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Ritz-Carlton Bahamas to debut in 2009

The Ritz-Carlton is planning to open an exclusive resort on Rose Island in The Bahamas, four miles off Nassau and Paradise Island in 2009.

The Ritz-Carlton Rose Island will feature a sheltered marina to dock luxury boats and yachts. When it is finally completed, the 230 acre site is expected to provide a collection of more than 400 dwellings in the scenic setting.

The hotel site will be on the western side of the island, with a north facing beach. The guestrooms and suites will average 550 square feet and feature large balconies. Other planned amenities include a swimming pool, lavish spa, gourmet restaurant, and intimate meeting space.

Simon F. Cooper, president and chief operating officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotels, thanked the Government of the Bahamas for “their enthusiastic support for creating a world-class leisure destination to attract sophisticated travelers, and those seeking an exceptional vacation home location.”

He noted guests of the hotel and homeowners would gain entrĂ©e to Rose Island only by helicopter or ferry, and could be easily transported to Nassau and Paradise Island. “We have long wanted to add a Ritz-Carlton branded resort in The Bahamas, and we believe Rose Island was well worth waiting for,” said Mr. Cooper.


The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, the group’s newest property, opened December 2005 in the Cayman Islands.