Thursday, November 12, 2009

Deal or No Deal?

Maybe it’s the onset of shoulder season, but there seems to be quite a few Bermuda travel deals floating around the web these days. On Tuesday I told you about a hotel steal from the Department of Tourism, yesterday The Reefs hotel in Southampton went on sale for veterans, and today I found this little gem—a three-night golf package from the luxurious Pink Beach Club in Tucker’s Town for $2,200. But is it really a deal? Here’s what included: A three night stay in an oceanfront junior suite (like the one above), two rounds of golf at Tucker’s Point Golf Club, two sleeves of golf balls per person, one golf cap, one bottle of wine, roundtrip hotel transfers plus a full English breakfast, afternoon tea, and a five-course dinner daily. Sounds like a lot, but the only way to know if it’s truly a deal is to see what the package costs if booked separately, so let’s do the math.

  • Three nights in an oceanfront suite: $495 per night plus $198 gratuities, $107 government tax and $59 resort levy. Total accommodations $1,849.
  • Two rounds of golf per person: $250 per 18 holes. Total golf $1,000.
  • Twelve golf balls: $40 (this is Bermuda after all)
  • Golf cap: $20
  • Bottle of wine: $20
  • Hotel transfers: $40 each way. Total $80
  • Breakfast daily: always included in rack rates
  • Afternoon tea: always included in rack rates
  • Dinner daily: always included in rack rates
Total cost if booked separately: $3,009. Verdict? Deal! I know, it’s not exactly budget travel, but it is a savings of over $800. Plus if you’re at all into golf, Tucker’s Point Golf Club is among the island's best. Not only was the championship course designed by Roger Rulewich—protégé of the great Robert Trent Jones—it has some of the most scenic water views in all of Bermuda (next to Port Royal, of course). If you're interested in hitting the links sooner than later book now: The package is good for travel through November 30, then again from March 15, 2010 through May 1, 2010. This deal is not yet on its website, so for more information call the Pink Beach Club at 800/355-6161 or email

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