My intentions were to post immediately upon return but we all know what back to reality is really like! We went to celebrate my husband's 50th Birthday. So, I followed the advice of other posters and joined the President's Club. After doing so, I contacted the Fairmont to let them know and was told that it may not guarantee us early check-in as the President's Clubs benefits are usually tied to frequent stays. However, we arrived at the FS at 11 am and were able to walk directly to the President's Club section of the Front Desk and were checked in within 15 minutes. (Others who flew in on the same plane and got to the hotel before us were allowed to check their bags to use the pool, but were told that their rooms may not be ready until mid to late afternoon. I also got a great through the Bermuda tourism sight that was offering the third night free. An offer that ran a month or so after I booked included free breakfast, so I called and we had that added in for two of the three mornings, and I booked our flights with a new Delta Skymiles card which saved us $50 per person and one free checked bag, preferred checkin, etc. Flights were Boston-Bermuda direct with a final cost of $300 each). So, overall the hotel was great! We were on the 4th floor - big room, balcony, nice bathroom. Any issue we ran into was fixed promptly (I had requested non-feather pillows due to allergies and they were feather when we got there, also we had a problem with AC not turning back on when Balcony door was closed). I saw complaints about the beach, but we thought it was fine. Although you definitely should take the further walk to Horseshoe and the adjacent beaches. Only went to the pool once, but it was more than fine and not crazy crowded. (Weather was around 80-83 each day - ocean water was SO nice!) Very expensive to eat on or off property - we only did breakfasts and apps at the Fairmont (and lunch two days at the pool bar/restaurant). After returning from the pool area our second day, I realized my phone was missing and thought I may have left it in the downstairs gift shop. After a few minutes of calling around and panic, the phone in our room rang and it was an employee from the beach area saying that I had dropped it on the beach, someone had turned it in and an employee was bringing it up the hill by bus to me! So sweet of them! Highlights outside of the Fairmont - drinks and Apps (drinks were 2 for 1 late Saturday afternoon) at the Reefs - the lower area (Coconuts) had a wedding so we sat at an upper area with amazing views and the sweetest waitress! Moped ride out to the Dockyard area was nice. Took water taxi to Hamilton (purposely waited until Monday since we were told everything was closed Sundays) and VERY FEW places were open as far as shops and dining BUT we lucked into our best meal of the trip at Barracuda's - sooo good! Overall, great trip and great location.
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