Friday, December 28, 2007

Gingerbread Village

The holiday season at 9 Beaches was a ton of fun! Our holiday activities helped guests get in the Wintery-spirit (the pleasant weather made some guests feel as if it weren’t wintertime at all!) One evening everyone gathered in the lobby to make gingerbread houses. Our pastry chef made some delicious homemade gingerbread. Here is a picture of several of our guest's gingerbread houses. Aren't they fancy?

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Plan Your Wedding at 9 Beaches

The following is a letter from a bride-to-be who originally had plans to have her destination wedding here at 9 Beaches. We thought it said such wonderful things about 9 Beaches Preferred Wedding Coordinator, Kay-Annie, we wanted to share it with everyone! We sure are sad that Julie decided to go with the “mountain” scene but still wish her the best wedding she could imagine. For every bride-to-be who is pondering a destination wedding – choose 9 Beaches in Bermuda! You’ll be glad you did!

Dear Rachel and Kay-Annie,

I apologize profusely for not getting back to you earlier! My fiancé and I have actually decided to go with a mountain setting. 9 Beaches was the only beach setting we were looking at because we like it so much, and if we were going to host our wedding weekend at a beach setting we absolutely would do it there! But in the end, we decided to stick with our most natural inclination which is the mountains.

We have and will continue to recommend 9 Beaches and hope to make it there again ourselves, soon.

I'd also like to note that my fiancé and I were both extremely impressed with Kay-Annie, her demeanor, responsiveness and thorough communications. In our search process we spoke with a lot of places and few could compare (in fact, the reason I haven't sent you a note sooner was because the place we've decided to have our wedding in Colorado is so NOT as efficient and responsive as you are, Kay-Annie, and we haven't finished the contract yet--aye!)

Thank you both so much for all the time you put in to our inquiries. Best of luck in the future and Happy Holidays!


Monday, December 3, 2007

Rachael Ray loves 9 Beaches!

Pay attention in the next few months! 9 Beaches will be featured in the March 2008 issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray.

Photographers John Kernick and his assistant, Jenny Wilson, recently visited 9 Beaches to take some stunning photographs for the article. John is an independent photographer who is currently on assignment for Rachael Ray. Be sure to read this article – there could be a delicious surprise waiting for you!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

9 Beaches Engagement

For many years Jo Pollit and Mike Hibberd lived 1/2 mile from each other in Gloucester, England but had never met until a mutual friend introduced them. Together they are renovating a house they now share and needed to get away for a little R&R. Jo has travelled the world working on a cruise ship and felt Bermuda would be a perfect place to bring Mike.

They picked 9 Beaches and stayed in Cabana 58 in late October. During their stay Mike popped the question and asked Jo to marry him. She accepted of course (why else would we be posting this?) and they went to a jewelry store in the Royal Navy Dockyard where they picked out a fabulous tanzanite engagement ring. They got engaged at Snuggler’s Beach - one of our 9 beaches - where this picture was taken.

We’re encouraging Jo and Mike to return and get married at 9 Beaches giving them our new wedding planner and other goodies to help get them back.

If you got married or honeymooned at 9 Beaches, please drop us a line.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Cabana #1 Makes an Impression

With our YouTube Fans...Check it out!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Caption Contest Winner Announced!

Our fans have chosen the winner of the 9 Beaches Caption Contest. More than 2,000 people weighed in and voted on the top ten phrases submitted to 9 Beaches to describe the resort. The overwhelming favorite aptly names 9 Beaches “an unassuming paradise.”

Shannon E. has won a free 3 nights’ stay at 9 Beaches!

Guests came up with a wonderful array of descriptions for the uniquely ultra-casual resort experience – “Heaven on Earth for the Down to Earth,” “Sun-Kissed Peaceful Bliss,” “Back to Nature,” “Perfect Beach Style Wedding,” “Get Away From it ALL,” and “Bermuda WOW!” to name a few. All the finalists received one of the hotel’s most popular logo items - a free 9 Beaches hat.

