Our two friends and Carl and I have been wanting to plan a trip together for the longest time and we picked the beautiful island of Bahamas for a four day weekend. We wanted to relax and unwind so we decided to stay at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar resort in Nassau, Bahamas because of everything it had to offer. They have a large selection of restaurants and pools, a large casino, and even a water park! It also sits right by the beach with stunning turquoise water. In this post, I will be sharing my Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Resort Review.
How to Get to Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
We flew into Nassau, Bahamas which was only a 3 hour flight from New Jersey and scheduled a private transportation with the hotel. They also have their own stand at the airport, which makes it easy to find! And the drive to the resort is only 15 minutes! Since the drive to the resort is super quick, I actually recommend getting a regular cab to save money.
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Rooms
There are two towers at Grand Hyatt: East and West. The only difference is the decor and layout of the room. Rooms in the East Tower have blue walls, with both a bath tub and shower, and the bed is facing towards the balcony in the middle of the room. The West Tower has white walls, only a shower, and the bed is against the wall. Carl and I were on the West Tower and my friends were in the East. Both rooms were really nice! I loved that our room was more spacious, but I wished ours had the double sinks like in the East Tower. Our room was very clean and we had an ocean view and king bed.
About the Resort
Baha Mar is massive! The resort consists of the The Grand Hyatt and its two sister properties: SLS and Rosewood. Grand Hyatt is the biggest of the three and the main hub of the resort. If you are looking for a more party atmosphere, you can head over to SLS. The Rosewood is the exclusive part of the resort. Their pool is for guests only, but you are free to dine at their bars + restaurants and walk around the property.
The resort also makes it easy to be cashless. When you check in, you get a bracelet that acts as your room key and wallet. All charges get added to your room so it’s nice not to worry about carrying your credit cards and cash around the resort.
The only downside about this resort is because it’s so massive, I felt like the service wasn’t great. People were really nice, but I didn’t think they were super helpful.
Things to do at the Resort
There are so many things to do at the resort. You can do something new each day.
The Grand Hyatt has eight pools, where each of them are very different. One pool even has a cave area with a waterfall where you can go inside and see through a glass window into their aquarium. You can see tropical fish, turtles, sharks, and rays!
The resort also has a waterpark called Baha Bay, which is complimentary if you are a hotel guest. We spent an afternoon floating down the lazy river and going down water slides. It was a lot of fun!
You can also check out their wildlife experiences. They have sea turtles, nurse sharks, stingrays, flamingos, and tropical birds. You can book guided tours where you can observe and learn about their marine wildlife. We went to their Aviary and fed tropical birds, which was really cool! They also even have a yoga class with flamingos!
If you love being active on vacation, they have a golf course, racquet club, basketball court, croquet, bocce ball and a fitness center! They also have a spa.
Baha Mar is located on Cable Beach, which is known for its white sand and beautiful turquoise waters. You can relax on a beach chair, lounge on one of their large floats in the water, and enjoy complimentary water activities like paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling. We loved lounging on one of their floats that can fit up to 10 people and one of the days we went snorkeling by the beach.
On the beach, you can also find a pier that you can walk across. I recommend going there to see the sunset on the water!
For night life, you can gamble at their large casino, listen to live music at the Jazz Bar, dance at Monkey Bar, check out their Cigar Bar and enjoy a cocktail at the SLS rooftop bar, Skybar.
If you are looking to book excursions, you can check out their activities booth where they will organize everything for you!
Best Restaurants at the Resort
The resort has over 30 restaurants – I love that they have a wide variety of foods. The food was all really good! However, it is pretty pricey and every bill has a 15% VAT tax and 20% service charge so food and drinks add up. For instance, breakfast was always around $50/person. We heard that its the same everywhere in Nassau so just make sure you budget for food and drinks. I also recommend booking dinner reservations way in advanced because spots fill up quickly.
Here are some of our favorite spots:
This was their breakfast buffet and it was honestly the best hotel breakfast buffet I’ve ever had. They had a huge variety of food – I wanted to try everything!
This is a chic cafe that serves breakfast and dinner. We came here for breakfast and the food was so good! We loved the omelette, avocado toast, and eggs benedict.
This is a Mexican food truck near the beach that serves tacos, nachos, burritos, and margaritas!
This is a Caribbean style food truck where you can get wings, chicken sandwiches, and conch fritters.
They serve slices, whole pies, pasta, other Italian favorites, and even gelato! They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This is a lunch spot right by the beach! I recommend the empanadas and fish tacos!
This was one of our favorite restaurants. They serve Mediterranean small plates. Everything was so good!
This is their Mexican restaurant at the Rosewood. I loved the lobster enchiladas!
Marcus at Baha Mar Fish + Chop House
This restaurant is located right by the beach that has amazing seafood!
This restaurant is an Asian Latin grill that serves Latin cuisine with bold Asian flavors.
This stand is right near the beach where they serve hard and soft serve ice cream with tons of toppings, ice pops, ice cream bars, and iced coffee.
This is a cute Parisian cafe that serves pastries, coffee, and breakfast.
If you are looking to plan a trip to Nassau, I highly recommend this hotel! I hope you enjoyed reading my Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Resort Review.