Atlantis Paradise Island Resort – In spring 2017, the iconic Bahamian staple introduced opportunities for guests to experience authentic Bahamian traditions focusing on the people and culture of The Bahamas. Opening at The Cove this November is Sip Sip, the renowned Harbour Island restaurant’s first official outpost. Chef Julie Lightbourn will bring her signature “Caribterranean” menu to The Cove Pool and beach, where the new cabana, day bed and chaise lounge design will be revealed, as a result of a new partnership with renowned artist, textile, jewellery, and accessories designer, Lulu DK.
Guests can also expect to see a Bahamian-created sculptural “monument” unveiled as a permanent installation on the tip of The Cove peninsula, exclusive seaplane tours and a new partnership with Spanish American Celebrity Chef José Andrés who will open Fish restaurant in 2018. Atlantis has also unveiled The Coral at Atlantis, newly renovated to feature new rooms, an updated lobby lounge and an authentic Bahamian ice cream parlor, Sun & Ice. The new Coral pool, designed by Jeffrey Beers, debuts this November for guests of The Coral. Also new at Marina Village will be a showcase of the best of Bahamian culture, taste and spirit including an authentic fish fry, Bahamas’ best conch salad and craft beer from a local brewery. atlantisbahamas.com
Atlantis has introduced new ocean-inspired educational experiences. There are four programmes, Rise and Shine, Paddleboard Yoga, Kayak and Serenity Snorkel.
Guests that participate in the above experiences will play an important and active role in the resort’s education and conservation efforts via the non-profit organization, Atlantis Blue Project. A portion of the funds taken from Atlantis’ marine programs help to directly fund field conservation including coral reef restoration, marine rehabilitation and release, sea turtle conservation and nest protection, marine preserve establishment, marine mammal stranding response, manatee health assessments and other impactful initiatives. Atlantisbahamas.com
Baha Mar – This past April, Baha Mar opened its doors on Cable Beach with the debut of the luxurious Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, a posh and contemporary addition to the world renowned brand. With the addition of two more hotels still to come – SLS Baha Mar (Winter 2017) and Rosewood Baha Mar (Spring 2018) – the resort destination will offer three uniquely designed hotel brands with shared amenities including the Caribbean’s largest casino, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courseRoyal Blue, ESPA flagship 30,000-square-foot spa, the largest convention centre in the Caribbean, and more than 40 restaurants, bars and lounges. bahamar.com
Meliá Nassau Beach Resort All-Inclusive (Renovated Spring 2017) Following a three-year, $19 million renovation, the new additions to this all-inclusive, family-friendly New Providence resort are now complete. The 694-guest room resort featuring 102 rooms as part of “THE LEVEL”, Meliá Hotels & Resorts’ elevated service concept. Guest rooms and suites feature contemporary Caribbean style decor, along with views of the majestic Atlantic Ocean, three resort pools and lush gardens. melia.com
One&Only Ocean Club – (Renovated February 2017) The One&Only Ocean Club re-opened its doors to guests after major renovations including an expansion of all guest rooms and suites improving ocean views, updates to The Hartford Wing, a redesigned Hartford Courtyard and the new Martini Bar complete with a specialty olive menu. The resort has introduced all new menus at its restaurants, plus a larger, redesigned Dune by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichtenand Dune Bar. oneandonlyresorts.com
Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas – increases travel agent commissions to 15% promotional packages and 20% on flexible rates. Opened in 2016, this Adults-only, all-Inclusive resort offers 250 rooms, a spa, four restaurants and an impressive 10,000-square-foot terrace overlooking the harbour.
Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island has been renovated and reopened as an all-inclusive for Adults Only. Located on an impressive white-sand beach on Paradise Island, the hotel has free Wi-Fi throughout and direct access to the reserved beach. The 350-plus room are equipped with minibars, beverage dispensers, air-conditioning and coffee machines. There are two swimming pools, one with a swim-up bar, and a lounger and parasol area with beverage service.
At the Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island there is a variety of restaurants, also continental breakfast, buffets with show cooking, Japanese, Indian and Fusion specialities, snacks and aperitifs at the hotel bars as well as the patisserie and ice-cream parlour ‘Capuchino’. For a truly unforgettable night a romantic al-fresco dinner can be arranged. riu.com/en/hotel/bahamas/paradise-island
Graycliff – This historical hotel has added two new treats to its menu of experiences.
