GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Bahamas -- Pelican Bay at Lucaya here is
celebrating the opening of 48 luxury suites, a doubling of its
suite inventory, with free nights for clients and extra commission
Through April 30, guests booking four nights receive three
additional nights free, creating weeklong villa stays priced from
$1,200 -- a 42% savings, according to management.
And travel agents who book those stays directly with Pelican Bay
earn 30% pay.
"We received such a good response from our guests when we opened
the first suites two years ago that we wanted to do something
dramatic so more people would learn about these quiet, intimate
accommodations," said Jim Goodrum, president of New Hope Holding,
the parent company of Pelican Bay.
The resort is offering the savings and extra pay in lieu of
advertising, according to Erik Christiansen, chairman of the board,
"because a deal for people seems to work, and I'll do better with
it than spending on ads."
No expense was spared on the suites.
The property spent approximately $250,000 on each of the
750-square-foot units, which are outfitted with mahogany woodwork,
Italian tile floors, original Bahamian watercolor paintings and
private patios or balconies.
Amenities in the suites, which have water views, include ceiling
fans, stocked refrigerators, microwaves and espresso machines.
Guests also are treated to special touches, Christiansen said,
such as delivery of croissants and a newspaper each morning.
"What I'm trying to do is give my guests the things I like to
have when I travel," said Christiansen.
The result, he added, is the highest occupancy and
repeat-visitor rates on Grand Bahama Island -- if not the entire
Pelican Bay, described as evoking a Danish seaside village with
Caribbean influences, features brightly colored, two-story town
houses with white gingerbread trim.
Guest units offer large balconies so clients can "sit outside
when it rains, which is what I like to do," Christiansen said.
The resort also has three freshwater pools, a Jacuzzi, the Ferry
House Restaurant and the poolside Yellow Tail's Bar and Grill.
No further additions -- save, perhaps, a small conference
facility for up to 50 people -- are planned, said Christiansen.
For more information, call (242) 373-9550, fax (242) 373-9551 or
visit http://pelicanbayhotel.com. To book, call (800)
600-9192 or send an e-mail to [email protected].
To contact reporter Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].