I am not a fan of the mega resort and there is certainly no other way of describing the massive $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort, but my curiosity has got the better of me and I wanted to find out just how this mega resort was planning to introduce a supposed new era of luxury, glamour, gaming and excitement to the Bahamas.
Love or loathe the scale of this resort, you can’t deny that it is impressive! It took 4,000 labourers and many years to plan and build, but Baha Mar resort is set to open on for business on March 27, 2015. This means doors will open to, gulp, 2,200 luxury guest rooms across four hotels – Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, Rosewood at Baha Mar, Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar and SLS LUX at Baha Mar – along with the Caribbean’s largest casino, a 100,000 square foot masterpiece featuring a full array of the latest slots and table games. In addition to all four hotels, the resort is offering a TPC at Baha Mar Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, ESPA spa, pools, beach experiences, and many restaurants and luxury shops.
Baha Mar has a series of opening celebrations, including a Ribbon Cutting Gala and a Grand Opening Event scheduled for April and May 2015, respectively. Produced by Jamie King and Emilio Estefan, two of the leading names in music and entertainment—the events promise to be a celebration of sophistication and style spanning several days and combining both private and public festivities. Baha Mar culminates by kicking off Riviera Summer, a four-month celebration with entertainment events from Memorial Day weekend to late September.
The resort is also offering 284 free-hold, fully-deeded Baha Mar Residences within the four elite hotels for anyone who cant bear to leave. Comprised of one- to three-bedroom homes and four-bedroom villas, the residences offer buyers the chance to make Nassau their personal playground. Owners will benefit from tax breaks, eligibility for Bahamian permanent residency status and access to private banking entree into the hotel rental program.
The Baha Mar’s vision is for guests to sleep in luxury beds with luxury amenities, to dine at their luxury restaurants, snorkel at their reef, lounge and Cabana Club, play at their casino, dance in their clubs until dawn.
When considering which property to book, lovers of villas may want to look into Rosewood’s accommodations while those seeking a livelier hotel should book at the SLS. If I were to stay I would try the Grand Hyatt which is certainly a good place to burn some Gold Passport points and is aiming to offer laid back elegance. To be in the centre of things of course you must choose the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel itself. Meliá is also present and has an all-inclusive offering at the Baha Mar. Room rates look like they will range from $220 to $600 a night.
Am I tempted by this massive Vegas-on-sea? The pools look amazing, the immense hotel will certainly impress so yes I would stop by to satisfy my curiosity and plop in for a swim. But this is not the luxury I yearn for. For me, luxury is intimate boutiques with personalised service and the heartfelt care that these mega resorts, however good, are unable to achieve.
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