Island's first new luxury resort for 35 years to be managed by the Dubai-based hotel chainJumeirah, one of the fastest growing hotel groups in the world, and based in Dubai, is to manage the first new luxury resort to be built in Bermuda in 35 years. Bermuda, a British overseas territory and is very popular with Americans.
The resort, opening in mid-2008, will play a key role in Jumeirah”s ambitious plans to grow its international portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts to 40 by the end of 2009. The group”s properties already include the Burj Al Arab, claimed to be world”s most luxurious hotel, two luxury hotels in London, the Carlton Tower and the Lowndes and the Jumeirah Essex House in New York. Other projects currently under development worldwide include the HanTang Jumeirah Shanghai and The Jumeirah Private Island Resort, Phuket (Thailand).
Announcing the management agreement in Bermuda, Gerald Lawless, Jumeirah Group executive chairman said: ”Bermuda is one of the most enduringly popular luxury leisure destinations in the Americas. The standards and expectations set by the tourism industry and government are beyond compare and we are privileged to be appointed to manage this resort. Jumeirah hotels and resorts are distinguished by their innovation, exceptional standards of service and amenities, and their global respect. All of these factors were taken into consideration in deciding to join Southlands in this extraordinary opportunity.”
Situated on 37 acres of natural beauty on Bermuda”s prestigious South Shore, Jumeirah Southlands will have 300 spacious balcony suites, including 17 incomparable two-storey suites built into beach cliffs, as well as five restaurants and bars, a nightclub and outdoor entertainment space, a complete spa, over 1,700 feet of beach, numerous pools, an executive conference centre and an equestrian centre. Approximately half the accommodations will be offered for fractional vacation residence ownership.