Bimini Bay Resort To Expand

An 80- to 100-room boutique hotel expansion is being planned for the Bimini Bay Resort and Marina, with developer RockResorts eyeing a 2014 opening for the hotel and amenities to come on stream by summer.

That's in addition to a RockResorts Spa, additional restaurants, a beach club and environmental and sustainability projects on the island. Once the RockResorts hotel and spa are developed and completed, the entire resort will be branded as a RockResort, said a statement sent to Guardian Business yesterday.

As of today the existing 350-room resort, which has the largest deepwater marina in The Bahamas, will be managed through Legendary Lodging, which operates the RockResorts brand and is the lodging and hospitality arm of Vail Resorts Inc.

"This is an exciting time for RockResorts and our entire hospitality group," said Paul Toner, chief operating officer of Vail Resorts Hospitality and RockResorts International LLC. "Adding Bimini Bay Resort and Marina is another important milestone in expanding the profile of RockResorts as a leading player in luxury resort management, and reflects our continued interest in expanding our resort and lodging operations outside of the United States, including into desirable warm weather locations."

The company is now working diligently on finalizing plans for the daily operations of Bimini Bay Resort and Marina, as well as for its spa and beach club development, said a company spokesperson.

"We should have a more comprehensive plan in the next few weeks and we will be posting new jobs at Our goal is to help support the local economy and community with new jobs and new opportunities," Amy Kemp, of the resort's Corporate Communications office, told Guardian Business recently.

"We don't have the plans finalized yet but we are working diligently on developing them and will share them in the coming weeks and months with the community and the media," she added.

RockResorts - which also has a development in Rum Cay - is also hoping to capitalize on the growing demand for real estate in The Bahamas, with plans in motion for its own brand of residences.

"The partnership with RockResorts as the management company for Bimini Bay Resort and Marina represents a new chapter for our homeowners, for our guests and for our community and the island of Bimini," said Rafael Reyes, president of RAV Bahamas Ltd., the developers of Bimini Bay. "As we look ahead to the future with plans to improve the guest experience and the homeowner experience, it is critical for us to select the right partner. RockResorts brings the perfect combination of experience in the luxury resort industry and environmental leadership."

"We will bring our core values of environmental stewardship and community involvement that are integral to our RockResorts Echo corporate responsibility program to Bimini Bay Resort and Marina," said Julie Klein, director of environmental affairs for RockResorts.

Klein and the RockResorts team plans to begin instituting the company's industry-leading initiatives at Bimini Bay Resort and Marina, such as the Water on the Rocks program that eliminates nearly all of the plastic water bottle usage by guests, a voluntary guest donation program for local environmental projects, a volunteer vacation program called "Give and Getaway", a progressive sustainable cuisine program, a green guest room program and the soon-to-be launched "Go Green, Get Green" meeting and event program.

The Nassau Guardian