Hilton complete at Bimini
Resorts World Bimini, the island playground with a 10,000-square-foot casino 50 miles off Fort Lauderdale’s coast, has a newly finished Hilton hotel. It’s accessible on daily flights from Fort Lauderdale and Miami, or you can dock your boat in a marina slip.
The 300- room Hilton (888-930-8688, resortsworldbimini.hilton.com opened last year but remained under construction. The final work enhanced accommodations, meeting spaces, the spa, the fitness center and restaurants.
“With turquoise waters, miles of white sand beaches and intimate historic towns, Bimini is the perfect destination for travelers seeking a diverse and rejuvenated vacation experience,” said Shawn McAteer, a vice president with Hilton Worldwide.
Restaurants include the Piano Lounge, which has a panorama of the resort’s marina, the Sushi Bar, the Lobby RawBar and the Tides, which is an eatery for breakfast and dinner. The Oasis pool bar serves salads and sandwiches in addition to drinks.
Resorts World Bimini’s casino has 160 slot machines as well as live-action blackjack, baccarat, roulette and craps. And it has a sports book so you can bet on the Miami Marlins and other games.
The Bimini SuperFast cruise ship, which used to ferry passengers from Port Miami to the resort, ceased operations. If you don’t have your own boat, take a 20-minute flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Cape Air (800-CAPE-AIR, CapeAir.com for around $400 round trip.
Cape Air also flies to Bimini from Miami Seaplane Base on Watson Island.
Another option from FLL is Silver Airways (801-401-9100, SilverAirways.com.
New chefs at Coconut Creek
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St. Coconut Creek, 954-977-6700, CasinoCoco.com has two new chefs. Matthew Zappoli now heads the kitchen at NYY Steak, the gambling facility’s fine-dining restaurant. Before coming to Broward County, he worked at Charlie Palmer Steak restaurant in New York City and competed on the Food Network’s “Chopped” TV show.
Carlos Claudio is the new pastry chef for the entire casino complex, which has five restaurants. A graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, he previously worked in Naples, Fla., and for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com.
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