'Jewel in crown' property begins development

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TUCKERS TOWN, Bermuda -- The first major resort hotel to be built in Bermuda since 1972 is under development here, with completion slated for 2004.

The $250 million Tucker's Point Club will contain a 108-room hotel; golf, beach and tennis clubs, and an upscale residential community, according to developer Bermuda Properties.

At a press briefing in New York, David Allen, Bermuda's minister of tourism, said the last major resort of this scale to be constructed in Bermuda was the Southhampton Princess in the early 1970s.

"There is a lot of reinventing going on across the board in Bermuda," he said. "Tucker's Point Club is the jewel in the crown," said Allen.

Tucker's Point Club will be developed in phases over five years on 200 acres of land.

According to Edward Trippe, president of Bermuda Properties, the first phase of the project -- the golf, beach and tennis club -- already is under way.

The second phase will involve the construction of the hotel, which will consist of traditional colonial-style Bermuda cottages.

Configured in clusters, the eight to 10 guest room cottages will be separated by stone walls and winding paths. Each guest room will feature balconies and views of Castle Harbour or Harrington Sound.

The main building of the hotel will be designed as a great house, opening out to a covered terrace and patio and featuring a reception area, living room and library.

The property, which will be erected on the site of the original Castle Harbour Hotel, will be managed by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, the Dallas-based hotel management company.

"There is a terrific sense of space [at the hotel] -- the smallest room is 630 square feet," said Jim Brown, president and chief operating officer of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

Additional facilities will include a European-style spa and health club and an executive conference center with three boardrooms.

According to Brown, the meetings space is very small because the hotel "is not intended to be a group hotel but an individual hotel."

The resort will feature two outdoor pools, a children's center, a main restaurant, private dining rooms, a poolside grill and a lounge and bar.

The Bermuda government played a key role in supporting the development.

The plans for the property helped prompt the Hotel Concessions Act 2000, which provides relief from customs duty and certain tax exemptions.

It also removes restrictions on companies holding interests in land, enabling them to enhance their properties.

For more information on Tucker's Point Club, call (441) 298-6915 or visit its Web site at www.tuckerspoint.com.

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