Over the holidays, Anush and I took one last adventure of 2020 to the charming island of Bermuda! I have always wanted to visit Bermuda especially cos of it stunning pink sand beaches, pastel colored towns and historic charm. Stay tuned for my travel guide to the island. During our time on the island we stayed at the iconic Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club aka the Pink Palace or the Princess Hotel.
Before I recap our amazing stay at the property, I wanted to touch base on the current travel requirements to Bermuda. To travel here you would need :
1 ) A negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 5 days prior to travel.
2 ) Mandatory travel Insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance.
3 ) You would need to upload your negative results and a completed online health screening questionnaire on the Bermuda Government website no less than 24 hours before departure. After you submit this you will be issued a Travel Authorization form without which you cannot board the flight. This costs $75 per adult and $30 per child.
4 ) Once you land you will have to undergo a second PCR test at the airport, after which you need to quarantine in your hotel room till you get results. (usually 10-24 hours).
5 ) Depending on how long your stay is you need to take additional tests on day 4, day 8 and day 14.
6 ) Travellers also need to wear a wristband that will be issued to them upon arrival and pack a thermometer so that you can monitor and report ypur temperature twice daily.
7 ) Masks and social distancing at all public spaces. Indoor dining isn’t allowed for visitors outside of their place of accommodation (until day 4). Outdoor dining is allowed.
For more details and updates, check out this website here.
Now back to recapping our stay at the Hamilton Princess. This beautiful hotel had the perfect mix of historic splendor meets modern luxury and of course my favorite part about it – all the buildings in the property are the prettiest pastel pink. It has been a favorite of royalty and other prominent socialites for generations, and even today it surely feels like you are treated like royalty during your stay here. It truly is the crown jewel of the island of Bermuda!
The hotel has received a Safe Travels stamp from the World travel and tourism council and have taken lots of measures to ensure the safety of its guest. Some of the changes we saw :
- mask wearing everywhere except at restaurants while eating, or at the pool/beach.
- temperature checks at the entrance
- socially distanced tables at restaurants, pool lounge chairs etc
- hand sanitizing stations everywhere
- reduced housekeeping and housekeeping on request
- a la carte at breakfast
We stayed at the Fairmont gold harbour view room and had gorgeous views of the marina and the main building of the property. These rooms were recently renovated and I loved the attention to detail in its furnishings – it retained all the splendor of the historic Pink Palace but with a sleek contemporary twist. While we were quarantining for results fro our arrival test, we ordered in room service and loved spending our time in the this luxurious suite.
Views from the Fairmont Gold Harbor View Room
Once we were negative from our arrival results (took us about 16 hours), we were excited to finally get a chance to explore the gorgeous property. I couldn’t get enough of all the tropical vibes and pinks everywhere! Something so quintessential Bermuda!
Cant get enough of this gorgeous property! So much pink and all the tropical vibes!
The resort has 2 main pools to choose from – an adult only pool as well as an infinity pool, which was my personal favorite!
Views from around the stunning infinity pool area
While the resort isn’t located at the beach, it has its own private beach club at Sinky Bay on the South Shore, just a quick 20 minute ride away. They offer a complimentary shuttle to the beach and back on the regular too. This dreamy cove at the Princess Beach Club is absolutely picture perfect and probably one of my fave spots on the island. So many fun things to do here to spend the day – relax in the hammocks in the water or on land, snorkel, paddle board, play tennis, rent a beach cabana or simply find a dreamy spot like this to soak it all in! They also have a restaurant here, which was closed when we were there due to the pandemic; so we brought snacks with us from the cafe at the main hotel.
Princess Beach Club at Sinky Bay
One of the many reasons this property truly stands out is its impress modern art collection! There are over 100 pieces of art throughout the resort and whether or not you are an art buff, it is such a delight to browse thee masterpieces of work. The Pop Art collection includes works from Andy Warhol, Banksy, and Damien Hirst, among others. They have a free guided tour every Saturday morning if you are interested to learn more. I especially loved these painted flowers and the Lego version of the property!
Some of my faves of the beautiful art collection at Hamilton Princess
As for dining on a normal basis there are 4 restaurants on property, but when we visited only 2 were open. We loved our daily breakfasts at Crown and Anchor. We also tried their bbq tasting menu on one of the nights and it was so good!
Breakfast at Crown and Anchor
Dinner at Crown and Anchor
While you are here you must visit the super cute and newly opened Duchess Cafe. They have coffee, pastries, snacks and so much more. We went all out and tried this specialty shake and it was to die for! So delicious!
How cute is this cafe?! Love the decor and treats!
The 2 other restaurants on property : 1609 (above) and Marcus
The Marina here is Bermuda’s only full service marina and offers world-class amenities for vessels of all sizes. The Princess Marina’s watersports facility also offers a huge range of activities and excursions, especially popular in the summer months.
Other activities include – tennis, golf, spa, renting bikes or a twizy to explore the island. The resort is conveniently located in the heart of Hamilton – a quick 5 minute walk to all the shopping and dining in town and a short drive away to some of the best beaches of the island located on the south shore. We rented a Twizy on one of the days from here to explore the island and it was so fun!
Overall we had such a wonderful luxurious stay at Princess Bermuda and highly recommend it if you are ever visiting the island. What I loved most about it – its beautiful history, great location, excellent service and of course its private beach club. Here is a quick recap video.
Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for my Bermuda travel guide. xo
Thank you to Hamilton princess hotel & beach club for sponsoring our recent trip to Bermuda. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.