Old Bahama Bay extends elopers a plan 'Just for 2'

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WEST END, Grand Bahama Island -- Here's a twist to your run-of-the-mill honeymoon packages: The Old Bahama Bay hotel here introduced an elopement plan called Just the 2 of You.

The hotel, which is a mix of resort accommodations, a marina and a residential community, promises an "idyllic and exclusive tropical setting in which to enter into the bond of holy matrimony without the traditional fanfare of wedding parties and guests," said Michel Neutelings, vice president of operations and general manager.

For $1,400 per couple, the property will arrange for the necessary documents, services and amenities associated with the ceremony, such as license processing, an officiator, witnesses, photography, champagne and flowers.

A personal Web site page (if desired) will be supplied by the hotel for the posting of photos of the ceremony, as well as the opportunity to send digital marriage announcements. The cost of accommodations is additional. The package pays 10% commission.

In other news, agents who handle meetings and incentives of up to 100 people have a new product to sell at the property -- the 2,000 square-foot meetings facility, which is equipped with high-tech options for groups desiring an Out Island experience.

"Because we are a newer resort, we've taken special care to provide the technological tools for groups whose productivity depends largely on access to technology for meetings," Neutelings said.

Available are high-speed modems, wide screens for Power Point presentations and DVDs. The property also can arrange for the use of the private island of Indian Cay for meetings or team-building exercises.

In addition to servicing meetings, Old Bahama Bay also established a program for incentives and other groups desiring team-building programs.

The hotel also offers the option of using its 72-slip marina for groups choosing to arrive by boat, as Bahamas customs and immigration services are available there.

For more information, call (800) 572-5711.

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