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From wildlife encounters to a gilded casino, Baha Mar has an impressive gamut of activities for travelers to the Bahamas

The long awaited, $4.2 billion Baha Mar resort debuted on Nassau’s Cable Beach in April 2017, and it has already elevated the Caribbean beach resort experience to a whole new level. While no one will question your decision to spend the day lounging by the pool or sea, you’ll likely want to explore some other sides of the resort during your stay.

Meet the Locals

Amid the terraced pools, restaurants, and beachfront Bahamian village, visitors to Cable Beach will find the BEACH Sanctuary at Baha Mar, which embodies and reflects the resort’s commitment to protecting the local environment and educating visitors about it.

BEACH is an acronym for Baha Mar Ecological Aquatic Conservation Habitat. Emphasizing conservation and wildlife protection, BEACH features a marine sanctuary, a sea turtle nesting beach, an aviary, and a flamingo habitat, set to open this spring. Each offers guests opportunities to participate in daily animal feedings and marine interactions and also tour the sanctuary’s tidal pools, where they can meet the rays, turtles, starfish and nurse sharks.

Tee Up

The Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar features an 18-hole, 72-par, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course—the only one in the Bahamas by Nicklaus.

The first nine holes are challenging, set amid bunkers and salt-water ponds while the second half of the course is easier going. At every turn, however, there are vistas waiting to be shared on Instagram. Even if your game is off, you can just enjoy the scenery. The Royal Blue Golf Club has an excellent equipment rental program, and there is no need to travel with your own clubs if you plan on teeing up.

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Place a Bet

What is easily the Caribbean’s coolest casino, the elegant 100,000-square-foot Baha Mar Casino has a Rat Pack retro chic feel—albeit a sunny version with palm trees—thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and a $250,000 grand chandelier set against a gold-plated ceiling. Located in the center of the resort destination, the casino offers acres of state-of-the-art slots and live table games.

If Lady Luck is smiling down on you, then cash in your winnings and follow the marble walkways to nearby jewelry stores and boutiques including Rolex, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co., Hublot, Chopard, and John Bull featuring David Yurman.

Casino patrons can also choose from a number of sophisticated culinary and cocktail experiences adjacent to the main Baha Mar Casino floor. Order a martini or a gimlet at Bar Noir, a circular bar embedded within the casino, if you want to celebrate after a hot streak. At the Blue Note, the resort’s take on a Manhattan jazz club, the party lasts till 3 a.m. with an elevated piano bar and live performances.

If you need more than just liquid refreshment, refuel with sushi from master chef Katsuya Uechi at his eponymous eatery adjacent to the casino. Or head to the Swimming Pig, a modern, upscale take on a traditional British beer hall. The 24-hour favorite of night owls serves conch sliders, burgers, and bar snacks.