Bermuda's sprawling retreat
Perched atop Bermuda's highest point, the pink Fairmont Southampton commands stunning views, either of the clear blue ocean, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse or the Turtle Hill Golf Club. The sprawling resort is spread out over 100 acres, with almost 600 guest rooms and suites, a private pink sand beach, an 18-hole championship par-3 golf course and the idyllic Willow Stream Spa. It’s the largest hotel on the island, but you’ll never feel lost in the crowd.
All of Fairmont Southampton’s rooms and suites are quite generous in size and have private balconies, but staying on the Fairmont Gold Floor, a hotel-within-a-hotel, takes it to another level of luxury.
You’ll skip the lobby check-in and be escorted directly to the private Fairmont Gold floor reception area for a meet-and-greet with the dedicated staff. Privileges include continental breakfast in the lounge, computer use, an honor bar and daily complimentary cocktail canapés in the early evening.
For a truly over-the-top stay, book one the two corner penthouse suites, which are 2,900 square feet and boast wraparound balconies. Décor throughout the Bermuda hotel draws inspiration from the island’s bright landscape but always with Fairmont’s attention to luxurious detail.
Nine onsite restaurants, cafés, and lounges cater to every taste and mood. Jump out of the pool and build your own cheeseburger at the Burger Bar at Wickets or order one of its signature dishes, like the Juan de Bermudez burger with Manchego cheese, chimichurri and Serrano ham, and pair it with a frosty milkshake.
For a sublime dinner, head to the historic Waterlot Inn, which has been serving steaks in style for almost 350 years. A delightful option for a more casual dinner or just drinks is The Dock at the Waterlot. Sunsets from the lounge-like patio are epic, and when they are accompanied by live music from excellent local musicians and a creative cocktail, you may never want to leave.
Make sure to save an entire day for the 31,000-square-feet Willow Stream Spa, where you can easily lose track of time. There are multiple relaxation lounges for men, women and couples, plus separate eucalyptus steam inhalation rooms and saunas, as well as an indoor heated spa pool with a sun deck and two outdoor whirlpool Jacuzzis just for spa guests.
Signature services include the ultimate Lavender Dreams head-to-toe experience, which includes a full-body exfoliation, a massage with organic lavender oil and chakra-balancing crystals, and a face and scalp treatment. Order a healthy spa lunch to enjoy by the pool if you want to linger.
The Private Beach
All guests have access to Fairmont’s private beach club, a secluded cove with Bermuda’s unique pink sand, located down the hill from the luxury hotel (free shuttles run continuously back and forth).
Free amenities include chaise lounges with sunshades, towels, lockers and showers, as well as cold towel service and water mists throughout the summer. For a more private experience, reserve a beach cabana, which includes a variety of perks from chilled fruit to a selection of water toys, such as stand-up paddleboards, water noodles, floats and beach balls.