Plans submitted for new south shore hotel
A new hotel could be in the pipeline for the south shore next to the Bermudiana Beach Resort.
The application, which was listed as received by the planning department last week, sought in-principle approval for a branded hotel condo and retail development on 66 South Road in Warwick – the property immediately east of Bermudiana Beach.
The description included in the application states the property would feature a 56-unit residential hotel with hotel guest facilities including a restaurant, health club, pickleball/tennis courts and functions rooms.
The property would also include a main and plunge pool, events lawn, beach bar and a “multi product retail outlet with pharmacy and sundries, food and liquor, casual café/restaurant space and retail parking”.
The 56 units on the property would be broken up into six one-bedroom units, 22 two-bedroom units and 28 three-bedroom units.
The planning file also notes the project would include 159 car parking spaces and 109 bike spaces.
In 2007, the Government granted a special development order for the site with the goal of creating the Grand Atlantic Resort and Residences, which would feature a nine-storey, 220-room hotel.
However in the subsequent years the plans were modified to a six-storey, 100-room hotel alongside 125 affordable homes.
A total of 78 affordable housing units were built on the western section of the site, but the Bermuda Housing Corporation decided against moving forward with the remaining 47 after only two of the first 78 were sold.
Developer Gilbert Lopes had said in 2012 that he hoped to move forward with the project with additional units and the hotel project, but it did not come to fruition.
Mr Lopes told The Royal Gazette he was not aware of the planning application and no longer involved with the property.
The Government later announced plans to turn the 78 units that had been built into a condominium hotel renamed the Bermudiana Beach Resort. Work to convert the units is under way, with the resort expected to open next year.
Meanwhile in 2019 the planning department granted permission 66 South Road to be used to keep storage containers during the construction of Belco’s North Power Plant.
No details of who is behind the project are listed in the planning files.