Now it may be a time to visit Bermuda, as hoteliers island-wide are spending millions to improve and expand their properties to attract more North Americans. This island is expensive, but worth it, and is popular with sophisticated discerned travelers. Numerous improvements are already notable at many popular properties.Elbow Beach - Bermudaís oldest and most famous hotel recently reopened after extensive renovation.
Ariel Sands - this small hotel just outside Hamilton has a new lease on life now that actor Michael Douglas has lent his fame - and a bit of his money to the propertyís rebirth. All 48 beachfront cottages have been redone in an Art Deco style. Each room sports a pastel paint job, decorative votive candles, funky lamps, straw floor mats, and a mix of vintage and wicker furnishings. The Nirvana spa and 24-hour gym are welcome additions, considering how fabulous the food is at Calibanís, the hotelís seaside restaurant. Guest should not be surprised to see famous models (Victoriaís Secret recently shot a catalog onsite) or Douglas and friends (including Jack Nicholson) during their stay. The boss checks in frequently, but if you miss him, simply check out the walls of the clubhouse bar. There are plenty of pictures and movie memorabilia to serve as the reminder of who owns the place.
The Reefs - there is a good reason why the Reefs continue to enjoy on the highest occupancy rates on the island. This classy seaside hotel celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and has added several features to enhance the culinary experiences of its guests. Meal plan (breakfast and dinner) is offered, and guests can exchange their dinner privileges for lunch in either Clubhouse dining room or the beachfront Coconuts. The hotel has hired Canadian chef Stephen Quigg, whose background includes stints at the Four Seasons Toronto and the Tower Thistle Hotel in London. Quigg enhanced the hotelís gourmet menu. To personalize each guestís experience, the hotel will send him or her an in-room amenity preference list prior to arrival and stock the rooms with items chosen from a selection of beverages, liquors, snacks and gourmet foods. The hotelís 67 oceanview rooms and suites sport a tasteful, colorful decor and are refurbished and expended on an ongoing basis during the slow winter season.
Cambridge Beaches: this 82-room, luxurious cottage colony at the islandís west end has replaced its former spa facility with one twice as large. The two-level Aquarian Bath - Seven Seas Solarium and Ocean Spa features an indoor swimming pool, hot tub and dedicated exercise pool; eight treatment rooms, sauna, steam and consulting rooms; a hair and beauty salon; full gym; and juice bar and cafe.
Pink Beach Club: this 50-year old resort has renovated more then 75 percent of its 89 cottage suites in past few years. The hotel also refurbished its lobby and completed construction on a new poolside dining area, the Breakers. The outdoor space provides a more casual option to the formal dining room and can also be reserved for private parties of up to 200. In addition, the hotel converted its large Hilltop Cottage into a fitness center, complete with treadmills, bikes, stair climbers and weights.
Harmony Club: since being purchase last year by a group of local investors, this 68-room, all-inclusive hotel has been given a paint job, all guest bathrooms have been upgraded, the lobby has been redone, a whirpool has been installed near the upgraded pool area and new menus have been introduced. All rooms are in the process of being redecorated, and a fitness center will open this summer. The hotel has entered into an agreement with Little Venice (one of the islandís top Italian restaurants) to provide dining privileges for guests.
Belmont Hotel and Golf Club - over the past years, more then half the 151 guest rooms have been renovated; the others are in the process of being redone. A pool bar has been added, the golf course is continually upgraded and a host of international menus have been added by the new Swiss chef.
Grotto Bay Resort: a multi-million dollar refurbishment completed here last year which included the renovation of all 201 oceanfront rooms. The waterfront pool and terrace area was remodeled, with the addition of a swim-up bar, whirpool and outdoor dining area. A health and fitness center has been built next to the pool.
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