Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
During my recent trip to the Bahamas, we stayed at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau. This resort feels like a Bahamian mix of Vegas and Disneyland. There’s the glitzy casino, sprawling property with activities, shops, and like seven pools. It’s a bit overwhelming at first! Baha Mar is actually a mega-resort made up of three different hotels, including the Grand Hyatt, SLS, and Rosewood. The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is a pretty new hotel, that just opened in 2017. We stayed in a suite and it was really spacious and beautiful, with a small kitchen and dining room and living room area.
The service was a bit hit or miss. Some of the hotel staff were fantastic and super on top of it, while others…just weren’t. I guess they were on island time. 🙃 We had access to the Grand Club Lounge, so we were able to have breakfast and appetizers there and it was one of the nicest Hyatt Lounges I’ve been to. Food is pretty pricey on the island and at resorts, and while the hotel has cute little food shacks by the pools and beach, you can expect to drop $25 on two dinky sliders. So having access to the Grand Club Lounge is a huge perk. We made sandwiches from the breads, meats and cheeses that were out during breakfast and had those for lunch by the beach. On some evenings the apps were so filling that we even ate there for dinner. You can gain access to the Grand Club via Hyatt Globalist status, using an Explorist lounge pass, using extra points (3k) on top of your paid rate, or by paying extra cash when you reserve your room (depending on time of year, lounge access can be an additional $50 – $100 per night). If you’re a Globalist or have an annual Explorist lounge access pass or points to use then it’s a no-brainer, but even if you have to pay for lounge access, it’s worth it and will make your meals so much more affordable. Plus the lounge is really lovely and we enjoyed sitting outside on the balcony ever day, watching the fountain show at night, and taking advantage of the complimentary adult beverages.
There are plenty of activities to keep you buys around the resort. Besides taking a dip in the many pools and going down the waterslide, they do a daily nurse shark and sting ray feeding that’s pretty fun to watch. Kayaks and stand up paddle boards are free to use, and they have other water sports you can pay for like those crazy flyboards. There’s also a little habitat with a bunch of different tropical birds inside, and you can feed them and have a Snow White moment where they all land on your finger. Entry is free, but you do have to pay for the bird food if you want to feed them.
As far as restaurants go, we mostly ate at the Grand Club Lounge and went into town for dinner a couple nights to have conch (omg, conch is SO good). We did eat at 3 Tides, the restaurant inside the Grand Hyatt, but the food was very mediocre and I wouldn’t recommend it. Instead, I’d suggest checking out some of the other restaurants at Baha Mar and doing some research on TripAdvisor. For ex I just noticed there’s an Umami Burger at the SLS, and frankly that would have been better than the burger I had at 3 Tides, and probably a lot cheaper. So just do some research to scope out decent spots that are (relatively) reasonably priced, but also be prepared for food to be expensive.
Overall, we had a great time at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and it was a really fun, relaxing trip!
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