Bermuda Travel Guide
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Bermuda may not be the best place to visit right now, with tropical storm Shary hovering around the island. But around this time next year is a whole other story. Especially since a Park Hyatt will be setting up shop on the island on November 2011.
The resort will be Hyatt's first on the island. It will have its own private beach club and two pools, so you're sure to get some surf and sun while you're there. That is, of course, barring any tropical storms.
The Elbow Beach Hotel in Bermuda, a Mandarin Oriental hotel, has decided to close down its 100-year-old main building at the end of November because it was pretty much just for show and besides, the hotel is building a newer, better, bigger resort behind it. As if! But remember those days when hotels could do that sort of stuff on a whim?
No, the Elbow Beach Hotel is closing down the old building because of--you guessed it--the economy. And even worse, the hotel is going to lay off about 160 workers between now and November.
ABC News reports that 131 rooms will be closed, leaving essentially only the 98 luxury suites and cottages open to guests. The hotel would like to renovate the old building during its closure (which should last for several years) but there are no firm plans. The hotel will also outsource its food and beverage operations as well.
We sure hope you can book this package online because we're not sure we could phone up the Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa in Bermuda and actually ask out loud for the Sensual Journey Package. This is definitely a decently romantic deal, but it does have that soft-core porn ring to it!
As part of your Sensual Journey, you get fresh flowers, a private butler service and a champagne breakfast (including side bowls of warmed honey and melted chocolate, and you can figure out for yourself what to do with them). Then there is a bunch of spa fun – an Experience Suite, where you get "some one on one time with your partner" (the mind boggles), then a therapist to instruct you in couple's massage, an 80-minute Pagoda treatment, and the Ocean Spa also provides your turndown gift. And you get a romantic picnic in the resort's secret garden, and a private candlelit dinner on the beach.
If you're missing your Bermuda shorts now that Fall has arrived and want to take them out for a whirl in the real Bermuda, the Fairmont Southampton is offering rates of $149 per night but only for seven days so get booking.
The offer includes a guestroom, complimentary breakfast, unlimited golf for two at the hotel's own golf course, as well as some resort activities over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
The sale begins today at noon (now) and lasts until 11:59pm on October 13. The hotel stay must take place between November 1 and April 16, 2010. The $149 rate does not include taxes, gratuities or resort fees which are a little overboard here.
There's a $10.20 gratuity per person per night and a $9.65 per person resort "levy." Add in taxes and the room is nearly $200 a night. Also that rate is good for a "Moderate Room" category with "no view" as the room description kindly points out. Deluxe Harbour view rooms start at $199 a night.
To book, use the code PTLZ (It's also a Travelzoo special deal.)
While Bermuda is a lovely island with pink sand and just an hour and 45 minutes flight from North Carolina, it is also a devastatingly expensive island. For most of the year, it's a bummer on the wallet until summer arrives. That's when you start to see deals like the Fairmont Hamilton Princess' 99 hour sale with rooms priced at $139 a night.
The deal starts tomorrow June 3 and continues until June 5 at 11:50 p.m. EST. The magic promotional code words are: PZOO. Call (800) 441-1414 or book online at www.fairmont.com/hamilton.
Yes, there is a catch to this bargain rate. Guests have to book a minimum of two nights (based on availability) Thursday through Monday nights until October 31, 2009. The deal is only good for new bookings. And of course there are those pesky additional fees: a $9 resort fee and a $10 gratuity charge per person, per night, which they kindly add on to the package price for you.
[Photo: Shell Belle]
9 Beaches, that "ultra-casual resort" in Bermuda, has certainly gotten itself entrenched in the ol' social media scene: they've been getting their bloggin' on for a long time (two-esque years), but now the place seems to have gotten tons of web 2.0 action, from YouTube vids to this sort of thing.
Recall 9 Beaches is the place that promises (no, guarantees) 68-degree days, and also was kinda too smelly for a reviewer once (oh yeah; we never let anything go around here). Per the 9 Beaches peeps:
Most recently YouTube videographer Kevin Nalty (fondly known by his online moniker Nalts) visited 9 Beaches and captured her essence on film. He is spot on with his remark, “I am feeding my mojo,” because at 9 Beaches guests unwind and revive at this unexpectedly casual Bermuda resort set amid a natural xeriscape with water views all around.
And also this may be our fave ever the resort people say, "those same easy-goers who run in social media circles are comfortable at 9 Beaches. Here guests can enjoy sophisticated and civilized Bermuda and leave the formal attire at home." What that means to us: the same people who sit around and blog in sweatpants all day long (which could be us sometimes...) will enjoy not having to go shopping for real-world clothes before going on a trip."
