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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 entrée 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.