As a frequent visitor to Bermuda and just returning from our most recent visit (May 20-25), I can honestly say I've never been there when it rained every single day! Not sure if it was Tropical Storm Alberto churning away in the Atlantic or what. But this trip was all about the rain!
Having said that...thankfully we were at the Newstead in a 1-bedroom suite with a HUGE covered porch overlooking Hamilton Harbour. While it rained, we kicked back with cocktails to watch the activity in Hamilton Harbour.
In our past visits, we've stayed at either the Hamilton Fairmont Princess or the Southampton Fairmont Princess. Newstead Belmont Hills tops both of them! Smaller property but quality people, food & services.
WHAT WE LOVED -- Ferry ride to Hamilton is less than 10 min. Booked through Vacationist and our transfers to & from airport were included in the price. Room was completely updated with full kitchen, separate dining room, spacious master bdrm & bath, great room w/sleeper sofa, powder room and that terrific covered porch/patio with table & 4 chairs -- plus 2 chaise lounges on the "uncovered" portion.
Infinity pool & hot tub...right on the harbour!
RECOMMEND -- Bermuda is expensive but we've learned to make a grocery store run at the beginning of our trip. Grocery stores also sell liquor, beer & wine.
Transportation passes are a must! These are purchased at the Central Terminal in Hamilton (exactly where the hotel ferry drops you). They're good for ferry & bus services. Every portion of the island is accessible with these and very reasonably priced. Bermudians are extremely well-mannered and love their "visitors" -- so ask for help if you need it. They're glad to assist.
Dinner at Elbow Beach (Mickie's) is right on the beach. The shuttle will take you there (5 min). It's divine!
Lunch in Hamilton -- so many good places -- but we tried Mad Hatter this time and it was superb.
If you're in the mood for steak, try dinner at Harry's (Hamilton). Petite filet & don't miss the fresh peas! Waterlot is also excellent for steak.
Excellent seafood dishes abound almost everywhere.
Take the time to see "millionaire's row" by boat. Consort Cruises -- Hotel will assist with reservations. It departs from Dockyard. Shout out to Jamie, Zoe & Tammy and their fabulous rum swizzles!
Loved room service -- food was excellent & we could control costs because we were drinking our own liquor...from our private balcony...overlooking Hamilton Harbour. Ordered take-out from BLU one night -- shuttle took us there & back.
BE ADVISED - Bermuda essentially shuts down on Sunday and holidays.
Our group will be going back in late Sept/Oct and we'll be staying at the Newstead Belmont Hills! Hopefully we'll have better weather & will actually make it to the beach!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in one of the world's most exclusive locales, the Newstead Belmont Hills is a rare find. With just 60 waterfront suites the Newstead Belmont Hills lavishes you with Bermuda's most coveted commodity: Elbow room. Meanwhile, our highly personal service reminds you that you've truly found your island home. Amenities include an 18-hole golf course, spa, two restaurants, hair salon, business centre, concierge, water shuttle, infinity pool, whirlpool, tennis courts, full kitchen in each suite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Newstead Belmont Hills Paget
- Hotel Newstead Belmont Hills
- Newstead Belmont Hills Hotel Bermuda/Paget Parish