The best bang-for-your-buck Bahamas resort

Located on the Bahamian island of New Providence, home to the archipelago’s capital, Nassau, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar has gone pro in the art of affordable family travel. Just 15 minutes from the capital’s airport, you can be off the plane and in your room within the hour, but what awaits? We get the inside track on the resort’s most family-friendly offerings


Busy bodies

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar promises kids the kind of packed-out holiday that stays with them forever. For those aged between three and 14 there’s nothing more exciting than whiling away hours in the Explorer’s Kids Club – an interactive learning hub with an action-packed weekly schedule. For the wannabee sailors, Baha Mar has an extensive complimentary rental programme offering stand-up paddleboards, floats, snorkels, plus single and double kayaks. 


Artist at work

At Baha Mar, art lovers will find plenty to dip their paintbrush into. Opening daily at 10am, The Current Gallery & Art Center is a celebration of Bahamian artistic expression; a collection of contemporary art and photography exhibitions that has been built in collaboration with the local community. If you want to do more than just browse, why not take part in one of the artist programmes? There are workshops available for abstract art, figure drawing, printmaking and more, all taught by seasoned pros.


A hole in one

Resort golf courses can be hit-or-miss. That’s why Baha Mar enrolled golf legend Jack Nicklaus himself to design their signature course, the Royal Blue. Avid putters can expect a beautiful 18-hole green with ‘moonscapes’, rolling fairways and beautiful views of the ocean almost everywhere you walk. Plus, everything’s available under the resort’s unique Better Than Your Own rental experience, including their state-of-the-art golf carts. It’s open from 7am to 6pm so you can get a few rounds in before breakfast or dinner.


Sharpen your swing

Tennis is no after-thought at Baha Mar. There are now nine brand-new tennis courts at the resort, six of which are hard court, two clay and one grass. The Bahamian climate is perfect for practising the sport, whether you’re waking up early to catch the first glints of sunshine at the 8am open or playing with an ocean breeze at your back until the 7pm close. And you know you’re in well-trained hands: the tennis programme itself is directed by Minos Marinakis, a certified USPTA ‘Elite’ Tennis Professional with 18 years of experience. Private instruction is offered daily for those who want to acquaint themselves better with the court, while the kids clinic offers a series of fun ways to learn and play.


Caribbean chill

With 24 private treatment rooms (all kitted out with top-of-the-range ESPA products), 30,000 square feet of tranquillity and a whole host of yoga and fitness classes on offer, Baha Mar’s uniquely equipped ESPA spa is surely the place in which to find your fitness mojo. Splash out on a signature treatment, squeeze in an express treatment (30 minutes of total you-time), or preen and pamper at the mani spa, a chic studio where glamorous looks and Bahamian cocktails go hand in manicured hand. Sweat, soak or breathe out the stress from 9am to 8pm daily.


After dark

Once you’ve had your fill of spas, galleries and sporting pursuits, it’s time to make use of Baha Mar’s thrilling nightlife entertainment options. The resort’s casino is the largest in the Caribbean, with more than 100,000 square feet of world-class gaming, bars and lounges. You can enjoy table games (blackjack, baccarat, roulette, poker) with spectacular scenery inside and out – including crystal chandeliers, royal red carpets and ocean views that are out of this world. Or, if you prefer to party on a dance floor, you can be shaken and stirred over at the luxurious Bond Nightclub, licenced to thrill until 4am.


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