Alright, so I have a love hate relationship with the Bachelorette. I am a little embarrassed to admit on here that I have a weak spot for reality TV (you are probably wondering what this has to do with design), but when I saw Emily being interviewed in Bermuda and in front of a blue and white ginger jar I knew exactly where the Bachelorette and her bevy of suitors were vacationing on their first international dating extravaganza.
When Scott and I started talking about our honeymoon, I was envisioning myself walking the ancient streets of European cities and, Scott, well, he might have been happiest parked in a remote cabin, surrounded by woods and a golf course within walking distance. We started to look into Bermuda after a group of my friends went there and, let's just say, had a grand ol' time.
In asking around, it seemed that Bermuda was the ideal post wedding experience for anyone who married between 1972-1983, fitting in with my conception- this was a parents honeymoon destination. Then we came across Tucker's Point and while this new hotel was built on the same property where my in-laws had honeymooned, it looked very much to be in 2010. Tucker's Point was cozy, relaxing and a true break from reality. It ended up being a perfect, mutually agreed upon, spot for Scott and I to have what was actually our first trip just the two of us.
The interior design was so beautiful. It felt as if you were staying at someone's amazing private home. The attention to detail was, to me, more residential in feel than a typical luxury hotel. There were collections and accessories that looked like they had been curated over the years. Trim detail and fabric choices that suggested comfort and taste over utilitarian practicality. Ambiance is also so much more than the actual rooms themselves- the menus were beautiful printed, the mini shampoos and conditioners in the rooms have clean and crisp graphics, the door men proudly wear their Bermuda socks, navy blazers ties and mesh safari hats. What makes Tucker's Point such an experience is that their brand is carried through on every detail.
The murals in the main dining room, depicting various ports at the turn of the 20th century, were tracked down at an auction and were originally commissioned for the Pan Am building in New York City. Paired with the natural linen, perfectly worn rugs and ambient mood lighting, the dining room created an atmosphere that welcomed intimate conversation only to be shared with the closest of comrades.
Sometimes it's the small things that communicate the greatest care when designing. Quality lamp shades, contrast trim, good framing, diverse ("collected") artwork, all contribute to an environment that is well thought out. It is these details that almost subconsciously effect us into knowing when an environment feels generously competed.
The lobbies and check in area felt more as if they belonged in a well established seasonal home rather than a cut and dry hotel. I knew Tucker's Point and I would be seeing eye to eye when I noticed they had the same butterfly prints that I have adorning my living room walls.
Long hallways leading to cozy common areas helped elaborate upon the overall residential feel. One afternoon I didn't even mind a little rain because I could curl up on that sofa and get some good reading done (trashy tabloid and a more well respected novel).
In most interiors, I think everything always looks better at night. Warmed by lamp light interiors take on a whole new delightfully familiar feeling. We would sit in this room and play backgammon after dinner. While, I would like to think that they were heated matches, Scott has an interesting way of forgetting any time I win.
I think it is safe to say that Bermuda surpassed all of my expectations. The interior design was just as inspiring as the scenic views and pink sand beaches. I hope Emily and her flock of bachelors were able to leave there as rejuvenated as we did!