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It's still not clear whether the mega-resort, uh, Resorts World Miami will get its casino or not. Developers, the Malaysian firm Genting Malaysia Berhad, certainly hope so. Florida lawmakers, not so much.
But that doesn't mean Genting is sitting around wringing its hands over the ultimate decision. The company is moving right along--just across the water to Bimini Bay in the Bahamas.
That's right; if you can't get a casino opened in Miami, just open one in Miami's backyard. Genting has partnered with RAV Bahamas, developers of Bimini Bay Resort and Marina and the soon-to-come Rockwell Island Beach Estates to launch a casino called... surprise, Resorts World Bimini Bay.
The fancy new gaming facility is scheduled to open in mid-December, joining Bimini Bay Resort's existing marina, expansive grounds and two large pool decks. We can expect table games, slots and of course all the splashy entertainment and dining that is synonymous with a casino.
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A room at One & Only Ocean Club.
Health-conscious hotels are trending. But it's not just entire hotel brands dedicated to healthy living that are popping up--existing hotels, including those known for spoiling their guests, are getting in shape, too.
Next month, two Paradise Island hotels, The Cove Atlantis and One & Only Ocean Club, will be jumping on the juice craze thanks to a partnership with New York-based superfood beverage company Body&Eden. According to the hotels, the elixirs promise to "ease the sometimes challenging transition from daily life to the pure pleasure of vacation."
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If you happened to be in Miami Beach a couple of weekends ago, you might have seen what you thought was a mirage: a beach volleyball tournament played by the most beautiful, bronzed people on earth. And if you missed out on this walking daydream--the Ludus Athletics Model Beach Volleyball Tournament--you get another chance to watch the pretty people jump and spike this weekend.
That is if you can hitch a ride over to Bimini in the Bahamas. That's where the finalist teams--of models (it bears repeating)--will stage a rematch of the SoBe Tournament, to break in the Sakara Beach Club.
A luxury beach resort launching a new beach club--the European kind with sexy day beds, live DJs and tons of delicious things to eat and drink--is cause for celebration, no? Well, Bimini Bay Resort and Marina certainly thinks so--which is why they're flying in a slew of models to celebrate the launch of their new Sakara Beach Club.
While wandering around The Cove Atlantis recently, we noticed a wonderful sign--one we wish we could clap eyes on at hotels around the world. Yep, we're talking about The Transit Lounge.
Like its more affordable pal, The Atlantis Resort, The Cove Atlantis has one of these glorious rooms where guests who have time to kill before hitting the airport can retreat post check-out. (Or, pre–check-in.)
Since we've turned many a hotel pool/lobby/lobby bathroom into our personal transit lounge in the past, we find this amenity a shining example of dignity. Especially at a place where there's so many ways to suck every last drop out of your stay. Just take a look at the view of the Atlantis Water Park from our room...
While everyone's pulling out his best Tom Colicchio face and judging Richard Blais and Michael Isabella's four-course menu (Blais, you should have went with the Cap'n Crunch ice cream) on last night's Top Chef finale, we are scoping out all of the hotels featured on the all-stars competition.
The last two cheftestants were left to duke it out over the stove in the Bahamas. Of course, they holed up on the island's hotel-for-the-stars, The Cove Atlantis. The chefs, who stayed in an earth-toned suite with floor-to-ceiling windows, each chose one of the 21 Atlantis restaurants in which to set up their own one-night-only eateries.
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All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be taking us on a guided tour of the globe’s most exclusive, luxurious, over-the-top vacation retreats in our new Private Islands Series. We’ll venture from the Bahamas to Fiji, from Africa’s crystalline Lake Tanganyika to the emerald waters of Cambodia, and everywhere in between. That is, everywhere you can be ruler of your own little island.
Obviously we’re hotel folk at heart. We love checking out everything from the latest trends to how they’re stocking the minibars to the most fashionable uniforms, but even we have our antisocial moments…and in those moments, our minds drift to the various paradises of sumptuous solitude that we’ve come across in our reading: private vacation islands you can have to yourself. So come along with us as we sail from cays to atolls, and jet from secluded sandbars to isolated islets in our week-long series on Private Islands.
