Rosewood Tucker’s Point reopens this month following a $25 million renovation designed to elevate the resort from suites and guest rooms to restaurants and public spaces, the beach club and golf clubhouse as well as its top rated spa. Its new name is simply Rosewood Bermuda, aligning itself with the fast growing uber luxury hotel brand. While luxury is a very overused term, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts operates at the very high end of the 5-star spectrum. Its philosophy is “A Sense of Place” meaning each property reflects its particular location’s history, culture and sensibilities, so if you have been to other properties such as Rosewood Mansion at Turtle Creek in Dallas, The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel in New York City or Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort, in Los Cabos, you will know that each property has its own unique, localized take on luxury.
In keeping with this philosophy, the design in Bermuda will showcase furnishings and artwork from local artists and artisans in a blend of the past and present. The design of the guestrooms and suites, lobby and new Conservatory Bar and Lounge was led by Dawson Design Associates, whose credits vary from the opulant Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco to Philadelphia’s Logan with its cool, modern design.
Alexander Waterworth Interiors Ltd. (Q Grill Selfridges, Annabel’s and High Road House in London) was given responsibility to redesign The Point restaurant, Tucker’s Bar, Beach Club and Golf Clubhouse. The brief was to combine the elegance of Bermuda’s colonial English heritage with the vibrancy of its indigenous culture to create a unique and authentic Bermudian experience.
One of the first things you will notice upon arriving is an elegant lobby (above) more akin to a private manor house than a resort. At the heart of the new lobby, the new Conservatory Bar and Lounge (below) and atrium courtyard will serve as a retreat for guests to relax and enjoy coffee, afternoon tea or craft cocktails (More in the Bars and Restaurants section below). The lobby will also offer access to improved retail offerings.
The designs of the resorts 92 guestrooms and suites has been transformed from hotel accommodations into residential-style retreats, featuring bespoke furniture, contemporary local art and hand-selected fabrics that reflect the local fauna and beach. The soft neutral color palate is complemented with azure blue accents and local, hand-crafted accessories. Prior to closing, Rosewood Bermuda was already on numerous award lists. For the past four years its spa was voted among the Top 15 resorts in the Caribbean and Atlantic by Conde Nast Traveler. It has also been on Conde Nast’s Gold List (2011 to 2013) and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best during the same period. In 2013 it was name to Kiwi Collection’s Top 20 Hotels in the World. Before closing for the refurbishment, the hotel was already ranked #4 on the island by Trip Advisor with 90% of reviews being Excellent (73%) or Very Good (17%). Of 710 reviews, there were only three negative in 2017. Separately, US News & World Report ranks Rosewood Bermuda #1 on the island praising its views of Castle Harbour, Harrington Sound and the Atlantic Ocean as well as its kids programs that include both tennis and golf.
It is the only hotel in Bermuda to receive four stars from Forbes Travel Guide, which sends hidden inspectors to all hotels it rates. Forbes writes, “Along Bermuda’s famed pink sand beaches, the longest private stretch belongs to Rosewood Bermuda, a 200-acre waterfront resort…It’s barefoot luxury at its finest, from pampering treatments at the 12,000-square-foot Sense Spa to days spent on the four tennis courts or Roger Rulewich-designed golf course to afternoon Dark and Stormy cocktails on your private terrace.”
“It’s definitely my first choice on the island, hands down,” says Nicole Gerber of Jetsetting Families, continuing, “It’s luxurious, classy, super convenient to the airport and it’s the best in terms of service, food and beverage and quality on the island. I have been to numerous hotels on the island and while each offer something special for the right client, Rosewood is in a league of its own.” She also notes, “For someone looking for the best there is on Bermuda, definitely Rosewood,” adding, “I tend to send a lot of babymooners, couple getaways and even families looking for a quick and easy getaway from the east coast. It’s really such a seasonal destination but I had clients there over the December holidays and they loved it.”
Lori Stone, an advisor with The Accomplished Traveler, says, “It’s regal but not stuffy. It’s perfect for golfers, and Rosewood is known for its service. The beach is fantastic. You have to take a shuttle eight minutes to the beach or you can walk. There is a beautiful pool in the main area as well as the beach, which is very big.”
