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The revamped cabanas of Daniel's Head Village - now known as 9 Beaches - were unveiled yesterday, with guests set to arrive in April.

The huts, some on stilts, will be rented out at $200-300 a night and now feature new blue and yellow interiors with a wicker bed, colourful furniture and pillows and funky artwork.

  • 9 Beaches owner Russell Urban enjoys the hotel's newly renovated cabana.

    9 Beaches owner Russell Urban enjoys the hotel's newly renovated cabana.


The revamped cabanas of Daniel's Head Village - now known as 9 Beaches - were unveiled yesterday, with guests set to arrive in April.

The huts, some on stilts, will be rented out at $200-300 a night and now feature new blue and yellow interiors with a wicker bed, colourful furniture and pillows and funky artwork.

The resort was bought in August by a group headed by US hotelier Russell Urban and Bermuda hotelier David Dodwell who are ploughing in up to $5 million on the revamp.

Elsewhere on the site work is in progress on painting buildings, re-landscaping, preparing new restaurant venues and creating water sports facilities.

Mr. Urban said: “Our cabanas are bright and cheery with a roomy feel with its high ceilings and natural light.

“Even though they are far from a traditional room, the bed will feature top quality linens and mattresses to achieve the best sleeping experience money can buy.”

Screen doors have been added to maximise air flow and Mr. Urban boasted they have enclosed the closet and bathroom with shutter doors.

Fifteen of the leeward side Cabanas will be air-conditioned. A boat will deliver guests to the Island's newest resort while the management said the emphasis was on the casual.

Daniel's Head was previously an eco-resort which went into receivership shortly after 9/11 but Mr. Dodwell stressed the resort was different - offering “soft adventure” for 25-40-year-olds.

Activities include sailboarding, kayaking, snorkelling, rafting, going out on catamarans and paddle boats, banana boating and trips in a glass-bottomed cruiser and wave runner.

Also available are a floating climbing wall or trampoline. Guests can also try kite-boards, following lessons from certified instructors.

Other activities including tours of sea turtle habitats, bird spotting, using a hard-surface tennis court, a hot tub, a bocce court, a kids' playground, a fitness centre, beach volleyball and a swimming pool.

Movies are shown under the stars twice a week while there is resort-wide high-speed wireless Internet connections and an Internet cafe.

All guests also receive a Bermuda mobile phone for use during their stay while free pedal bikes permit quick access to all the Resort's facilities.

The resort has hired many of its key management employees, all Bermudians. Marcus Jones, of Somerset will be the director of operations.

Jason Hansford-Smith of Devonshire will be the resort's director of fun, and Sue Fuhrtz, another Somerset resident, is the resort's director of people.

Toby Dillas, Bermuda's former Director of Sales, North America, will lead the US sales efforts while Mr. Dodwell said there were dozens of vacancies available at the resort. He said applicants didn't necessarily need to be young or trained but should be tuned into the resort ethos of doing the unexpected.

The resort is opening in late April to a group from the Cornell University Hotel School who will give feedback on improvements ahead of a grand opening in May.

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