Canadian TV stars to open Bahamas boutique hotel

George Sell By George Sell
05 August 2019 | Updated 05 August 2019

Bahamas: Canadian designers Bryan and Sarah Baeumler are set to open the Caerula Mar Club on Andros.

The couple, who present the HGTV Canada series House of Bryan, were staying on Andros in 2017 when they visited the 10-acre site and embarked on their project to revive an abandoned hotel site.

The hotel, which  will open in November, has a mix of 18 oceanfront suites and six private villas, with a sustainable design focused on large outdoor living spaces and indoor-outdoor concepts

"We discovered South Andros on a family vacation and it's had a special place in our hearts ever since," said Sarah Baeumler. "We knew that transforming the property into Caerula Mar was going to be a massive undertaking, but we also saw its potential as a place where travellers could get back to the basics, reconnect with nature, and savor the simplicity and beauty of this incredible paradise. We designed the property to be light, open, and airy, evoking that feeling of contentment after a long day at the beach, when your skin and hair are kissed with sun and salt and you know everything's going to be alright."

The property will include three dining concepts, including a cafe and smoothie bar, a comfort-food eatery called Driffs Bar & Lounge and a fine-dining restaurant called Lusca.

The hotel is set in South Andros, set about 20 minutes from Nassau and about an hour away from Fort Lauderdale.

The couple said the hotel's green focus would also include joining the Reef Rescue Network, which will include the implementation of an underwater coral nursery at the property.

"Sustainability and environmental preservation are incredibly important to us," said Bryan Baeumler. "Not just in the property's construction, but in everything we do. From sourcing ingredients for our restaurants to selecting our tour partners and establishing relationships with employees and suppliers, we are always looking for ways that Caerula Mar can help contribute to and further sustain the local economy of South Andros."

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