Tuckers Point Club project gathers some momentum

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TUCKERS TOWN, Bermuda -- Hotel re-dos are common and constant on Bermuda, but a new resort hasnt been constructed here in more than 30 years.

That likely explains the buzz about Tuckers Point Club, a $350 million luxury resort and residential community that will include a 104-room hotel and a Greenbrier Spa.

While construction is set to begin early this year on Tuckers Point Hotel and Cottages -- the centerpiece of a 200-acre development -- the Residence Club, a timeshare complex, just opened 12 villas. The remaining eight Residence Club villas are due to open in the second quarter.

Construction will begin on a second condominium-style residential complex this year.

Golfers already are teeing off at Tuckers Point Golf Course Tuckers Point Golf Course.or splashing in the oceanfront swimming pool at the resorts Beach Club.

Tuckers Point will employ Bermudas traditional cottage-colony architecture.

Cottages will be airy, perched on a hillside overlooking Castle Harbour, and will be anchored by a manor house with suites. Cottages and suites will have fireplaces, wet bars, large sitting areas and expansive balconies.

Tuckers Point will only reinforce Bermuda as a quality destination, said Michael Winfield, president of Bermudas hotel association and president and CEO of Cambridge Beaches. We are all looking forward to it. We know there are other companies looking at Bermuda. I think Bermuda is at the beginning of a new upsurge.

An upturn in tourism would certainly be welcome on Bermuda, where visitor numbers have been declining since the 1980s.

A long road

The Tuckers Point project, which is being built on the grounds of the former Marriott Castle Harbor Hotel, has encountered its share of roadblocks.

Originally, financing for the hotel fell through, forcing developers to tackle smaller pieces of the project first, such as the golf course and the pool and beach club.

Then Hurricane Fabian devastated Bermuda in September 2003, stalling plans again.

Bermuda is a very expensive place to build, and we are building an extraordinarily expensive hotel, said Edward Trippe, president of Tuckers Point Club. We could not do everything in two to three years. We had to build in phases.

Tuckers Point is phasing in a mixed-use residential resort, where hotel services such as housekeeping, food and beverage and concierge will be available to tradition- al hotel guests as well as to the owners in the two residential complexes.

A Greenbrier Spa, affiliated with West Virginias Greenbrier Resort, will offer private treatment cabanas and feature European-style treatments in a garden setting.  Tuckers Point Club will also include a marina as well as a 5,000-square-foot conference center.

Trippe said he envisions Tuckers Point as a resort that will draw golfers and tennis players not just in summer but in fall, winter and spring, as well. 

We believe we can help make Bermuda a year-round destination, he said.

For more information, visit www.tuckerspoint.com.

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