06 December 2017
Welcome to Baha Mar – the new Bahamas resort which is ideal for the affluent traveller. Relax, recharge and revitalise away from hectic modern life in this luxurious sun-soaked Caribbean haven…
The Bahamas is a Caribbean island-nation situated off the coast of Florida. Sunny year-round, the Bahamas is an ideal beach holiday destination. Enjoy sugar-white sands and clear azure waves at iconic sites like the secluded Newton Cay Beach and the aptly named Surfer’s Beach. With friendly locals, tantalising cuisine like Bahamian lobster, colourful traditional festivals, cultural attractions such as the colonial-era Fort Fincastle and the bustling capital of Nassau, the Bahamas has it all.
Experience the delights of the Bahamas by staying at its hottest new resort, Baha Mar. Located on Paradise Island – a stone’s throw from Nassau, Baha Mar is a resort featuring three luxury hotels which is a playground of indulgence. The region’s star attraction is undoubtedly the world-famous Cable Beach. This palm-lined stretch of pristine white shore is perfect for sunbathing, and you can try thrilling water sports such as diving, fishing and snorkelling in its warm Caribbean waters.
Near the beach you’ll discover the Baha Mar Casino. This glamourous spot is the Caribbean’s largest casino, hosting everything from table games like roulette, blackjack and Caribbean stud poker, to over 1,100 slot machines, giving you plenty of chances to test your luck. The resort is home to various professional-grade golf courses such as the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus course, and the world-class ESPA Spa, where you can unwind with locally-inspired treatments like heated seashell massages.
Take in Bahamian culture while you’re in Baha Mar by enjoying local art. You’ll find one of the most extensive collections of Bahamian art here, with 2,500 pieces created by local artists. Highlights include Dominic Cant’s ‘From The Sea,’ which replicates the feeling of being underwater, Max Taylor’s colourful Cubist-esque ‘Rhythms of a Different Time’, and the Bahamian/Asian fusion installations ‘The Jewels of Baha Mar’ by Jordanna Kelly. You can even advance your creative talents by taking workshops in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and more with local artists.
Baha Mar is an ideal resort for foodies. Dine on fresh quiche at Café Madeline, sample pan-Latin cuisine like spicy empanadas at Drift Bar Grill, or indulge in seafood dishes such as Caribbean spiny Lobster at 3 Tides. Wash your dinner down with a trip to one of the resort’s chic bars. Whether you decide to savour a gin-soaked gimlet at cocktail joint Bar Noir, enjoy a custom-made daiquiri on the beach at DAQs or unwind with a Caribbean rum in live music venue Churchill 1874, you’ll have a ball.
When you’re in Baha Mar you can stay at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, but two more luxury hotels – the SLS Baha Mar and the Rosewood Baha Mar – are scheduled to open soon. Choose from 1,800 guestrooms at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, each with ultra-modern furnishings and creature comforts such as complimentary Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs. This hotel has six pools, a beach sanctuary, five restaurants including a pan-Asian noodle bar and even a Hobby Horse Nature Preserve.
The SLS Baha Mar is slated to open this autumn, and it will cater to discerning travellers. It will have a selection of 299 elegantly-appointed rooms, along with world-class amenities such as a ‘privilege’ party pool with its own concierge, a rooftop sky-bar providing unparalleled beach views and a chic indoor piazza. The Rosewood Baha Mar will follow in spring 2018, providing 200 beach view rooms and suites as well as five opulent beachfront villas, so you can walk to Caribbean sands in seconds.
From Baha Mar, you’ll be able to visit some of the Bahamas’ most popular attractions. In Nassau alone, there’s the spectacular Ardastra Gardens where you can find Caribbean flamingos, the Pirates of Nassau Museum featuring old pirate ships and the 18th Century Fort Montagu. Nassau is also home to the John Watling’s Distillery where you can sample various local rums as well as the Straw Market – a great place to pick up local handicrafts when looking for souvenirs.
Head into Paradise Island’s heartlands and you’ll reach the Harrold & Wilson Ponds National Park. A natural wetland habitat for over 100 bird species including herons, ibises and egrets, the Park features scenic walking trails and observation decks, serving as a peaceful natural oasis. With spas, casinos, beaches, bars, luxury hotels, outstanding restaurants, and lush golf courses, among other things, Baha Mar is the Bahamian jewel you’ve got to see.