Eco-luxury hotel to open in The Bahamas

Eloise Hanson By Eloise Hanson
1 week ago | Updated 1 week ago

BAH: Illa Bimini, a new beachfront hotel, is set to break ground next month in the westernmost district of the Bahamas: Bimini.

Designed by Island Developers and Oppenheim Architecture, the 49-room boutique hotel will feature a beachfront pool, tennis courts, dining and drinking areas, a library, fruit gardens, and an overwater spa.

The project will also return 54 residential villas comprising of three and four bedrooms.

"To enhance our sustainability efforts, we have incorporated a complete solar package, energy management system, smart-home-technology and back-up generator applications into our design and services," said Rafael Reyes, co-founder and principle of Island Developers.

Renowned architect, Chad Oppenheim, added: "The ultimate goal for illa was to create an eco-luxury development that builds with the land, not on the land. From the landscape, individual villas, materials to services, we designed a holistic retreat with environmental sustainability and community development at the forefront."

In 2012, Bimini sprung back onto the map with the launch of Genting's Resorts World Bimini - a 750-acre premier resort that includes a Hilton-branded hotel and a world-class casino.

Earlier this year, Sir Richard Branson revealed plans for his cruise line Virgin Voyages to partner with Resorts World Bimini. The new destination will open a beach club in 2020, and was pronounced by Resorts World to "rival the best beachfront clubs in Ibiza and Saint-Tropez."

Just a 20-minute flight from Miami, the illa resort will be located on Rockwell Island, north of Bimini's Bailey Town.

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