Baha Mar Recap

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I bet you didn’t think I would ever get around to sharing a recap of our trip to Baha Mar, did ya?!

Honestly, I didn’t either 🤷🏼‍♀️

But here we are. I somehow started off with a couple hundred photos from our trip and narrowed it down to 20 (give or take) photos. Impressive, right? If you haven’t been down to the Bahamas yet, I highly recommend you book a trip right this instant, you won’t regret it.

Getting There

One of my favorite parts of traveling is the actual process of getting to the destination. Now, before you start freaking out and thinking I’m nuts, hear me out. The airport is a hub for people from all over the world. Whether they’re coming home, leaving to see their families, or just experience a new-to-them place, the airport holds so many different people from so many different places facing all different emotions.

Insane, right?

This doesn’t mean I don’t get travel anxiety, but it does make it a little better. Our trip down to Baha Mar was a little bumpier than I would have liked, but that’s what you get for traveling in the winter, am I right or amirite?

If you’re planning a trip to the Bahamas, the travel there isn’t too bad. You will most likely have to take a connecting flight unless you live somewhere in the lower half of the United States and will fly into Lynden Pindling International Airport. From Boston there’s typically a layover in Charlotte, Atlanta, or Miami before heading to the island. Once you arrive, you will go through customs (Everyone is SO nice! Just make sure to fill out the form the flight attendants give you while you’re still on the plane to avoid any issues or hold ups!) and make your way outside of the airport. From the airport, you can grab a taxi (around $25 for two people, bring cash!) to Baha Mar or arrange airport pick up with your hotel.

Where We Stayed

There are three hotels on the Baha Mar property – The SLS, Grand Hyatt, and Rosewood. For this trip, we ended up staying at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar which was nothing short of amazing. The rooms were spacious, the amenities were absolutely amazing, the casino is right downstairs (along with a bunch of restaurant options and shopping!), and the property is breathtaking. Looking for some flamingos? They have those, too!

If you’re planning a trip to Baha Mar and don’t know which hotel to stay at, I highly suggest researching all three as they each have their own unique style and “demographic” per se. The SLS attracts many people within twenty to thirties range that are ready to have a great time (there’s a club within the hotel, more “hip” decor, and the pool has a food/drink minimum and lots of flamingo and swan floats!), the Hyatt is geared towards families (although there weren’t *too* many children there during our trip!), and the Rosewood attracts in the singles crowd that is ready to relax.

Read my full review of the Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar here

grand hyatt baha mar king room chair and bed
bathroom in king room at hyatt baha mar

grand hyatt baha mar living space
baha mar sunset

On the Baha Mar property, there are nine pools, a bird sanctuary, a spa, countless restaurants and shops, water activities, easy access to the rest of the island, and more. It’s actually absolutely insane how much is fit into this small space and it doesn’t feel over crowed in the least bit.

boardwalk
boardwalk and restaurants baha mar
flamingos bahamas

What We Did

Honestly – we didn’t do a whole lot on this trip. We mostly ate, drank (maybe too much!), and laid out by the pool. On our second day, we took the taxi into downtown Nassau to visit the Nassau Straw Market and wander the streets of the city, stop in a few stores, and grab some ice cream.

If you are looking for some activities to enjoy during your trip, there’s plenty to do at the resort whether you want to spend a day at the small, give a new water activity a try, or shop! There’s also a small island called Balmoral Island across from Baha Mar to visit during the day. There’s a free shuttle over for hotel guests and the island has a dolphin encounter, a bar, and seating to soak up the sun!

The one activity I didn’t get to do that is on my must-do list for next time is to swim with the pigs!

grant hyatt baha mar pool
target lace up one piece
urban outfitters two piece bathing suit

baha mar property
outdoor bar
palm trees in baha mar
gran hyatt baha mar pool
hyatt baha mar pool

Where We Ate

My favorite part of traveling? Eating all the food.

Visiting new restaurants and challenging my tastebuds is hands-down the best part of going someplace new. Even though we ate a lot of the same food as we do at home, it was exciting to try a different spin on some of my favorite dishes with new-to-me ingredients.

If you are planning a trip to the resort, I highly recommend making as many reservations as you can, especially for dinner. We made all of ours two or so weeks in advance and some of the restaurants I wanted to try didn’t have any reservations left and the wait time is so long if they have any space at all!

