If you’ve been to Baha Mar in Nassau, then you already know how amazing this Bahamas beachfront luxury resort complex is. What you may not realize is that Baha Mar has recently added some major new amenities that have completely transformed the guest experience there, including a brand-new, 200 million dollar luxury water park. Many thanks to Baha Mar for hosting us!
Baha Mar is a resort made up of three different hotels: Grand Hyatt, SLS, and Rosewood.
The last time Baha Mar invited us out, we stayed in the West Tower of the Grand Hyatt, which is more of a traditional hotel experience. This time though, they booked us in the East Tower, which has more of a dramatic casino hotel decor style. In the East Tower, there are a number of floors that are considered to be part of The Reserve, a section of ultra-luxury suites. When you book at The Reserve, you check in at the VIP lounge instead of in the main lobby. The Reserve also has its own entrances and exits so that high profile guests can move around freely.
We stayed in an absolutely massive 2-bedroom suite with a spacious living-dining area, a pool table, and incredible 28th floor views of the ocean. There was even a screening room, which is not something we’ve ever seen before in a hotel suite!
There are so many amazing pools to choose from at Baha Mar. The Grand Hyatt alone has six different pools of its own! There’s also a beautiful beach area. But if you don’t want to have to choose between the pool and the beach, spend a day at the Baha Bay Beach Club. Not only do you have access to the gorgeous beach, but there are two infinity pools as well. Last time we stayed at Baha Mar, we had a cabana at the beach club, which was really lovely.
The Water Park
As nice as the pools and the beaches are at Baha Mar, chances are, if you’re coming here with kids, you’re not going to be able to tear them away from the resort’s newest attraction: the 200 million dollar luxury water park! Baha Bay just opened this summer. It has 24 slides, a lazy river, and the biggest FlowRider we’ve ever seen. Two people could ride at a time which was fun and practical because it kept the lines pretty short!
One thing that’s great about Baha Bay is that it’s only open to guests of Baha Mar, plus a very limited number of local residents each day. Because of that, it’s a much more exclusive experience than some other water parks in Nassau. We booked a cabana for the day, which was nice because we had a home base to meet at between slides and rides. For gaming enthusiasts, there’s even a little casino right in the middle of the water park, which is definitely something we’ve never seen before! There’s a lot to do at this park, but luckily it’s not so spread out that kids can get lost.
If the last time you went to Baha Mar was before this water park opened, and you’re wondering if it’s worth a return visit now, our answer is: absolutely!
Even without the water park, there is a lot to do with kids in Baha Mar, so you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to planning family time during your stay. There’s a kids club with different play areas, arts and crafts, and even a learning kitchen where they do kids and family baking and cooking classes! Last time we were at Baha Mar we did a family cooking class, and it was really fun.
There are also a few different animal encounters you can try out! The aviary is a small area where you can view and feed different birds native to the islands. At The Sanctuary, kids can interact with sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles. Flamingos are native to the Bahamas, so at Flamingo Cay, you can do a flamingo encounter where you can pet them and learn all about these incredible birds! They even offer flamingo yoga, which is not something I’ve experienced, but definitely sounds like a super unique, interesting time.
Finally, If you have an interest in art, you should check out The Current, an art gallery and educational space featuring local Bahamian art. There are plenty of workshops here, and we loved the painting class we took with instructor Samantha, who helped us paint an ocean scape. Both Sean and Ella are artists. They’re really passionate about painting and drawing, so this was really fun to do as a family, even though Serge and I aren’t as artistically inclined as the girls.
The spa at Baha Mar is absolutely gorgeous. I actually went twice, once for a quick manicure, then for a couples massage with Serge. We’ve had a lot of massages over the years, but the massage tables here were undoubtedly the most comfortable we’ve ever experienced. The decor at the spa was gorgeous, the treatments were so well-done, and the service was fantastic. So definitely book some time here during your stay!
If you’re planning a trip to Baha Mar, one thing that’s really important to consider when budgeting is food. I’d recommend checking out pricing for all the restaurants online before you go, so that you can make a plan for dining while you’re there. Baha Mar has opened quite a few new restaurants and dining concepts since we last stayed at the property in 2019, so let’s explore some of the new offerings!
Marcus is a concept by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, serving his take on Caribbean food.
Sugar Factory is another new restaurant at Baha Mar. If you haven’t been to any of their other locations before, Sugar Factory is a great place to come with kids, or to celebrate a birthday! They have giant, candy-infused cocktails complete with dry ice, massive crazy milkshakes, and overall just a really fun atmosphere. You might not expect the food at a place like this to be good, but the dishes are actually quite tasty. The rainbow sliders are always a fave for us! After your meal, be sure to stop by the epic candy store right across from the restaurant!
Another new dining concept to check out at Baha Mar is Umami Burger. They started at the resort with just a food truck, but now have expanded to a permanent location inside the Baha Bay water park. We’ve always enjoyed their New York location, so it was nice to have this burger again in the Bahamas.
Now let’s talk about some of the dining options at Baha Mar that are not new, but are definitely worth checking out. For breakfast most days we ate at a restaurant called 3tides. Here I’d highly recommend the continental pastry board, which comes with an oversized cinnamon roll, croissant, and pain au chocolat. They’re huge, so you’ll definitely want some friends and family to share this with you! Fi’lia is a great choice if you like Italian food. We especially liked the beef carpaccio and grilled octopus here. Shuang Ba is a Chinese restaurant with absolutely gorgeous decor. We ordered the Peking Duck, which is such an amazing dining experience since the chef carves the duck in front of you.
What if you’re on a bit of a budget? If you’d like to spend a little less on dining, here are the more budget friendly options you should check out. First is Umami burger, which I’ve already mentioned. There’s also PizzaLab, which is available for dine in or take out. There are also several food trucks around the resort: like El Jefe, a taco stand, or Street Bird, which is a chicken spot. And finally Stix Noodle Bar has some reasonably priced options as well.
Now let’s talk about Covid safety at Baha Mar. Masks are required indoors throughout the Bahamas, so make sure to bring some with you! Mask adherence was very good by both staff and guests at Baha Mar, which is always nice to see. You’ll see lots of signs throughout the resort reminding you to maintain a distance of 6 feet, or approximately 2 flamingoes from others, which was a cute touch. Baha Mar offers complimentary on-site rapid antigen tests for all guests. If your country requires a PCR test, you can get one on-site for $112 per person.
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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