Insider’s Look: Rosewood Tucker’s Point

rosewood-tuckersEverything you ever read about Bermuda talks about the pink sand beaches. Well, there’s a good reason for that: they’re gorgeous. And Rosewood Tucker’s Point resort has the longest private beach on the whole island. But that’s just one of the reasons this stunning little spot is on our list of favorites.

When it opened in 2009, Rosewood Tucker’s Point became the first new luxury resort on Bermuda since the 1960s. It has an exclusive clubby vibe that we really enjoy—and that Bermuda is known for—but it never feels old or stodgy. So, yes, there’s a croquet lawn, because this is Bermuda and people really do play croquet here. (They also take tea in the afternoons, they dress for dinner, and they never feel self-conscious about sitting in the shade with a good book while other guests float in the pool or sunbathe on the beach.) But there’s also an 18-hole golf course designed in 1932 by Charles H. Banks and updated in 2002 by Roger Rulewich. And there’s a tennis club. And, of course, you can rent scooters or bikes to go exploring.

There are just 88 rooms and suites decorated in traditional British colonial plantation style with special touches like deep, freestanding bathtubs. Most are in the main Manor House, but there also are separate villa suites and if you want to stay for a while you should consider a two- or three-bedroom Residence Villa.

Dining is a priority at Rosewood Tucker’s Point—emphasis on super-high quality without gimmicks and trendy stuff. It is hard, though, to pick a favorite between The Point and Sul Verde.

Chef Guido Brambilla, who came to Rosewood Tucker’s Point from Elbow Beach Resort last year, really lets you feel the love at Sul Verde, the rustic Italian restaurant he created. The menu brings in touches from just about every place in Italy—from Sicily in the south to Lombardy in the north. And the fish of the day—a local Bermuda catch prepared Puglia style with herbs, capers, garlic and olives—is a perfect melding of flavors.

On the other hand, we adore the ambience at The Point, where the menu is classic and traditional and the dining room walls are covered with the actual painted murals by Gerard D’Alton Henderson that were commissioned for the Pan Am Airlines Sky Club in the 1960s. They so perfectly capture that 1960s globetrotter feeling! And Chef Guido says he used them as the inspiration for the exclusive Point 360 menu, a 5-, 7-, or 10-course meal that includes dishes from the four corners of the world.

If you’re going to Rosewood Tucker’s Point for a special “just the two of you” occasion, there’s one more thing you need to know about:  the Coffee Chine. The “coffee” part refers to the coffee trees that surround and hide this private little grotto—with its own waterfall! The story goes that it was planted in the 1920s and somewhere along the line it was left to return to the wild, becoming overgrown and basically invisible. When the Tucker’s Point gardeners rediscovered it, they knew they’d found a hidden treasure. So they brought it back to its original glory and set it aside as a private spot for a party of two or four. You have to request dinner there in advance, so let Ultimate Jet Vacations know and we’ll make the arrangements.

If you’re going with the kids, there’s plenty for them to do and the Rose Buds program for children will help keep them occupied while you steal some precious alone time at the spa.

Yes, we have to mention the Sense Spa because it is an absolute oasis offering treatments tailored to the local environment like a honey and cane sugar body scrub and a Bermuda pawpaw massage. You can even pick the plants that will be used in a body wrap customized especially for you!

What Do You Think?

Have you vacationed at Rosewood Tucker’s Point? Comment below. And, if you’d like assistance planning a spectacular getaway at Rosewood Tucker’s Point in Bermuda, contact Ultimate Jet Vacations at 1-800-231-4095.

—Emma Sandoval for Ultimate Jet Vacations