The Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, Bahamas
By: Lisa Kinchen
Beyond paradise, nestled in The Bahamas, lies the island of Bimini. The sound of it is exotic, reminiscent of palm trees and ocean vistas. The Hilton at Resorts World Bimini invites guests here to live their most unforgettable Bahamas experience.
A half hour’s seaplane ride from Miami brings you to this beautiful oasis. ABC’s The Bachelor was filmed on location at this premier luxury resort where the rooftop infinity pool offers a stunning 360-degree view of Bimini Bay.
The pristine waters beckon temptingly. Resorts World Bimini offers white sand beaches where guests enjoy glass bottomed kayaks, banana boats, and jet skiing. Other sun and sand activities include lazing in an ocean hammock, paddle boating, or water bikes. Unique to Bimini is a snorkeler’s delight: the shipwreck of the historic S.S. Sapona. This concrete cargo ship was originally commissioned by President Woodrow Wilson to serve as a troop transport to assist in World War I. After that, the ship was used as a floating casino, a storage facility and in the illicit liquor trafficking trade before being sunk by a hurricane in 1956. With depth approaching 20 feet, the site is shallow enough for beginners and children to explore the hull seeking sunken relics.
Bimini offers more experienced divers the thrill of exploring underwater walls, reefs, drift dives, wrecks and the Road to the Atlantis. The reefs around the island offer a tapestry of sea life and flora as divers swim alongside stingrays, manta rays, and some 45 different species of sharks found in the Bahamas. Bimini Undersea is a full-service water sports and diving center that can tailor your diving excursion with their certified PADI Dive Center. Each experience is supervised by Bimini Undersea’s professional dive staff.
Fishing charters are available for anglers to reel in bonefish, snapper and grouper in the sport fishing capital of the world. Daily charters start at $525 for a half day, and $1,050 for a full day. Half day charters depart at 8am and return at noon, or depart at 1pm and return at 5pm. The charter boat is a Gamefish Sea Hunt 27 and seats 6 passengers.
Does something poolside sound a bit more relaxing? n addition to the rooftop infinity pool, Resorts World Bimini offers three other luxurious pools- one of which is the ground floor lazy river pool overlooking Bimini Bay.
In addition to the 300 rooms and 18 luxury suites at the new Hilton, guests have a choice of charming villa accommodations designed to suit every preference, ranging from spacious studios to one, two, three, and four bedrooms. Painted colorful hues to reflect Bimini’s personality, accommodations range between single level condos, tree houses, and two-story stand-alone villas. All offer views of the crafted gardens or the stunning beaches as well as the crystalline waters accenting the visual perfection.
Resorts World Bimini Studio accommodations are a spacious 728 square feet, with an intimate feel. Each has a well-equipped kitchenette (microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker) with a breakfast nook. Studios have either one king sized bed or two full beds and a full bath. Studio rooms are single level on either the first or second floor.
The One Bedroom units accommodate up to 4 guests, and feature a living room, dining room and extended terrace. The full kitchen includes granite countertops, a porcelain stovetop, refrigerator, microwave, and double sink. All cutlery and tableware are included for the full dining room table. The living area contains a sleeper sofa. The master bedroom features a king-sized bed and full bath with double vanity. One Bedroom accommodations are single level with garden view, or bi-level tree houses with a bay view.
The One Bedroom Bay View Treehouse (4 guests) features one bedroom, 2 bathrooms, and an extended living area. The first floor is furnished, with a front porch, dining table and full kitchen with cutlery and tableware. The kitchen is complete with a porcelain stovetop, granite countertops, fridge, and microwave. A winding staircase leads to the king-sized master bedroom, full bath, and covered bay-view terrace.
Two Bedroom garden view accommodations are ideal for up to 6 guests. Each features a spacious living room, dining room, and extended terrace. Fully equipped kitchens with double sinks, as well as cutlery and tableware for the separate dining area. The living area contains a sleeper sofa, the master bedroom offers a king-sized bed (full bath) and the second bedroom has twin beds.
Three Bedroom units are available for up to 8 guests. These rooms are available as single level spaces, bi-level tree houses, or free standing villas all with garden views. A limited number of bay and ocean view villas are also available. These accommodations feature a spacious living room (sleeper sofa), dining room, with cutlery & tableware, and extended terrace. The full kitchen includes granite countertops, a porcelain stovetop, refrigerator, microwave and double sink. The master bedroom offers a king-sized bed and full bath with double vanity. The second bedroom features a queen bed, and the third bedroom has twin beds.
Four Bedroom Accommodations will accommodate up to 12 guests. As fully and stylishly equipped as the previous habitations, this larger unit living area features a sleeper sofa. The master bedroom offers a king-sized bed and ensuite full bathroom with double vanity. Second, third and fourth bedroom accommodations vary. Four Bedroom accommodations are available with bay front or ocean front views There are also a handful of bay front private island units available.
Evenings and weekends, guests can enjoy the world-class Resorts World Bimini Casino, a 10,000 square-foot, live-action casino that features popular table games with competitive table limits including Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps and Roulette, slot machines, a high-limit gaming salon and a Sports Book. The unique floor to ceiling windows make this the first casino in the world to have panoramic water views. The full indoor-outdoor restaurant is conveniently located on the Mega Yacht Marina. Guests can park their yacht, enjoy a relaxed dinner, and enjoy the Casino at their leisure.
Dining at the Resorts World Bimini is its own adventure. Evenings the Lobby Raw Bar serves tasty platters, cocktails, and oysters in an enchanted setting. Guests can pair their elegant seafood selections with hand-made craft cocktails or wine by the glass.
The unique 24-seat Sushi Bar tempts guests with an expansive selection of freshly prepared nigiri, sashimi, and sushi rolls along with a choice of Asian inspired dishes.
Sabor is Resorts World Bimini’s signature restaurant, offering prime aged steak and fresh seafood in a most romantic setting. Weekend evenings guests may begin with the lobster bisque or duck confit flatbread, and choose from a mouth-watering selection of Angus beef.
Amicci’s, an intimate Italian cafe, features menu items such as fresh paninis, assorted gelato flavors, coffee drinks, pastries, gourmet pizzas and salads. Open daily from 7am to 7pm Amicci’s is a great place to grab a meal at any time. Amicci’s proudly serves Starbucks coffee.
Bimini has the distinction of having hosted many famous visitors throughout history, the most prominent being author Ernest Hemingway. He was reported to have written some of his books, including “Islands in the Stream,” on the island. Named in his honor, the Resorts World Bimini Casino “RW Hemingway’s” serves up a selection of gourmet burgers and wings in a sports bar atmosphere – open during Casino operation hours.
Out on Paradise Beach – lunchtime cocktails and frozen drinks can be found at the Beach Club, along with BBQ fare. A freshly made conch salad is the house specialty.
The Healing Hole, dockside open air lounge, serves freshly grilled Bahamian favorites. Friday and Saturday evenings it it is the place to go for cold beer on tap, tropical cocktails, and those photo perfect marina vistas.
In keeping with the theme of the ground floor lagoon pool, you will find The Oasis. Swim up to enjoy bites and libations featuring salads, burgers, kabobs – and specialty drinks.
The adults-only Hilton rooftop Infinity pool invites guests to indulge in fabulous drink and menu selections as they soak up the sun and revel in the panoramic views of Bimini Bay at Monkey Business.
Resorts World Bimini invites you to call toll free 1.888.930.8688 for reservations and information. Book online at www.rwbimini.com/a> .