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The island’s newest resort is elegance incarnate, with spacious rooms, immaculate grounds, and tons of amenities.
Opened in 2009, the Rosewood Tucker’s Point is Bermuda’s newest and most elegant resort -- something you’ll likely notice before you even make it beyond the small double-door entrance. Whether you glimpse to the right at the Italianate cortile centered around a Renaissance style water fountain, or to the left at a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II descending the hotel’s grand staircase, you’ll quickly realize you’re in for a lavish experience. Once in the lobby, you may hesitate before heading to your room, tempted by the glimmering checkered marble [/bermuda/hotels/rosewood-tuckers-point-hotel-and-spa/photos/lobby--v1039451-14/ |[floors]], the plush golden furniture with tassels hanging from the bottom, and the breezy balconies overlooking the hotel’s grounds and the Atlantic Ocean.
Obvious lures aside -- four pools, a private beach, a golf club, a tranquil [/bermuda/hotels/rosewood-tuckers-point-hotel-and-spa/photos/spa--v1039438-14/ |[spa]], and four restaurants -- it’s the fine-tuned details that make this 200-acre property truly spectacular. Take, for instance, the small, seemingly unkempt grove in the middle of the golf course. This is actually an ancient burial ground dating back to the 15th century. And in the library just behind the lobby, old photos of Bermudian cricket matches, cabinets filled with china, and an antique Oriental rug feel like a swanky 1920s living room frozen in time. Additional details can be found at the spa’s relaxation pool (note the umbrellas resembling cupcakes with frilly-pink ruffled tops), the croquet lawn (hand-painted wickets look like little men), and in the rooms (butterfly nets and walking sticks by the door).
Tucker’s Point is a true golfer’s haven, with a Roger Rulewich-designed 18-hole championship golf course, putting green, driving range, and pro shop, as well as access to the adjacent (and extremely exclusive) The Mid Ocean Golf Club. Nearby, beach bums will be equally impressed with the resort’s private beachfront featuring two pools (one an infinity-edge stunner, the other a family fountain pool with shallow waters), full beach service, and a restaurant and bar.
Complaining at this heavenly resort feels a bit like heresy, but like anywhere else, Tucker’s Point does have its faults (however small). Perhaps least desirable is the resort’s distance from its golf course and private beach, which require a drive of about five minutes to both. The resort provides shuttles, but those who choose to walk will find a long journey ahead -- that is, assuming they don’t get lost on the way. Predictably, the other drawback is the resort’s rates, which are the most expensive on the island. And when it comes to the extras, like spa treatments, meals, fitness classes, and boutique merchandise, the rates are also higher than anywhere else on the island. But perfection (or near-perfection) has its price, and at Tucker’s Point, it’s well worth it.
Seclusion is about the only thing this resort’s location has going for it.
Most resorts and hotels in Bermuda are located either along the beachy southern parishes or in the downtown Hamilton area. Tucker’s Point is close to neither. Thus, guests are somewhat stranded. Even the island’s pink-and-blue buses are of little consolation as the closest stop is a 10-minute walk away, and limited service leaves evening trips out of the question. Of course, a fancy hotel lures plenty of cab drivers, so you’ll never wait more than a second for a taxi, but you’re guaranteed to spend at least $25 per trip no matter where you go. Taxis are metered according to state law, so there is no need to negotiate fares.
Mopeds, which are rented on property, aren’t a bad idea, but be careful: Nearby roads see quite a bit of traffic due to a location halfway between downtown Hamilton and the airport, and rush-hour gridlock is common. But mopeds will be your only form of self-transport -- in an effort to permit as few vehicles as possible on the island, car rentals are strictly forbidden. Even locals are allowed only a single car per household -- something you’ll likely appreciate when you see the lush, winding roads that unobtrusively snake through the island.
Of course, most guests who come to Tucker’s Point aren’t looking for much adventure beyond tee times, suntans, and cocktail hours -- all of which are right there on the property.
A vast range of spacious rooms and suites with sophisticated decor, thoughtful details, and picture-perfect views
Tucker Point’s 88 rooms all feel fresh and new, which is saying a lot on a seasoned island like Bermuda, where even the nicest resorts can get rough around the edges. But here, white cabinets look pristine and untouched, and crisp furnishings appear fresh from the showroom. The decor might be described as classic-colonial-meets-island-style -- not a drop of a tropical kitsch to be found -- with pretty salmon-hued cushions on white wrought-iron chairs on the balconies, vintage-style soaking tubs in the beehive-tiled bathrooms, and luxurious Mascioni bedding on the regal, carved wood beds. As with the rest of the hotel, details are key: painted trash cans depict tropical flora and fauna, cloth-and-dark-wood hampers add a refined touch of home, and pretty silk tassels hang from furniture and tie back curtains.
Four pools, four restaurants, a championship golf course, exceptional spa, and immaculate grounds
Four distinct restaurants, but perfectly executed plates and gorgeous settings result in one commonality: sky-high prices
The four restaurants at Tucker’s Point deliver four very distinct environments. At the elegant Point Restaurant & Terrace, an award-winning culinary team serves up exceptional dishes with bold flavors, like the sautéed duck foie gras with caramelized peaches and crispy bacon. Of particular interest in the restaurant is the 3,000-bottle wine cellar and a private dining room surrounded by some of the collection’s offerings. The adjacent Tucker's Bar overlooks the Palm Court Pool and is an excellent place for an aperitif or late-evening night cap.
Nearby is The Cafe, an open-air option just off the Palm Court pool, which serves casual fare like salads, seafood, and such. Other casual options include the restaurants at the golf club (The Grille Room, open for lunch), and by the private beach (The Beach Club Restaurant and Bar, open for lunch and dinner). The spa and pools also have small menus; the former focuses on healthy cuisine with smoothies, seafood, and wraps; and the latter throws in some kid-friendly options like a burger and a croque-monsieur.
Whether snacking by the pool or indulging in the Chef’s Table multi-course tasting menu, it will surely feel like a splurge. Like everything else at Tucker’s Point, the prices are high -- but unlike many other pricier local restaurants and resorts, you get what you pay for.
Rosewood properties are generally known for drawing an affluent clientele, and Tucker’s Point is no different. As a result, you will pay the island’s most expensive rates. But if you can afford it, you’d be a fool to pass it up -- no other property on the island has quite the sparkle and shine of this stunning 200-acre resort with immaculate grounds, four pools, four restaurants, a championship golf course, a private beach, a tranquil spa, and spacious rooms featuring million-dollar views.
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