Six Continents Hotels Announces Dual Brand Resort on Grand Bahama Island, the Bahamas

ATLANTA (June 3, 2002)—Six Continents Hotels announced today the opening of a unique dual-branded resort complex in The Bahamas. The Royal Oasis Golf Resort & Casino on Grand Bahama Island joins together the 400-room Crowne Plaza hotel and the 565-room Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort. The property is owned and managed by Driftwood Hospitality Management, under a license agreement with an affiliate of Six Continents Hotels, Inc. Grand Bahama Island is the closest international destination to the U.S., just 68 miles and a short 18-minute flight from South Florida.

Following a $42 million renovation, the complex offers upscale resort accommodations with Crowne Plaza and family-friendly resort lodging with Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort in order to attract a wider breadth of guests. The dual branded resort also features shared facilities that include two 18-hole USGA-rated championship golf courses, a 28,000 square foot casino, two heated free-form pools with party-sized hot tubs, nine tennis courts, a fitness center, European-style spa, Fat Katz Beach Club, children`s activity center and the new center piece of the resort, a one-million gallon beach pool with two exciting waterslides.

Other shared facilities at the resort include a business center, live entertainment, international shops, hair salon, gift shops, tour desks and more than 40,000 square feet of meeting space. Dining is a focal point for guests of the resort with nine restaurants and bars to choose from: The Palm Grill, an upscale café; Paradiso, Restaurante Italiano, a premier dining experience; Calypso Café, a casual buffet restaurant; The Rib Room, an upscale steak house known for its aged beef, superb service and poolside view; The John B., Driftwoods and Splash poolside bar and grills; Odies, the island`s first kids-only restaurant; the Oasis Café, the casino`s spectacular buffet restaurant; and the exciting casino nightclub “Tonic.”

Crowne Plaza- Grand Bahama offers two Club executive floors with private, keyed elevator access. Guestrooms feature data ports, voice mail, video on demand, in-room safes, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, hair dryer, cable TV and A/C with individually controlled thermostat. Holiday Inn SunSpree, Grand Bahama guestrooms feature in-room movies, cable TV, refrigerator, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, coffee maker and hair dryer, voice mail and data ports.

Nearby attractions include the Dolphin Close Encounter and Swim With The Dolphins programs at UNEXSO, Parrot Jungles` Garden of the Groves (waterfalls, botanical gardens and scenic trails), Pinetree Stables, plus the International Bazaar and Port Lucaya Marketplace (both offering shopping, dining and entertainment).


As part of the Six Continents Hotels (formerly Bass Hotels & Resorts) global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts offers upscale accommodations at a good value, at more than 165 hotels in 40 countries, with over 48,000 guestrooms in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations worldwide. For reservations at Crowne Plaza hotels, visit or call 800-2CROWNE.

Holiday Inn SunSpree Resorts can be found in more than 26 locations in the US, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. The Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort casual, fun atmosphere and modern facilities make it easy for families to relax and have fun together during their stay. At each resort, families will find activities coordinators who plan recreational activities and events for both adults and children. For more information on packages or Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort locations, visit or call 1-800-HOLIDAY.