Hi everyone! We are back from our great week in Bermuda!
Day One Sunday, June 14th, we fly from Richmond to Charlotte and the onto Bermuda on USAir. Flight was choppy over to Bermuda. Thoughts of the Bermuda triangle go through my head... LOL
We arrive luggage and all and have no problems taxing to our hotel, the Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel. The hotel sits majestically at the top of a hill. This is a nice large hotel and if you are bringing kids to Bermuda, this is the place to go. The rooms are a decent size and the closets are walk ins. Great for us since we had two adults and two teenage daughters. Lots of luggage for a week's stay. We stopped at the grocery store before the college (near the hotel) on the way. Since it was Sunday, you can't buy any alcohol. Which really wasn't too big of a deal for us. We brought some cereal and granola bars in our suitcases with us. We bought only the whole milk as recommended here. We bought yogurts and some snacks too. Prices are high, but much cheaper than hotel food. We planned to have breakfast in our rooms each morning and we did. (We had room service on our final day to eat something good since it was a travel day and all of our supplies were gone!)
We checked into a room on the second floor. The view was of the harbor looking straight out. If you looked down, it was a rooftop. Oh well. If you looked straight out, the view was nice. Our neighbors through the connecting door however were not fun. They had several screaming kids that screamed all the time. The parents also fought alot late at night. We changed rooms the next day. We were fortunate enough to get a room on the third floor without a connecting door. The room however had had a smoker in it before us and it had the smell. The closet especially smelled of a pipe smoker type smoke. Not the best, but it disappated after the first day. We again unpacked into our new room where we stayed the rest of the trip! Our view this time was of the ocean side, but we also had the a/c units buzzing below. I look at that as good white noise to sleep with.
The hotel can be noisy as it does have lots of families. Maybe everyone got our good rate? Our rate was 129 per night thanks to cmcfong's posting of the sale. With taxes and tips, it is more like 200 per night which is still a very good price for Bermuda. We paid 40 in tips per day automaticallly charged to the room and about 40 in taxes on the room. I think the Southampton tax was 32 per day.
Day One, We went to the beach which is located at the bottom of the hill. There is a trolley that constantly runs back and forth so it is not a big deal. It might be hard with little ones to have to shuffle back and forth, but it was fine for us. My one DD is training for cross country and ran up and down the hill several times a day. I walked it once and stopped at the bar on the way up and had a delicious strawberry daquari for my workout!
We ate our first night at the hotel's Ocean Club restaurant. I would recommend making reservations for the restaurants at the hotel. We made two prior to our trip and made two others while we were there. We had 7:30 dinner reservations. When they handed us a wine menu, my husband casually said that he was allergic to wine. Well, the chef came out and wanted to know what he wanted to eat because he could prepare anything on the menu differently. Most of his sauces had wine in them. I thought that was very nice. Probably unnecessary though. My DH developed welts all over him from drinking red wine several years ago. He went to the ER from a business dinner and the doc told him never to drink wine. I know he has had sauces that had wine cooked in them without problems so maybe just drinking it is bad? He also couldn't tolerate wine coolers. But anyway, it was nice of the chef to be so concerned. The food was very good. I had fish. It was like a filet of sole and was very tasty. My DH had the boulabbaise stew. (can't spell). That was also very good. My two DDs are landlubbers and had steaks which they liked.
Day 2, We head down to our beach again. There is a pool at the hotel which we say by once for about an hour. Since we are in Bermuda, we want to spend time at the beach. Next door to our private beach at the hotel, is a public beach called Horseshoe Bay. It is a large beach with lifeguards and was packed. Monday was a holiday in Bermuda and so it had many locals plus some cruise ship people on it. There are great coves and decent snorkeling at our beach and HSBay. It is easy to cut through to the HS Bay beach.
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Hi everyone! We are back from our great week in Bermuda!