Picture this large hotel, surrounded by a golf course atop a hill - the front overlooks the ocean - the back faces the harbor. The road along the ocean is South Shore Road and Middle Road is on the harbor side. It's about 1/3 mile to either...not bad going downhill - but quite a workout uphill.
On the ocean is Fairmont's Beach Club, tennis courts, Ocean Restaurant, Dive Shop, Sundries Shop and the Cabana Beach Bar for drinks and casual lunch food. The sister resort in Hamilton also has access to this Beach Club since they do not have a beach in town. The renowned Waterlot Inn is at the harbor and this is also where the Fairmont private ferry is docked. On property is also the Golf Club and its Italian restaurant Bacci. So how do you get from point A to B to C...?
A trolley type shuttle runs from 7am until about midnight and circles between the Beach Club, Waterlot and on request to the Golf Club. The drivers are friendly and although there is no set schedule, we never waited more than 5 minutes or so for a ride.
Want to go to Hamilton for shopping, dinner in town or to visit the Fairmont? A complimentary ferry shuttle docked at Waterlot makes five trips daily between the Fairmont Hamilton and the Fairmont Southampton. It's a 1/2 hour lovely, scenic ride and there is seating outdoors on the top deck and bow - some sheltered seating aft in the shade and some indoor seating. To me the ride is so relaxing and scenic that it's worth taking just back and forth even if you have no plans to stop anywhere. It's timed nicely for shopping too - go in at 9:30am - return at 1:30pm and the non-shopper can just sit by the pool overlooking the harbor that is busy with sailboats and ferries for a couple of hours. And you can enjoy all the amenities at the sister hotel - you have signing privileges.
Going to dinner at night? Taxis are lined up at the hotel - never a wait - about $25 each way to town. Some guests rent mopeds for getting around, but few use them at night. The last ferry goes in at 6:15pm - so you would have to take a bus or ferry back. A bus stop is conveniently located on both roads that run by the hotel - $3 to town. We liked taking the complimentary hotel ferry to town at 6:15pm - a little early - have a drink at the Hamilton Princess or stroll around town - shops are closed though...after dinner we take a late bus back on route #7 to the Waterlot where the hotel tram is waiting.
You need change only for the bus - no bills. The concierge sells tokens for $2.50 or a day pass for $12. The best deal that we found though - take the complimentary ferry to Hamilton and walk to the ferry dock (1/4 mile) to purchase a strip of tickets - $20 for 15 tickets that can be shared. These strips of tickets are only sold at the bus depot and ferry dock.
Fairmont is a large resort a few miles from town on a lovely beach (next to Horseshoe Bay) but it does have lots of options for convenient transportation if you care to leave the resort.