Banyan Tree to make Caribbean debut with luxury Bahamas resort

The forthcoming Banyan Tree Bimini Resort & Residences will become the first Banyan Tree Resort and Residences to open in the Caribbean.

This luxury resort community from Rockwell Island Development Group aims to become the next enclave for the elite. The new development is located in Bimini, Bahamas.

An elevated lifestyle

Together, Rockwell Island Development Group (RIDGE) and the owner and developer Rafael Reyes have announced plans for Banyan Tree Bimini Resort & Residences, which promises to redefine living in Bimini. The first residences will be completed in 2025.

Banyan Tree will oversee the resort management and rental programme for private residences, and OFFICIAL is responsible for marketing in the U.S. Oppenheim Architecture is leading the design of this development, with sales and construction already underway.

“Since the onset of this project, my focus has always been to assemble a world-class team dedicated to elevating the island to new heights,” said Owner and Developer of RIDGE Rockwell Island Development Group, Rafael Reyes.

“Being the closest Bahamian island to the US, Bimini is a hidden gem that world-class travellers will soon get to experience. Time slows down here, and life unfolds effortlessly.”

Oren Alexander, Co-Founder of The Alexander Team and OFFICIAL, added: “The Bahamas has always held a special allure for residents of South Florida. Our clients have been hungry for a weekend hideaway that blends refined living, a sense of adventure, and door-to-door ease, and Bimini perfectly encapsulates all.”

“Despite the 20-minute commute from South Florida, Banyan Tree Bimini Resort & Residences feels worlds away with its pristine beaches and turquoise waters.”

Embracing the location

The resort and residences will be located on Rockwell Island in an area of natural beauty that’s exclusive to resort guests and residents. The island is just 48 nautical miles east of Miami and can be reached by either seaplane, private charter jet, helicopter or boat.

Overall, the 750-acre property will encompass the 50-key Banyan Tree hotel along with 54 waterfront residences and Bonito Beach Club. The hotel will feature 24 beachfront villas and 26 overwater bungalows. The second phase of the development will see the creation of a deepwater superyacht marine, 18-hole golf course and members’ clubhouse.

Oppenheim Architecture is leading the architectural design of this property, with Raymond Jungles then taking on the landscape architecture.

“Since beginning work on Banyan Tree Bimini Resort & Residences, we have held true to the philosophy that the architecture should celebrate the island’s spirit of place,” said Chad Oppenheim.

“Our mission has been to celebrate the essence of Bimini through design that becomes hidden in the landscape. There is artistry in the change of sky, water and light, and we translated those qualities into timeless homes and bungalows that celebrate the island’s natural beauty.”

Commenting on the project, Eddy See, President and CEO of Banyan Group, said: “We are delighted to partner with Rockwell Island Development Group to introduce Banyan Tree to this exceptional destination, further expanding our presence in this vibrant region.”

“From Phuket to Shanghai, Saudi Arabia to Mexico, Banyan Tree is going global as the advocate of sustainable travel. The Banyan Tree brand embodies intimacy, nature and local traditions, and Banyan Tree Bimini Resort & Residences reflects these values by embracing the local culture and natural environment, inviting guests to immerse themselves in this Sanctuary for the Senses.”