Bimini Bahamas - Hilton to Open New Bahamas Property

 Bimini Bahamas - Hilton to Open New Bahamas Property
 (By the Caribbean Journal staff)
 Above: a rendering of the new Hilton at Resorts World Bimini
Hilton is expanding in the Bahamas, Caribbean Journal has learned.
The new planned resort in Bimini will debut under the Hilton brand, according to the company’s Web site.  It will be called Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, and will be the second Hilton property in the Bahamas, along with the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau.

The 305-room-and-suite hotel will be located at Resorts World Bimini, the Genting project at the former Bimini Bay Resort.

The news comes almost 10 years after Hilton had first been en route to opening a property on the same site in Bimini, a property that would have been under the Conrad brand.

The marina-set property will include two pools, including a rooftop infinity pool, along with swim-up suites, 10,000 square feet of conference space and 24-hour room service, among other amenities.

The entry of Hilton to the Bahamas is the second major event affecting the company this week, following the recent sale of the Hilton Rose Hall in Jamaica last Wednesday. That property will remain a Hilton under the management of Aimbridge Hospitality.

The exact date of the opening is not yet known, although it is slated to debut in 2015.
As someone who is a homeowner and has spent a great deal of time in Bimini, I am saddened by this news.  Bimini has always been a place to get away from it all.  Bringing a casino and now a 305 room hotel to this tiny island is bringing the "bad' to this place of "innocence" :-(

Bimini Bahamas - Cacique Awards ... and the Winners are ...

Once a year, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism honor the "best of the best" in the country's hospitality industry through the prestigious Cacique Awards.

Bimini Bahamas was well represented!  Congratulations go out to all of Bimini's tourism ambassadors who were honored at the 16th Cacique Awards in Nassau Saturday night!!!

Bimini boasted finalists in 6 different categories ... and 3 took home the final prize!

Pictured above is "Team Bimini" (Left to Right):

Grant Johnson & Katie Grudecki : WINNERS in the Sustainable Tourism Category
Activities Directors for Bimini Sands Resort & Marina,  Katie & Grant established Bimini's first comprehensive eco-tourism program, offering both land & marine excursions focused on the wildlife and natural beauty of Bimini. They have helped promote Bimini as a premier eco-tourism destination, and are strong supporters of Bimini's Marine Protected Area Campaign!

"Bonefish Tommy" Sewell: Finalist in the Sports & Leisure Category

James Pinder: Finalist in both the Handicraft Category & the Creative Arts Category

Paul Levarity: Finalist in the Transportation Category

"Bonefish Ebbie" David: WINNER in the Sports & Leisure Category
Ebbie is an outstanding local bonefishing guide who also owns his own lodge & restaurant. His vibrant persona & dedication to his customers has made him one of the most highly regarded guides in The Bahamas!

And Pictured in Front, WINNER of the Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award, Bimini's own local legend, Nathaniel "Piccolo Pete" Saunders!  This 100-year-old Biminite,  born November 7, 1914, has been entertaining locals and visitors alike for over 80 years. He has performed for the likes of Ernest Hemmingway, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon and even Al Capone, among others.

Great Job and thank you all for your contributions to Bimini's tourism industry!