Isle Away the Days

BY Lauren Finney | March 20, 2018 | Feature Features National

With an SLS and a Grand Hyatt already open—and a Rosewood property bowing any day—Baha Mar is making its $4.2 billion one-of-a-kind mark on the Bahamas.
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar has the largest of all the properties' pools, with kid-friendly-adjacent marine-life spot The Sanctuary.

There’s only one way to enter Baha Mar Casino—in style through the designated high roller’s entrance, where a faithful staff is on hand to greet guests discreetly. It’s mere feet from a lush, private high-limit area. That is, slots and live table games are available for the select few in the five reserved high-roller gaming salons, complete with small bites, butler service, private bathrooms and a unique tableside bar-cart mixology program.

White-glove amenities are only a sliver of Baha Mar Casino, the largest gaming spot in the Caribbean, and only a singular part of the $4.2 billion resort development that includes multiple luxury hotels (that have never been brought together before), myriad restaurant options, wildlife sanctuaries, a spa, beaches and golf escapes.

Think of Baha Mar as a mini Las Vegas on the beach, without all the smoky, cavernous spaces. Instead, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean views—more Monte Carlo, Monaco, than Vegas Strip. While the resort is simultaneously family-friendly (Explorer’s Club and the like for tots), it’s not family-focused. There are five pools alone at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar—several with swim-up bars and luxury cabanas. When phase II debuted in November 2017 with the opening of SLS Baha Mar, as well as Monkey Bar, Katsuya Baha Mar and Cleo Mediterráneo—the property’s sassy sex appeal for couples and party-seeking groups was cemented. With the arrival of phase III this spring, Rosewood Baha Mar will usher in yet another vibe of wellness and serenity. In total, the mammoth resort destination will offer 2,300 guest rooms, suites and villas to those looking for a getaway to the Bahamas.

With so many high-end amenities within its confines, there’s no need to leave the property or even venture out. Here’s where to spend your days—and nights. Room rates from $295 per night, suites from $1,250 per night

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