Tucker's Point eyes 2009 completion for hotel and spa

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Now that the roof has been splashed Bermuda-style, with the contents of a bottle of black rum, the pace of construction has picked up at Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa, the first luxury hotel to be built on the island in more than 35 years.

The 88-room hotel and a 12,000-square-foot spa will be the centerpiece of Tucker's Point Club, a $350 million, mixed-use resort that sprawls across 200 hilly acres overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The hotel is scheduled to open in phases starting in fall 2008, with its formal kickoff in April 2009 at the start of Bermuda's peak tourism season.

"The hotel and spa will complete our vision of a full-service luxury resort and residential community," said Edward Trippe, president of Tucker's Point Club. "It will establish a new standard of excellence in the hospitality industry on the island."

The resort has been in the works since 2000, when Tucker's Point Golf Course was rebuilt. Construction stalled after 9/11 and was further delayed by Hurricane Fabian, which devastated Bermuda in 2003.

Plans then shifted to building the resort in phases, which included further improvements to the golf course, the addition of the beach and tennis club and Harbour Beach Marina.

Private residences in two complexes began going up in 2006. Residents will have access to hotel services such as housekeeping, room service and the concierge.

At the garden-style spa, guests will be able to opt for private treatment cabanas and European-style treatments. 

"The hotel has, in effect, been designed to accommodate the much larger Tucker's Point community," said Trippe. "For an 88-room hotel, the conference facilities are very generous, as are the spa, health club and dining amenities so they can accommodate our golf, beach and tennis club members, as well."

While reflecting Bermuda's traditional cottage-colony architecture, Tucker's Point is adding some distinctively luxurious features. Airy cottages, which will overlook Castle Harbour, will be anchored by a Manor House with suites.

Both cottages and suites will have fireplaces, bars with sinks, large sitting areas and expansive balconies.

Decorated British-style, with distinctive artwork and bespoke furnishings, the hotel will include 40 superior rooms measuring about 520 square feet each and 28 deluxe guest rooms at 630 square feet each.

There will be 19 suites at 1,200 square feet with one bedroom or 1,800 square feet with two bedrooms. The two-bedroom Governor's Suite will sprawl over 2,300 square feet and include a study and a pantry.

The spa will be expansive, as well, with 11 treatment rooms, two of which will be suites dedicated to facials.

A hydrotherapy room will be a place for guests to relax prior to European-style scrubs and rubs. The post-treatment lounges will have fireplaces and private courtyards that open to a garden with a lawn for yoga and tai chi.

Multiple dining options

Tucker's Point will have several restaurants. A fine-dining restaurant will open onto a terrace with sunset views. The Wine Room will offer a la carte and private dining. Guests at the alfresco Grille Terrace restaurant will be seated under a bougainvillea-draped pergola.

Bartenders at an English long bar will mix Bermuda's favorite cocktails, while the Winter Lounge will serve espresso and pastries in the morning, English tea in the afternoon and cocktails and desserts in the evening. Also, guests will be able to dine on the terrace in their room.

Executive retreats, board meetings and social events will be held in the 5,000-square-foot conference center, which will complement existing Tucker's Point facilities, including the golf course, clubhouse and tennis center with clay courts.

The beach club has an oceanfront horizon swimming pool and children's pools as well as several of the island's famous pink-sand beaches. Sailing and boating can be arranged at the resort's marina. 

Trippe envisions Tucker's Point as a resort that will draw golfers, tennis players and boaters to the island not just in summer but all year round.

Tucker's Point is positioned to take advantage of the "resurgence of tourism in Bermuda," Trippe said. "We believe we can help make the island a year-round destination."

For more information, visit www.tuckerspoint.com.

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