Bermuda’s Hamilton Princess & Beach Club has opened a new upscale dining experience, Intrepid. Blend beautiful design and delectable food, Intrepid provides an all-encompassing sensory experience. Designed by locally based Botelho Wood Architects, the restaurant captures the spirit of a refined steakhouse with panoramic harbor views and nods to Art Deco design.
“The owners wanted to recognize the hotel’s rich history—Hamilton Princess opened in 1885—with an emphasis on the World War II period,” says the Botelho Wood Architects team. “During that time, the hotel was the base for British Intelligence regarding correspondence between North America and Europe and was known as the Bletchley of the Tropics. The operation was headed by Sir William Stephenson and his code name was Intrepid. Naming the new restaurant Intrepid provided a means of linking the past with the present.”
The restaurant also showcases new additions to the hotel’s art collection. Works include a large-scale original canvas by KAWS that overlooking the private dining room and an eight-foot-tall creation by artist Josh Sperling above the raw bar. Damien Hirst’s series, The Virtues, lines the staircase to the restaurant, providing visual interest as guests ascend to their dining destination.
Wallpaper and drapery installed throughout the space also pays homage to the late Art Deco period. “We wanted to elevate the space, and create a sophisticated evening dining experience, reflected in the darker color palette with gold accents,” Botelho Wood adds. “To soften these aspects, we introduced plantings at a variety of scales. The furniture and design are a subtle backdrop to allow the food and drinks to be the stars.”