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March 14, 2011

The Bimini Big Game Club Returns

A venerable landmark gets a new lease on life thanks to Guy Harvey


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Around the property, visitors will find small signs with inspirational quotations to remind them of the challenges facing marine conservation. All standard guest rooms were renovated and now feature plush interiors decorated with Harvey's art. The marina-facing bar is now an upscale island bistro. The club's Bimini Big Game Club Bar and Grill and Hemingway Lounge are set to open this year, along with new meeting spaces and an exercise room and spa.

Guy Harvey Outpost aims to fuel the desire to learn, appreciate and experience the oceans firsthand with activities such as blue marlin fishing, photography, shark diving, bonefishing and more at the "new" Big Game Club.

Getting There
Harvey and his partners executed a multi-million-dollar revitalization of the shuttered Big Game Club and reopened the 51-room waterfront hotel and marina this past July. Designed as an eco-friendly destination with the help of business partners such as Fort Lauderdale attorney Charles Foreman, resort real-estate developer Mark Ellert and AFTCO's Bill Shedd - Harvey is determined to put Bimini back on the map of big-game fishing and diving destinations.

The company teamed up with Vaughn Cochran to create Black Fly Bimini, offering fishing day trips in the backcountry, and with divemaster Neal Watson to launch Dive Bimini. For the big-game crowd, the company paired up with Capt. Skipper Gentry of North Carolina, who heads the offshore charter operations at the updated 75-slip marina. The club also plans to bring an offshore tournament back to Bimini, with the Billfish Invitational scheduled for May 18.

Since Bimini sits just 50 miles from south Florida, many boaters make the crossing on their own vessels. The marina offers 75 slips for boats up to 120 feet, with Wi-Fi, water, electricity and all the other necessary amenities provided. For those who need a room, the club has completely renovated the cottages, hotel rooms and suites. You will also find plenty of shopping, spa services, a pool, restaurants and bars and much more on the property. Visit www.biggameclubbimini.com for more information.

For those who need a lift to the island, you can hop a flight on one of the charter operators out of south Florida, such as Bimini Island Air (www.flybia.com) or Island Air Charters (www.islandaircharters.com).