We begin our week with one of the most fabulous private islands in the world, and it’s actually close to home in the sandy atolls of the Bahamas on the private playground of no less an illustrious illusionist than David Copperfield! It’s called Musha Cay, and is in the secluded Exuma chain of islands, about 85 miles southeast of Nassau.
"Your room or my room? Oh yeah, I forgot my parents are here too."
The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas has made no effort to hide its love for the teen crushes of the day from Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, The Jonas Brothers and
our fave, today's resident heartbreaker, Justin Bieber.
But merely inviting the latest teen dream to visit and perform a concert while selling teen-themed packages to guests wasn't enough for Atlantis. So they've gone and created an $11 million nightclub especially for teens. And it's called, Crush.
Designed by renowned architect and interior designer, Jeffrey Beers, the 14,000 square-foot mod-inspired space boasts; an interactive Internet Lounge complete with multi-touch computers and surface tables with photo editing and publishing interfaced to Facebook; a Gaming Stadium boasting a 22-foot floor-to-ceiling Gaming Tree and private cabanas stocked with state-of-the-art technology including the newly launched Microsoft flagship motion sensor product Kinect for Xbox 360; and a 1,500 square-foot Dance Club complete with multi-purpose video walls, performance stage, VIP sections and doormen all worthy of paparazzi.
It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2010 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in comments below.
Our own MsRebecca spent a few days down in paradise this spring marveling at the views from all angles. Above here is a room view from the patio of the Wild Dilly beach cottage but if that doesn't satiate you, check out the views from the resort's spa below.
As MsRebecca herself said, "Killer Views are common in the Caribbean but on this long, thin strip of land--Kamalame Cay is just three miles long--they are inescapable. Why fly to Bora Bora when this is the Bahamas?" Rates at Kamalame Cay start at $395 a night. Cottage Suites start at $760 a night.
You know how yesterday we were saying that the Killer Views followed us everywhere at Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas? Well, we weren't kidding. Even when we were face down on a massage table, those persistent picturesque views just wouldn't quit. That's because the Overwater Spa at Kamalame has windows in the floor so you can gaze into the ocean while you're getting a treatment.
We know. Insane, right? We're a little obsessed with Overwater Bungalows and love that we don't have to travel as far as Tahiti or the Maldives to enjoy them.
The view from the patio of the Wild Dilly beach cottage.
Over three days and nights at Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas this weekend, we were charmed by many things: driving our 'sand chariots' (golf carts) around the property, the delivery of cookies to our doorstep each afternoon, and the laidback, barefoot vibe that comes with being on a private island resort. But the one thing that continued to steal our attention above all else: the killer views.
They were everywhere. Arriving on the short barge ride over from Andros, looking out from the Great House, and this--the view from our beach cottage suite. We couldn't walk past our windows without stopping to stare at the water for a few minutes, and often found ourselves losing half an hour to simply meditating on the view.
We tested it from the pink Adirondack chairs on our patio, from the beach chairs, and from the hammock--all stunning.
Bill O'Reilly may not approve of "The Graduate"-themed photoshoot that Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian shot for Elle magazine's September issue but we're finding ourselves filled with a little bit of lust...hotel lust that is.
The shoot was done in the Bahamas at The Cove at Atlantis, the luxury property on the mega-resort. (Remember when Biebs was there for a concert a few months ago?) And judging from a few of the shots, it looks like Kim and Justin shot around one of the beach cabanas which are part of Cain at the Cove.
If seeing Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber's bizarre Elle photo shoot in the Bahamas has you craving an island getaway, check out One&Only Ocean Club. The Bahamas hotel just remodeled its beachfront rooms.
Designed by Adam D. Tihany, who's done the decor for The Joule Hotel and the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, made over the Crescent Wing's 40 rooms and 10 suites. The refreshed rooms draw inspiration from British colonial style and native Bahamian elements.