Just a little more than two months after Luxury Travel Advisor and other media were told the entire Baha Mar development project in The Bahamas would be completed by October or November of this year, it now looks like the Rosewood Baha Mar will instead officially open by 2018, according to an announcement made Wednesday by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.
During our coverage of the the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) recent Caribbean Travel Marketplace at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, it was announced that the shuttered, $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort development in Nassau, The Bahamas, will officially open its first tower, representing 801 rooms, on April 21.
We were told that the rest of the resort development, including the Rosewood, should be open by October or November, according to Joy Jibrilu, director general of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. But according to Wednesday’s announcement, the Rosewood Baha Mar is now expected to open in the spring of 2018.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by the Bahamian subsidiary of Hong Kong-based development company Chow Tai Fook Enterprises (CTFE) to operate and manage Rosewood Baha Mar. Set on Cable Beach, Rosewood Baha Mar will be located within the Baha Mar Resort multi-property resort in the Caribbean.
“Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has had a relationship with Baha Mar since 2011, and we are truly excited to re-engage as the operator of Baha Mar’s luxury resort through our partnership with CTFE, Baha Mar Resort’s new owner,” said Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group, in a written release. “We are fully committed to this project and look forward to raising our flag in The Bahamas as originally planned.”
The resort will offer 185 ocean view rooms and suites, as well as five luxurious beachfront villas, which will be contemporary and residential in style. All guest rooms will offer private balconies with outdoor living areas, while the luxurious four-bedroom villas will offer exceptional tranquility, exclusive services and a private pool.
The originally planned flagship hotel of Baha Mar Casino & Hotel is now replaced with a second Grand Hyatt hotel. SLS LUX at Baha Mar and Melia Nassau Beach Resort (soon-to-be Melia at Baha Mar) are all still included in the project.
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