After the hubbub surrounding the completion of Our Lucaya on
Grand Bahama Island, associate editor Kimberly Scholz went down to
take a look. Her report follows:
visited the sprawling Our
Lucaya resort complex in February, two months after the opening of
two guest accommodations facilities: Breakers Cay and Lighthouse
Combined, the facilities added the final 800 rooms to the
1,350-room resort that has been under construction since 1998.
Reef Village, with 550 inclusive accommodations, opened in
Still being built are a shopping promenade with eight exclusive
stores; a restaurant and bar, and a 40,000-square-foot casino.
Our Lucaya is so big that I hardly noticed the construction
going on and wasn't inconvenienced at all.
The shops, restaurant and bar should be completed this spring
and the casino by late summer.
Our Lucaya is bright and colorful, with fluorescent windsocks
dotting the landscape. Palm trees fringe the pools and beach
The Manor House, where guests check in for Breakers Cay and
Lighthouse Pointe, resembles a 19th century plantation home with
wood furniture, high ceilings and rich colors.
Murals adorn the ceilings, and white-railed staircases lead to a
second floor with more public areas and meetings space.
Also in the Manor House are Churchill's Chop House, a steak
restaurant specializing in aged Angus beef, and the Havana Cay
Cigar Bar, featuring hand-rolled cigars from the Dominican Republic
The property is so large that upon checking in, guests are
handed a map so they can get around without getting lost.
At various points around the property are larger versions of the
maps with "you are here" arrows.
I found my way to Breakers Cay, which reminded me of one of the
new cruise vessels.
My room in the 579-room, 10-story tower was elaborately
decorated with geometric shapes in blues, greens and yellows.
The vibrant colors and funky patterns gave the room a lively
feel. Artwork and accessories matched the colors in the bedding and
All rooms are standard hotel room size, with either two double
beds or one king-size bed, and come equipped with the usual hotel
Private balconies provide views of the ocean or gardens.
Downstairs in Breakers Cay is the eclectic Willy Broadleaf's,
which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, buffet-style.
The restaurant is decorated with areas representing various
regions in the world, with leopard-spotted tablecloths and chairs
for Africa and colorfully striped material on the tables for
Clocks set to the different time zones greet guests upon
I sampled breakfast there and feasted on a salsa omelet and
spicy potatoes from Mexico as well as fresh fruit from the
With 14 restaurants on the property, there weren't enough days
and nights to enjoy all of them.
Other options include the fun-and-fancy-free Prop Club, which is
open for lunch and dinner and converts into a disco/club setting
The Prop Club is decorated with parts of old boats and planes.
Peanut shells litter the floor.
Nightly entertainment includes a native show with local music
and dancing as well as a variety show and a limbo contest.
Another exceptional choice for dining is Portobellos, which
serves breakfast and a Northern Italian-style cuisine for dinner.
The ambience is a step back in time to Old World Italy, with its
antique wooden tables and chairs, countryside murals, glass
lanterns and stone archway.
Portobellos features water views and is situated beside the
40,000-square-foot conference center next to the entrance to the
The 221-room Lighthouse Pointe, with a candy-cane-striped
lighthouse as the focal point, sits away from the rest of the
resort and houses the Senses Spa.
The spa offers several massage and body treatments and also
features a fitness facility with the latest equipment.
Spinning and aerobics classes are offered daily.
The aromatherapy massage is a great way to unwind after a day of
hiking through nearby Lucayan National Park.
Lighthouse Pointe features a crescent pool as well as a lap
pool. The crescent pool seemed to be the pool of choice for birds
more than people.
Reef Village, which became the property's inclusive option in
January, has its own lobby for check-in; a selection of
restaurants; a gift shop, and the Sugar Mill Pool, with a 60-foot
spiral water slide.
Camp Lucaya, a kids' camp for those between the ages of 2 and
12, is located nearby.
I saw people of all ages at the resort, from families with
little ones to college-aged couples to retirees.
"We treat our guests like they are our family and we have
company coming," a spokeswoman said.
"We run around to make sure the 'kids' [employees] are on their
best behavior and clean everything up," she added.
With such attention to detail, I definitely plan to return to