With some summer cruises departing from outside the United States this year, you might be planning a few extra days before or after your cruise in the Bahamas. If you are cruising on Adventure of the Seas from Nassau, we highly recommend a stay at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Bahamas. Find out why in our latest hotel review.
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Bahamas Hotel Review
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Bahamas – Location and Transportation
The Baha Mar Resort in Nassau, Bahamas is located on the northern shore of the island at the edge of the stunning Cable Beach. The property consists of 3 stylish resorts, the Rosewood, SLS, and Grand Hyatt.
Each hotel offers its own style and vibe for the discerning traveler.
The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Bahamas is located only a short 10-minute drive from the Lynden Pindling International Airport. You can arrange for airport transportation with the hotel for an additional fee. Or, you can opt for a taxi.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, there are a number of health and safety protocols in place at Baha Mar. Among these include COVID-19 testing at check-in (for unvaccinated travelers), enhanced sanitation, face mask requirements when indoors, and social distancing reminders.
Venues, including restaurants and the casino, are configured to promote social distancing as well.
Baha Mar will provide a complimentary rapid test prior to check out for those who need it to fly home.
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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Bahamas – Amenities
The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar has two towers that are at the heart of all the action. Guests staying in any of the 1800 rooms at the hotel have complete access to all of the Baha Mar resort area.
The resort features the largest oceanfront casino in the Caribbean, a signature golf course, a variety of dining and nightlife options, and a large shopping space with everything from luxury brands to local artisans.
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There is also the Sense Spa and the Current Art Gallery for guests to enjoy. Parents will be happy to know that there is the Explorers Club for kids aged 3-12 offering a variety of engaging activities throughout the day for the little ones.
Of course, the most important amenities are the sprawling beach with loungers and umbrellas and the endless pool options.
At this point, most of the resort is now open, including the new Waterpark and signature restaurants. Still, some venues do remain closed, including the signature BOND nightclub.
Guests staying on property have access to complimentary beach activities which include use of snorkel equipment, kayaks, and paddleboards. There are also tennis courts, basketball, croquet, bocce ball, and a new for-fee mini golf course.
The Flamingo Cay and Aviary are popular attractions at the resort for guests of all ages. These areas allow guests to get up close and personal and learn about the iconic pink flamingo and other tropical birds.
Guests can witness complimentary daily parades or book private flamingo encounters for a fee. Aviary visits are also complimentary or $10 if you want to take part in a feeding.
The Sanctuary is another animal encounter which is available for a fee of $20. Here, guests can watch live feedings and engage in hands-on encounters with nurse sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays.
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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Bahamas – Restaurants and Bars
At the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Bahamas, there is no shortage of dining options. The Baha Mar resort complex offers over 20 restaurants, in addition to several bars and lounges, from casual poolside venues to upscale dining experiences.
Some of the international and upscale venues located on property include 3 Tides Fish House, Cafe Boulud, Cleo Mediterraneo, Carna, Costa, Fi’ Lia, and Katsuya. Reservations are highly recommended for these venues.
There are also more casual options located throughout the resort. These “take-out window” or “food truck” favorites include BBQ, ice cream, hot dogs, beachside Mexican, poke bowls, and more.
Of course, there are also casual, sit down restaurants like the Drift Bar and Grill or the Swimming Pig gastropub.
We dined at the gastropub and enjoyed the laid back atmosphere. The signature cocktails, along with truffle fries and fish tacos, were the perfect way for us to unwind after a long day of travel prior to our cruise.
There are also a variety of bar and lounge options to fit every mood day or night. From casual poolside bars to swanky cocktail lounges, it’s up to you where you grab your next drink.
Daqs serves up some tasty custom-blended, fresh daiquiris, or there’s even a swim-up bar at H2O. In the evenings, guests can enjoy live music and craft cocktails at the Jazz Bar or spectacular views from the Skybar rooftop lounge.
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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Bahamas – Hotel Room
All guests staying at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Bahamas receive exclusive benefits during their stay. These include complimentary WiFi, 2 bottles of water daily, and access to the fitness center, which offers a variety of indoor and outdoor workout spaces.
Each room at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Bahamas offers contemporary decor and upscale amenities. All rooms include either a Juliet or full balcony with grand views of either the beach, the resort, or the fountains.
For our 1-night stay at the resort, we booked a Fountain View King room. These rooms are advertised as 382 to 450-square feet with floor to ceiling windows and a Juliet balcony.
The bright, beachy room offered plenty of space. The open concept design offered amazing sightlines throughout the entire room, even the bathroom. The modern furniture and décor gave the room an inviting feel.
This hotel room offered typical amenities. To the left of the bed was a desk with a mini-bar. There were ample outlets and USB connections to let us charge our cameras and gear in preparation for our cruise embarkation day.
The hotel also has tablet devices in each room. From these touchscreens, you can view resort information as well as make reservations.
To the right of the bed was additional comfy seating. This included an oversized love seat with accompanying ottoman.
Our king-sized bed delivered the perfect night’s sleep after a full day of travel with plenty of space to spread out.
The luxurious bathroom came complete with marble finishes and June Jacob bath toiletries. It included both a soaking tub and a stand alone shower, as well as an enclosed area for the toilet.
With double sinks and more than enough space, it was easy for the two of us to get ready the next day.
For those staying at the hotel longer, rest assured that the room boasted all the essentials. Rounding out the in-room amenities were a Keurig coffee machine and a 42″ LCD high definition television.
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Recap Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Bahamas Hotel Review
For our one night, pre-cruise stay at the Grand Hyatt, we were certainly spoiled. In fact, we did not have nearly enough time to experience all the hotel has to offer.
The hotel features more than enough dining options and activities to satisfy all types of travelers. With the new waterpark and additional restaurants now open, there are even more options to custom your stay in the Bahamas.
For those who would prefer to relax, there is a long stretch of private beach and several pools too, each with unique theming and décor.
Our original flights had us arriving earlier in the day so we could experience more of the resort. Sadly though, flight cancellations and delays meant we did not have enough time to really enjoy the facilities.
The hotel room itself had an open concept design and plenty of space for the two of us.
We could certainly see ourselves staying at this hotel again or one of the other sister hotels on the property. While we almost exclusively cruise for our vacations, we wouldn’t think twice about planning a mini-getaway at this resort.
For those looking to extend their stay in the Bahamas for several days, this resort offers more than enough things to do, see, and eat.
It’s almost like a cruise ship, but on land!
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