We have a number of major changes underway here at Bucuti and lots of good news to share with our valued guests. First and foremost, the time has come for us to replace the iconic galleon-shaped Pirate's Nest restaurant on our beach with a spectacular contemporary facility that will be called Elements. We have recently received the necessary permits to proceed with this upgrade and have finalized an agreement on the timeline with the contractor.
The project will take place between May 13 and August 11, 2013 and will entail three phases described below.
PHASE 1 (May 13 through May 31) The project will begin with the demolition of the ship and the excavation of the foundation for the new structure. As this phase will involve substantial noise and equipment, we have decided that it is in the best interest of our guests to close out the entire resort during this three week period.
PHASE 2 (June 1 - July 5)
This time period entails the assembly of prefabricated elements of the structure within a fenced enclosure, which will be much less disruptive than Phase 1. We are familiar with this method of construction as it is the same as the one we utilized for the Tara extension and our new Fitness Center in our garden these past couple of months. To minimize any disruption, work will take place between 9:30 am and 6:00 pm. Since our beachfront restaurant will not yet be complete, we will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in our Tara Lounge. The renowned Carte Blanche Restaurant with its' Chef's Table concept will also be open and accepting dinner reservations five nights a week.
Our pool and the entire beach area, including new lounge chairs and umbrellas, will be accessible. However, the fenced-in renovation project will be visible and nearby tobeachgoers. The Sand Bar will be open for our guests during this time and we will also have an alternate bar location available in one of the Bungalow Suites. Our famous Red Flag Beach Service will also continue as usual. Our Bucuti Wing Superior rooms facing south (towards Manchebo Beach Resort - with smoking balconies) and the Bungalow Suites will be closed during this phase, as these rooms would face the traffic for equipment and supplies delivery to the restaurant site. For smoking balconies, we will have our Deluxe Ocean View rooms available. All our other room categories will remain available to guests at a very special rate. Take advantage of a 35% reduction in the net room rate during this period.
PHASE 3 (July 6 - August 11)
The last phase involves the detail work inside the new restaurant including the stylish interior design and the renovation of our restaurant deck. Our restaurant will remain closed, and breakfast lunch and dinner will continue to be served in the Tara Lounge. Carte Blanche will also be open and accepting dinner reservations 5 nights a week. The Superior rooms on the south (Manchebo) side will reopen for reservations during
Phase 3 and all rooms in all categories will be offered at a special rate during this period with a 25% reduction of the net room rate. Should any of our guests feel inconvenienced by this project, we would ask you to contact management immediately so we can attend to your needs. We can address your concerns on-site or offer alternate accommodation on the island, if that is your preference. We are thrilled with the plans for the new air-conditioned Elements restaurant that offers a glorious view of the beach, as well as the improvements to Bucuti's Sand Bar Lounge with its spectacular oceanfront deck.