Thursday, November 20, 2008

A 9 Beaches Family

Stay at 9 Beaches and you could make friends for life! (And perfect your human pyramid building skills!)

Kerry Reynolds and friends formed lifelong friendships while vacationing at 9 Beaches in 2006. See Kerry’s blog here to read all about their experience.

We're glad you had such a wonderful time at 9 Beaches and hope you all decide to come back soon!

If you've made friends at 9 Beaches leave a comment! We'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fall Getaway to Paradise

Click to read the articleProfessional photographers Nelle McNamara and Tim Llewellyn who work for The Boston Globe Magazine originally intended on traveling to Bermuda for a romantic getaway. But when their boss found out they were staying at 9 Beaches he asked them to take some photos.

The result: our photogenic Paradise Pier Cabanas featured on the cover of the Fall Travel issue of The Boston Globe Magazine.

The title "Nonstop Fun" couldn't describe your experience at 9 Beaches any better. At 9 Beaches you can be as active or as relaxed as you want on your vacation while you experience the unexpected Bermuda.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Best Cabanas of the Caribbean

People are starting to call 9 Beaches "cover girl." Earlier this year we were on the cover of Travel + Leisure Family and last year on the cover of Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel.

Our adorable cabanas have once again made the cover of a major travel magazine.

The November 2008 issue of Islands magazine features the "Best of the Caribbean." Our cabanas were chosen as the best overwater bungalows.

Read the online article here.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Nevis Premier Visits 9 Beaches

Last Friday, October 3, 9 Beaches had a special visit from the Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph W. Parry.

Here is a picture of Premier Parry, Lucinda Tyrrell and Imelda Grante (two of 9 Beaches Food & Beverage Servers who are from Nevis), Ms. Juliette O' Loughlin (secretary to the Premier) and Mr. Laurie Lawrence (Permanent Secretary).

The Premier's group enjoyed visiting a number of hotels in Bermuda and was very interested in 9 Beaches and the way the Cabanas were constructed.

We hope to see him back for a more relaxing time soon!

Monday, September 22, 2008

A Perfect Destination Wedding

Once you’ve decided you want to have a destination wedding the next step is to decide WHERE, which can be difficult. Well, to make the decision a bit easier we have the perfect answer for you – 9 Beaches in Bermuda!

The Truly Wedding Blog agrees that 9 Beaches is a great location for a uniquely casual destination wedding. See what the Truly Wedding Blog has to say here.

Remember, when you plan your destination wedding at 9 Beaches you have the expert assistance of our wedding coordinator, Kay-Annie.

If you got married at 9 Beaches, tell us about it! All the brides and grooms-to-be out there would love to hear your experiences!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Today Show

This morning 9 Beaches was mentioned on The Today Show!

Travel + Leisure Magazine editor Nilou Motamed discusses off-season beach getaways to extend your summer. Pay attention around 1 minute and 48 seconds into the video to see our favorite beach getaway.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Castles Made of Sand

With nine different beaches there is enough sand to build a sand castle as big as you can imagine at 9 Beaches!

Eleven year old Jake Stattel from Coopersberg, PA found this large sand castle on Windward Beach that was built last Wednesday by some other kids.

Jake said, “it is like a Coliseum and also has a walled city with tunnels, a gate and bridges.” He had to repair the outer wall that was washed away when the tide came in.

Jake and his mother and grandmother were at 9 Beaches last Monday when Tropical Storm Bertha passed by, but everyone returned to enjoying the beaches the very next day.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tropical Storm Bertha Update

Tropical Storm Bertha was a hurricane just a few hours before it passed within 100 miles of Bermuda on Monday but was still packing some pretty serious winds.

Thank you for your calls and emails of concern for us at 9 Beaches. I'm happy to report Bertha left no serious damage!

Our cabanas are made of very strong sail cloth and aluminum and are surprisingly sturdy structures having withstood hurricanes in the past. All of our departments have an excellent preparedness plan, and we have a second generator just in case.

