Competition launches to develop plans for Rose Island site

A competition has been launched online for the development of a beach club, marina and accommodations on a part of Rose Island that appears to be the former location of a proposed Ritz-Carlton development.’s competition brief outlines the property to be developed as a private island that is to be “Bahamian chic”, with a robust sustainability strategy.

The site gives no indication of who its client is or who owns the proposed development or its site.

Guardian Business reached out to Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation Chester Cooper for clarity on the project, however, no response was received up to press time.

“The client has recently purchased the island and is seeking to create a ‘Bahamian chic’ destination, offering sophisticated fun that will attract today’s most exciting groups of travelers, the yachting community and local Bahamian residents,” the website states.

While the picture on the site shows parts of Rose Island and describes it as a private island, the island is made up multiple private owners.

The part of Rose Island shown in the photos was once slated to be developed by Ritz-Carlton.

The site adds: “The small island in The Bahamas lies five kilometers (three miles) east of Paradise Island, which is directly off New Providence Island. The island has no formal residential infrastructure and no roads. The site to be developed is a total of 107 acres (approx. 433,000 square miles).

“The largest mass of the island is made up of a shallow inland lagoon in the center of the island. The highest elevation on the island is 16 meters (52 feet). The island has a thin peninsula which juts out 11 kilometers (seven miles) east. The island was home to a pineapple plantation centuries ago.”

The competition, which has a £25,000 prize purse, calls for designers to envision a beach club like those found in Tulum and St. Tropez, and insists that it should not be “too rustic, nor should it be too refined, but elegant with a strong sense of place, taking advantage of this beautiful setting for soaking up island life”.

It also calls for the design of a remodeled marina with docking facilities for ferry boats.

“This area will also provide a reception for customers staying in the bookable accommodation and will host a variety of activities (non-motorized activities only) in contrast to the more relaxed and chilled vibe of the beach club,” the site explains.

On the accommodation front, the site explains that the developer is looking for one- and two-bedroom accommodations with state-of-the-art bathrooms, private terraces and beach cabanas with ocean views.

“Without sacrificing style or beauty, the accommodation should consider ease of construction, materiality and sustainability,” the brief implores.

It also tells designers to consider the low-lying nature of the island and to incorporate low-density features.

The competition’s phase one designs are due by October 27, with the winners expected to be announced before the end of the year.

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Chester Robards

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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