Residences and Suites
There are a variety of suites and residences, and with multiple connecting bedroom opportunities, Rosewood Bermuda provides excellent options for families and friends traveling together groups. The Residences offer full kitchens as well.
Royal King Suite (1 available) – one or two bedrooms
The Royal King Suite can be configured with one or two bedrooms and features king-sized beds and en-suite baths. There is a spacious living area with service entrance and pantry, study, fireplace, dining area, wet bar and half-bath for guests, measuring 2,000 sq. ft. with two bedrooms or 1,650 sq. ft with a single bedroom.
Outside, a large balcony overlooks Castle Harbor and the beautifully landscaped pool. Location is in the Manor House on the 1st Floor.
Ocean View Three Bedroom Residences (2 available)
The 2,180 sq. ft, three-bedroom, three-bath Ocean View Residences feature panoramic ocean views decorated in classic British seaside style with distinctive artwork, elegant fabrics and furniture. They are actually part of the resorts fractional ownership so they are individually owned, but are all furnished alike and have full hotel services. The difference is they are outfitted like a home.
Stone flooring and white woodwork throughout creates an inviting, crisp tone. Spaces flow from one area to the next, from the dining area to living room to the outdoors. Within the residence, a king-bedded master bedroom opens onto a large private terrace through French doors. The terrace includes a two-person sun bed. The master bathroom features dual vanities, a separate walk-in shower and an oversized bathtub with views of Castle Harbor.
The second bedroom, also a king-bedded room, opens onto a large private terrace complete with daybeds with similar bathroom to the Master. There is also a twin-bedded room, which offers its own private bathroom, a large double vanity closet and a flat screen television with a lounger, perfect for kids or a nanny.
Additional features of the residence include a fully appointed gourmet, granite counter-top kitchen with a range of appliances, a six-person dining table, a large living area with a gas fireplace and sofa sleeper, a separate laundry room with a washer and dryer, and a private grill on the veranda terrace.
Ocean View Two Bedroom Residences (2 available)
The 1,850 sq. ft. Ocean View Two Bedroom Residences mirror the design and style of their three bedroom cousins. Within the residence, a king-bedded master bedroom opens onto a large private terrace, which is accented with a two-person sunbed made for outdoor lounging.
Perched directly on the water’s edge of Castle Harbour, the master bathroom features dual vanities, a separate walk-in shower, and an over-sized bathtub with views of Castle Harbour. The residence also boasts its own private bathroom, a large double vanity closet and a flat screen television with a lounger.
Harbour View One or Two Bedroom Suite (12 available)
Overlooking Castle Harbour, these suites come in one-and two-bedroom configurations and are situated in three independent buildings separated from the Manor House. Each suite is comprised of a parlor and two connecting bedrooms. The parlor features a wet bar, shower bath, dining table and a sitting area with fireplace. The sofa converts to a comfortable queen bed for added sleeping capacity.
The bedrooms feature teester beds and walk-in closets. The living room and bedrooms open onto expansive balconies furnished for al fresco dining and relaxing with a waterfront view of Castle Harbour. Harbour View Two Bedroom Suites are accessed via the 77 steps of the Castle Harbour Grand Staircase. Guests of Harbour View Two Bedroom Suites also have exclusive access to private golf carts that allow for added mobility between the Villas, the Manor House, and the resort facilities.
Ocean View One or Two Bedroom Suite (7 available)
A corridor vestibule and spacious guestroom connects two Manor House Suites into a 1,500-sq.-ft. two-bedroom configuration, with one king-sized bed and two double beds or 1,000 sq. ft. in a single bedroom format.
Restaurants and Bars
New venues are designed to provide modern and elevated dining experiences that celebrate locally-sourced ingredients and Bermudian-inspired cuisine. However, quality of dining was never in question at Rosewood Bermuda with Conde Nast Traveler last year “an outstanding menu, terrific service, and sublime food.”
The resort’s signature restaurant reopened as the Island Brasserie, a vibrant and informal space that will introduce guests to local Bermudian cuisine through traditional dishes that combine the island’s rich culinary traditions with new-world flavors. Accented by the existing, iconic hand-painted murals, the restaurant serves elevated island comfort food, while Tucker’s Bar is now a rum bar dedicated to teaching guests about the history of the island’s signature spirit.
