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Drop in to beach: An artist’s impression of a funicular to give access to the beach at a South Shore resort (Image supplied)

A proposal to revise plans for a new resort to improve beach access with an extra funicular and create new attractions has been put forward for planning approval.

The most significant change in the plans involved access to the beach at the bottom of a cliff behind the resort.

The revised plans asked for the removal of a proposed staircase that would have led down the cliff face and replaced it with a second funicular – a cable-driven elevator to carry guests up and down the beach.

The revisions also include the creation of a fire pit and an observation deck overlooking the cliff face, and alterations to a proposed coastal walkway path.

Revised plans for the Bermudiana Beach resort on South Shore, Warwick, were submitted to the Department of Planning last month by OBM International on behalf of the Bermuda Housing Corporation, which manages the property.

The development was built as part of the Grand Atlantic affordable housing scheme, but the use was changed after only two of the 78 apartments were sold.

Work started to transform the site into a mid-market boutique hotel in 2019.

Robert MacLellan, the developer, said the condos, priced between $400,000 and $1 million, could be sold as “an investment as well as a vacation home”.

One-bedroom condos will become, as hotel inventory, one-bedroom suites with a sofa bed in the sitting room and a king sized bed in the bedroom.

Two-bedroom units come with an additional wall bed, allowing the suite to accommodate three.

The conversion also included turning the ground floor of the western building into a reception area, along with a meeting room, restaurant and kitchen and the creation of a spa in another building.

The resort was scheduled to open to guests last summer.

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Published January 25, 2021 at 8:51 am (Updated January 25, 2021 at 8:52 am)

Extra funicular proposed for Warwick resort

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