Owners of Bermuda’s most popular resort, The Reefs, Island Resort Collection will open the island’s newest hotel, 9 Beaches; a landmark design project with a flair for delivering the unexpected. The world-renowned designer Lynn Wilson styled the interiors: her talent also shines at The Taj Majal in India, The Biltmore in Coral Gables and Queen Elizabeth’s Widlesham Moore Estate in Ascot, England.
Private boats transfer guests to stilted cabanas. 9 Beaches sprawls over 18 grotto-studded, heavily landscaped acres and true to its name, has 9 beaches. 84 cabanas rise from stilts: some even perch over the ocean where plexi-glass floor panels reveal tropical fish below.
Sandals - not suits - dominate at this dress-down, casual retreat. Free cell phones enable guests to signal for room service and cocktails. Guests can snorkel to the wreck of the HMS Vixen, a small, 1860s twin-screwed ironclad, or skim the surface of the ocean on kiteboards, following lessons from instructors certified by the International Kiteboarding Association. Buttoned-up Bermuda has finally loosened its tie: 9 Beaches resort’s dress code simply reads “flip flops required.”
Island Resort Collection controls IRC Sandys Limited, the ownership group of the 9 Beaches property. IRC Sandys Limited - headed by Russell Urban, Mike Mellor, David Dodwell and Tom Childers - has a variety of other private investors, many of whom have invested with the group on other projects. In addition to 9 Beaches, Island Resort Collection is a hotel management company with a total of five properties.
They include The Reefs, the most popular resort in Bermuda, The Colonial Inn of Martha’s Vineyard, Casa del Mar Beach Golf and Spa Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico and Nisbet Plantation Beach Club in Nevis, West Indies.
All IRC properties have consistently high levels of service and customer satisfaction. They also have unique waterfront locations in highly sought-after destinations.