Hilton at Resorts World Bimini – the jewel of Bimini – is the closest island in the Bahamas to the United States. It’s an inviting island getaway for South Floridians, an easy flight from either Miami or Fort Lauderdale. The clear crystal waters and endless white-sand beaches provide an enchanting tropical getaway. The newest luxury resort on Bimini – Hilton at Resorts World Bimini – offers beachfront villas, beautiful accommodations, and harbors the largest marina in the Bahamas for an ideal vacation experience.
Actually, we should say its the two closest islands since Bimini is made of two main islands: North Bimini and South Bimini — covering about 7 square miles.
Since I had never been to Bimini before I was unsure of what to expect. There are several ways to get to the island of Bimini, number one being, of course, by boat. The other option entails flying over on Silver Airways or by Cape Air Seaplane. I decided to be adventurous and took the Cape Air Seaplane over. The whole experience was very pleasant: it’s a short 25-minute flight from Fort Lauderdale at a low altitude which allowed a great view on the way. The best part is the great finale of landing on the water. The plane then pulls right up to Fisherman’s Village, which is part of the property.
The Cape Air seaplane docks quite closely to the resort. After collecting your bags, it a short walk to go through customs. A shuttle awaits you on the other side and in less than three minutes you arrive at the entrance to the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini Resort.
The lobby area is very spacious and modern with beautifully decorated glass fixtures floating above the reception area. The check-in process was very quick, and they even provide you with towel cards to use at your disposal at the resort.
Behind the reception desk is the Lobby Raw Bar which offers a variety of seafood choices including chilled Maine lobster, Florida stone crab, shrimp cocktail and clams. Guests can enjoy their fresh seafood with a selection of hand-crafted cocktails or wine by the glass while listening to live entertainment coming from the Piano Bar.
The hotel offers 305 rooms including 18 luxury suites (nine of which are the pool-facing suites). The standard king or double queen rooms come with either a ocean view (balcony facing the lagoon) or a partial ocean view (balcony facing the villas). The rooms have a contemporary design and come with a lovely work desk area with plenty of wall outlet connections, thank goodness. They are well-equipped with a safe, coffee maker, mini refrigerator, docking station, and TV. The bathroom area has a double vanity sink and a fantastic rain shower. You can open the shades in the shower for additional lighting, and even watch TV while showering. Both the shower and toilet area have frosted glass for privacy. The only flaw in the bathroom design is that the main door is a clear glass sliding door, making it a little challenging for privacy for those sharing a room.
You can stay in one of the 18 luxurious suites on the resort which feature spectacular views from floor-to ceiling windows that offer an abundance of natural light when the curtains are opened. It’s like being in your own cozy apartment with all the amenities (except a kitchen). And who wants to cook when they’re on holiday?
You have nine delicious dining options to choose from. The Sushi Bar is conveniently located by the reception area and is only open for dinner. The food here was fantastic. I especially enjoyed the pad thai, spring rolls and the california roll.
The Tides Restaurants is located on the main floor and is open for breakfast and dinner. I was lucky to try out both! For breakfast you can order off the menu or have the breakfast buffet.
If you’re in the mood for some fresh seafood or prime aged steak, then Sabor Restaurant is the best place to dine. The price range is a little higher, but the restaurant atmosphere and service made it worth it, and I thoroughly enjoyed my steak and potatoes.
There’s a rooftop infinity pool offering spectacular 360 degree panoramic island views (only for adults). It overlooks the lagoon and is the perfect spot to unwind and relax. The pools are refreshing and there are so many that you don’t have to worry about them being too crowded. Additionally, the Monkey Business Bar (also adult only) resides on the top floor. I heard that there were other pools available as well but I was so content with the two I was swimming in that I didn’t feel the need to go anywhere else.
On the ground level is the lazy river pool, which measures 600 feet and overlooks Bimini Bay’s turquoise waters. There are nine expansive pool-facing suites with adjoining rooms that open directly to the pool, and the lazy river also features a swim-up bar with stool seating and cocktail tables.
If you feel the need to take a break from lounging, you can easily hop on the resorts shuttle and enjoy some of the many water sports for a day of leisure in the turquoise waters of Bimini from kayaking, paddle boarding, diving, snorkeling, renting jet skis and fishing too!
Resorts World Bimini offers shuttle service into town and around the resort grounds. The best way to get around this narrow, seven-mile long island is by golf cart. You can rent golf carts at the resort for a daily rate of $75/day at the reception desk.
The casino is beautiful with huge windows that overlook the resort grounds and the water. Drinks are a courtesy to players. It’s easily accessible from the hotel lobby and a short cart ride from the villas. Hemingway is one on the restaurants on the properties that is located inside the casino: it’s open for lunch and dinner. The bar area boasted a few huge television screens where you can enjoy some of the latest sports games as you dine.
For ultimate relaxation, the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini provides world-class services and amenity experiences in the new Serenity Spa. Amenities include massages, facials, hand and foot therapies, nail services, salon services and make-up artistry. For fitness enthusiasts, the 24-hour fitness center is located on the 5th floor next to the Spa and filled with state of the art equipment.
There is a plethora of exciting things to do: you can venture off the resort and explore the half-sunken SS Sapona shipwreck, a concrete-hulled ship built for World War I that ended up as a floating booze warehouse during Prohibition until it ran aground during a hurricane in 1926, swim with stingrays and nurse sharks in Honeymoon Harbor, or conquer your fears and curiosities in their shark adventure. In short, there’s no shortage of things to do in Bimini.
Hands down the hotel offers the ideal setting for an unforgettable wedding, unique conference or corporate retreat, with its water front gazebo, grand ballroom with floor to ceiling windows and scenic views of Bimini Bay.
For boaters the marina at Resorts World Bimini encompasses the largest yacht and marina complex in The Bahamas with two marinas – Fisherman’s Village Marina (136 slips) and the Mega Yacht Marina (94 slips) – conveniently located at the center of resort activity. The Marina can accommodate vessels up to 180’ and can be reserved by calling (305) 374-6664 ext. 1035/1036 or contact The Dockmaster by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can’t say enough great things about my time at Resorts World Bimini other than I had an absolute blast! Bimini is an short flight from either Fort Lauderdale or Miami, and not far by boat. The islanders are very friendly, and make the best sweet Bahamian bread. I’m looking forward to returning soon with my family.
Resorts World Bimini, North Bimini, Alice Town, Bahamas
Disclosure and Fact Box: I was a guest of Hilton at Resorts World Bimini and all opinions are, as always, my own. Room rates for standard room vary between $250-$330 per night depending where the room is facing. For pricing and suite reservations, please call 1-888-930-8688 to speak to a Resorts World Bimini Reservation Specialist, prices may fluctuate based on date of travel.