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High-end resort to break ground next month on three private islands

A world-class, mixed-use property is set to break ground next month on three private islands north of Bimini, with luxury villas starting at $950,000.

The illa Bimini Resort & Residences development will focus on eco-luxury, with structures built “with the land, not on the land”.

The development is being carried out by Island Developers, Oppenheim Architecture + Design and landscape architect Raymond Jungles.

Co-founder and a principal of Island Developers Alejandro Capo said in a release that high-net-worth individuals want to go “back to basics” and disconnect from modernity.

“We wanted to create an environment that encourages residents and guests to turn off their phones, disconnect from the modern-day chaos and fully immerse themselves with the simplest pleasures of life,” said Capo.

“The property is designed to complement the laid-back Caribbean vibes alongside the luxury of unplugging.”

The three islands are expected to house residential villas and a five-star boutique hotel accessible only by boat, sea plane and helicopter.

“Residents and guests will be able to digitally detox on the secluded beach hideaway set on 40 acres and spanning over 9,000 feet of coastline,” the release states.

“The development is a vision of natural beauty with 54 three- and four-bedrooms residential villas and a 49-key boutique hotel. The lifestyle here is all about escaping the relentless pace of daily life, slowing down, disconnecting and focusing on the things that bring the most pleasure: nature, family, quality time and simplicity.”

The release adds that, “Owners and guests will even be able to park a yacht in their backyard, as the beachfront villas have marina access to fit vessels up to 90 feet long.”

According to principal and Lead Designer of Oppenheim Architecture + Design Chad Oppenheim, illa is designed for environmental sustainability and to be a “holistic retreat”.

“In terms of development, illa Bimini Resort & Residences is not expanding the development footprint of the already existing environmentally approved plans for the project and will not negatively impact the land in any way,” Rafael Reyes, co-founder and a principal of Island Developers, added.

“To enhance our sustainability efforts, we have incorporated a complete solar package, energy management system, smart home technology and back-up generator applications into our design and services.”

The development’s many amenities include fruit gardens, volleyball and bocce ball courts and an overwater spa.

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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