordering fresh fish tacos. The water was so calm and warm too– perfect for couples or kiddos!
^ Just a boy sitting in a flamingo floatie living his best life!
POOLS & AMENITIES. If the beach isn’t for you, not to worry! The Princess has 2 pools along with an impressive gym and spa. We could’ve easily spent our entire time just hanging at the hotel and we would’ve been perfectly content. Believe it or not, I even got Nick to wake up early with me one morning to exercise with me!!! We usually never workout when we travel, so the fact that we did made us feel a little less guilty about all those tacos and frozen cocktails…
DINING. The Princess conveniently has a few different dining options and restaurants directly on-site at the hotel. Over the span of three days we enjoyed a dinner at Marcus’, a lunch at 1609 and breakfast every morning in the Fairmont Gold Lounge thanks to our Gold-level guess room.
GUEST ROOM. We loved our Fairmont Gold Harbour King room! Since our room was on one of the top floors the views of the harbor were absolutely spectacular. I loved waking up in the morning and just being able to open the blinds and step out on to the balcony. The king size bed, spa-like bathroom, walk-in closet and flat screen TV felt like a home away from home.
OUTFIT DETAILS | Terry Lounge Romper (only $39!)
As I mentioned before, thanks to our room being Gold-level we had complimentary access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge where we could have breakfast every morning and stop in for complimentary snacks throughout the day. They even served afternoon tea and desserts later in the evening.
EXPLORING THE ISLAND. You know us, we loooooove to get our explore on when we’re in a new place so of course we jumped at the opportunity to rent a scooter for a day. There’s a rental shop located literally right in the hotel parking lot that has everything from bikes, to cars, to scoots. Super convenient for guests. A few of you asked me about the driveability of the island and all I can say is we had no issues at all maneuvering around despite having to adapt to driving on left side of the road (so weird!) This wasn’t our first time renting a scooter though (we did it in Italy!) so if you’re feeling uncomfortable maybe go for a car or bike instead.
OUTFIT DETAILS // I’m all about the business in the front/party in the back situation going on with this one piece!
As you can see there’s no shortage of beautiful beaches and bays to explore in Bermuda! While it was impossible to see everything in one day, we did manage to make our way to a number of notable sites on the island including:
Somerset Bridge (the world’s smallest drawbridge!!)
Talk about a short but sweet trip! We had the best time and were blessed with the most beautiful sunny weather. Our stay at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club was wonderful and I’d definitely recommend visiting whether it’s for a couples’s getaway, girl’s trip or family vacation. What’s great about the Princess is you can totally tailor the experience to suit your own wishes. Bermuda, we’ll be back!
Big thank you to the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club for the stay! As always all opinions are my own.