It was only after checking in to one of Bermuda’s newest boutique hotels and preparing to interview Michael Douglas (“Michael Douglas’s Bermuda”, page 60) on my large private patio looking out over the impossibly blue water of the Atlantic when I realized just how lucky I was to be there.
I has an idea the Loren at Pink Beach has just opened when my last minute reservation was booked only a couple days before I arrived in March. And I had a sneaky suspicion it was going to be a bit different than some of the other hotels I’d stayed in on past visits to the island. But I honestly had no idea that I’d be one of the first journalists (actually one of the first guests) to stay there.
So, I’m going to be one of the first writers (but by no means the last) to report that The Loren was specifically designed and built on the site of the old Pink Beach Club so each of the resort’s rooms and suites could take advantage of the spectacular view. They do.
The overall design of the resort, including soon to be completed villas, which encompasses eight acres accomplishes the difficult task of being chic and modern while also being warm and welcoming.
In fact, developer Steven King is banking on the idea that the Loren’s sophisticated design, amazing ocean views, top-notch spa, expansive beach-front pool area, luscious pink beach and spectacular dining options will appeal to a broad swath of luxury travelers. Of course they will.
But, since lots of luxury hotels around the world boast a similar amenity list, the ultimate luxury often comes when a hotel staff can anticipate a guests needs (mine are pretty basic) and more importantly, help guests at feel at home from the moment they arrive.
That’s why after I had a chance to spend some quality time with General Manager Kinga Engelbrecht and the rest of The Loren’s warm, friendly, and relatively new staff, I consider myself lucky to been one the Loren’s “pioneer” guests. Kinga’s attitude towards luxury goes back to her last job as general manager of an exclusive hotel in Europe.
And now that I’ve seen for myself how Kinga’s staff is working to bringing those same subtle yet essential five-star luxuries to The Loren’s blue water boutique atmosphere, I’m pretty sure it will be a lot harder for me to get a reservation the next time I’m in Bermuda.
But, I’ll always be able to say, “I was there first.”
For more information, visit thelorenhotel.com