First, a bit of history. The Baeumlers first got the idea for their show back in 2017, when they vacationed on South Andros in the Bahamas. While there, they came across the abandoned Emerald Palms resort, which had closed down in 2011. Upon discovering that the resort was for sale, the Baeumlers made the (questionable) decision to purchase the 18-room hotel and clubhouse (plus 22 villas!) and renovate it.

They started filming Island of Bryan (as it was initially known) in 2018, and the Baeumlers planned to open the resort in May of 2019. This was a pretty big deal as it was the first time an HGTV Canada show featured the renovation of a site that would (eventually) be open to the public for a visit.

As for whether the resort ever opened, it did! Although it didn’t happen exactly according to plan. Considering that supplies only came in once a week (and sometimes not at all), we can’t say we’re surprised by that fact. 

Still, the Baeumlers officially opened Caerula Mar Club (the resort’s new name) in the winter of 2019. Renovating the entire resort was obviously a huge undertaking. While it seemed at first to have paid off, things have been difficult for the Baeumler family since the resort opened.


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