Hil­ton com­plete at Bi­mini

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - South Broward - - GAMBLING - By David Rater­man

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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