For more than a decade, Derek Jeter has hosted a star-studded golf tournament to benefit his foundation, Turn 2, which promotes healthy lifestyles among young people.
After several years in Tampa and then a few more in Vegas, Jeter’s sister and president of Turn 2, Sharlee Jeter, decided to up the ante and take their talents (or, more accurately, according to Derek, the absence of) international. This year’s tournament, officially known as the Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational, was first held at the five-year-old, 1,000-acre Baha Mar resort on the island of New Providence.
“We thought it would be nice to have [the tournament] in a destination where you could bring your family, and that’s also a vacation,” she tells InsideHook. “Derek used to vacation in the Bahamas, often in Albany. Came here on vacation, it was like “this is a perfect place to do it”.
“I love it [here]adds Derek. “I really do.”
Fast forward to the weekend of the tournament, and a handful of his former teammates (Jorge Posada, Tino Martinez and CC Sabathia), former NSYNC members (Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick) as well as Anthony Anderson and Tyler Cameron , among others, are off to a maiden round at Baha Mar’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Royal Blue Golf Course.
“You always hear athletes and entertainers talk about how good they are at golf, and then you see how bad they are,” laughs Derek. But talent aside, the event has already raised over $1 million for Turn 2.
Baha Mar, despite being a relatively new property, is no stranger to high profile events like the DJCI. Since its inception in April 2017, it has actually been a hotbed for such events. On the weekend of the tournament alone, Baha Mar is simultaneously hosting a crypto conference – whose attendees included both Katy Perry, Steve Aoki, Liam Payne and Bill Clinton – as well as the TikTok star’s 18th birthday party. Charlie D’Amelio.
According to Baha Mar marketing director Bryan Guillot, events like the DJCI create an energy that carries over to operations. The good news is that you don’t have to be a DJCI guest to feel it. After spending a few days at Baha Mar taking stock of their offerings, we can confirm that the energy is palpable and felt at virtually every level of the guest experience…whatever else is going on at the property .
New Providence Island in the Bahamas is less than a three-hour flight from New York and only half an hour from Miami. From Lynden Pindling International Airport, the resort is only a ten minute drive. This level of accessibility alone could explain its surge in popularity.
But Baha Mar is much more than its proximity to its biggest US market. In fact, it’s home to three major (and diverse) hotel brands – Grand Hyatt, SLS Hotels, and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts – totaling 2,330 rooms (1,800 at Grand Hyatt, 300 at SLS, and 230 at Rosewood), 30 retailers luxuries, 12 swimming pools, a brand new $200 million water park, a 30,000 square foot ESPA and the largest casino in all of the Caribbean. In addition to its half-mile of private beachfront, Baha Mar also has its own private island, Long Cay, among its amenities (although not currently in use). In total, the station employs more than 5,000 associates.
It’s a behemoth of a property, and you could easily spend an entire week at the Baha Mar and not visit the same restaurant, or even the pool, twice. Adult offerings are plentiful, but there’s no shortage of family-friendly activities either — an important consideration for Jeters when choosing a property. If Atlantis – the only other property in Nassau of a similar scale – is for children, Baha Mar is for parents with kids. Even Baha Bay, the brand new water park on 15 acres of beachfront, is more luxurious than juvenile, with the full-service, reservation-only Baha Bay Beach Club located just off the park’s waterfront.
Thanks to the 45 bar and restaurant concepts on the property — from beachfront food trucks to fine-dining alfresco dining options — there’s also a little something for everyone where food is involved. Baha Mar prides itself on being a unique dining destination in the Caribbean. He has caught the eye of several celebrity chefs, including James Beard Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson, star chef Daniel Boulud Café Boulud and sushi master Katsuya Uechi, who now run Marcus at Baha Mar Fish + Chop House, Rosewood. Baha Mar. and Katsuya, respectively. There are plenty of opportunities for fresh seafood, of course, but also for things like Italian craftsmanship, world-class butchery, and authentic Chinese.
Additionally, Baha Mar has some of the most generous COVID policies we have seen so far. New last year, they introduced the “Travel with Confidence” program, which pledges to extend a free stay to any guest who tests positive for COVID before departure from the resort. or Courtesy private jet service to the United States If the guest chooses the former, Baha Mar “will facilitate their quarantine with courtesy accommodations and a daily in-room dining credit of $150 per person per day, up to 14 days or until guest receives a negative COVID-19 result. Testing facilities are open 24/7 and at all three hotels.
I can think of far worse places to be stuck in quarantine.
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