The Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton will boast the biggest ballroom on Fort Lauderdale Beach as part of a $7m redesign now underway. Renovation work at the hotel is due to complete in mid-October. The redesign of the 296-room hotel will look to reflect the city’s nautical lifestyle and reputation as the ‘Venice of America’ and highlight the property’s status as the home of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the largest yachting event in the world.
The new look will elevate the building’s guestrooms, common areas and meeting spaces.
Bahia Mar also hosts events like the Fort Lauderdale Air Show and the Riptide Music Festival in December.
“Fort Lauderdale is a transforming global destination, and we’re thrilled Bahia Mar is at the centre of its renaissance,” said James Tate, Bahia Mar co-owner and CEO of Tate Capital. “We welcome our neighbours and guests to enjoy a renewed experience at this iconic property.”
“Bahia Mar has long been known as a jewel of the city, and for this redesign, we were mindful of the property’s unique history and its allure as a top yachting destination,” said designer Sherif Ayad of IDDI. “We wanted to capture this nautical feel by creating indoor and outdoor spaces that are reminiscent of being underwater.”
Bahia Mar’s atrium will showcase a custom $50,000 chandelier with cascading strands of sliver-flecked blue glass shards, while the 2,600sqm of meeting space will feature new carpets with unique ripple-like designs and grand lighting fixtures.
The ballroom will tout a second sealife-inspired chandelier designed by IDDI.
Bahia Mar features a 250-slip marina able to accommodate 100 mega-yachts.