By Nikki Ekstein
April 09, 2014

We’ve already introduced you to Baha Mar, the massive-scale resort that’s set to reinvigorate the Bahamian Riviera later this year. But if the $3.5-billion, five-brand hotel and casino has you thinking Vegas, think again: despite being the biggest destination project in the western hemisphere, Baha Mar is surprisingly tapped in to the island’s cultural and natural assets. Here, a by the numbers look:

34: the number of football fields it would take to hold all the sand that’s been brought in to re-nourish the beach at Baha Mar.

70: acres of wetland that will serve as a nature on property.

150: the length in feet of a parasol-themed art installation made by College of the Bahamas graduate Jordanna Kelly.

2,500: the number of Bahamian-made art pieces on display throughout the resort, as part of a partnership with the National Gallery of the Bahamas.

3,000: Feet of uninterrupted sandy shores along Nassau’s Cable Beach, all renourished and brought back to pristine condition.

12,000: average number of jobs that the property hopes to support over a 20-year horizon.

30,000: square feet of gallery space dedicated to showcasing Bahamian culture.

Baha Mar is set to open December 2014—for more information visit

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Nikki Ekstein is an Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.