NASSAU — One of the newest hotel offerings in The Bahamas is Goldwynn Resort & Residences, which sits on a quiet stretch of Cable Beach in Nassau. The resort’s low-rise building design curves gently toward the bay on which it sits, giving a sweeping view of the turquoise Caribbean, the sandy shoreline, the stunning infinity pool and the spectacular sunsets. The opposite side faces the rolling fairways and sand traps of the Baha Mar golf course at which guests have access to tee times.
The resort is owned by the Wynn Group (not to be confused with the Wynn of Vegas-fame), which is managed by the Wynn brothers who run many of their holdings from Ontario. Goldwynn opened with 81 residential-style rooms in February 2023 (with its dining options following shortly after) and is conducive to longer stays. Although still in its early days, the resort is currently seeing Canadians book an average of five nights, depending on flights (as of press time, Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing have scheduled nonstop flights to Nassau).
All the studios, which, at between 530 – 560 sq. ft., are akin to a spacious hotel room layout, feature kitchenettes, king beds and pull-out sofas to accommodate two adults and two children, while the 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom suites have full kitchens and range from 690 – 1,400 sq. ft.
An intimate spa and well-appointed fitness centre offer a variety of treatments and classes. Upon check-in, guests are offered a chilled glass of Prosecco and given a tech-charged bracelet that shows staff you’re a guest, acts as a room key and, although the resort isn’t all-inclusive, acts as a tapable charge card for any incidentals.
And Goldwynn is inviting agents to come take a look. “For our inaugural year, Goldwynn is excited to welcome advisors (with IATAN cards) with up to 50% off our standard rates for a maximum of three nights,” Melissa Alexander, director, sales & marketing, Goldwynn Resort & Residences, told Travelweek during a visit to the property in June. This is subject to availability, she adds, and agents must contact reservations (877-553-9966 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with all their agency details and their desired dates.
“Goldwynn is also pleased to work with advisors that wish to book with us directly with a 10% commission,” she adds.
The resort is a member affiliate of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, so Alexander suggests agents can also book through the GDS (code- LX) or on SLH’s travel advisor booking platform at 10% commission. And some breaking news, according to Alexander: SLH announced a partnership with Canadian consortia Ensemble in June.
A few other reasons to book? Goldwynn Resort is part of the American Express Hotel Collection. “Amex travel counsellors will now find us listed in this program,” says Alexander.
And, the company is also working with tour operators, including, in Canada, Air Canada Vacations. Tour operators in the U.S. include Classic Vacations, Ultimate Jet Vacations, Delta Vacations, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, “and several more to come this fall.”
To add that all-important authenticity travellers are looking for in a destination now, Goldwynn has partnered with local Bahamian artists to create installations and gallery walls throughout the resort, including what is said to be the largest sculptural relief mural in the world. There are curated opportunities to tour with local guides and dine out at Bahamian-owned restaurants to provide cultural and community immersion, while its chef-driven restaurant, OIA, is a delicious fusion of Asian meets Mediterranean with a terrace that overlooks the sea. Nassau’s nightlife is within walking distance, as are other properties that share this stretch of sand, downtown is a 10-minute drive, and the airport is 15 minutes away.
Here’s something to sweeten the deal for clients: All the above ways of booking have access to Goldynn’s current offer: Savor & Save. This promotion, says Alexander, provides 15% off studios and 25% off suites plus a $100 nightly dining credit per room for travel through December 20, 2023, when booked by July 31.
For more details see goldwynnresorts.com.