9 Beaches is an understated paradise providing an unparalleled Bermuda experience for the right traveler – adventurous, water sports lovers. The spectacular beaches, big sky sunrises and sunsets, and relaxed atmosphere make a dreamy vacation for the ultra casual. Luxury seekers should vacation elsewhere. This flip-flop friendly resort promises no jackets and ties, no fancy framework, just exquisite seascapes and perfect beaches.

Bookmark the 9Beaches blog now so you don't miss our next contest announcement! You could be our next winner!

Meet Kay-Annie - Bermuda Wedding Planner

Kay-Annie Reid-Young, a Jamaican national, has been planning weddings and events for 11 years. She joined 9 Beaches in 2007 and already has planned more than 20 weddings at the resort.

9 Beaches provides a stunningly beautiful backdrop for that special day in couples’ lives. Kay-Annie helps couples determine how to make their 9 Beaches’ wedding perfect for them. “But what is most memorable for me about the weddings I have planned for 9 Beaches are the stories of the couples themselves,” says Kay Annie.

Prior to joining 9 Beaches, Kay-Annie had become one of the most sought after wedding planners in the Cayman Islands. She has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Weddings Away” series, as well as Destination Cayman magazine and several bridal publications. She received her certification from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Kay-Annie’s Tips for Prospective Brides and Grooms

- Know your date and approximate number of guests before you plan
- Know that all questions and ideas are welcome
- Make the wedding your dream come true (not someone else’s) and have fun planning

Friday, October 5, 2007

Bermuda Music Festival

The Bermuda Music Festival was a hit! Four spectacular nights of music from perfomers such as The O’Jays, Chrisette Michele, Lionel Richie, Natasha Bedingfield, Smokey Robinson and Earth, Wind & Fire, and was hosted by comedian Steve Harvey (again) because boy, is he funny!

Guests Angela Thomas, Barbara Devine, Gwyn Jones, and Audrey Burgher came to Bermuda from Philadelphia, PA for the first time ever to see the Bermuda Music Festival, and their favorite performer - Smokey Robinson!

They loved 9 Beaches and can’t wait to come back again for next year’s Music Festival. Their favorite part? Listening to the water as they fell asleep in their cabana.

Did you attend the Bermuda Music Festival? Let us know your favourite part.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

009 Halloween Party at 9 Beaches!

You are invited to spend Halloween at 9 Beaches!

Come join us in your best International Spy, Bond Girl or Villian costume!

Stimulate your senses with libations, fragrant cuisine and shaken martini specials. Plan to party and spend the night in a cabana. Limited tickets available so book today!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Caption Contest Update!

We have chosen our favorites...Is yours one of them? If so, you will soon receive an email telling you what you won!

But now we need your help to select the winner!

Please vote for your favorite caption on the poll to your right.

Send this link
to your friends and have them vote as well. You can vote once per day until the poll closes.

The person that submitted the winning caption will receive 3 Free Nights at 9 Beaches!

Vote now, and vote often. Tell your friends!

Monday, August 13, 2007

What’s in a Name?

Guests have come up with a wonderful array of descriptions for our uniquely ultra-casual resort experience – “Heaven on Earth for the Down to Earth”, “Back to Nature”, “Perfect Beach Style Wedding”, “Get Away From it ALL” and “Bermuda WOW!” to name a few.

We want more and are willing to pay for them - with really cool 9 Beaches Logo Merchandise (hats, tote bags, etc.) that is. So Click Here and send your descriptions of 9 Beaches in the comments and you could be receiving a FREE 9 Beaches Hat soon. Winners will be announced in our next newsletter and on the Blog.

PS - You don’t have to be a past guest to enter. Our web site should give you plenty of ideas.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Good friends make 9 Beaches even better!

There's nothing better than getting together with friends, new and old! Top it off with some fun in the sun at 9 Beaches and you have a recipe for the perfect getaway.

Do you have pictures of you and your loved ones having a blast at 9 Beaches? Send them our way, and you just might see them in our photo gallery! Submit your photos here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Making Friends is Easy at 9 Beaches

Whether adult or child, it just seems so easy to meet new friends at 9 Beaches. Why do you suppose that is? Perhaps it’s our relaxed and ultra-casual atmosphere.