Here is a photo of Paradise Pier on Monday when the storm was here.

Our guests had a great time despite the weather. It certainly made for a vacation they’ll never forget!

If you stayed at 9 Beaches during Tropical Storm Bertha, share you stories with us!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Fantasea Instructors

When you schedule your water sports tours, Snuba or Scuba classes with Fantasea, your instructor will be either Steve (left) or Eric (right).

Both Fantasea instructors are professionally trained and have lovely accents – Steve is from South Africa and Eric is from France.

Fantasea is located next to Dark ‘n Stormy’s Beach Bar and Grill and is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. You can take guided tours on pedal bikes around Somerset, Kayak tours and snorkeling tours directly from the beach. You also can take a Learn to Scuba course (tons of fun!) and earn a certificate, or take a full PADI Open Water Diver course.

Be sure to stop by Fantasea Water Sports when you visit 9 Beaches. Steve and Eric will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

What have your experiences been with Steve and Eric and Fantasea’s water sports? Share them with us!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Newport to Bermuda Sailors Relax at 9 Beaches

Every other year, hundreds of yachts participate in the Newport to Bermuda Yacht Race. The course begins in Newport, Rhode Island and takes sailors 635 miles into the Atlantic Ocean to Bermuda.

Navigators must stay alert as they dodge the coral reefs that extend for miles from the north of the main island. The yachts passed right by 9 Beaches as they neared their destination – what a beautiful sight to see.

A J44 sailboat, Resolute, arrived in Bermuda on June 25 with a crew of 10. Crew members were Josh Ledwith, Fred Madeira (owner and skipper), John Madeira (Fred's son), Tim Hussey (navigator), Philip Hussey (Tim's son), Jon Hussey (Tim's brother), Tom Hussey (Tim's cousin), David Williams, Geoff Emmanual and Gary Robinson.

Only David Williams and Geoff Emmanuel had previously participated in the race, 26 years ago! The rest of the crew enjoyed sailing the Newport to Bermuda Race for the first time.

To relax after the long trip, the group of 10 friends and family (many have known each other for 41 years) treated themselves to a vacation at 9 Beaches. Tim said "the nicest thing about this race is ending in Bermuda. We really enjoyed relaxing together after an intense crossing."

Have you ever sailed the Newport to Bermuda race? We’d love to hear your stories.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Top 5 Ultra-Casual Hotel

It's time to celebrate! Who would have thought an ultra-casual resort like 9 Beaches could be listed among the top 5 hotels in upscale Bermuda?

9 Beaches is now ranked as the fifth most popular hotel in Bermuda on TripAdvisor. And that's out of 33 hotels! Your satisfaction and positive reviews made it happen!

Bermuda is known for its ritzy, luxury hotels, so we are exceptionally proud of our casual resort for being #5!

If you are looking for an exciting and unique vacation in a spectacular setting, 9 Beaches is for you!

Read reviews from our past guests on TripAdvisor.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

9 Beaches is Eco-Friendly

With all of our accommodations in cabanas on stilts, we have little environmental impact to the land. All cabanas have ample windows and double doors that open onto ocean view verandas. Ceiling fans and tropical breezes maintain comfortable temperatures, although air-conditioners are available if you need that extra bit of cool air. Our cabanas also feature solar powered lighting and hot water. Other environmental aspects include:
  • Battery operated transportation around resort
  • Caught rainwater for use in the hotel
  • Minimal air conditioning; main house air-conditioned only in hot months. Doors open for fresh air.
  • Motion sensors on exterior cabana lights
  • Pedal bicycles for transportation
  • Use of local produce

Of course, we utilize eco-basics such as replacing sheets and towels only upon your request, asking you to conserve water and serving drinking water on request only. The daily newspaper is provided in the lobby only, not in every room, and the staff reuses paper in the fax machine and photocopier.

