Photo courtesy of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
After years of on-again, off-again setbacks, the Baha Mar mega-resort officially debuted in summer 2017 with the opening of the 1,800-room Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, the first of three hotels on the thousand-acre beachfront development. Not since the Atlantis Paradise Island opened in 1998 was there this much hype about a resort in the Bahamas—and for good reason, as Baha Mar obviously went head-to-head with Atlantis in over-the-top amenities, including a gleaming 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 eight eateries—including the 10th Katsuya sushi restaurant, designed by Philippe Starck—and 10 bars. You’ll find even more restaurants and shopping on site if you venture next door to the resort’s other, smaller properties, SLS and Rosewood.
By Deb Hopewell, AFAR Contributor
One Baha Mar Boulevard Nassau N.P, Nassau, The Bahamas