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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar has the largest of all the properties' pools, with kid-friendly-adjacent marine-life spot The Sanctuary.


Isle Away the Days

By Lauren Finney

Photos courtesy of Baha Mar


With an SLS and a Grand Hyatt already open—and a Rosewood property bowing any day—Baha Mar is making its $4.2 billion one-of-a-kind mark on the Bahamas.

There’s only one way to enter Baha Mar Casino—in style through the designated high roller’s entrance, where a faithful staff is on hand to greet guests discreetly. It’s mere feet from a lush, private high-limit area. That is, slots and live table games are available for the select few in the five reserved high-roller gaming salons, complete with small bites, butler service, private bathrooms and a unique tableside bar-cart mixology program. 

White-glove amenities are only a sliver of Baha Mar Casino, the largest gaming spot in the Caribbean, and only a singular part of the $4.2 billion resort development that includes multiple luxury hotels (that have never been brought together before), myriad restaurant options, wildlife sanctuaries, a spa, beaches and golf escapes.

Think of Baha Mar as a mini Las Vegas on the beach, without all the smoky, cavernous spaces. Instead, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean views—more Monte Carlo, Monaco, than Vegas Strip. While the resort is simultaneously family-friendly (Explorer’s Club and the like for tots), it’s not family-focused. There are five pools alone at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar—several with swim-up bars and luxury cabanas. When phase II debuted in November 2017 with the opening of SLS Baha Mar, as well as Monkey Bar, Katsuya Baha Mar and Cleo Mediterráneo—the property’s sassy sex appeal for couples and party-seeking groups was cemented. With the arrival of phase III this spring, Rosewood Baha Mar will usher in yet another vibe of wellness and serenity. In total, the mammoth resort destination will offer 2,300 guest rooms, suites and villas to those looking for a getaway to the Bahamas.

With so many high-end amenities within its confines, there’s no need to leave the property or even venture out. Here’s where to spend your days—and nights. Room rates from $295 per night, suites from $1,250 per night

Guest rooms and suites in the main tower get a fabulous view of the calm waters of Goodman Bay.

The Tropic of Luxury boutique designed by Bahamas-based Lindroth Design. It’s a delightful, easy-breezy place to shop for local brands like Jeannie McQueeny, Bryland, Amanda Lindroth and Rebecca de Ravenel, as well as international staples like La Perla, Orlebar Brown, AERIN and Trina Turk.

Royal Blue Golf Club (green fees from $295 for Baha Mar guests), a Championship Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course (the only one in the Bahamas), is a place where even beginners feel relaxed, thanks to the beautiful surrounds and despite the difficulty of the course. The front nine is focused on brackish ponds and rolling white sand dunes with the mighty Atlantic Ocean in view, while the back nine has limestone moonscapes and a dense jungle with which to contend. Each morning, a single tee is thoughtfully placed at each hole depending on the day’s weather and conditions—meaning any one hole can change by up to 100 yards, making each time playing the 7,189 yards of the 18-hole, 72-par course a new experience. Caddies are provided by Caddiemaster, and guests are outfitted in the club’s signature Better Than Your Own rental program, featuring brands such as PXG, Callaway, TaylorMade and more.  

Skybar, which opens this spring at SLS Baha Mar.

Katsuya Baha Mar, which opened in early fall 2017, is sbe’s first dining concept to open on the islands. Expect the electric pairing of design guru Philippe Starck and master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi. With white and metallic interiors as the backdrop for Japanese classics such as conch-oyaki (served Japanese style), baked crab handrolls and any of the local wild-caught sashimi, gastronomes will find themselves in rarefied air. On the other spectrum of Asian cuisine, Shuang Ba delivers high-end authentic (read: not Americanized) Chinese fare in an equally glam setting. Pyramid pork and cherry foie gras served
over fried rice are must-have menu items.

The complimentary Explorer’s Club is an activity program filled with energetic counselors who take your little ones out on property to learn about Bahamian biodiversity and conservation via daily educational experiences. A trip to The Sanctuary, where kids can feed marine wildlife or pet turtles and stingrays, is great for younger children, but counselors can hook older kids up with snorkeling with nurse sharks too. Paddleboarding, Jet Skis, kayaks and sailboats are all available at the activity center.

The flagship 30,000-square-foot ESPA Spa (treatments from $180) has holistic treatments infused with local Caribbean elements. Gently heated tiger clamshells used in massage, traditionally styled poultices for body scrubs and marine extracts to reduce cellulite are only a few of the Bahamian ingredients incorporated into the luxurious offerings.