Jenny “Sunshine” Gould (age 6) and her brother Jonathan (age 8) from Boston met up with new friend Colin Smith (age 9, middle) on Windward Beach, a great gathering spot for kids. The children were supervised by Jenny & Jonathan’s mother Kerry who was just off camera relaxing on a beach lounge and reading a book.

A quick survey (with a sample of 3) proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that kids love 9 Beaches. Best liked features in order include the beaches, cabanas, freedom and food.

PS - It won’t be long before they are all grown up like the lads below. Enjoy the youth while you can. See you soon.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Five Brave Men

(click the image for best effect)

These handsome Englishmen are staying at 9 Beaches while waiting for their Royal Navy ship to arrive at the Dockyard nearby. They are all Navy divers who not only repair the Navy ships but are also expert at disarming bombs and mines.

This brave bunch are thoroughly enjoying their stay and as one said, "9 Beaches is just our cup of tea!"

You'll find all sorts of interesting and adventurous guests here at 9 Beaches. Do you have any messages you would like us to pass along to our boys? Send a comment.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Watch 9 Beaches’ First YouTube Video

Wow! Want to see why honeymooners find 9 Beaches pretty hard to beat? Take a cabana tour with justinthomasj and his new bride.

Do you have videos of your 9 Beaches vacation? Upload them to YouTube, then post a comment here letting us know where to find them! We love watching home movies!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Giant Crocodile on the Loose off Bermuda

Last Sunday was an unusually blustery day in Bermuda as our General Manager was standing near the water being sheltered by Dark and Stormy’s (how appropriate). All of a sudden he saw 9 Beaches’ brand new giant crocodile float break away from its moorings and start moving out to sea.

Jumping into a nearby kayak he started paddling furiously in an attempt to capture the crocodile float. A short time later he realized Mother Nature was winning this battle and turned back toward shore. So the giant 9 Beaches crocodile is lost at sea – sure to surprise a cruise boat one day soon!

Don't worry, we still have our giant turtle float which is now doubly secured to its mooring.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Farewell to a Faithful Friend

Logan the ultimate social dog and the centerpiece of 9 Beaches’ complimentary “Rent-A-Dog” program is leaving the island. While many staff members have tried to convince him to stay, Logan will be faithfully following owner David Dodwell Jr. when he leaves in April to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. David is going for his Master’s of Management in Hospitality.

Logan is hoping to audit a few classes and return to Bermuda with an advanced degree in face licking, water sports and play-date fun. When Logan returns you will read it first on the 9 Beaches Blog.

If you are one of the lucky ones to have had a play-date with Logan send him your best wishes via a comment below. We’ll see all posts are read to him.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

On a Newstand Near You!

Be sure to check out 9 Beaches on the cover of March’s Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine! 9 Beaches was chosen among thousands for their Dream Trips article, which features vacations touted to “live up to the hype— and then some.”

While you’re at the newsstand, remember 9 Beaches is also featured in March's Travel + Leisure and Bride’s Magazine.

Those of you who have already seen it, what do you think?

9 Beaches Wallpaper

Bring 9 Beaches right to your home or office! Breathtaking photos of 9 Beaches like the one right here can now be downloaded to your desktop. Make it your wallpaper and amaze your friends! But you have to promise not to let them stare at it all day long.
There are three beautiful wallpapers to choose from. All you have to do is click here to bring the beauty of 9 Beaches to your computer. We can hardly decide which one we love best, which one is your favorite?

Our Grand Re-opening is Almost Here!

Happy New Year! Okay, we know the holidays have been over for a while. But everyone here at 9 Beaches is preparing for our Grand Re-opening and we can’t get that spirit out of our heads. Last year was great and 2007 promises to be even better! After opening just two short years ago, 9 Beaches has been “discovered” as Bermuda’s best value and most fun vacation.

So, our third season starts April 1, no fooling! Although we’re making some exciting changes we promise to maintain that same flip-flops required, ultra-casual atmosphere everyone loves so much. Perhaps the biggest change is our new cabana category – Paradise Pier - which now guarantees you one of our renowned over-water cabanas.

