Bermuda Blooms With New Hotels & The Upcoming America's Cup
With a month to go until the celebrated America’s Cup gets under way, host Bermuda is already abuzz with activities surrounding the world’s greatest sailing race. Defending champion Oracle Team USA and its international rivals have been training like mad in the Great Sound, while fans in their super-yachts are arriving at the marinas, and fireworks displays erupt in the capital Hamilton to add to the festivities.
Bermuda, of course, belongs among the great destinations that originally launched tourism, from the days of Mark Twain's and Winslow Homer's visits, to Hollywood royalty and actual royalty, and later John Lennon and British rock stars.
Up until two decades ago, the island had some eighty hotel properties over its mere 21-square-miles. Today, the number is half that amount.
And just as this oldest of British Overseas Territories gears up for the America’s Cup, the hotel scene is picking up with a handful of high-end projects that were just completed and more in the works. And, in what will make the short two-hour flight from NYC even more appealing upon arrival, an ambitious new airport terminal project has just gotten under way.
The official America’s Cup hotel, the legendary Hamilton Princess went through a full makeover last year, and added the restaurant Marcus' by chef Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem renown (I'll cover the Fairmont managed property in a later post). In addition to having its own arcade of fine shopping, the property is a few minutes walk from the high-end shopping on Front Street as well as fine dining establishments like Barracuda Grill, and spots such as the lively bar restaurant The Pickled Onion. Right next door to the hotel, Harry’s is a true see-and-be-seen bar with a happening terrace scene.
Currently under construction along the south shore, Azura Bermuda will comprise forty-eight rooms to start, with more units planned. Villa residences are being built as well. Likewise, a housing complex on the south shore called Grand Atlantic will become the Bermudiana Beach Resort.
Read the article on Forbes.com.