The Legends of Ariel Sands Inspire Innovators in Residence
17th Jul 2017
The Hub Culture Innovation Campus and Beach Club at Ariel Sands in Bermuda is the newest chapter in a story that goes back hundreds of years.
The property was originally a cedar forest known as Roseneath, and was purchased by Thomas Melville Dill in the 1840s. It produced wood for tall sailing ships and was sustainably maintained until the 1940s, when a blight and hurricane destroyed much of Bermuda’s famously strong cedar. Thomas and his wife Ruth began a legacy of hospitality and entertainment with their dear friend and guest, author Mark Twain.
During the mid to late 20th century, Ariel Sands was a haven for thinkers, intellectuals and bon vivants visiting Bermuda. The beautiful decks of the Club’s main restaurant, Aqua, hosted many a celebrity and political figure, just as the island hosted guests like Jacques Cousteau, John F. Kennedy, John Wayne and Princess Diana.
When Aqua closed, the restaurant’s Italian general manager Claudio Vigilante soon made a name for himself 5,000 km away as the much loved General Manager at Annabel’s, the exclusive socialite club in London.
This summer, Hub Culture is helping to revive the legends of Ariel Sands. The Rosé and Dill is the beachside bar referencing Rosneath and the Dill Family, with a generous supply of Hub Culture Social Rosé to lubricate the conversation. 2048 and Zeke offer exponential conveniences with their own references to a tech future. Television reality stars and Instagram personalities cross paths with quants and digital currency investors while viscounts do laps in the ocean lidos. At night, bonfires on the beach illuminate conversations of all types.
Visit this summer to build the energy, convene the ideas, meet the people and feel history in the making. Hub Culture at Ariel Sands is open daily 11am - 9pm through the end of August, 2017.