Concierge.com's insider take:
Catering to big families, golfers, beach bums, and those who'd rather avoid the intimate "charms" of B&Bs, the mammoth, 593-room Fairmont Southampton—the sister resort to the downtown Fairmont Hamilton Princess—does everything in a big way. Given the resort's size, it's almost inevitable that you'll check in alongside groups wearing name tags. One way to escape the hordes is to book a room on the top floor, known as the Fairmont Gold Floor; it has separate check-in facilities, concierge service, complimentary snacks, and more upscale furnishings than those in the relatively ordinary rooms below. The resort's extensive facilities range from a stretch of pink-sand, calm-surf private beach to a children's Explorers Camp to the 2,684-yard, palm tree–studded golf course. At the 31,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa, grown-ups can enjoy massages and sorbet wraps (spoons not required). There are also ten restaurants, including Bacci, a chichi Italian hot spot for locals and visitors alike, and the Ocean Club, known for its Asian seafood. If those choices aren't enough, take the hotel's complimentary ferry into Hamilton and try out some of the downtown restaurants and bars.
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