This sprawling 99-acre resort is Bermuda’s biggest, some 593 rooms located inside one of the island’s only high-rise buildings. It boasts one of Bermuda’s finest locations, perched on a Southampton hill with 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Sound harbor with its archipelago of islets and cays. The resort is directly adjacent to Horseshoe Bay Beach, easily the island's most iconic slice of sand.
But like others in this swank chain, it’s a full-service resort, flush with on-site restaurants, amenities, and activities aplenty. In addition to three pools, tennis courts, PADI dive center, the 21,000-square-feet Willow Stream Spa, and its Turtle Hill Golf Course—an 18-hole executive par three golf course loaded with ocean views—the resort has its own private pink sand beach, accessible via a quick trolley ride from the hotel lobby or a 10-minute walk. Its second floor is a bustling shopping area with outposts of some of Bermuda’s most popular shops. The resort's nine restaurants will not disappoint either. In fact, they’re so good, we’ve dedicated individual reviews to Boundary a family-friendly sports bar; Mediterra, a tapas specialist; the Waterlot Inn, an upscale steakhouse; Jasmine’s Lounge for cocktails and small bites; and the Ocean Club, the resort's indoor/outdoor seafood restaurant.
Because this is the largest hotel in Bermuda, the resort typically hosts conventions and conferences, which can crowd its beach and lobby in the summer. But the Fairmont’s swish contemporary rooms (all with private balcony) and the amenities mentioned above keep most guests quite content. And when they need a break from their fellow guests, they can board a private ferry for rides to and from the City of Hamilton.