Conservatory Bar and Lounge
Featuring breathtaking views of Castle Harbour, the all-new Conservatory Bar and Lounge serves at the beating heart of the resort where guests and locals alike enjoy hand-crafted British gin cocktails and spirits enhanced by fresh herbs, house-made infusions and the latest mixology techniques. With its twin fireplaces, black and white hand-painted tile floor and elegant beamed ceilings, the new bar is a fusion of both old and new. Boasting local art, casual and inviting décor and relaxed, friendly Bermudian service, the bar is be complemented by the intimacy of the new courtyard, which brings a rustic accent to the space.
Beach Club Restaurant
The reimagined Beach Club Restaurant is inspired by the vibrant fish markets of Bermuda. A neutral color palate complements the stunning pink sand beach for which Bermuda is renowned. Enjoy an updated bar serving imaginative, island-inspired cocktails and a menu of seasonal, locally-sourced seafood dishes.
Sul Verde, the Golf Clubhouse restaurant was re-conceptualized to bring the rustic warmth and traditional spirit of the southern Italian region of Campania to the fairways. Boasting an authentic menu of the highest quality Italian ingredients and a warm, convivial atmosphere, Sul Verde is reminiscent of an authentic family dinner in the heart of Italy. Situated next to Sul Verde, The Grille Room received a refresh too.
Dining on the Beach
It’s exclusive dining experience with the entire stretch of the beach and evening sky as your dining room. You will be led down to the water’s edge where a beach lounge area, with a mini fire place and sound of the waves awaits their arrival. The arrival is timed just before sunset allowing for two very distinct experiences — sunset cocktails and stargazing drinks after dinner. The tableside experience features a five-course set menu with wine pairing, giving focus to Provençal cuisine. Upon completion of the meal, you can relax in the lounge area while enjoying a digestif, coffee or tea.
Located on Bermuda’s largest private, pink sand beach, the Beach Club was redesigned for sun-soaked relaxation and casual seaside dining. In addition to a new restaurant and upgraded bar, enhancements include chic new cabanas, umbrellas, pool and beach furniture, and expanded luxury services and amenities. 5. GOLF
Golf Digest calls the course “hilly and panoramic.” Golf Magazine says, “The current version of the hilly layout is a 2002 product of Roger Rulewich, who increased the playability with wider fairways and softer greens, but retained the wow factor, notably at the 425-yard, par-4 13th, which overlooks Harrington Sound and the Royal Naval Dockyard.” For golfers, you will find new carts and subtle course upgrade. According to Top 100 Golf Courses black tees are just a little under 6,500 yards but with a course rating of 72.1 and a slope of 134. It says accuracy, however, is more important than distance and it cites the spectacular views. Stone says it is a perfect venue for a guys golf weekend.
Spa and Fitness
To further enhance Rosewood Bermuda’s health and wellness offerings, the property will introduce a modernized Sense, A Rosewood Spa and a new fitness center featuring state-of-the-art Technogym equipment. To complement the renovation, Rosewood Bermuda is launching new fitness programs and spa treatments using local inspiration. Forbes writes, “The expansive Sense Spa is a highlight. With its inspired treatments and serene setting near a private reflecting pool (perfect for sunbathing pre- or post-treatment), the spa is a stay-all-day escape.” The 1,900-sq. ft. fitness center features state-of-the-art equipment, includes Technogym, Life Fitness and Tuff Stuff equipment, plus host of cardiovascular and weight-training facilities. The center is complemented by a sprawling yoga and Tai Chi lawn, perched dramatically above the lush Coffee Chine. Fitness center is 24 hours – there is an attendant available from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Meetings and Events
Rosewood Bermuda features a wide array of spaces and facilities to suit any event, from state-of-the-art facilities to private dining rooms and casual club settings. In addition to 9,172 sq. ft. of indoor meeting space complemented by terraces, a beach and lawn, the resort can accommodate up to 400 people for receptions. The hotel is a popular spot for weddings and provides customized event planning, professional services and catering options. There’s also state-of-the-art A/V, lighting and climate controls for guests’ comfort, , Wi-Fi, satellite conferencing, image projection options and HD monitors, as well as IT support, on-site business center and office, with private office suite for conference administrators, and business services including secretarial and translation services (on arrangement), copying, faxing, printing and computer access