-- The philosophy behind 9 Beaches, a resort opening here in May,
is to replace Bermudas buttoned-down reputation with something
considerably more casual but in a luxury setting.
Ours is an active
resort targeting a younger market than what has been typical of
Bermuda, said Russ Urban, co-owner of 9 Beaches and managing
director of its parent company, Island Resort Collection. Urbans
partner in 9 Beaches is David Dodwell.
also owns and manages Nisbet Plantation, on Nevis, along with a
Marthas Vineyard property.
Theres no jacket
required here. In fact, our guests will experience a vacation not
typical of any other resort. Our goal is to break down the normal
barriers of a hotel stay, said Urban.
The property is
situated on 18 waterfront acres, and accommodations are in 84
cabanas, all built on stilts and some perched over the water with
see-through floor panels revealing the world below. All cabanas
have oceanview verandas.
will be an important component to 9 Beaches, Urban said.
We have a sales
representative entirely devoted to the trade who will focus on
agents in the Washington to Boston corridor, which includes
Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York. Its less than two hours to
Bermuda from those East Coast gateways, and we will concentrate on
them, he said.
accommodations promise to be an important selling point, Urban
There are 10 Top
Banana cabanas, which the resort said are the premier locations,
standing over the water on stilts or anchored on seaside
include 15 Aqua Vistas, which have the clear floor panels; 40 Sea
Forever Cabanas, which offer direct access to the beach plus views
of bluffs or the open ocean; and 19 Coco Coral Cabanas dotting the
bluffs and the nine coves.
stocked with Bermuda black rum and ginger beer; all have CD
players, and DVD players are available. What they dont have are
TVs, radios or phones.
Seclusion is a
priority at 9 Beaches, Urban said.
If you need
something, simply raise the service flag at your cabana, and staff
will be there in short order to see to it. We have a can-do
attitude here. Whatever the guests want, they get.
For example, we
have two restaurants on site, but if guests would prefer a lobster
dinner on the beach at 2 a.m., it wont be a problem at all, he
said, referring to a service called the Barefoot
include the Hi Tide, which serves a full- and tapas-style menu,
with cuisine from the Caribbean, Italy, the Mediterranean and, of
course, Bermuda, as well as Dark n Stormys, a bar that overlooks
the sea and dishes up light cuisine such as soups, salads,
sandwiches and grilled items.
include a cell phone for each cabana. According to Urban, phones
will be programmed with local numbers, and guests can buy a phone
card if they need to make long-distance calls.
We know that
using your personal cell phone to make local calls is expensive.
For Americans, the call switches first to the States, than back to
the local number in Bermuda, so theyre being charged
For instance, if
you were calling a restaurant nearby, youd be double-charged. So we
are providing [cell phones] free, and all local calls are free, he
include a complimentary continental breakfast. Activities on site
feature spa services, yoga and other instruction.
abound, Urban said. Guests can use a sunfish, sailboard or sea
kayak, or paddle the waves in a raft, paddleboat, catamaran, banana
boat or glass-bottomed cruiser. Snorkeling and scuba also are
Beaches may sound like the perfect place for a romantic getaway or
a honeymoon, families are welcome, too, Urban said.
The resort offers
a half- and full-day Kids Kamp as well as private baby-sitting,
with advance notice.
reporter Donna Tunney, send e-mail to [email protected].