When we decided to go to Bermuda, the resort choice was easy: we wanted to be by the beach and in a beautiful property. Fairmont Southampton fit the bill perfectly. Located in Southampton parish and perched on the highest point of the island, Fairmont Southampton Bermuda overlooks the surrounding lush tropical gardens, pink sandy beaches and its own 18-hole lush golf course.
We spent four great nights here with beautiful views of the bay from the balcony. Lots of sports and leisure activities including some of Bermuda’s finest dining are all here in this 100-acre luxury estate. The resort has its own private beach and beach club steps away from the main lobby. We loved how everything was pink – from the golf carts to the shuttles!
Even though Bermuda is located closer to North America than Britain, it definitely has a European vibe to it. Bermuda has long been a British colony in the past and we saw a lot of British influence in Bermudian culture including the clothing and dress code. Unlike in the US, Bermuda in general follows more conservative attire and clothing customs. Men were in their sport jackets or polo shirts for dinner and women in nice dresses. I particularly loved the men’s fashion – they were so dapper in their Bermuda shorts, jackets and long socks – so Bermudian!
Fairmont Southampton Bermuda has nine restaurants and eateries, each with a unique cuisine and ambience, and a great spa. We ate all our dinners in the resort. The Ocean club overlooking the bay was our favorite. It is open only for dinner and you can show up in your swim cover-up or seersuckers. The mild Atlantic Ocean breeze was caressing us in our borrowed pashminas as we enjoyed our sundowners, listening to the breaking waves as our soundtrack. My friends enjoyed the seafood – the Prawn Curry and over Jasmine rice was exceptional said one of them while I devoured the Tomato Artichoke tart filled with Bermuda farmed Goat cheese and caramelized onions. We had late night snacks at Jasmine – the blacked Mahi Mahi tacos and flat breads were pretty good. We had dinner one night at the Italian restaurant Bacci – it was mediocre, nothing to write about. I would skip that and try the Steakhouse, Waterlot Inn next time.
We loved soaking in the Jacuzzi late night under the stars. The pool area was relatively quiet since we were there during shoulder season and heard it is popular with kids come summer. Their kids’ programs are exceptional offering art and craft lessons as well as beach toys to the kids. The hotel is recipient of several awards including AAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015, Frommer’s Exceptional and others.
Horseshoe Bay, located right next to the resort’s private beach, is Bermuda’s most famous beach, and it’s one of the best for families. Unlike most island beaches, Horseshoe Bay has a lifeguard on duty from May to September. We took the resort’s shuttle to the beach and walked over to the Horseshoe Bay beach pretty much every day. The sand was a soft pink – a result of millions of tiny red sea creature that have been crushed by the powerful waves of the mid-Atlantic ocean. The South Shore has the best pink sand beaches. The resort also has its own private beach lined with lounge chairs and umbrellas.
Church Bay in Southampton Parish is the best for snorkeling. Just off the narrow beach, the shallow reef has a multitude of parrotfish, sergeant majors and angelfish, with the pink sand reflecting from below. Just keep your eye out for the occasional barracuda or the Portuguese man of war which is a jelly fish that stings, and head back to land if you see one. We did see one of those jelly fishes washed up on the shore.
Have you been to Bermuda yet? If not, add it to your bucket list! It’s worth visiting not just for the Fairmont Southampton Bermuda, but also for its pink sand beaches and pretty pastel buildings.
About Priya Vin
Priya Vin is a family travel blogger who believes that exposing children to the world outside the suburbs is key to having an enriched childhood. Life is pretty routine with school, music lessons, baseball tournaments, friends from very similar backgrounds inside our suburbs. There is so much that books teach you but to experience something – visiting a museum, marveling at architecture, learning a few phrases in a new language, trying a new dish or just being in nature teaches kids so much more, these exposures makes for lasting memories and life lessons. The world outside is limitless with things to do, places to see, people to know, foods to savor… our intent to break away from the known is the only thing limiting us. Travel is not about counting countries or passport stamps but making memories and cherishing them! Visit her blog, Outside Surburbia, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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