55 miles off the coast of Florida, the Westin Grand Bahama Island Our Lucaya Resort is in the heart of Grand Bahama Island. 7.5 acres of sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, and tropical surroundings commonly described as cool, colorful, and Caribbean.
There are an abundance of activities to fill your days. Swim in our pool area, with three spa tubs and four pools, including a large serpentine pool featuring an infinity edge and swim-up bar, and a lap pool. Golf our two magnificent courses. Or simply relax in our 25,000-square-foot Senses Spa & Fitness Center.
Our picturesque surroundings create the ideal backdrop for group business events. Our service and amenities will ensure your stay in paradise is everything you imagine it to be.
Click here to reserve your room at the Westin Grand Bahama Island Our Lucaya Resort and take advantage of the group rate. Please note that the hotel reservation cut-off date is August 10, 2006. After this date, the group rate is not guaranteed.
$89.28 per night (sgl) $101.28 per night (dbl) (rate valid 3 days pre or post)
A special discounted air fare of $200 inclusive round trip has been confirmed with AirTran Airways. This fare includes all taxes, etc. To book your airline ticket with AirTran, please call The EventSavers Desk toll free at 1-866-683-8368. The EventSavers Desk is available M-F 8:00am-9:00pm EST. Please reference the following Event Code: FPO082406.
NOTE: AirTran has sold out of seats on the flight returning Sunday, August 27. Seats are still available on all other days. If you want to stay the night of August 27, we have also added more hotel rooms at the Westin for this night (just put Monday, August 28 as your departure date).
Please note the following:
No minimum stay length or Saturday night requirement
Advance seat assignments at time of booking
Confirmed upgrade to Business Class, when available, for passengers booking in the “B” and “Y” fare levels
EventSavers fares are not refundable. Passengers may make a one-time change (either name or itinerary) without having to pay the change fee. However, any fare increases still apply. All subsequent changes will be subject to a change fee of $50.00 USD and any applicable fare increases.
Attendees may travel three (3) days prior to the event start date and three (3) days after the event close date if they wish to spend any additional time at the event location
Each payment must be made with a check (company, travel agency or cashiers), a money order, a UATP card, or a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Diners Club or American Express) for the entire amount due. Multiple checks and/or credit cards are not accepted. Personal checks are not accepted. Reservations will be held for ten (10) days from the original date of booking and will automatically cancel if payment is not received at the AirTran Airways EventSavers Desk by the allotted time.
If you use a Travel Agency to book your reservation, Travel Agents must book all EventSavers reservations directly with the EventSavers Desk to receive the $200.00 inclusive roundtrip fare. Reservations booked through a travel agent General Data System or the Internet will not qualify for the $200.00 inclusive roundtrip fare.
CLIMATE Grand Bahama Island has sub-tropical weather. Temperatures average 70-75°F degrees during the winter season and the low 80's in the summer. There is generally light rainfall and low humidity. The rainy season in The Islands of The Bahamas is May through October, but the heaviest rainfall is in September.
CURRENCY The legal tender is the Bahamian dollar (B$1), which is equivalent in value to the US dollar. Both US and Bahamian dollars are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands. In Freeport/Lucaya, banks are open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday.
TIME Eastern Standard Time is used within The Islands of The Bahama. April to October is Eastern Daylight Time, in conjunction with US summer hours.
CUSTOMS / IMMIGRATION & TAXES US visitors staying for eight months or less need a return ticket plus a passport (passports expired up to five years may also be used), or a certified birth certificate with an official photo identification; naturalized citizens require naturalization papers and photo identification; permanent residents (green card holders) require their green card and a valid passport from their place of birth. Canadian visitors not staying more than three weeks need the same identification as those from the US. All others need a valid passport. Some visitors may also require a visa.
Entering: Upon entering The Islands of The Bahamas, everyone must fill out and sign an Immigration form, keeping a portion of the card in hand until departing. An oral baggage declaration is required. Each adult visitor is allowed to bring 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes or one pound of tobacco, one quart of spirits, and a variety of personal effects (personal radio headsets, bicycle, two still cameras, etc.). Purchases up to a value of one hundred dollars are permitted by all arriving passengers.
Departing: US visitors may take home $800 worth of duty-free merchandise. The next $l,000 is taxed at 10%. Gifts valued up to $50 may be mailed home duty-free. One litre of wine, liqueur or liquor and five cartons of cigarettes may be taken duty-free.
ELECTRICITY Electricity is normally 120 volts AC. American appliances are fully compatible.
LANGUAGE The official language of The Bahamas is English, more British than American, and generally intertwined with a special Bahamian dialect. Some Indian words like cassava and guava have been retained in the language.
CELL PHONE USAGE If you have a prepaid cell phone that is currently on in the US (Erickson, Motorola or Nokia), Batelco charges a connection fee of $75.00 to provide service on the island; you will have to pay extra for minutes. Rates are 40 cents in the day and 20 cents at night. If you don’t have a phone, you can purchase one for $199.00, with $45.00 worth of minutes.
TIPPING Tip according to quality of service. Bellboys and porters usually receive $1 per bag, while most other servers (waiters, taxis, etc.) receive 15%. Many establishments include the gratuity in their bills.
SHOPPING Effective January 1, 1992, the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas abolished all import duties on 11 categories of items. Perfumes and Fragrances, Crystal, Leather Goods, Jewelry, Fine Linens and Tablecloths, Watches and Clocks, Photographic Equipment, China, Binoculars, and Telescopes are all duty free. Savings on these items are between 25% - 50% below US prices.
The best shopping is concentrated at the International Bazaar and Port Lucaya Marketplace; boutiques and gift shops are also found in the downtown area and at most major resorts. Everything from duty-free products to local arts and crafts, wood, straw, shell and clothing creations are readily available.
The International Bazaar is as worldly as its name implies. Visitors stroll their way through colorful archways along cobblestone paths that lead to quaint and cozy restaurants and shops representing countries from around the globe. France, India and Japan are just a few of the countries you can "visit" here.
Port Lucaya Marketplace features numerous shopping and dining opportunities in a picturesque waterfront setting with live entertainment in the Count Basie Square. Boat lovers will want to glimpse the impressive array of luxurious yachts anchored at the marina, an official port of entry. There is also fine shopping to be found in the downtown area. Most stores in Freeport/Lucaya are open Mon-Sat, 10:00am – 6:00pm.
A wide variety of produce and grocery items can be found at local Food Stores throughout the island.