New Options for the Bahamas

Compass Point was originally created by legendary music impresario Chris Blackwell, Island Records founder and the man behind the careers of Bob Marley and U2, as a Nassau, Bahamas sanctuary for musicians. The resort is now joining Blackwell's Island Outpost collection of Caribbean properties and is scheduled for a Dec. 1 re-opening. Its 18 huts—brightly colored two-story cottages and single cabanas—sit at water's edge, and have natural wood floors and whitewashed walls. Amenities include a redesigned restaurant, plus flat-screen TVs, CD and DVD players, wireless Internet and Aveda products. Rates, effective Dec. 1, 2006–April 16, 2007, range from $270 to $460 per room, per night double, not including 20 percent tax. Call 800-OUTPOST or visit of Compass Point's colorful cottages

Miami-based Gencom Group will develop the Ritz-Carlton Rose Island, Bahamas, scheduled to open in late 2009 on a 230-acre private island. Plans call for a 180-room hotel and more than 400 residential options. Other features will include a 300-slip marina, helipad, ferry from Nassau and ParadiseIsland, swimming pools, spa and several restaurants.

Broomfield, CO-based RockResorts will manage Rum Cay Resort Marina, a $700 million, 870-acre multi-use luxury resort/residential/marina development on Rum Cay Island, Bahamas. RockResorts will manage the luxury hotel and spa facilities, marina village, golf facility, certain residential rental programs and one or more private membership clubs.

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