Further development at Tuckers Point
Last week my favourite hotel brand Rosewood officially took over the management of Tuckers Point. Interestingly at the same time Tuckers announced an agreement with the Bermudian Government to circumvent restrictions on building on prime open space. This has been met with outcry from the National Trust amongst many others as the land earmarked for development around Glebe Road and Paynter’s Hill (right) is currently a swarthe of open hills that are home to 17 of the last 19 Yellowwood trees in Bermuda, rock outcrops and also include a large network of ancient caves.
Tuckers Point’s viability has been a continual struggle and this expansion is believed to be the only way it can be financially successful. Rosewood and HSBC, who are reportedly owed $85m, are said to have insisted on the further development which will include 78 residences and another 70 hotel rooms. However the work will not be immediate as the hotel’s Bermudian owners look to weather the recession.
Tuckers is beautifully positioned on Castle Harbour, once home for centuries to a majority of poor black Bermudians. I find it the development sad though because one of the hotel’s great appeals was that it was completely enshrined by flora and woodland. It will be a shame to see further building yet Tuckers is invaluable if Bermuda is ever going to be recognised again as a exclusive holiday resort.
It was also announced this week that the Splendido Restaurant which is perched on a Paget Parish hill at the old cottage colony resort Horizons is closing. The Italian chef and owners plan to re-open the restaurant elsewhere on the island. As for the Horizons, owners Brickman Associates are said to have an agreement with Four Seasons to redevelop along with nearby Coral Beach. However I was told that the cottages will be leased to the Bermuda Hospital Board to be used as nurse’s accomodation.
Meanwhile just around the corner from my office Italian restaurant Primavera has closed for a rebranding and will open as a dedicated fish restaurant called Flying Fish. We used Primavera quite often and although the sushi wasn’t bad, and nor were the pizzas, the menu had an identity crisis as too often did the food. Adding sushi to the predominately Italian offerings a year or two ago was a sure sign of desperation by the owners and the customers soon started to drift. Flying Fish is supposed to be opening next week.