Traditional Afternoon Tea is celebrated with a Bahamian twist. In addition to a fine selection of black, green and herbal imported teas along with Bahamian Bush teas, guests can choose to sip rich Graycliff Organic Coffee: French press, espresso or cappuccino. The aromatic beverage of choice is paired with a tiered assortment of savoury tea sandwiches, buttery scones, delicious petit fours and sweet treats — the chocolate bon bons are made at Graycliff in their very own chocolate factory.
Afternoon Tea for 2 costs $45.00 plus service charge per person, and with Champagne for an even grander afternoon, $57.00 pp plus service charge. Available Monday to Saturday from 2:00 to 4:30pm.
Bahama Barrels (Wine Blending) – Learn to blend your own wine at one of the most unique experiences in The Bahamas. Opposite Graycliff in a former church, said to be one of the oldest in The Bahamas, where one can taste wines from across the globe, learn the entire grape-growing season and winemaking process. Guided by a California winemaker with nearly 20 years of experience, learn the nuances of wine tannins, acidity, balance and finish. Continue the experience by blending a bespoke bottle of wine to remember the visit to Bahama Barrels at Graycliff. Costs $75 per person (18+ Years), available Monday to Saturday at 11:15am.
Grand Bahama Island
Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan– (January 2017) Situated on a 7.5-acre white-sand beach on Grand Bahama Island, Lighthouse Pointe is an all-inclusive resort, home to an 18-hole championship golf course, two serene swimming pools, tennis courts, a selection of bars and restaurants and a rejuvenating spa with more than 196 guest rooms. grandlucayan.com
Harbour Island, renowned for its famous pink sand beaches and cool, laid-back vibe is home to Bahama House, the latest property in the Eleven Experience portfolio. An icon of the island, the property dates back to 1800 and opened in February 2017 following an extensive and stylish restoration. The intimate home-from-home property is located right in the heart of the island and offers guests unrivalled hospitality, chic accommodation and a vast array of island adventures such as deep-sea fishing, paddle boarding around the Bay, kayaking, and snorkeling.
With interiors by designers “No. 12”, the house epitomises luxurious island living, seamlessly combining its colonial-style architecture with modern design and Caribbean flair. The house, a series of separate buildings arranged around a central pool, sleeps up to 22 people. Each building offers guests beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces and garden or bay views, there are two fully stocked private bars, a library and a private pool. Bahama House’s in-house chef will prepare a delicious gourmet breakfast for guests every morning – setting them up for an action-packed day.
Rates at Bahama House start from $550 per night based on 2 people sharing for a full experience basis including pre-arrival planning with an Eleven Experience Manager, daily housekeeping and turndown service, Man Island excursions, chef prepared breakfast, lunch and après, organic minibar, house alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, round trip boat and taxi transfer to Harbour Island from North Eleuthera Airport. elevenexperience.com 0202 102 9800
STAR (Sustainable Terrain And Resources) Island – a 35-acre cay located off the northern coast of Eleuthera, is proving travellers can enjoy sustainability without sacrifice. The island’s integrated off-grid technology runs on solar power, produces pure drinking water and organically grown food while showcasing innovative green architecture to its guests. STAR Island Bahamas set out on a mission to be the world’s first sustainable island destination, with guilt-free comfort to demonstrate that a desirable carbon-neutral lifestyle is both possible and realistic. Now this dream project is finally a reality and taking bookings. starislandbahamas.net
The Nest, the first phase of the project, includes The Beach Bar & Grill, along with beach cabanas and an organic garden. Visitors can eat lunch by the beach, along with activities like bonefishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling and birdwatching. On phase 2 of the project, beachfront bungalows will be built as well as expansion of the power and water systems and the construction of a hydroponic greenhouse and aquaculture program.
Jack’s Bay – Tiger Wood’s TGR Design is teaming up with Jack’s Bay Developers to develop a beachfront luxury resort and private club at Rock Sound on Eleuthera Island. The first phase of development is currently underway for a Woods-designed 10-hole golf course called “The Playgrounds,” as well as The Pink House Beach Club with a pool restaurant and bar, slated to debut in 2018. Additional plans are in place for an 18-hole course, and more resort amenities, including oceanfront suites, cottages and villas. jacksbayclub.com
Lumina Point – This luxury, eco-resort is located on Stocking Island off the coast of Great Exuma, and is accessible only by the hotel’s private boat. The 12-room property is eco-friendly, powered by solar panels and has its own beach, signature restaurant and spa. Activities offered on-property include yoga, hiking, sailboat rentals and more. luminapoint.com
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