The 98-room Elbow Beach Bermuda, a Mandarin Oriental Hotel sits on 50 acres of sprawling beach on Bermuda's mainland, providing groups an intimate, cottage-like experience. The vibe is classic with pastel painted limestone white-tiered roofs throughout the property. A full size pool lined with a stone patio and cabanas, five onsite restaurants/lounges and a luxury spa and expansive beach provides groups with a casual yet upscale environment. The resort includes over 4,700-sf of function space with vistas of the South Shore.
We emailed Sophie Dier, director of communications to find out about “The Resort” package, a new buyout option for groups.
Can you tell us about “The Resort” package?
Imagine having exclusive access to a private resort on a half mile of one of the world's most spectacular beaches. Elbow Beach, Bermuda is turning that dream into reality with a new buyout package. “The Resort” is the perfect option for those looking for the ultimate private retreat with personalized tailored service and attention. The exclusive beachfront resort is now available for buyout and can accommodate up to 200 guests–from individuals and groups to couples and families.
The package includes all 98 beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites; including all garden and ocean view rooms, beachfront lanais and free-standing signature cottages, each of which has been recently refreshed. With 24 hour in-room dining and any choice of guestroom, guests can experience private dining on a different terrace every night of their stay if they wish. Executive Chef Serge Bottelli is on hand to create exclusive tasting menus with wine pairings.
The properties extensive amenities will be at a groups exclusive disposal, including a half-mile stretch of private pink sand beach with beach attendants and lounge chair food and beverage service. A temperature controlled swimming pool with poolside spa cabanas and a luxury holistic spa with a variety of signature Mandarin Oriental and Bermudian treatments are available for the groups exclusive enjoyment and they will never have to worry about getting an appointment.
Was there a big demand for the package?
Many groups had expressed interest in a package of this kind. Our small room inventory of just 98 guestrooms makes the possibility of a resort buyout extremely feasible and many groups relish the thought of having our 50-acre resort and highly coveted private beach completely at their groups disposal.
What are the unique selling points for groups?
Our 98-room cottage colony is ideal for groups with a minimum of 10 rooms. Our central beachfront location in Paget Parish makes us a stones throw away from the main city of Hamilton and all of Bermuda’s attractions, including a variety of golf courses. We offer full service conference services and catering. The resort has property-wide high speed wireless internet so that you can have your meetings anywhere. The resort has a variety of interesting indoor and outdoor function space that can be tailored to meet any group’s needs. We offer complimentary meeting space for groups that book 10 rooms or more.
What feedback from groups/planners?
They say that our Conference Services Team is very proactive, approachable and easy to work with. They like the proximity of Bermuda to the U.S.; with many gateway cities to choose from, they can often get to Bermuda in two hours or less. They appreciate the extensive amount of on-property amenities and activities that we offer for group participants leisure time. They enjoy the team building programs we are able to create such as beach Olympics.
Are there any updates about major renovation plans?
Not at this time. We are currently exploring several design scenarios for the renovation, but there is no fixed timetable for when work will commence.
Can you tell us about the green/eco/sustainability programs?
Elbow Beach has a number of ongoing initiatives and programs in place. We have recently installed a more energy efficient heat pump pool heating system in place of a steam boiler system. Replacement of lightbulbs from incandescent to LED is ongoing throughout the property. We encourage reuse of linens and towels by our guest’s through sustainability cards placed in the guestrooms.
Bermuda’s only source of rainwater is rainfall, which is collected on roofs and catchments and stored in underground tanks and lenses. Since June 2011, all guestroom cottages at Elbow Beach have been switched to using collected rainwater, which is treated before being pumped to taps and showers. Collected rainwater replaces the use of treated seawater from the public utility. Water tanks are located under each block of twelve cottages and have a storage capacity of 19,800 to 52,800 gallons.
In 2011, rainwater collection has reduced water consumption from the public utility by 18%. The total volume of water saved was 2,629,000 gallons, worth $47,470. This new system provides immediate water and energy savings for the island, as desalination is an energy intensive process. Because water demand strongly increases during peak tourist season and sources of fresh water are limited, all new constructions are required to include rainwater harvesting. In Bermuda, where water is scarce, rainwater collection is traditionally anchored in the island’s way of life and Elbow Beach made the necessary changes to fit within this model.
We also recently learned that Elbow Beach, Bermuda currently has the second lowest carbon footprint of all the Mandarin Oriental properties worldwide. Elbow Beach also supports a number of local charity events through sponsorship, the main two of which are the annual Bermuda End-to-End which raises money for a variety of island charities and MOvember, which increases health awareness for men.
Do groups appreciate sustainability/green efforts?
We have found that many groups appreciate efforts to reduce the resort’s carbon footprint as well as active involvement in community initiatives. They respond positively to the fact that we are actively involved in the betterment of our community and the island.
Can you tell us about fun/unique outdoor spaces and venues?
In keeping with the current trend of creating out-of-the-box meeting spaces, Elbow Beach is promoting the utilization of a variety of interesting spaces around the resort property for meetings and events. Elbow Beach is a unique property with over 50 acres of potential meeting spaces, that all slope gently down to our signature 1/2 mile of private pink sand beach.
In our eyes, anywhere can become a meeting and event space depending on what the group is looking for. The wooden deck at our Mickey's Beach Bistro (Bermuda's only restaurant directly on the beach) was recently used for a group, a guestroom can be converted into a private boardroom, our Library Lounge doors have been frosted so that the room can be turned into a private meeting space, a party or event can be held on our tennis courts. There are so many options, and Elbow Beach is happy to accommodate unique requests whenever they are made.
Elbow Beach is also working with the trend of turning meetings into experiences. Elbow Beach is currently partnering with other organizations around the island to provide interesting off-property function space, meeting space and activities for groups that stay at Elbow Beach. Unlike other islands, Bermuda is completely accessible to all who visit, and Elbow Beach is embracing the idea of the whole island of Bermuda being the resort.
For example, we have currently partnered with the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club to give Elbow Beach guests access to this exclusive member’s only club. The club is just a short 5 minute drive from Elbow Beach and offers amazing Hamilton Harbour view meeting/function space and lawns for our groups to hold their events. The marina itself has a fabulous lawn and covered terrace for fun group events like barbecues, and the club will also be able to provide exciting and unique group activities such as sailing and dinghy racing for team building.
We have also partnered with the National Museum of Bermuda and Commissioners House in Dockyard to give our guests yet another option for their events. These unique spaces include 360 degree views from the western most point of the island of Bermuda as well as amazing historical and cultural sites and structures. The museum’s Executive Director, Edward Harris, is available to do private tours for our groups of the museum's many fascinating exhibits. In addition to Elbow Beach’s own diverse array of meeting and function space, we feel these new additions give our groups the best of what Bermuda has to offer for their event or meeting.