The ceremony was attended by part-owner Michael Douglas, Premier Michael Dunkley, Minister of Tourism and Transport Shawn Crockwell, Minister of Economic Development and Education Dr Grant Gibbons, and representatives of Olympic Property Partners, Somers Management, Onsite Engineering, and Quarterly Architects.
No dates were given for the planned opening of the hotel.
Update 12 June 2014 – Michael Douglas has just posted a message on his Facebook page – ‘In Bermuda, working on building my family’s new hotel at Ariel Sands. It is going to be great!‘. Looks like things could be moving at last.
Ariels Sands is currently closed. Take a look a similar properties such as Cambridge Beaches and The Reefs.
In March 2007 plans were announced to develop Ariel Sands into a 5-star Hilton hotel but the deal fell through later that year. Ariel Sands closed in January 2008. Over the years several other redevelopment deals have also come to nothing. In March 2013 a spokesman for the property, speaking to the Royal Gazette, stated that the property was not for sale and that the hotel was still in negotiations with potential development partners.
In May 2009 Claudio Vigilante reopened the Aqua restaurant at the Surf Side Beach Club. The move was unsuccessful and the restaurant closed in 2010. We have kept this listing online as many of our readers are still searching for information about the status of this property.
Stay at Ariel Sands in Bermuda and you might just run into co-owner Michael Douglas. Yes, the Michael Douglas. Set in 14 acres of landscaped gardens, this exclusive cottage colony takes full advantage of its hillside setting and offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The various accommodations are dotted around the grounds in delightfully named cottages such as Shakespeare’s Dream and Mariner’s Mark. With their tray ceilings and white-ridged roofs they are classic examples of Bermudian architecture. At their centre lies the clubhouse with its award-winning restaurant Aqua; a good enough reason for staying here by itself.
Breakfast can be delivered to your cottage or taken in Aqua; where lunch and dinner are also served. Afternoon tea is complimentary and during the summer guests are invited to the manager’s weekly rum swizzle party.
Guests can snorkel from the private beach or relax in 2 unique ocean-fed pools, a heated freshwater pool or the hot tub. In the Day Spa European-trained therapists offer a full range of treatments including facials and massages. It overlooks the ocean giving guests fantastic views while they are being pampered.
Golf enthusiasts can warm up on their putting green before heading off the real thing. The concierge can arrange tee time at all of Bermuda’s golf courses (including the 3 private courses; Mid Ocean Club, Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club and the Tucker’s Point Club).
Ariel Sands is located on the South Road and offers easy access to both Bermuda’s capital Hamilton and the historic town of St George. Take a stroll to the bottom of the entrance road and check out Palm Grove Gardens.