The Approach Behind the St. Regis Bermuda
Over the past year, the east end of Bermuda has undergone a remarkable transformation. One of the profound shifts to the landscape, is the development of the St. Regis Bermuda Resort & Residences. The St. Georges property is set in the middle of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and situation near Fort. St. Catherine’s
Since the groundbreaking in May 2017, the St. Regis Bermuda Resort has injected optimism into the island. The project has gained worldwide interest from potential buyers and would-be visitors, while residents eagerly anticipate a boost in the local economy and employment opportunities.
OBM International (OBMI), was appointed by developers Hotelco, to create the Master Plan and Architectural Design for the resort. OBMI created a Master Plan with the intent to deliver a mix of sophistication, sustainability and sense of place. The St. Regis is expected to be an economic stimulus and will assist in the revitalization of the Old Town.
The vernacular architecture of Bermuda was defined over 80 years ago, by one of OBMI’s founding partners – Wil Onions. That vision was redefined for the hotel, by increasing the proportions of the traditional Bermuda cottage. As the cottages accommodated the contemporary lifestyle of that era, the design created for St. Regis, was tailored to reflect Bermuda’s unique architectural style while adding contemporary elements that further deepen the luxury experience.
The design of the main hotel complex is divided into three blocks. Each Block, will comprise of five floors, capped with white roofs that pay homage to the Bermuda’s architectural landscape.
Block A: At the north side of the property and closest in proximity to Fort. St. Catherine, will house the resort’s amenities including a luxury spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, pool bar, a kid’s area and retail services. Unique to Block A are the featured hotel rooms on the ground floor. Guests who occupy first level rooms, will be able to enjoy direct access to green spaces, adults-only pool, and eye-level views of the extended ocean vistas beyond.
Block B: Positioned at the center of the three blocks, will be the heart of the resort. It is situated on the highest point with exclusive views. As a result, the arrival experience provides the “Instagram moment” and wow factor as guests enter the grand lobby embraced by spectacular ocean views. Also found on this level is a lounge & bar, the golf pro shop, and a terrace leading to the St. Regis signature restaurant Bistro Laurent Tourondel on the first floor below. Block B will also house the lavish Presidential Suite offering expansive ocean views.
Block C: Will sit on the southern side of the hotel complex, closes to Fort Albert. This block holds three floors of guestrooms, while the lower level accommodates the ballroom positioned to enjoy views to ocean and direct access to the event lawn and pool amenity deck. The refurbished, over-water dock was designed with lounge areas perfect for tranquil moments or special events Conference facilities and a multi-use entertainment space, will also be located on this floor.
The hotel complex will be built with significant detail, modern elegance, innovative solutions, and the appreciation of the unique character and culture of Bermuda
Construction of the first of seven residential blocks is well underway. OBMI designed a five story condominium offering breathtaking views and luxurious appointments. Each St. Regis branded residence will range from 2,279 sq. ft up to 4,693 sq. ft. With only three units per floor, each will offer spacious and contemporary designs. The penthouse suites located on the fifth floor, will each boast a private plunge pool overlooking the ocean.
OBM Bermuda’s chartered landscape architect, Jennifer Davidson, has provided local expertise to the project. Her vast experience in Bermuda’s plant life has been invaluable to the developers.
The grounds of the resort will be perfectly manicured, and showcase the natural beauty of Bermuda’s native and endemic flora and fauna. The reinstated 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, will feature pristine greens and spectacular views.
A great deal of consideration was also given to the environment. This was clearly illustrated by the use of recycled glass being crushed and lined in the bunkers and through-out the greens of the golf course. The initiative not only improved the water drainage along the course, but also matched the islands recycling and sustainability initiative.
Acquiring support from the local community was a critical chapter in the development. To do so, the hotel developers together with the Government of Bermuda, held multiple public forums throughout the construction phases. To demonstrate commitment to the community, the developers modified the project scope to include a new drop off area to public beach, as well as public parking areas. The gesture provides assurances the public beach access would remain available, while enhancing the experience and connection between the beach, the forts and golf course.
The New Year
As we enter the year 2020, The St. Regis Bermuda Resort has gently placed its footprint in the sands of Bermuda. The construction has been ongoing and nearing a 50% completion rate, which is well aligned with the scheduled opening date of April 2021. Once completed, the hotel property will comprise of a 120 well-appointed hotel rooms and suites, 3 pools, multiple bars and the signature St. Regis restaurant. Also available will be ample meeting, conferences and event space. Further to south side of the property, the residences will offer owners first-class amenities and a one-of-a-kind address to call home.
To learn more about the St. Regis Bermuda Resort, be sure to view the promotional video or visit www.theresidencesbermuda.com.