ORLANDO — Two new Caribbean resorts – a Margaritaville and a Rosewood – are set to make stylish debuts in 2019 and 2021 respectively.
Margaritaville at The Pointe, a US$250 million, six-acre development in Nassau, is now under construction and expected to begin a phased opening in mid-2019. The development will feature a new 150-room Margaritaville Beach Resort as well as a marina, water park, spa, entertainment centre, Margaritaville food and beverage concepts, retail shops, a kid’s club and more.
“The Bahamas – one of the most beautiful places in the world – is an absolutely perfect location for a Margaritaville lifestyle destination,” said John Cohlan, CEO, Margaritaville. “We’re excited to combine our casual-luxe brand with the local Bahamian culture, known for its warmth and hospitality, to create a one-of-a-kind paradise to vacation, visit, live or just kick back and relax. Nassau is an ideal destination for our lifestyle brand as we continue to expand our global hospitality footprint.”
The Margaritaville Beach Resort at The Pointe will include an open-air shopping concourse, a movie theater, bowling alley, outdoor performance stage for live entertainment, water pool, St. Somewhere Spa, retail huts, kid’s club and a private beach with cabanas and chaise lounges.
A public-access boardwalk will be lined by tiki hut-style marina shops for authentic local crafts, with a pier restaurant and yacht club facility. The pier will also serve as a launch pad for pirate ship excursions and a water taxi.
Additional details and timing for the development’s phased opening timetable will be announced in the coming months.
Meanwhile Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is set to manage Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua, which will open in 2021.
The resort will be situated on 132 oceanfront acres along Half Moon Bay. The former Half Moon Bay Hotel was established in the 1950s, and for decades was a sought-after vacation destination and resort playground for the international jet set, notes Rosewood.
The resort will feature 47 pavilion-style suites, including an ultra-luxurious, three-bedroom presidential suite. All suites will offer ocean views, private infinity plunge pools, hammocks, open-air baths and showers and live orchid walls in each bathroom.
Dining and lounge concepts will include a pool grill and beach bar, as well as an on-site organic farm, which will provide fresh ingredients for seasonal fare year-around.
Additional property amenities will include two pools, one for adults and one for families, a fitness centre, and tennis courts. Sense, a Rosewood Spa, will offer six signature treatment rooms and locally inspired treatments.
“With its secluded location and breath-taking beach, Half Moon Bay is one of the world’s most stunning hidden gems, and a natural destination for Rosewood’s affluential explorers,” says Sonia Cheng, CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group. “We look forward to integrating Rosewood’s Sense of Place philosophy into Antigua’s incredible natural environment to create unforgettable experiences for our guests.”
Rosewood’s Caribbean properties include Rosewood Baha Mar, slated to open in Spring 2018, Rosewood Bermuda which will undergo a complete renovation to be unveiled in May 2018, and Rosewood Little Dix Bay, slated to re-open at a later date. Altogether Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages 21 luxury properties in 12 countries, with 18 new hotels under development. The collection includes The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York and Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel in Paris.