Rosewood Seeks Exit From Struggling Baha Mar

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The Bahamas' stalled Baha Mar resort has hit another speed bump: Local newspaper The Tribune reported last week that Rosewood Hotels and Resorts International, one of several hotel brands intending to operate at Baha Mar, has asked a bankruptcy judge to terminate its hotel management and licensing contracts with developer Baha Mar Ltd.

Baha Mar Ltd. filed for bankruptcy earlier this summer and has been embroiled in a public battle with its Chinese general contractor over who is responsible for the project's delays. According to Rosewood, it's no longer in the company's best interests to be part of the resort.

"If Rosewood is not permitted to terminate the Rosewood hotel agreements, Rosewood believes that it will suffer prejudice and irreparable harm to its reputation and business, due to the very public, and international, scope of Baha Mar's troubles including Baha Mar's failure to open and honor reservations to guests, and Rosewood's expenses will continue to mount at the same time that Baha Mar is not performing its obligations to Rosewood," the company told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey in a motion filed Wednesday.

Baha Mar Ltd. blames Rosewood's exit on the Bahamanian government, which has opposed its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

"As the motion itself makes clear, this action is a direct result of the efforts of the government of the Bahamas to both oppose the recognition of the Chapter 11 process in the Bahamas and pursue its current course of action, which has injected uncertainty and disruption, and prevented Baha Mar from moving forward in a productive manner to complete and open the resort," Robert "Sandy" Sands, Baha Mar Ltd.'s senior vice president of government and external affairs, said in a statement, according to The Tribune.

So far, The Tribune reports, Rosewood is the only hotel brand abandoning Baha Mar. Other brands currently committed to the project include the 1,000-room Baha Mar Casino Resort & Hotel, a 707-room Grand Hyatt, a 300-room SLS Lux, and the pre-existing 694-room Meliá, which was formerly a Sheraton.

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