The Fairmont Southampton sits perched on the highest point in Bermuda and is the island’s largest resort hotel. Spread over 100 acres in Southampton Parish, it offers a huge range of amenities including an 18-hole golf course, 8 restaurants, a spa, private beach, and 2 swimming pools.
A huge choice of 593 rooms and suites are available. Although none can be considered cheap, there’s a variety to match differing budgets. All offer a work desk, flat-screen TV with a good selection of cable channels, DVD player, telephone, coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and safe. WiFi is available throughout the hotel for additional charge but is free if you join the Fairmont President’s Club.
Moderate Rooms are the cheapest category. They are 450 square feet and offer a choice of one King or two Queen-size beds, an en-suite bathroom, and a balcony with table and chairs with a view of the hotel buildings. Fairmont Rooms, Deluxe Ocean Rooms, Deluxe Harbour/Golf Rooms are the same size as Moderate Rooms but have better views. Fairmont rooms have partial views of the ocean or the Great Sound, while Deluxe Ocean Rooms are high up on the fifth or sixth floor and offer an uninterrupted view of the Atlantic. Deluxe Harbour/Golf Rooms have balconies overlooking the Great Sound or the golf course.
Enjoy superior service and amenities by staying on the Fairmont Gold Floor. Rooms here are more luxurious and feature marble bathrooms, opulent furnishings, and one King or two Queen-size beds. Guests can choose from Harbour View Rooms or opt for the slightly more expensive Ocean View Rooms. A variety of suites are also available. Stay here and you’ll also enjoy access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge. It serves a complimentary breakfast, tea and coffee throughout the day, and cocktail canapés in the evening.
The hotel offers numerous dining options. Start your day off with a perfect view and breakfast in the Windows on the Sound. After a morning dip, lunch on the beach at the Cabana Bar & Grill. The Fairmont’s beach bar offers tropical cocktails, cold beers, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Diners can enjoy contemporary Italian cuisine at Bacci or seafood at the Ocean Club. The Waterlot Inn is one of Bermuda’s finest steakhouses while the Newport is the hotel’s take on a British gastropub. The Fairmont Southampton also offers 24-hour in-room dining and unique delights such as a private dinner for 2 on the beach.
The Fairmont Southampton boasts an impressive array of leisure facilities. The Turtle Hill Golf Club is an 18-hole par-three golf course designed by Theodore Robinson. It offers magnificent ocean views and features water hazards and dramatic changes in elevation. The tennis centre boasts 6 courts and a pro shop. Lessons are available from the hotel’s resident tennis professional. The private beach is quite large and is most easily reached by taking the complimentary shuttle service. Guests enjoy use of loungers, umbrellas, showers, and lockers. Dive Bermuda are based here and offer scuba diving trips, diving tuition, snorkelling tours, and equipment rentals (kayaks, snorkelling gear etc.). Up by the hotel there’s a large outdoor swimming pool with a Jacuzzi and a children’s pool.
The Willow Stream Spa is one of the highlights of the hotel. The 31,000 square foot facility is the largest in Bermuda and offers 15 treatment rooms, a beauty salon, saunas and steam rooms, relaxation lounges, a large fitness centre, a sundeck with Jacuzzis. There’s also an indoor swimming pool reserved for spa customers until 6.30 pm (after this time it’s available to all guests).
The resort is one of the best on the island for families. There are a variety of programmes for kids and toddlers. Babysitting is also available.
The Business Centre on the Mezzanine Floor offers all of the business services that the travelling executive might need. The Fairmont Southampton also has extensive meeting and conference facilities and can comfortably accommodate groups of up to 1,500 people. The 7,400 square foot Mid-Ocean Amphitheatre, fitted with the latest multimedia technology, makes a great conference venue. The hotel is also a popular location for destination weddings.
Attractions within walking distance of the hotel include the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and the wonderful public beach at Horseshoe Bay. Options for guests looking to dine outside the hotel include the Dining Room and Henry VIII. The nearest supermarket is the Heron Bay MarketPlace. To reach it, leave the hotel at the Middle Road entrance and walk east for about 15 minutes. Alternatively catch bus number 8.
Getting around the island couldn’t be easier. The hotel offers a complimentary ferry service to its sister property in Hamilton. The capital offers a wealth of bars and restaurants plus attractions like the Perot Post Office, Bermuda National Gallery, BUEI, and Fort Hamilton. From Hamilton Ferry Terminal you can catch a ferry to Royal Naval Dockyard and, in the summer, onto St George. Buses leave the Central Terminal for all areas of the island. To save money on public transport buy a bus and ferry pass from the front desk.
The Fairmont Southampton is situated on South Road in Southampton Parish. Bus number 7 passes here on its way from Hamilton to Dockyard. Attractions on the route include Elbow Beach, Warwick Long Bay, Jobson’s Cove, Church Bay, Somerset Bridge, and Fort Scaur.
Tourists can’t rent cars in Bermuda so if you want to get around on your own transport you’ll need to hire a scooter. Smatt’s Cycle Livery has a branch here but any of the scooter rental companies will deliver bikes to this hotel.