grand bahama island, bahamas
THE PROPERTY: The beachside Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort offers an Art Deco style with a traditional Bahamian ambiance located along seven acres of pristine, white sand shoreline. A bevy of accommodation options include island-, marina- and oceanview guestrooms, the latter of which also include 1- and 2-bedroom suite alternatives, meaning you’ll find something to suit every client.
THE GREENS: Of the two courses available at Grand Lucayan, the open, breezy Reef Course—spanning 6,930 yards—must have been named for its water features, because 13 of its 18 holes play off water. Meanwhile, the Dick Wilson-designed Lucayan Course offers 18 holes that are divided equally into six relatively straight holes, six left-to-right routings, and six that favor one side. Luckily, both courses offer beverage carts throughout the tree-lined fairways, where players can enjoy snacks and refreshments while pondering their next move.
THE AMENITIES: Guests can settle in for Movie Mania every Thursday night on the Great Lawn, or take part in Beach Olympics every Monday. Outdoors, they can enjoy biking, jogging, horseback riding, basketball and tennis—not to mention a wide array of watersports—or stay inside and play at the on-property Las Vegas-style casino.
THE SCENE: There are innumerable excursion options for guests, including shark-feeding dives, dolphin swims, birdwatching and horseback riding. And just across the street, Port Lucaya Marketplace offers great bargain shopping, where guests can buy jewelry, linens, leather goods and local crafts.
THE RATES: The Unlimited Golf package starts at $197 per night, and is available for booking and travel through June 30.
THE PROPERTY: The Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda is surrounded by coconut palms, bougainvilleas and pink sand beaches, and no matter which of the 593 guestrooms, suites, specialty rooms or exclusive Fairmont Gold suites your clients opt to stay in, all guests will enjoy private balconies, marble bathrooms, walk-in closets and views of either the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Sound or the property’s lush golfing amenities.
THE GREENS: Speaking of the course, players at Fairmont Southampton Golf Course will take on 18 par 3 holes within 2,684 yards of greens. Designed by Theodore Robinson, this course offers dramatic elevation changes and strong coastal winds that will challenge golfers’ short game, making club selection a careful decision. When they’re not cursing the wind, though, players can admire the views of the Atlantic.
THE AMENITIES: Beginning with Bermuda’s largest and most celebrated wellness facility, Willow Stream Spa, and continuing on to offer the only diving instructor development Dive Center on the island, plus six hardcourt, beachfront tennis courts, The Fairmont Southampton offers excellent extras to keep guests busy throughout their stay. Additional amenities include children’s Explorer Camp, oceanfront beach club, adults-only nightclub and 10 restaurants, cafes and lounges.
THE SCENE: Plenty of water-based activities abound throughout the island, such as dolphin encounters or tours through the Crystal and Fantasy caves, known for their limestone stalactites and stalagmites. On land, horse and carriage tours will take riders through the city of Hamilton, and 36 acres of plants and flowers can be navigated at Bermuda Botanical Gardens.
THE RATES: The Ultimate Tee Time Golf package starts at $579 dbl per night, including accommodations in a luxurious room with a private balcony and unlimited daily golf at the golf course with shared cart. Alternatively, guests can exchange the daily golf option for one round of golf pp daily at Bermuda’s oldest golf course, Riddell’s Bay.