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May 08, 2009

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas Christen Tucker's Point

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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones welcome Bermuda's newest resort. Now if they could only figure a way out of that triangle...

by Beata Loyfman

These days, many celebs have pet projects: Wyclef Jean's is Haiti, Matt Damon's is Africa, Ashley Judd's is clean water. But few have been so bold as to take a thriving, non-third-world territory under their wealthy wings. Catherine Zeta-Jones and hubby Michael Douglas are two such brave souls. They've been advocates for the posh island of Bermuda for years--in fact, Douglas's family owned the Ariel Sands resort for half a century (until it closed in January for a $100 million makeover). 

Bermuda is notoriously change-averse; its development rules are so draconian that no one has been able to build a luxe hotel there for 37 years. Currently, eight properties are awaiting financing and approval. So when we heard that a resort had actually passed muster and broken ground, we were skeptical. However, to our considerable surprise, not only has Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa been built, but it actually opened on April 30. And who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony? Why, Mr. and Mrs. Zeta-Jones, of course.

Tucker's Point has 88 rooms decorated in a traditional "Brits by the seashore" style as well as a spa, a golf course, and a tennis club, all on 200 acres of greenery. Beware: The Web site is beyond exasperating and refuses to allow online reservations. But it does promise 20 to 30 percent off on advance bookings. So if you call the reservations number (866-604-3764) and say that the Web site is wonky, the resort will honor the discount. Let's hope they fix the HTML, too.

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