Nine Beaches, Bermuda
Very many vacation resorts claim to be ‘destination with a difference’. The
Nine Beaches resort on Bermuda really is.
Nine Beaches is located right on the western tip of the
beautiful Atlantic island, in the parish of Sandys. Like everywhere in the
small, closely-knit country, it’s not very far from the capital, Hamilton. In
fact, the best way to get to the Nine Beaches is by ferry. When you get dropped
off at the resort’s very own private jetty you’ll be met with a drink, and
shown to your accommodation.
As you stroll along – your baggage being carried for you,
naturally - you’ll notice how this resort gets its distinctive name: it really
does have nine beaches. Because the resort is built on a narrow promontory, it
has two stretches of coastline all to itself – one facing east, the other west.
Into the rock of this nature have hacked nine coves, each one with its own
quiet, deliciously sheltered white sand beach. All of the accommodation is
either on the beach or just a couple of moments’ walk away from it.
You won’t be stuck in any tower blocks at the Nine Beaches. All
accommodation is in individual soft-sided cabanas. Each of these has a view of
the Atlantic Ocean. Some are set on the beaches themselves, some on the
hillsides behind the coves – and a few are even built our on stilts over the
water, and linked to the mainland by walkways. Although each cabana is
furnished to a similar, very high, standard – the interiors are the work of
internationally-recognized designer Lynn Wilson - the prices vary a little
depending on your cabana’s exact location and level of privacy. That’s not to
say that you’ll be living in your neighbors’ laps all the time: all the cabanas
enjoy great privacy, but some are more remote than others!
Inside, the cabanas are beautifully furnished and equipped to
make your stay as pleasant as possible. You’ll notice two interesting features.
First, there’s no air conditioning. Because the walls of each cabana are soft
and ‘breathable’ a natural flow of air keeps temperatures at a pleasant level.
You also get to take advantage of the great Bermudan climate: regular sea
breezes keep the temperature ‘just right’ nearly all the time. The sailcloth
walls also make the cabanas surprisingly weatherproof – when Hurricane Fabian
hit the island in 2002 they withstood the storm force winds much better than
many more apparently solid structures.
Second, you’ll notice that each room comes equipped with its own
mobile phone. One of the ways in which the Nine Beaches aims to stand out from
the competition is to offer an extremely high level of guest service: the staff
don’t expect you to come to them if you have a problem, they’ll come to you –
and if you make use of your phone, they can come to you wherever you are in the
resort! This spirit of embracing technology pervades the environment at Nine
Beaches. Not only is there Wi-Fi network access for laptop users: there are a
couple of web-ready workstations for business people who can be bothered to
heave their own gear all the way out to Bermuda. There’s even a virtual
repository of MP3s to download on to your iPod so you can take some great music
with your wherever you go on the island or around the resort.
There’s a lot to do at Nine Beaches, too. Activities are
generally priced separately, but the resort is phasing in an ‘all-inclusive’
system that will allow you to do whatever you want for a single flat fee. The
resort itself has facilities for all kinds of watersports, plus land-based
activities such as guided horseback riding and tennis. If you love golf – and
there’s a good chance that’s the main reason you’ve come to Bermuda – then the
resort concierge will be more than happy to arrange for you to have some time
on one of the island’s many courses. If you want to keep fit, there’s a
fully-equipped fitness center. For those who simply want to chill out and relax
there are, of course, all nine of those fantastic beaches – every single one of
them open for you to enjoy.
There’s a great selection of food and drink on offer, too. Nine
Beaches’ main restaurant is Hi Tide, which serves a great selection of local
produce cooked to suit all tastes. If you’re feeling particularly romantic, why
not avail yourself of the services of the resort’s Barefoot Gourmet? He’ll
prepare a romantic meal for two for you to eat on one of the beaches – so if
you’re at the resort celebrating a wedding or anniversary, or you’re just
having a romantic break, you can make sure you do it in real style!
If you’re planning on vacationing on Bermuda, visit the Nine
Beaches. It’s a ‘resort with a difference’ – with a difference.