Luxury Bahamaian resort to open, via a HGTV celebrity-designer team

One of the villas at Caerula Mar, which is scheduled to open this fall on South Andros Island in the Bahamas.
One of the villas at Caerula Mar, which is scheduled to open this fall on South Andros Island in the Bahamas.

An abandoned Bahamian resort from the 1960s, which had been on the market for 10 years, will debut as a boutique luxury property on South Andros island in the Bahamas on Nov. 1.

The resort was purchased by Canadian husband and wife team Bryan and Sarah Baeumler during a day trip to the island in August 2017.

"We discovered South Andros on a family vacation, and it's had a special place in our hearts ever since," said Sarah.

"We knew that transforming the property into the Caerula Mar Club was going to be a massive undertaking, but we also saw its potential as a place where travelers could get back to the basics, reconnect with nature and savor the simplicity and beauty of this paradise," she said.

The couple are celebrity designers, known for their HGTV Canada series "House of Bryan."

In April, the network began documenting Caerula Mar's construction with a new series called "Island of Bryan," where viewers followed the transformation of the resort into a luxury hotel product.

The resort, which will open with 18 oceanfront suites and six villas, is designed with sustainable natural materials and spacious outdoor living spaces.

The suites and villas have an open-concept living and sleeping area with contemporary furnishings, white oak floors and aged marble stone.

Dining venues include a cafe and smoothies bar, the Driffs Bar & Lounge and Lusca, the fine-dining restaurant featuring gourmet Caribbean dishes.

The property's grounds include a pool, meditation paths, hammocks and a turtle-filled reflection pond. Offshore coral reefs offer opportunities for diving, snorkeling, boating and fishing.

Rates start at $385 per night for the suites and at $785 for private villas. Kids 12 and over will be welcome.

South Andros is home to 18 small settlements that stretch along the east coast of the island, connected by the Queen's Highway, the only road. Congo Town airport on South Andros is accessible via a 20-minute flight from Nassau and an hour flight from Fort Lauderdale.

During the renovation process, Caerula Mar provided employment for more than 100 island residents, many of whom will join the resort's hospitality team.

Caerula Mar is a member of the Reef Rescue Network, a nonprofit organization that  guides the restoration and rehabilitation of coral reefs in the Bahamas.

"Sustainability and environmental preservation are incredibly important to us, not just in the construction phase but in everything we do, from sourcing ingredients for our restaurants to selecting our tour partners and establishing relationships with employees and suppliers," said Bryan.

"We are always looking for ways that Caerula Mar can help contribute to and further sustain the local economy of South Andros."

Correction: The HGTV Canada series the couple appeared on is called "House of Bryan." An incorrect name appeared in an earlier version of this article.


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