In efforts to “get the guest experience right the first time”, Baha Mar has recently decided to delay its grand opening to happen late Spring 2015. Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s senior vice-president of government and external affairs, told The Tribune that it was “not uncommon” for projects of Baha Mar’s scale to undergo a phased or staged opening and that the push back of the date had not been caused by construction delays or problems.
In reference to the delay, Minister for Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said that it was neither a surprise or concern that Baha Mar will not open in full in December. In a Tribune article, Minister Wilchcombe stated that, “We’re not taken aback by it because they said it, that was anticipated. We’ve spoken about that. They’re going to open in December like a preview. That said to me a gradual process. It was left to interpretation. The truth is it’s a mega resort going on there. I would prefer to take our time and stay our course. My team is busy. We feel very good.”
Ultimately, the opening of Baha Mar is inevitable and still highly anticipated. Officials say that when the resort is completed, it will include a 100,000 square foot casino, an 18-hole, 72-par Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, an ESPA at Baha Mar spa and more than 12 pools.