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Grand Lucayan, Bahamas [ON LOCATION] MONICA VILLAR A major group resort 45 minutes off the mainland T he smell of coconut rum together with the beat of live calypso music is hypnotizing as you make your way through the open-air halls of the Grand Lucayan, Bahamas. The 519-room, 4-diamond resort is the largest operating hotel on Grand Bahama Island, sitting along 7.5 acres of the island’s lauded powder white beaches. The resort is easily accessible with flights to Grand Bahama International Airport available from many major U.S. cities. The resort is less than a 15-minutes drive from the airport. “Travelers leaving Grand Bahama Island and returning home clear U.S. Customs and Immigration at the airport,” says Denise Harmon, director of sales. “When they arrive on U.S. soil, they can simply claim their baggage and quickly exit the airport.” For meetings, the resort offers 90,000 sf of combined indoor/ outside space. The 40,000 sf of indoor space includes a conference center, a 1,500-pax ballroom and the stately Manor House, which can host groups up to 290 for an elegant reception. The resort’s expansive Grand Lawn and pool deck is perfect for 2,800-pax cocktail events where groups can find their Caribbean rhythms during the hotel’s weekend Junkanoo parade. The guestrooms feature a warm, inviting color palette and tropical touches like Caribbean-inspired artwork hanging above the bed, and the views from the balconies will buckle your knees. The 372-acre property offers a 25,000-sf Senses Spa & Fitness Center and myriad complimentary recreational activities including mixology courses, windsurfing and kayaking. Their four pools—including an infinity pool—provide both quiet and convivial places to rest and rejuvenate. “My favorite part of the resort is the ocean and I think the resort is quite nicely done because we have the beach divided into two sections,” says Benjamin Davis, GM. “One area is on the eastern part of the property where the beach is more secluded and quiet and has the infinity pool. That’s more of our upscale area. The other beach has all the watersports and activities.” Grand Lucayan, Bahamas offers no less than nine restaurants and bars. We absolutely loved our dinner experience at the oceanfront China Beach, where groups can enjoy a culinary tour of Pacific Rim seafood and just-caught local fish. The decor is cool and contemporary with red parasols doubling as chandeliers above us. At first glance, the restaurant seems to be floating above the hotel’s winding pools. Our feast includes crispy duck, stir-fried lobster tail and Thai-style seafood fried rice. Grand Lucayan has two championship golf courses: The Reef Club and Lucayan Country Club. Plus, the resort is home to the only casino on the island, Treasure Bay Casino. It’s open 24 hours a day, featuring 35,000 sf of playing space including 400 slot machines and 30 gaming tables. PORT LUCAYA Across the street from the resort, Port Lucaya Marketplace offers duty-free shopping, restaurants and live entertainment. There’s also, the Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO) that organizes group deep sea dives and dolphin swims. Explore the unknown with trips out to Ben’s Cavern or swim alongside resident dolphins at the 9-acre Dolphin Experience Lagoon and feed Caribbean reef sharks at nearby wrecks. “I don’t think anyone should ever be bored if they’re here for three or four nights,” says Davis. “We have a large amount of options available for a group to experience to really get a strong feel for the island.”; 86 | prevue magazine

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue May/June 2012

Sheraton China + Macau
The Peppermill, Reno
Charleston + Denver
CSR with Caesars
Hong Kong's Kai Tak Terminal
Special Section: Europe
Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf
Affordable Luxury
Frenchman's Reef, USVI
U.S. Gaming Hotels
Caesars/Paris Las Vegas
Grand Lucayan, Bahamas
Iberostar Cancun

Prevue May/June 2012