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Hamilton Princess Christmas celebrations listed among the finest

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Holiday traditions: the Hamilton Princess (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

One of Bermuda’s iconic tourism properties has been featured in a top 25 holiday traditions and spectacular displays list compiled by an international hotel organisation.

Hamilton Princess & Beach Club - A Fairmont managed hotel, was included on the list by Historic Hotels Worldwide, which represents more than 300 of the finest, most authentic historic hotels in more than 40 countries.

In December and January, it said, these historic hotels, inns, chateaus, castles, and haciendas are illuminated in the local fashion for the season, creating beautiful spaces for guests to celebrate one or more of the festive holidays and observances that fall in this time of the year.

The organisation said the featured hotels host extraordinary parties, family art activities, one-of-a-kind cultural performances, religious services, charitable campaigns, and festive afternoon teas for the Winter Solstice, Hannukah, Christmas season, and/or New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Many put up spectacular displays of Christmas or holiday trees, light exhibitions, magnificent gingerbread houses and hotel replicas, and greenery.

Of the Hamilton Princess, the organisation said: “During December, the delights get kicked up a notch at ‘The Pink Palace’, and there is no shortage of holiday season traditions and spectacular displays for guests and visitors to enjoy.”

Historic Hotels Worldwide made special mention of what it said is a tradition unique to the hotel among members of the international organisation – the performance by Gombeys on Boxing Day – as well as the hotel’s spectacular gingerbread house, which sits just outside of the Crown & Anchor restaurant.

The other hotels featured on the list are: Dromoland Castle Hotel, Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare, Ireland; Quinta Real Puebla, Puebla de Zaragoza, Mexico; Hacienda de Los Santos, Alamos, Mexico; Pulitzer Amsterdam, Netherlands; The Great House Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda; Hotel Claude Marbella, Spain; Hacienda Labor de Rivera, Teuchitlán, Mexico; Hotel Maximilian's, Augsburg, Germany; The Mozart Prague, Czech Republic; Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bagac, Philippines; Antica Dimora Suites, Crete, Greece; Great Southern Killarney, Ireland; Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin, Noordwijk aan Zee, Netherlands; The Savoy London, England; The Waldorf Hilton, London, England; Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia; Villa Copenhagen, Denmark; Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Edmonton, Canada; Beijing Hotel NUO, China; Sommerro, Oslo, Norway; Hotel New Grand, Yokohama, Japan; Fairmont Le Château Montebello, Quebec, Canada; Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, British Columbia; The Murray Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

Gingerbread display: executive pastry chef John Hauser, left, and executive chef Adam Ashe (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Lorraine and Al Kemp of Victoria, British Columbia met a Gombey for the first time at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess on Boxing Day (Photograph by Ras Mykkal Simons)

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Published December 29, 2022 at 7:49 am (Updated December 29, 2022 at 7:49 am)

Hamilton Princess Christmas celebrations listed among the finest

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