9 Beaches closes
Bermudian travel blogger David Lahuta
led me to this story of another Bermudian hotel closure
. 9 Beaches
was an ageing but idyllically situated hotel with rooms perched on stilts over the water and reached by boardwalks. This news added to the shuttering of the main Elbow Beach
hotel at the end of last year represents a 11% reduction in total hotel rooms on the island in a little over a year.
Trying to put my natural scepticism aside, the 9 Beaches hotel does have plans for a $80m redevelopment
, with investment by Canadian developer Nordica (which strangely doesn't have a website). The land is government owned and the plan is for 150 units on the property, which is twice as many as there are now. Work won't begin until year-end with plans to re-open in May 2011. You can why I am sceptical.
I have only seen 9 Beaches from the water and it's position at Daniel Head in Sandys Parish is beautiful but on closer inspection the property was crumbling. Named due to the number of talcum powder coloured coves in it's vicinity, 9 Beaches originally opened it's doors in 2003 as an eco-resort, and then was revamped and re-opened again in 2005. The eco-bit was probably a mistake and I note there is no plans for eco-anything in the renovation.