When you can relax among Real Housewives around Ten sparkling pools, dine at over 40 on-site restaurants—each better than the last—and stay in any of three incredible hotels (the Grand Hyatt, SLS, and Rosewood), it's little wonder that Baha Mar, the 1,000-acre beach front paradise keeps piquing our attention...and appetite. It's one to the best resort destinations in the Caribbean, complete with its own residences, signature Jack Nicklaus golf course, convention center, casino and private shoreline access along Cable Beach.
With brand new events, dining options and family-friendly experiences debuting at Baha Mar in 2020, there's never been a better reason to plan a trip here. Here's what we found on a recent getaway, and what you should be on the lookout for if you're planning a trip here in the near future.
The Bahamas Culinary & Arts Festival. This inaugural food and art festival, Apr. 30–May 3, is sponsored by luxury lifestyle brands Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure and offers a lineup of superstar chefs, master sommeliers, and respected artists—Grant Achatz and Marcus Samuelsson among them— giving guests the opportunity to experience unforgettable culinary moments.
The Baha Mar Explorer. Opened in January 2020, the newly built state-of-the-art Explorers Club is a 6,000-square-foot kids camp designed to inspire young guests (ages 3-12) with a sense of adventure. Kids will learn about native Bahamian wildlife, art, culture, and history through crafts, culinary challenges, educational sessions, and more. The Explorers Club at Baha Mar allows for the ideal family vacation in the Bahamas—one that perfectly balances fun for kids with pure luxury and relaxation for adults.
Pizza Lab. At this new Italian-style pizzeria, uniquely situated in front of Baha Mar’s showlake fountains, pizza lovers will find Chicago, New York, and Neapolitan pies, forged in the open fire pizza ovens. They also offer salads (both light and hearty), fresh pasta, gelato, and interactive desserts and drinks for children, all in a contemporary setting.
What We Also Loved
The must-try drinks. You'll notice tons of people walking around the $4.2 billion integrated resort with creamy, espresso martinis in hand. Those are from Manor Bar at Rosewood. If a strong margarita is more your style, try El Jefe, the hot pink poolside airstream that also serves tacos.
Playing our favorite nostalgic card game War. The sweeping Baha Mar Casino is the largest in the Caribbean with 100,000-square-feet packed with slot machines, Sports Book, high roller gaming salons, and 126 table games including our personal favorite, War.
All the food. Wait the extra time for an outside table at Costa, which is an outdoor water hut of sorts with intimate seating, lush gardens, and excellent Mexican food—we loved the fresh Octopus Ceviche with burnt goat pepper for some added kick. We also adored the truffle fries and poke bowls at the Umami Burger airstream. In the morning, stop at Café Madeleine for iced coffee and warm sugar doughnuts (Baha Mar also has two onsite Starbucks, just FYI).
Relaxing at the Baha Bay Beach Club. This is the resort's ultimate place to relax and soak up the sun with two infinity pools, lounge areas, hammocks, daybeds, and cabanas, along with dazzling views of the turquoise waters surrounding the Baha Mar Marina. Those who seek seclusion can take advantage of cabanas with full service, including coastal California-inspired bites and a signature beverage program from the beach club’s restaurant, 25°N.
Upscale Shopping. There's no sales tax in the Bahamas, and easy access to 30-plus onsite retail outlets including Rolex, Bulgari, David Yurman, Breitling, Cartier, and one-of-a-kind Bahamian finds, makes shopping more enjoyable than ever.
Nassau is an easy three-hour direct flight from Houston via United, and the resort is a convenient 10-minute drive from the airport and private jet terminals. Nassau also offers U.S. customs pre-clearance upon your return, making it a little less stressful to say goodbye to paradise.