Nassau Paradise Island dishes out hotel updates, says Baha Mar will hopefully open late 2017

Nassau Paradise Island dishes out hotel updates, says Baha Mar will hopefully open late 2017

TORONTO — If you’re worried about Nassau Paradise Island not having enough variety in terms of accommodations, rest assured – the luxury destination truly does offer a wide range of properties that caters to all budgets.

This was the main message conveyed at an industry lunch in Toronto yesterday hosted by the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board and the Paradise Island Tourism Development Association. Said Fred Lounsberry, CEO of the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board, which represents some 15 hotels and resorts on the island: “Everyone knows it’s an expensive destination, but you’ll find that with the variety of hotels available, there’s something for everyone.”

Lounsberry also noted that Canada is a very important market for the destination, and that although it’s been a difficult couple years due to the exchange rate and Hurricane Matthew, business is still good.

“From Canada, airport arrivals are off about 3% year to year, which isn’t bad considering the recent challenges we’ve faced. Obviously we’d like it to be better, but we also know it’ll swing back around,” he said.

When it does, Paradise Island and its bevy of accommodations will be ready to welcome an influx of tourists. At the top of the list is the brand new Warwick Paradise Island, a four-star, adults-only, all-inclusive resort featuring 250 rooms, four dining options, two bars, fitness centre and tour desk. The first new hotel product to hit Paradise Island since 2007, the resort also boasts the 10,000 square-foot Warwick Sea Terrace featuring an arrivals dock and expansive boardwalk.

Bay View Suites Paradise Island opens today (Dec. 1) after completing a rebrand that includes a new name (formerly the Best Western Bay View Suites) as well as an updated marketing strategy and logo.

The destination’s powerhouse property – Atlantis Paradise Island – has commenced a major US$20 million renovation of its Coral Towers, one of the most centrally located accommodations at the resort. Slated for completion in summer 2017, the refresh will also include a new pool concept featuring Bahamian-influenced and family-style programming.

Ultra-luxe One&Only Ocean Club, which suffered property damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew, will reopen on Feb. 14. On the other end of the spectrum, Lounsberry reminded guests of the perks available at Comfort Suites, which thanks to a deal brokered years ago, allows guests to enjoy all the benefits of nearby Atlantis Paradise Island.

Bob Marley Resort & Spa is also a unique option for guests looking for an alternative to big-chain resorts. The former Marley Family home offers just 17 rooms and a honeymoon suite that used to be the bedroom of the iconic singer.

And as for Baha Mar, Lounsberry said there’s been “a lot of movement” and promised that it will open “sooner rather than later.” He noted that there are active buyers, is not sure whether current brands will remain, and anticipates more news to come within the next 30-60 days. “Hopefully, it will open next year at this time in some shape, way or form.”

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