Bermuda is only two hours by plane from the East Coast, but it feels worlds away. Its 200-square mile CORAL REEF plateau lends the island's beaches their pinkish hues and provides snorkelers, scuba divers, and wreck-divers endless opportunities to EXPLORE. Onshore, the tiny island--less than 22 square miles--is home to more golf courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world. From croquet and YACHTING to beachside music and culinary festivals, this oldest of British colonies mixes traditional buttoned-down style with laid-back island living.
THE BIG NEWS The 18-acre 9 Beaches property opened in May on the site of the former Daniel's Head Village in Sandys Parish. Of the resort's 84 cabanas, 34 are waterfront, some of which sit on stilts directly over the water and feature glass viewing panels that allow views of the underwater life.
** The Spa Resort Lantana is scheduled to open in summer 2006 with 40 suites, six private villas, 17 beachfront villas, four corporate suites, a 25-slip marina, a tennis club, a croquet club, a yacht club, and a 25,000-sf spa and conference center.
** The former Sonesta Beach Resort reopened in April as the Wyndham Bermuda Resort & Spa following a complete renovation.
** Tucker's Point Club opened a new, 20,000-sf golf clubhouse last Dec.
** The Fairmont Southampton completed renovations of its 11,800-sf Poinciana ballroom and is slated to complete renovations of its 7,400-sf amphitheater by Dec. This year, the property also launched an in-house DMC, Discover Bermuda, to help planners navigate Bermuda's shipping and work permit requirements.
** Cambridge Beaches completed renovations on its stand-alone North Rock cottage, which now includes a private plunge pool with an infinity edge.
GROUPS SHOULD CONSIDER these recommendations from the Successful Meetings Home Team experts. Top choices include the 569-room Fairmont Southampton; the 410-room Fairmont Hamilton Princess; and the 94-room Cambridge Beaches.
Contributors to this section include Home Team members Michelle DeClerck, CMP; MaryAnne Kanacki, CMP; M. Kimberly Ruby; Robin Walker; and Stacey-Weaver. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Convention Venues: There are no convention centers on Bermuda, but the Fairmont Southampton Princess and the Fairmont Hamilton Princess have 30,000 and 19,000 sf of meeting space, respectively
Total Hotel Rooms: 3,400
Average Daily Business Travel Costs*: Hotel $409 F & B $66
From Airport to Center: Approx. 20 min. to Hamilton and to Southampton.
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RELATED ARTICLE: Into The Deep
We've all heard strange tales of the Bermuda Triangle--that enigmatic area that spans the 500,000 square miles of Atlantic waters in which ships mysteriously disappear. The island that gives name to this so-called phenomenon was also once known as "The Isle of Devils," because of the treacherous reefs that encircle it and bedeviled ships that sailed too near. As a result, there are literally hundreds of shipwrecks surrounding the island. On a recent visit, I stopped by the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) and learned still more about the many mysteries that envelope the area and one man to whose name they are inextricably tied: Teddy Tucker.
Teddy Tucker is a renowned wreck-diver who has found hundreds of wrecks around Bermuda. But his most famous discovery was the San Pedro, a ship that sank among the Bermudan reefs in 1595. More than 300 years later, Tucker discovered there the famous "Tucker Cross," a gold and emerald cross that opened, like a Chinese puzzle, to reveal a secret compartment. The cross, which had been on display in Bermuda, was being moved to the Bermuda Maritime Museum in advance of a visit by Queen Elizabeth II, when it was stolen and replaced with a replica. To this day, no one knows who took it or where it went, only that it, like so many other objects and people (allegedly) in or near Bermuda, vanished without a trace.
The BUEI has a room dedicated to Tucker's explorations and discoveries, The Teddy Tucker Shipwreck Gallery, which includes a life-size replica of the famously mysterious cross-which is specially displayed to seem to disappear into thin air as one walks past it. In addition to its numerous galleries, the BUEI features a lounge that overlooks the lobby and serves as a pre-conference space (for up to 60) for both the Royal Caribbean Room (a 430-sf meeting room modeled after a ship's bridge that can seat up to 25) and the Cable and Wireless Room (a 500-sf boardroom with built-in AV for up to 25). The BUEI also features the 1,430-sf Tradewinds Auditorium that seats 148.--SA
Amer, Suzie. "Bermuda.(Meeting Sites)." Successful Meetings 54.12 (2005): 93+. Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection. Web. 8 Nov. 2009.
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