I was just saying right before I took this trip to Bermuda that I had dreamed of staying at the Fairmont Southampton for the last ten years. I was enticed by the pink walls of the hotel against the hues of blue that the ocean offered. Long before I was a Fairmont fan, I discovered this hotel just through a search online. I was captivated by it and I knew that one day I would stay there. So here we are – I made it!
The Fairmont Southampton is a beacon of luxury in Bermuda. Offering 593 guest rooms rooms inclusive of 38 suites, I would strongly argue there isn’t a bad room in the house. With views of the ocean, the lush golf course or Gibbs Lighthouse – wherever you stay, the view is going to be fantastic.
Sometimes you show up to hotels and from the moment of arrival, the grounds are picturesque and you feel like you’re in a dream sequence. That’s the feeling I got when I arrived at the Fairmont Southampton. Driving from the airport to the hotel, I was greeted by the beautiful water and colorful homes along the way. If I had to choose one of these homes to live in, I would argue that I couldn’t choose because they are all so beautiful.
When you arrive at the Southampton, you are greeted in the driveway with staff ready to help with luggage and direct you where to go. Right inside the entrance to the hotel to the right is check-in. I stayed in a Fairmont Gold room – which gave me a private check-in on the 6th floor at the lounge. One thing that really stood out at the Southampton was the decor. I loved that the rooms had the bright colors of the island feel and was not modern. The modern details you see in a lot of hotels work for each of those properties, but I don’t feel like it would fit in this property. You kind of feel like you are with royalty and that while it is luxurious, it is not modern chic.
I stayed in a Fairmont Gold room with a view of Gibb’s Lighthouse and also the sunset. I am a serial sunset chaser, so that was my decision behind choosing that room versus a sea view. To be fair – I could still see the ocean in both directions from my room.
Large in size, the room itself was very spacious. Accompanied with a king size bed, work desk, dresser, TV, 2 night stands, lounger, a balcony with a table and 2 chairs, a walk-in closet, a separate vanity dual sink, and a bathroom with a tub/shower combo.
I am a big fan of Fairmont Gold and prefer to book these rooms when I stay at the Fairmont. There are a lot of amenities (that are slightly different from Fairmont to Fairmont) but I love them all.
I want to note that the staff in the Fairmont Gold Lounge is some of the best staff I have met globally. Most notably, Pascal. He made sure every inch of my trip was perfection, engaged in great conversation and made me laugh every time I saw him. If there is only one person you meet during your stay here – Pascal is the one.
At the Fairmont Southampton amenities with Fairmont Gold included:
- Private Gold Floor reception
- Generous daily breakfast
- Afternoon tea
- Evening hors d’ oeuvres – they bring a selection from the restaurants for each guest
One of the main draws to this big resort on this small island is the vast dining options. Coming in with 10 places to dine, there was never a need to search to find delicious food. Since I stayed in a Fairmont Gold room, I had breakfast daily and other food available to me throughout the day. One of the many perks of booking this category.
During my stay I ate in three of the restaurants: Waterlot Inn, Wicket’s and Bacci. I also ordered room service for dinner one evening. Good news: all the food was exquisite. If I had to pick a favorite though, it would be Waterlot Inn. The chefs, the food, the service, everything was perfect.
The hotel offers an array of activities for those staying in the hotel. Some of the more famous activities are their golf course and private beach club and beach.
The hotel has a private beach directly across the street from the hotel that is lined with blue and white striped umbrellas for your use atop pink sand and the clearest blue water I have ever seen. If Paradise was a real place, here it is. There is a free shuttle the hotel offers that will take you back and forth to the beach right outside of the hotel.
Chairs, umbrellas and towels are available at the beach. You can also rent a cabana for a charge.
The hotel also has a spa, tennis, diving options, pool, and so much more. The pool chairs fill up quickly but people come and go through out the day leaving space for others. The beach is so gorgeous that a lot of people head that way.
Pro tip: Rent a cabana for the day at the pool for $25 usd.
I got a cabana (the one pictured below to be exact) and it was the best time. I had it for the entire day and I could go from the pool back and forth, read, and had lunch next door at Wicket’s. Very seldom can you find a cabana for $25 – It was worth every single penny and more.
- The hotel has a shuttle that goes to the restaurants and beach/club right outside the front door of the hotel
- If you are staying at the hotel, you can get a free ferry into Hamilton (let the front desk know ahead of time).
- The Grounds are over massive and some of the streets do not have walking room – using the shuttle to get to the restaurants and beach is advised
- Resort is casual – you are on island time – Bermuda shorts encouraged 😉
- Book a shuttle online before arriving – the cost is $30 per person round trip – otherwise taxis are about $60 each way.
- Address: 101 South Shore Road Southampton Bermuda SN02
- Phone: + 1 441 238 8000