A couple of years ago the Ginn Corporation purchased the beautiful resort on Grand Bahama Island previously known as Old Bahama Bay and renamed it Ginn Sur Mer.
Then the unthinkable happened! We got hit with the Great Recession and real estate values plunged, taking many real projects down with it. Including Ginn Sur Mer. Lenders took over management of the resort for a while, but after giving it a good effort they too wanted out and basically tendered the operation and management of the resort to the condo owners. The owners in turn brought in Management Services, LLC., a Florida-based hospitality consulting company whose principals were involved in opening and operating the resort from 2001 to 2007.
After months of planning and negotiations, the resort just announced that a new corporation, Island Ventures Resort & Club, Ltd., has been formed to undertake the operation of the resort and marina under its original name, Old Bahama Bay. James Culmer of West End has been named General Manager and Jackie Carroll of Freeport has been named Resort Manager. Both are seasoned veterans of the resort. The mission of the new management team is to implement new marketing initiatives for the resort and provide high quality, friendly service to owners and guests alike.
So, the good news for boaters and others is that the Old Bahama Bay Resort remains open and operating to provide accommodations and marina services to the many, many boaters who fish the waters around the West End of Grand Bahama Island, dock their boats at the Old Bahama Bay Marina, and spend a couple of days enjoying this beautiful and relaxing resort. All the dining is alfresco so guests can enjoy the tropical environment and salivate over the delicious menu items prepared daily, all while listening to the music of the surf lapping up on the beautiful sands of Grand Bahama.
Old Bahama Bay is an all-suites oceanfront resort with 67 junior suites and 6 spacious two bedroom suites. The resort also offers a full-service and an official Bahamas port-of-entry marina with quick and efficient Bahamian Customs and Immigration. The marina offers 72 slips featuring a controlling depth of 6 feet at mean low tide and 24-hour security.
The resort amenities include an incredible beach, a beautiful infinity pool, a dive facility, snorkeling, non-motorized water sports, bicycling, and a fitness center.
Now for the bad news. The Bahamas recently announced that the Customs of the Bahamas has modified the entry fee, increasing the fee for boats between 31’ and 35’. The new rate is that boats 30 feet and under are charged $150; over 30 feet is now $300. Previously, the increase occurred at 35 feet. The fee covers entry for up to three people. Additional passengers are now charged $25, up from $20. Although no one like more fees or taxes, the bountiful fishing opportunities around the West End of Grand Bahama in both shallow and deep water are so inviting that the increases should not keep avid fishermen away from these beautiful Bahamian waters. And, with Old Bahama Bay operating as its old self again, the lodging is equal to the fishing.
This article has been contributed by Larry Turner,
of Backus Turner International and The Light™ Magazine.