Although the first guests are not anticipated until May 29, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar recently celebrated its ribbon cutting ceremony, marking the official launch of operations at the controversial Baha Mar Resort on Nassau, Bahamas.
This is perhaps the best news in years for the shuttered $3.5 billion resort project, which was supposed to be fully operational around March of 2015 before a legal dispute between Baha Mar and the project’s construction company forced the resort to close when it was nearly 97 percent finished.
When fully operational, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 rooms, including 230 luxury suites, as well as more than 20 food and dining outlets from a fresh seafood grill and conch shack to a Pan-Asian noodle bar. The hotel will begin accepting reservations for guests arriving as of May 29.
At Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of services within the Baha Mar Resort, including a 30,000 square-foot ESPA Spa; a 100,000-square-foot casino that features 1,140 slots, 119 game tables and one-of-a-kind direct ocean views; a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course, tennis courts and facilities; and The Baha Mar Convention, Art and Entertainment Center. Many of these amenities are operational today, according to a Grand Hyatt Baha Mar news release.
Meanwhile, it was announced in March that the Rosewood Baha Mar will open by 2018. The resort will offer 185 ocean view rooms and suites, as well as five luxurious beachfront villas, which will be contemporary and residential in style. All guest rooms will offer private balconies with outdoor living areas, while the luxurious four-bedroom villas will offer exceptional tranquility, exclusive services and a private pool.
The originally planned flagship hotel of Baha Mar Casino & Hotel is now replaced with a second Grand Hyatt hotel. SLS LUX at Baha Mar and Melia Nassau Beach Resort (soon-to-be Melia at Baha Mar) are all still included in the project.