The $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort complex in the Bahamas marked the half-way point of its construction this week with the completion of the 25th floor of the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel. As part of its celebration, Baha Mar’s developers announced several initiatives including the creation of a philanthropic foundation, and a design partnership with Grammy-award winning musician Lenny Kravitz, a partnership with luxury spa operator ESPA, and a cultural alliance with The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB).
Kravitz, who spent part of his childhood in the Bahamas and owns a home and recording studio in the country, will contribute designs to the resort’s nightclub and luxury villa through his company, Kravitz Design. Also, the NAGB will curate and display artwork from its collections and from the D'Aguilar Art Foundation and Dawn Davies collections throughout Baha Mar’s common areas and in gallery spaces in the Baha Mar Convention Center. ESPA, a British company that operates more than 350 spas in 55 countries, will operate Baha Mar's spa.
The Baha Mar Foundation will provide local companies and residents with “a say in the future of their community,” said Sarkis Izmirlian, Baha Mar’s chairman and CEO, about the company’s commitment to raise $1 million for the foundation in time for the resort’s opening in December of 2014. Baha Mar has engaged nearly 400 locally owned construction and contracting firms in the resort’s construction, Izmirlian said. Baha Mar will feature four new resorts including the 1,000-room Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, a 700-room Grand Hyatt hotel, a 300-room Mondrian hotel, and a 200-room Rosewood Hotels & Resorts property.