NASSAU — After two years of delays and conflict, the long awaited Baha Mar resort in the Bahamas has finally opened its doors.
An official ribbon cutting ceremony took place on April 21 to mark the opening of Grand Hyatt Baha, the first hotel to open at the prestigious Baha Mar complex. Situated on the shores of Nassau, the hotel will begin accepting reservations for guests arriving as of May 29.
When fully operational, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 ocean-, fountain- and island-view guestrooms, including 230 luxury suites, and over 20 food and dining outlets ranging from a fresh seafood grill and conch shack to a Pan-Asian noodle bar. It boasts direct beach access to the resort’s Beach Sanctuary, water sports and seven pools, not to mention Bahamian art by local artists, upscale retail shops and nightly live entertainment.
“Grand Hyatt Baha Mar has been designed to celebrate all that is iconic in the destination, while still embodying the perfect touch of classic luxury. With an array of multi-cultural dining venues, high-end spa and fitness centers, spectacular entertainment and meeting spaces, and a sophisticated, yet personal, approach, this hotel is set to become a premier resort destination in the Caribbean,” said Scott Allen, general manager, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.
Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of services within the expansive Baha Mar Resort, including: a 30,000 square feet ESPA Spa; 100,000 square foot casino that features 1,140 slots, 119 game tables and one-of-a-kind direct ocean views; Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course; state-of-the-art tennis courts and facilities; and The Baha Mar Convention, Art and Entertainment Center. Many of these amenities are operational today.
In late 2016, almost exactly two years after its planned launch date, Baha Mar Resort was sold to Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited (CTFE) for a reported US$3.5 billion. Baha Mar was initially scheduled to open in December 2014 but declared bankruptcy in June 2015 following construction delays.