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Your Post-Dorian Update on All Things Bahamas Travel

Of the many privileges and responsibilities that come along with being immersed in the travel industry, our team of passionate advisors take supporting the communities where clients invest their vacation spend to heart.

…where 60% of GDP comes from tourism and over 90% of its hotel inventory is in places that weren’t impacted by Dorian.

In working with Forbes on a recent piece, “To Help The Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian Take A Vacation To The Bahamas,” we were reminded that part of our role is in educating our guests where their tourism dollars can really make an impact. Particularly in the wake of a natural disaster, travelers feel compelled to give back; fortunately, in the case of the Bahamas where 60% of GDP comes from tourism and over 90% of its hotel inventory is in places that weren’t impacted by Dorian, the answer is simple. Book a vacation.

We checked in with some of our travel advisors who know the Bahamian islands intimately to learn more about where they are sending guests this season.

1. Rosewood Baha Mar

As Tampa-based travel advisor Lesley Cohen was reviewing a variety of destinations for a large 40th birthday group in the wake of Dorian, they felt most compelled to celebrate their milestone birthday at Rosewood Baha Mar specifically to support the Bahamas. She shares, “the property is ideal for groups not only due to its wide-ranging suite options, but also multiple price points for accommodations, a variety of restaurants and activities.” And while we love its generous inventory of suites, many which connect to form larger rooms, the property has hidden nooks and quiet spaces throughout to provide retreats for those who prefer a more intimate experience. All in all, Baha Mar really has something for everyone from families to girls or guys weekend to couples looking for a romantic weekend. | Learn More >>

2. SLS Baha Mar

For the good time gang, Addie Bell, a Las Vegas-based agent shares, “Next door to the Rosewood, SLS Baha Mar is perfect for hip, trendy couples that want a little more of the party vibe and feel. It’s great for bachelorette parties, birthdays and groups of friends traveling together. With day beds in the water and bottle service at the Privilege Pool, the SLS Baha Mar certainly has that NY/Miami/LA vibes.”

3. The Cove Eleuthera

With North Eleuthera (ELH) airport joining Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) as fully functional, Atlanta-based advisor Laura Epstein shares The Cove Eleuthera as one of her favorite recommendations for clients right now. She says, “This intimate spot on the tranquil shores of Eleuthera is an unspoiled enclave punctuated with swaying palms, white sand coves and stylish seaside accommodations. Effortlessly blending urban chic with island charm, guests are sure to find bliss on one of the most beautiful Bahamian islands. The 57-room resort offers a selection of stylish seaside cottages and villas, embraced by endless turquoise waters. From snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking to more relaxed pursuits such as lounging by the scenic, hilltop infinity pool, guests have a no shortage options at their fingertips.” | Learn More >>

4. The Dunmore

A little further east, Lauren Tulp Cichocki, a Los Angeles-based agent, is a fan of the outer island experience. “The Dunmore is the chicest little hotel on Harbour Island and the perfect spot  for a romantic getaway, like a babymoon. The island itself is so laid-back and a great place for someone who likes to immerse themselves in the local culture.” Located just steps from the exquisite Pink Sand Beach of Harbour Island, this stylish oasis of luxury guest cottages and oceanfront homes radiate a warm Bahamian charm. Envision breezy patios, vintage rattan, pink conch shells and 1960s resort glam. Here, time slows down as you unwind in our 10-acre tropical hideaway overlooking the vivid blue waters of the Bahamas.

5. The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas

Finally, revered amongst the best in the world, The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas, offers bespoke experiences with the exclusivity of a private estate. Guests will enjoy Versailles-inspired gardens, tennis, ocean-view yoga, bicycles and the Kids For All Seasons program. Its location on Paradise Island allows for easy exploration of old Nassau; travel along Bay Street to admire the Georgian architecture and pastel-painted wooden shops or for a deeper glimpse into history, visit the Pompey Museum. Lesley adds, “This property has always been a favorite for our family groups. Their cottages are great for extra space and families love the access to the nearby Atlantis water park with the ability to come home to the quiet oasis of the Ocean Club.”

So, you heard it here…

…with 700 + islands in the Bahamas and primarily just the northwestern Bahamas being affected, much of the country is still open for tourism.

No matter where you decide to make your home-away-from-home in the Bahamas, rest assured that your investment won’t just reap benefits for your mental health, but that your dollars are making a difference in the lives of hard-working Bahamaians. Laura puts it best sharing, “It’s incredibly important to keep in mind that with 700 + islands in the Bahamas and primarily just the northwestern region being affected, much of the country is still open for tourism and eager to share the hospitable island charm with which the islands have long been known to welcome guests.”

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