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Cable Beach, a string of resorts on a white-sand beach west of Nassau, is getting a makeover so massive that it's expected to rival Las Vegas when everything is completed in December, 2014. A mammoth $3.5-billion resort called Baha Mar will include four hotels—a Grand Hyatt, Rosewood, Mondrian, and a 1,000-room luxury casino-hotel to be called the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel. The 2,200-room beachside complex is the single largest investment in the history of the Bahamas.
Cable Beach's two current resorts located next door to Baha Mar—the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino—are open and operating as part of Cable Beach Resorts during the building of Baha Mar. The company has already spent more than $130 million renovating these two hotels and casino. Updates at the Wyndham include flat-screen TVs and refrigerators in all guest rooms, and two bars are being added to the casino. The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort was completely overhauled in 2007 and now presents a sophisticated lobby and contemporary room furnishings. Together, the current resorts offer 1,100 guest rooms and suites (most with ocean views), nine restaurants and lounges, almost a mile of gorgeous white-sand beach, and a variety of water-sport activities.
When finished, Baha Mar's attractions will include a 100,000-square-foot casino, a 30,000-square-foot ESPA destination spa, 200,000 square feet of combined meeting space, a 2,000-seat performing arts center, and a shopping-and-entertainment complex—all connected by a series of canals and wide pedestrian paths—as well as an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.
Michael Hong, known for his work on the $1.6-billion Bellagio Resort and Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, is leading the design team for Baha Mar, which will sprawl across 1,000 acres. The reconstruction of the landscape and the development of the hotels will be extensive, but the Baha Mar Group says it will all be done in a way that does not disturb the guest experience in current hotels.
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