Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
After years of on-again, off-again setbacks, the Baha Mar mega-resort is officially “on” with the opening in summer 2017 of the 1,800-room Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, the first of three hotels slated for the thousand-acre beachfront development. Not since the Atlantis Paradise Island opened in 1998 has there been this much hype about a resort in the Bahamas—and for good reason, as Baha Mar is obviously going head-to-head with Atlantis in over-the-top amenities, including a gleaming new 100,000-square-foot casino, the largest in the Caribbean. Accommodations range from standard rooms to suites, villas, and residences, all with balconies that overlook the ocean or lake fountain. But the grounds are the main attraction here, with six swimming pools (including one with a swim-up aquarium “cave”), a Jack Nicklaus Signature 18-hole golf course, guests-only beach club, and tennis courts. There's no shortage of food and beverage options, either, with no fewer than eight eateries—including the 10th Katsuya sushi restaurant, designed by Philippe Starck—and 10 bars. And when the resort’s two other (smaller) hotels open, SLS late in 2017 and a Rosewood property in 2018, there will be even more restaurants and shopping on site.
By Deb Hopewell, AFAR Contributor
One Baha Mar Boulevard Nassau N.P, Nassau, The Bahamas