The Bahamas are well known worldwide for sugar white sand beaches, undulating turquoise warm waters and the allure of total relaxation.
There are many resorts in Nassau that provide respite but now there is a new shining star that has burst onto the scene in world class style like these islands have never seen, Baha Mar. The Bahamian saying, “hands go, hands come”, essentially means as you give, so shall you receive and Baha Mar has given every guest a very special collection of hotels; a place where one can receive unprecedented luxury, ambience and exquisite amenities.
Guests have a choice of three celebrated hotels, an award-winning collection of lounges, bars and restaurants, a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, ESPA Spa and luxury shopping. Enjoy the stunning casino with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the ocean by day and a spectacular fire and light show by night.
Choose your accommodations as you like. The Grand Hyatt features an array of 1,800 deluxe guest rooms that are sure to impress. The SLS Baha Mar in a word, is chic and exudes a feeling of conviviality. This creative hideaway has only 300 rooms many of which feature an ocean view that one can only dream of, a stunning private pool, cabanas and a day club for your enjoyment. Anyone who is familiar with our preferences will know how much we value an ocean view. This will come as no surprise to anyone who read our recent article detailing our trip to view a new home construction in pismo Beach, which featured stunning ocean views.
It is the place to be for the world traveler that enjoys lavish pampering in a boutique hotel setting. Rosewood Baha Mar caters to those that require more privacy. This sanctuary has all the modern amenities that are required for the well-heeled traveler. A walk around the grounds take you back in time with its striking historical British colonial architecture surrounded by exotic lush tropical gardens and striking water features. Its 185 ocean view rooms, five luxury beach front villas all combine to offer peaceful tranquility and of course a private pool to add the final touch of Bahamian refinement.
The diversity of Baha Mar’s restaurants and eateries take dining to another level, with exotic flavors and luscious local tastes that offer something for every discerning palate. Enjoy a laid-back breakfast or a sumptuous lunch poolside, or plan for an evening of high-end dining you’ll never forget. The restaurants of Baha Mar answer every craving.
From air-stream beach kiosks to award winning dining enclaves, there is a dining experience for everyone. Along with the stunning views, elegant accommodations and unparalleled concierge service it is not surprising that the food and beverage options also speak of epicurean sophistication. At Baha Mar there are a plethora of swank bars, elegant restaurants and lounges to explore; where the freshest local ingredients are crafted by renowned chefs and master mixologists that will have your palate jumping for joy.
Begin your stay by playing a few rounds on manicured verdant fairways designed by the legendary “Golden Bear” himself, Jack Nicklaus at the Royal Blue golf course; a spectacular 18-hole, 72 par course that winds its way through a naturally evolving landscape while the turquoise waters of the Caribbean glisten on the horizon.
After a round of gold indulge with lunch, brunch or dinner in the clubhouse at the Royal Blue Tavern. The signature Blue Bear cocktail named after Jack Nicklaus is a perfect match for snapper ceviche with fried jalapenos and fresh conch.
A must stop for cocktails any time of day is the infamous Monkey Bar just off the SLS Baha Mar lobby. It’s a perfect place to wind down or wind up in an environment with class surrounded by Monkey portraits! Speaking about Monkeys, order the Monkey 47 signature cocktail a refreshing gin drink with a dash of Tabasco and accented with a fresh rosemary sprig.
Tucked away, off the casino floor guests can find Chinese fine dinning at its best at Shuang Ba. From the moment one walks in you are surrounded by stunning tapestries and traditional Chinese décor while mouth watering aromas take you straight to the provinces of China. Featuring authentic fare from the North, South, Southwest and East you are transported and transformed by the elegant ambiance.
Specialties including dumplings, Dim Sum and Peking duck are an ideal way to start off the evening. For a rare opportunity to go back over 5000 years in Chinese spirits history, order the guided Baijiu tasting. This traditional spirit is a Chinese alcoholic beverage made from grain and means “white (clear) alcohol” and is 52% alcohol by volume (ABV) (US: 104° proof).Baijiu is an exemplary way to go as authentic as you possibly can and not be in China itself. Every bottle is unique in design; some come with elaborate engravings and artwork.
At the pristine beach or one of the many pools, lunch at the Conch Shack is in order. Located just off the beach, the conch shack is the place to enjoy the Bahamian specialty of fresh conch, made to order just for you. The conch is masterfully prepared with tomato, cilantro, citrus and pairs nicely with a local Kalik beer or rum drink.
After your native Bahamian lunch visit the Nurse Shark and Sea Turtle Sanctuary. Interact and pet a Nurse Shark or a Stingray and even feed an endangered Green Sea Turtle. Local docents provide an excellent way for guest to have an up close and personal experience with the precious sea life that inhabits the local waters; hands on interactive educational classes are offered on a daily appointment basis.
Dining options are truly abundant in this paradise. For a Mediterranean experience Award-winning Chef Danny Elmaleh has a plate for you at Cleo. This talented chef has married his classic menu with many local Bahamian ingredients that guests are sure to appreciate with many dishes served family style. Delight in ocean views while dining on flatbreads, mezzes and refreshing cocktails for lunch or dinner.
The SLS has a James Beard Award winning location that every guest should try. Miami’s Chef Michael Schwartz features authentic Italian cuisine at Fi’ila. Order handmade artisanal breads and pasta and then rich dishes straight from the hearth. Lunch, Dinner or both, Chef Schwartz will impress.
A staple of most SLS resorts is Katsuya from Master Chef Katsuya Uechi. The Omakase tasting menu is a must. Take a seat and dine alfresco pairing a seafood platter featuring sushi, sashimi, crab claws, oysters Uni, and caviar with Laurent –Perrier champagne as essences of the Caribbean fill the night sky just a few yards away.
Baha Mar also features an outstanding art program; home of one of the largest collections of Bahamian art in The Bahamas. For budding artists the interactive art studio on premise gives children and their guardians the opportunity to create their own artwork under the direction of a local Bahamian artist. The Collection is an exquisite selection of Bahamian art comprised of more than 2,500 pieces from talented local artists this impressive display is overseen by John Cox, a fine mixed-media artist and former chief curator of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
Shopping at Baha Mar is a delightful experience where guests can stroll and shop amongst the finest luxury and fashion retailers from around the world as well as exclusive Bahamian artisans and retailers. International brands and small local boutiques combine for a unique shopping experience.
After enjoying the beach, sipping wonderful cocktails, gaming in the casino and dining at many of the renown restaurants take time out to breathe and relax. The Spa at Baha Mar is the Caribbean’s first ESPA spa and is exclusive to the Baha Mar. Guests take time out and enjoy local holistic traditions, natural resources and treatments designed just for you. Try a premier facial or a massage with heated seashells and aromatic oils and pamper yourself.
Every once in awhile you find something special. It grabs you and inspires you. Baha Mar is that special place that will always be apart of you once you depart and entices you to return.