Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Hysterical, right? This picture’s been making the rounds all morning and it couldn’t be more to the point. Reports are rolling in and aside from salty cars and a few downed power lines, Bermuda is still very much intact after Hurricane Bill came within 150 nautical miles of the island on Saturday morning. The worst of the impact was felt by Bermuda’s hotels: Elbow Beach, a swanky Mandarin Oriental property on the south shore, lost about 40 bookings due to the storm; about 50 guests backed out of their vacations at the Pompano Beach Club; and Newstead Belmont Hills Resort & Spa—a chic all-suites hotel on Hamilton harbor—lost about a dozen guests. Occupancy was also affected at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess and the Fairmont Southampton, but no doubt vacationers will be returning soon since Fairmont recently announced its stellar $99 a night deal that unfortunately expired over the weekend. Thankfully, no real harm done. In the meantime however, the rest of us will be tending to our door mats.