Teehee. Rates start at $280 for double occupancy, bloggers.
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Apparently it's been 37 years since Bermuda has gotten a new luxury hotel, which means every other old hotel probably needs a fresh coat of paint and renovation.
Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa had its ribbon-cutting last night, and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who are Bermuda residents and chair-people for the hotel, were there to mug for the cameras. (Too bad Kathleen Turner and the boys of Ocean's 11 weren't there to rob some jewels and pull off a casino heist.)
If you could humor us for a second, let’s play a quick round of word association: April. Spring storms. A Dark & Stormy (as in, the rum and ginger beer libation that’s the national drink of Bermuda). 9 Beaches in Bermuda!
Which brings us to our topic of the hour: 9 Beaches resort opens for its fifth season tomorrow. (Effortless transition, no?) If you want, you can pack your Bermuda shorts and tanks, because we’re talking about “Bermuda’s only ultra-casual resort,” where “flip flops are fashionable, and neither jackets nor ties are required.”
So, you were reading Jaunted and saw that today happens to be that big huge JetBlue sale so you snapped up two tickets to Bermuda for you and your honey at dirt-cheap prices. But, um, you didn't think about a hotel, and you don't really want to take your babe to a place that could be described using the words "dirt" and "cheap" at all.
May we suggest the super-posh Cambridge Beaches Resort, a 94-room property (with Bermuda-style cottages) sitting on a private peninsula?
The Southampton region of Bermuda is renowned for having the best beaches, so that makes it sound like a good place for a winter getaway. The Fairmont Southampton is one of the hotels near the beach, although it's on top of a hill, so there are good views, but a trolley ride down to the actual beach.
This resort promotes itself as having "old world British charm" (but hopefully not the old-fashioned British food). Recent guest reviews of the Fairmont Southampton have been mixed, and the common theme seems to be that if you book a package through a discount site, you won't be treated as well as the regular guests.
The Fairmont runs a heap of package deals ranging from a simple Bed and Breakfast deal or a package including golf games, through to deals that tie in with special Bermuda events like the Breeze Jazz Concert series or the Bermuda Love Festival.
Or if you're looking for an end of winter splurge, you can gather your friends together for the "Ultimate Girls Getaway Package" over the weekend of April 10 to 13, 2008, and you'll be spoiled with a special dinner, some special guests including authors who've appeared on Oprah, a Little Black Dress dinner, a nice afternoon tea and even a PJ party.
Think 5 stars, think a short flight to Bermuda, and temperatures into the 70s ... and that's why you might like to check the Elbow Beach resort out soon. It's part of the Mandarin Oriental portfolio and is found on 50 acres of gardens, yet is still just a five minute drive from the town of Hamilton. It's a best of both worlds kind of vacation resort, and it's warm.
Elbow Beach consists of 235 rooms, suites and cottages, and has seven restaurants on site too. Previous guests often tend to rave about the staff as being friendly and helpful but without being overbearing. Elbow Beach itself also gets rave reviews, and we rather like the swimming pool, too.
In keeping with a recent trend for cute live inquiry services, the Elbow Beach website offers you live access to the Virtual Concierge, Nikki, if you have any questions. Unfortunately accessing the virtual concierge requires a Haptek Player that most casual hotel web surfers probably don't have ... but the idea is there. Who needs to ask questions, anyway. Just go, and lie on the beach.
· Warm Weather Hotels Coverage [HotelChatter]
· Hotels in Bermuda [HotelChatter]
· Bermuda Travel Guide [Jaunted]
As winter storms brew here in the Northeast, our search for the perfect overwater bungalow is intensifying. Know an overwater bungalow resort hotel we need to check out? Hit us on the tip line.
One of the struggles with overwater bungalow dream is accessibility. Most overwater bungalow resorts are in far flung locales with close to, or over, 4 digit nightly rates.
Thankfully, there is another option. 9 Beaches Resort in Bermuda isn't going to win any high luxury awards, however, there are plenty of reasons these "tents on stilts" qualify as a sought after location.
First, JetBlue offers direct, two hour flights from JFK, BOS, and IAD. If you are a True Blue member, that means you can cash in a free flight from the East Coast to Bermuda. Furthermore, a quick March 2007 price check showed plenty of availability at the resort for between $200 - $300 a night--you can't even get a room in Manhattan for that price.
Not all of the 80-some-odd cabanas are overwater (a little over a dozen are), and some huts can only claim such status during high tide, but this budget luxe resort makes up for it with complimentary cell phones, cold in-room fridges, and a West coast location that affords visitors incredible sunsets.
· Overwater Bungalows [HotelChatter]