TRAVEL DIARY: BAHA MAR RESORT
A couple of weeks ago, My hubby and I spent a week in the Bahamas, home of the prettiest water ever, and I’m already wanting to plan another trip back. This was our second time visiting these islands and where we stayed was one of the newest resorts on the island of New Providence in Nassau… Baha Mar. We had a great stay and today I wanted to break down the different parts of the resort, in case you’re also planning a visit sometime! While I was there, so many of you sent messages about you wanting to plan a trip to the Bahamas and some even had already booked a trip to Baha Mar, so let’s get into all of the details! If you’re interested in what I packed, you can read all of that here.
Transportation One of the first things I loved about this resort is it’s close proximity to the airport in Nassau. In fact, this is the one of the main reasons we wanted to visit this location. We wanted a quick and easy tropical getaway since it was planned with not much notice. When we arrived to the airport, we had a driver waiting for us to take us 10 minutes down the road to Baha Mar. This is a service you can request through the resort but it made everything so easy and smooth. Our entire travel experience was really easy. We spent the night in Toronto the day before so it made it super easy to get there and be on the beach by noon, while there are so many islands within the Bahamas to choose from, we chose one of the easier ones to get to. Next time, we’ve already decided we’ll want to visit Exuma.
Baha Mar is a beautiful resort that has a lot to do and see… it’s huge. I’ll get more into the food later in this post but we had over 15 restaurants to choose from, 7 pools to sit by, 3 different hotels within Baha Mar including Grand Hyatt (where we stayed), SLS Baha Mar, and Rosewood. The resort even has the largest casino in the Caribbean right in the center of the two Grand Hyatt towers. We saw people of all ages enjoying various amenities of the property including families with kids, bachelorette parties, couples trips, and more. I do think that this place would be the perfect place for a group of friends wanting to get together for a weekend trip. Each pool had a different vibe… there was one with a cave and aquarium where people could jump off a platform into a deep end,(which I did) there was one pool with a DJ and a swim-up bar, a pool that was more quiet but still playing chill music, and the list goes on. You could also order food at several of the pools. So you don’t even have to leace your lounge chair.
The grounds were kept beautiful with lush landscaping, tropical plants lining paths leading from one pool to the next, and my favorite spot was the pier. We spent so much time walking up and down the pier at the crack of dawn and in the evening watching sea turtles and other animals swimming around underneath. The resort is also right on Cable beach so you don’t have to venture far if you want to lounge at the beach all (we did that a lot)
The Room First of all, our room was beautiful… white, clean, sophisticated, marble bathroom. It felt very bright and had all the comforts of home, there was even a Keurig coffee machine to make my coffee in the morning. Our room had a see through shower that was big and very modern, but next time I want the room with the bathtub cause you know me and baths right? We stayed on the 15th floor… our room looked out to the beach with a great view of the crystal blue water.
The resort has over 15 different places to eat and that doesn’t even include all of the bars and lounges. We tried out several of the restaurants including Cleo (Mediterranean… try their hummus and rice!), Fi’lia (Italian.. Order their caesar salad that they make right in front of you), El Jefe (a pink Air-Stream turned margarita and burrito truck down by the beach), The Palms (a delicious outdoor spot as you walk down to the beach), Cafe Madeleine (a cafe that I became obsessed with) Katsuya (Japanese…we indulged in some of their sushi,) and The Swimming Pig (Pub Style) which was my favourtie out of them all. Overall, the food and drinks are pricey at Baha Mar (not all-inclusive) so just come prepared for that, but I must say every drink we had and every place we ate at had such good service and the food was so good it was worth it. One other thing to note is that most of the restaurants do not take cash and you’re kind of expected to charge everything to your room and pay when you check out. If you have any more questions about the food at the resort I can answer, please don’t hesitate to ask!
There is definitely no shortage of bars at this resort; they are practically around every corner. We checked out the Skybar which was located at the top of the SLS, a great atmosphere and the best Mojitos I’ve tried plus you get a view to enjoy with your drink. One of our other faves was the jazz bar where we sat down for a drink and listened to the great singers, we loved it so much we ended up staying there and ordering a few small bites for dinner.
Things to do
The possibilities are endless; there is a sanctuary where you can watch the sharks, sting rays, and turtles (they even do interactive experiences if that’s something you want to do). You can also head out to Balmoral Island ( 15 min boat ride from the pier) and enjoy the day on the island. We did this one day and had the best time, the island is a little quieter and a different way to enjoy the Bahamas.
If you want to relax you can head to the spa, where you can enjoy the steam and sauna if you do not want to get a treatment ( we did this one morning and loved the relaxing atmosphere there so much ended up coming back another time.)
Overall, our stay was very nice and Baha Mar is a beautiful resort with a lot of options for dining and enjoying the Bahamas. The convenience to getting to Baha Mar was one of the highlights, in my opinion. Also, it’s just the beginning of this resort. Word on the street is that they’re going to be adding a ton of new shopping and even a water park (according to our sources aka driver to the airport). If you enjoy large resorts that offer a lot of things to do, eat, and enjoy during a tropical getaway, Baha Mar is your place. I am already trying to figure out when I can go back.