We are especially proud of our Xeric garden landscaping used throughout the resort and dotted with artificial Longtail nests to encourage the native bird population. Our “xeriscape” is attractive and sustainable, conserves water by using native plants that require no additional watering and is based on sound horticultural practices.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Refresh with a Coconut Drink

When you go on a beach vacation, part of the fun is treating yourself with a refreshing tropical drink! When you visit us at 9 Beaches you now can enjoy a delicious tropical drink right out of a coconut.

First time guests John and Gunilla Sturrock from Boston really enjoyed 9 Beaches (and our delicious coconut drinks!) They found 9 Beaches on the internet decided to stay once they saw the pictures. John said "the pictures sold me!"

They stayed in a Paradise Pier Cabana and really loved the sound of the ocean beneath them. We hope to see them again when they return with their two children.

So, stay at 9 Beaches for a relaxing romantic vacation, family vacation, or just to enjoy a fun cocktail!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra Relax at 9 Beaches!

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the acclaimed symphonic rock group, performed at a sold out concert Saturday night at the Berkley Institute. Their “Some Enchanted Evening” concert was hosted by the Bermuda School of Music.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra band members Laura Kaye, Mark Wood, Elijah Wood, Kathy Plate and Jeff Plate stayed here and loved it!

Laura and Mark were celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary and Kathy and Jeff were on their honeymoon. How cool!

Elijah had a blast with Steve at Fantasea Water Sports at 9 Beaches learning how to snuba and scuba dive and trying out our new underwater motor scooters.

“Being musicians that travel the world we have fallen in love with 9 Beaches as being the perfect place to decompress and relax and enjoy the most beautiful country in the world,” said band member and Emmy Award-winning composer Mark Wood.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Surprise Birthday!

Anita and Michael recently visited 9 Beaches for the first time for Michael’s birthday celebration. They love to surprise each other for their birthdays, so Anita went above and beyond to make sure Michael’s birthday was extra-special.

Prior to their trip she secretly emailed back and forth with Willy, our concierge. To find out what she planned for him, you'll have to read all about it here. Anita and Michael also posted several pictures of the cabanas and even a few videos!

9 Beaches is the perfect place to relax and have a fun, casual celebration of any kind! If you have something you want to celebrate during your stay at 9 Beaches, just let us know! We can arrange to have flowers, champagne, fruit baskets and even a cake delivered to your Cabana before your arrival.

If you have celebrated a special occasion at 9 Beaches or are planning to, share your story with us!

Friday, April 4, 2008

2008 Season is Here!

Well, its official. 9 Beaches has finally re-opened for our fourth season on April 1st – no fooling! All our guests have had a fabulous time so far. We can’t wait to see all the excitement this season will bring!

Our first arrivals of the season were two families visiting from Chicago. Jenny Lerum, Chris Walker and their son Roy traveled with Jane Kuelbs and Bruce Rogers and their son Gray.

And we have another surprise - Today is Gray’s 8th birthday! Happy Birthday Gray! Everyone at 9 Beaches hopes this is your best birthday yet!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

New Water Sports Information

Fantasea Diving and Water Sports has joined 9 Beaches and will offer you and all our guests the widest variety of water sports and land activities in Bermuda. Fantasea Diving has staff and equipment at the heart of 9 Beaches.

Fantasea offers:
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Underwater Scooters
  • Jet Skis
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snuba Diving
  • and More!
What are your favourite water and/or land activities?

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Family Friendly Fun!

Don't miss 9 Beaches on the cover of the Spring 2008 issue of Travel + Leisure Family magazine! "Bermuda Busts Out!" is the article that features all the kid-friendly activities and accommodations in Bermuda.

9 Beaches is family-friendly all year long with its Children's Cabana Special. If your kids are too old to bunk with you, reserve another cabana at 25% off Top Banana prices and 50% off Aqua Vista, Sea Forever and Coco Coral prices. You'll get your privacy and your kids will love having a cabana to themselves!