Everyone at 9 Beaches is busy gearing up for a great season and so should you. Remember, the early bird will always get the best cabana!

Welcome to 9 Beaches, Bermuda!

If you've ever been to Bermuda before, or think you know the island, it's time to think again. Come stay at 9 Beaches and you will do the unexpected Bermuda.

Jackets & ties? Forget it! Here the dress code simply reads, "Flip-flops required."
The unexpected Bermuda? You bet. But, hey, this is Bermuda so you will still be in for a first class vacation experience. Here's a preview of what you'll find at 9 Beaches, Bermuda's newest resort:

Comfortably chic soft-sided cabanas--many located right on the beach and at the water's edge and some perched on stilts over the tranquil waters with every cabana having ocean views. Unhurried Bermuda vacation at its best.

Water sports galore - more than any other Bermuda hotel or resort. Kayak, snorkel, snuba, sail, windsurf, take a scenic tour, go fishing or try your hand at the newest and most exciting water sport - kite boarding.

Take your pick of beaches - we have 9 beaches (at least!) to choose from, definitely among the most gorgeous Bermuda beaches with beautiful turquoise water.

What's that? You're Type "A"? No problem. Our Wi-Fi service will let you check your e-mail anytime at any of our Wi-Fi hot spots at the Resort. Download and cool down at the same time. Did we mention the iPod Shuffles yet? Didn't bring your laptop? No problem. Got you covered with two Internet stations in Centre Stage, which are free of charge.

So come on in and have a look around. See how much fun a vacation can be.

Discover why your next real vacation should be at 9 Beaches - Bermuda.

Any questions? Just contact us.

BTW, this is the official web site of 9 Beaches, Bermuda
Register to receive more information and find out about our specials including a chance to win a Free Stay.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Comments? Questions?

Would you like to send a question to the General Manager?
Want to comment on your stay?
Do you have any questions you haven't found the answer to?

This is the place. Leave your comments here, we will respond!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Weekly Entertainment

There is always something going on at 9 Beaches! There are enough exciting adventures and activities to fill up anyone's day. Take off snorkeling and meet someone new or sit back and relax to watch a family movie in the Den. To give you an idea of how much fun we have lined up for you, here's a look at a typical week of entertainment at 9 Beaches.

Events and Entertainment

Kids Movie 2.30pm – 4.30pm in the Den with Pop Corn
DJ Redemption at Um Um’s from 7.30pm – 11pm

Kids Movie 2.30pm – 4.30pm in the Den with Pop Corn
Wine Tasting with Simon 3pm – 4.30pm at Hi-Tide
New Beginnings Duo 7.30pm – 11.00pm at Um Um’s

Hands of Happiness Steel Drums with Lunch 1pm – 4pm
Kids Movie 2.30pm – 4.30pm in the Den with Pop Corn

Kids Movie 2.30pm – 4.30pm in the Den with Pop Corn

Snorkeling with Chef Guillaume 10am – 12pm
Meet at Dark n’ Stormy’s at 10.00am
Please sign up at Fronk Desk, space is limited
Rock~Steady Cruise 10.30am – 2pm (Meet at Dark n’ Stormy’s at 10.15am)
Please sign up at Fronk Desk or call 9 Beaches Help, space is limited
Kids Movie 2.30pm – 4.30pm in the Den with Pop Corn
The Bermudians at Hi-Tide 7.30pm – 11.00pm

Kids Movie 2.30pm – 4.30pm in the Den with Pop Corn
Manager Party 6pm – 7pm at Um Um’s
Complimentary Drinks!!!
Bermuda Gombeys 7.30pm – 8.30pm on the Lawn by the Pool
A must see Bermudian Tradition! If you do not see them, you will definitely here them!

Bocci Ball 10am – 2pm
On the Lawn, meet at 10.00am. Just show up!
Kids Movie 2.30pm – 4.30pm in the Den with Pop Corn
DJ Jamie at Um Um’s 7.30pm – 11pm