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April 17, 2009

Bermuda’s Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa Opens Its Doors

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa opens its doors as the capstone of Tucker’s Point Club, Bermuda’s premier resort, private club and residential community. As the island’s first luxury resort in 37 years, its debut marks a renaissance of Bermuda tourism, while at the same time evoking all the charm of Bermuda’s halcyon days – a time when Pan Am Clippers, private yachts, and horse drawn carriages were the preferred modes of transportation, when private launches ferried guests from steamships anchored in St. Georges Harbour to the hotel dock on Castle Harbour – a time when guests did not check-in, rather, they arrived.

Today, Bermuda is only two hours from most gateway cities, and Tucker’s Point is ten minutes from the Bermuda International Airport. For discerning travelers who wish to be amongst the first to experience the world-class amenities of Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa, a special introductory rate of $450* per room, per night as well as a series of high-value packages will be offered through August 31, 2009. Reservations are now being accepted toll-free at 866-604-3764, online at, and by travel agent.

“For all who have dedicated so much time and talent to bring our vision for Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa to fruition, this is truly an exciting day,” said Eric Brooks, chief operating officer of Tucker’s Point Club. “Spring is a season for new beginnings, and we look forward to sharing our hotel with the people of Bermuda and a new generation of travelers.”

The Hotel is anchored by a stately Manor House, dramatically perched above Castle Harbour, a 17th Century anchorage guarded by the ‘Castle’ islands. Each of the 88 guestrooms and suites is decorated in a classic British style of refined finishes and distinctive artwork. The richly appointed five-fixture bathrooms feature deep soaking tubs, and expansive balconies and terraces provide commanding water views. Suites have wet bars with ice makers, and most have fireplaces. The modern amenities of complimentary Wi-fi, VOIP telephony, and IP-TV are softened by the whimsy of walking sticks, butterfly nets and straw sunhats in room.

The Palm Court, defined by an allée of stately Palms, leads from the Croquet Lawn to a dramatic horizon pool overlooking a lush grotto and the waters of Harrington Sound. The Spa features eight tranquil treatment rooms, and a signature SilverTag® Shower hydrotherapy suite encourages total relaxation prior to any of the exquisite treatments. The woman’s salon offers manicures, pedicures, and styling with products by Shu Uemura and Kérastase; and the men’s barber shop has the Italian brand Hommage. Post-treatment relaxation may be taken around the spa’s reflecting pool under ruffled umbrellas and majestic Palms, or ladies and gentlemen may each retire to their own lounge with a raised-hearth fireplace, and a private courtyard opening onto a garden sanctuary, complete with a Yoga and Tai Chi lawn.

A 1,900 square-foot Fitness Centre provides the latest aerobic and cardiovascular equipment from Life Fitness and Tuff Stuff, as well as private wellness and conditioning instruction. Kayaks, motorboats, sailboats, windsurfers, and scuba instruction are available through The Dive Shop and Watersports Centre. Dive adventures aboard the 31-foot Tidal Pull lead to shipwrecks, underwater caves, and the world’s northern-most coral reef.

The Point Restaurant, entered through an English long bar overlooking the Palm Court, is overseen by Executive Chef Serge Bottelli and decorated with the treasured murals of Gerard Henderson. The Point Terrace has twin outdoor fireplaces, perfect for after-dinner cocktails. Private dining is offered in the Wine Room with its barrel-vaulted ceiling, fireplace, and a collection of new- and old-world wines. Al fresco dining, under a pergola draped with bougainvillea and lit by candle lanterns, is available poolside on the Mahogany Terrace. Morning coffee, afternoon tea and evening cocktails are served in the Library, a jewel-box of Cedar paneling with stunning views of the Castle Islands.

The 5,000 square-foot Conference Centre is designed for board of director meetings, senior management retreats, and top-tier incentive programs. A business centre provides computers, translation, IT support, and secretarial services. State-of-the-art technology puts a complete array of audiovisual, lighting and climate controls at the presenter’s fingertips, as well as provides satellite conferencing and complete projection screen options. A conference can even take to sea aboard The Venetian, a 100-foot yacht with cocktail receptions for 50 guests and seated dinners for 25. Brooks explains, “It is rare that a boutique hotel, exquisitely designed to five-star standards, offers a sophisticated conference venue; however, with Bermuda’s established international business community, and the Island’s proximity to major gateway cities, the market for executive meetings is at our doorstep.”

Guests of the Hotel are invited to enjoy all of the dining and recreational amenities of the private Tucker’s Point Golf Beach & Tennis Club. Golf is played on the Roger Rulewich-designed, 18-hole championship course, beautifully sited along Castle Harbour and Harrington Sound. The manicured fairways are superbly contoured, and Tif Eagle greens provide a fast yet true putting surface. The practice facility comprises a driving range and putting green, and lessons are offered under the direction of PGA-certified golf professionals.

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The Clubhouse reflects traditional Bermuda architecture, and offers a complete Pro Shop, beautifully appointed locker rooms, and dining in the Grille Room, which opens onto a sweeping verandah overlooking Castle Harbour. There are four lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, and professional instruction by the club professional.

The Beach Club at Tucker’s Point comes alive each April with two freshwater horizon pools, bar pavilion, a restaurant that opens to gentle ocean breezes, and al fresco dining under a shaded pergola. The pools and dining are perched above Bermuda’s most private and pristine pink-sand beach.

The Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa vision is brought to life by an accomplished team of architects and designers, including the design firm of HKS Architects, in collaboration with Bermuda-based Conyers & Associates, interior designers Paul Duesing Partners, and the landscape design firm SWA Group. Guiding the vision from its inception has been Edward S. Trippe, president, who explains, “Creation of Tucker’s Point Club, now capped by the Hotel & Spa, has been a patient assemblage of all the components that make a great resort. The Golf, Beach & Tennis Club and the residential development give Tucker’s Point a sense of place and vitality. Now the Hotel will bring guests from around the world, and will support new amenities, such as the Spa and the Fitness Centre. It certainly adds to our well-established culinary reputation. Best of all, we have assembled a warm and personable staff that will give the resort its heart.”

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