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The Port Royal Golf Course at Pompano Beach Club. BERMUDA teeing up in On an island renowned for its golf options, these upscale resorts and accompanying greens are par for the course. S ciara lavelle st. georges THE PROPERTY: Grotto Bay Beach Resort may be a 210-room property, ranking it as one of the larger resorts in Bermuda, but with 11 cottages spread across 21 acres, it still offers clients an intimate, comfortable feel. The ambiance here is classic Caribbean, with brightly colored floral linens and dark wood furnishings. Meanwhile, high-end touches like marble bathrooms elevate the experience. If great views are of great importance, upgrade to an Ocean View Superior room, located high up on a ridge, offering the best ocean vistas. THE GREENS: Grotto Bay can set up tee times at any golf course on the island, but the two nearest to the resort are Tucker’s Point, an 18-hole, par 70 course dating back to 1932 but redesigned by Roger Rulewich in 2002; and the Mid Ocean Club, an 18-hole, par 71 dating even further to 1921, but updated in the 1950s by Robert Trent Jones. Both historic courses are now private clubs, but guests of Grotto Bay are welcomed as temporary members. How to decide? The Mid Ocean Club is where you want to be if you want to say you’ve played a round in the footsteps of the likes of Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower; Tucker’s Point may not have quite as storied a history, but is known for its impeccably maintained grounds—so you won’t be able to blame that last shot on a bad patch of grass. THE AMENITIES: Grotto Bay isn’t just a name; it’s a description of the resort’s grounds. Guests here can take a dip in either of two underground stone grottos, surrounded by stalactites—and that just happens to be a perfect beginning or end to an experience at the Nutra Spa, a full-service facility with golf-friendly treatments like a sports massage. At restaurants including the Hibiscus Dining Room or Palm Court dining room, clients can choose options from island cuisine to European fare. And for real island-style relaxation, there’s the private, pink sand beach, plus a pool and outdoor jacuzzi. THE SCENE: Just a 10-minute drive away, the town of St. George’s is a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s said to be the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the New World. Visitors can still see buildings that date as far back as the 17th century, including historical sites like the State House, Bermuda’s first stone building; and St. Peter’s church, the oldest continuously inhabited Protestant church in the West. Guests also have the option to see Bermuda from the water aboard the Ana Luna, a 45-ft. catamaran that sails around the island, stopping for snorkeling and sightseeing. THE RATES: Rates start at $195 per room per night. continued on page 67 26 may 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend May 2011

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk: Autograph Collection by Marriott
Tour Talk: Avanti Destinations
10 Amazing Golf Resorts
Dominican Republic Greens
Tee off, Barbados-Style
Teeing Up in Bermuda
Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoon Planner
A Quartet of Courses
Portugal & Spain Serve Up a Banquet of Great Golf
Touring the U.K. With Rail Europe
Uniworld's New "Super Ship" Antoinette
Savoring Exotic Asia
Coming Back to Egypt

Recommend May 2011