The view from a room at the Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island. (photo via Dan Callahan)
The Bahamas is hoping that rebirth is on the horizon for Grand Bahama Island, with the news that an offer has been accepted for the purchase of Grand Lucayan, a beachfront resort in Freeport.
Electra America Hospitality Group (EAHG) has entered into an agreement with Lucayan Renewal Holdings to buy the property for US$100 million.
CEO and Principal of Electra America Hospitality Group Russell Urban said the company was very interested in the resort for many reasons, among them is the “opportunity to reinvent, renaissance, rebirth, and revive” the island that was devastated by Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
“We saw this as a very unique opportunity in a world class location to create energy and to revive a community that has been so ravaged over recent years,” Urban said. “So, we are very, very pleased and humbled to be chosen for this amazing opportunity.”
The deal is a part of an initiative called “The Return of the Grand Life to Grand Bahama,” which seeks to re-establish the destination as the vibrant entertainment hub it once was.
“The sale of Grand Lucayan is only the beginning of the revival that we are witnessing in Grand Bahama Island,” said the Honourable I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation. “We are committed to pumping a renewed spirit back into this special island, while bringing thousands of jobs to Bahamians.”
Minister for Grand Bahama the Honourable Ginger Moxey also applauded the choice of Electra America Hospitality Group as the right fit.
“They recognize the role of corporate citizens, and the need for a holistic approach to enhancing communities where they do business, and appreciate the significance of this property to the people and economy of Grand Bahama,” she said.
With nearly $300 million in renovations planned, Grand Lucayan will be transformed into an environmentally sustainable luxury hotel with approximately 200 rooms and 24 villas; an upscale convention-style hotel with more than 500 rooms that will cater to meetings, groups, and incentive travellers; as well as a family-friendly resort.
To become environmentally sustainable, the property will utilize solar energy, establish a recycling program, and plant a garden to supply farm-to-table dining.
The new owners also plan on revitalizing the resort’s golf course by adding a country club and villas. A casino, bars and restaurants, as well as a variety of pools, spas, and fitness facilities are also in the works,
Construction is set to begin this summer and will be completed by 2025.
For the latest insight on travel around the world, check out this interactive guide:
For the latest travel news, updates, and deals, be sure to subscribe to the daily TravelPulse newsletter here.