Bahamas luxury resort Baha Mar is expanding its policy of providing “the safest and healthiest environment for all guests” in response to Omicron-induced global COVID-19 outbreaks and travel and health protocols “ever-changing” entrance, resort officials said in a statement.
Launched in February 2021, Baha Mar’s “Travel with Confidence” program offers resort guests who test positive for COVID-19 during their stay free accommodations and a $150 credit per person per day towards daily meals for up to 14 days in quarantine.
Alternatively, if the guest chooses to return to the United States sooner, Baha Mar will provide complimentary private jet travel for guests and their immediate family.
Baha Mar’s “Commitment to Wellness” program includes free onsite rapid COVID-19 antigen tests, mandatory mask and social distancing policies in public spaces and “strict” cleanliness regimes.
Program protocols also include weekly COVID-19 testing for employees and onsite vaccinations and reminders, increased food safety and digital ordering, contactless payments and contactless technology systems for customers.
“We have performed more than 400,000 [COVID-19] testing to date through our programs,” said Graeme Davis, President of Baha Mar. “We continue to lead the hospitality industry in creating the safest possible environment for our guests and our employees.”
The Bahamas recently updated visitor entry requirements. The country will not require travelers to undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test, while vaccinated travelers and children aged 2 to 11 can continue to show either a negative rapid antigen test or a negative RT-PCR test.
Additionally, beginning January 4, 2022, all travelers staying in the Bahamas longer than 48 hours will be required to undergo another rapid antigen test, regardless of their vaccination status. Visitors departing within 48 hours or earlier will not be required to obtain this test.