The Swimming Pig – We were flying down to the Bahamas on a Wednesday so I figured somewhere casual for dinner would be ideal since we would all be wiped after an early morning of travel. With a gastropub-like feel, The Swimming Pig has all of the classics – flatbreads, burgers, salads, and cheeseboard galore.

What we got: Piggy Popcorn, Meat Trio Flatbread, White One Flatbread, Spinach Caesar Salad, Pub Burger

The Palms – Out of all of the places we ate during our trip, The Palms was my least favorite. Situated outside by the pools, Chris and I stopped for breakfast one morning before heading to the pool and it was the longest process. There weren’t many people there at that point (it was around 10!), we just ordered eggs (omelet for him, eggs, and toast for me) and it took 40-50 minutes to receive them making the whole process almost 1.5 hours. Typically I’d be gone with the wait if we were relaxing and chit-chatting or if the food was actually worth it, but we were trying to get to the pool and the food was below par.

Sandy Dog – The Sandy Dog is also a situated poolside and was our go-to for poolside snacks and drinks!

Jazz Bar – Located in the Hyatt, Jazz Bar is right near the casino, making it a great spot to grab some drinks and light eats. They (obviously) play the best jazz music and have a piano situated behind the bar, which wasn’t pretty cool! There’s also a lot of space for dancing and mingling with friends.

What we ate: Dips and Spread, Proscuitto Flatbread, Burrata Flatbread

Skybar – The views at Skybar are out of this world! Opening at 5 PM, Skybar is a great rooftop bar to grab a drink and watch the sunset. The hummus plate is also delicious! Keep in mind that it is on the more expensive side so if you’re ready to get your drink on, get a few drinks at the bar downstairs first.

da poke bowl
drinks at skybar sls

El Jefe – There are several “food trucks” (airstreams) located between the pools and beaches that are open from 11-6 PM every day (making them ideal for lunch) and El Jefe was hands down our favorite one. We pretty much went every day of our trip, and sometimes even multiple times. I honestly wasn’t disappointed in anything we ordered! The margs and nachos are fucking delicious.

What we got: Breakfast Burrito, Chicken Quesadilla, Pork Belly Nachos, Burrito Bowl

Cleo – A few weeks before our trip, a friend’s coworker went to Baha Mar and Cleo came highly recommended! For the most part, we did family dinners each night but Chris and I carved out one night to go out to dinner together at Cleo, which I can’t say enough good things about. With Mediterranean-style dishes, everything is meant to share and that’s just what we did.

What we got: Feta & Lebaneh, Brussel Sprouts, Skirt Steak Kebab, Spicy Sigars, Roasted Curried Cauliflower

Fi’lia – Looking for some Italian cuisine in the Bahamas? Fi’lia is your place! The food was delicious and it was so fun to be with the entire family after spending the day outside (and slightly separated). Chris’ parents also surprised us with two bottles of wine to enjoy with our dinner – They’re the best!

What we got: Local Conch Arancini, Fried Calamari, Grilled Octopus, Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe, Rigatoni Bolognese, Caesar Salad, Spaghetti, and Meatballs

Unami Burger – Another lunch spot located within the “food trucks”, Unami Burger was a great cure to my hangover!

What we got: Ultimate Bacon Burger, Unami Burger, French Fries

Monkey Bar – One of the most frequented bars of our trip, the Monkey Bar is located within the SLS hotel and has the best espresso martinis. There’s a bunch of couches to sit on and a fun alcove with a pool table making it the ideal place to sit, drink, and people watch. If you’re not sure what you’re in the mood to drink, the bartenders are great at crafting up something unique to your taste profile! Monkey Bar was also the culprit of the worst hangover of all time, but at least I could sit by the pool and die instead of being stuck inside all day.

lighting at the monkey bar
dinner at fi'lia
fi'lia outdoor patio

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13 Comments

  1. 3.20.19

    How beautiful! I definitely need to plan a trip ASAP!

  2. 3.20.19

    This looks like heaven!! I’ve got to go here!!

  3. 3.20.19
    Lee said:

    Looks like you guys had a blast!! I haven’t been to the Bahamas since I was a kid, but I loved it there!

  4. 3.20.19

    This looks like the best trip! Thanks for sharing GF!

    XO Cathclaire | fashion, lifestyle, travel blog
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  5. 3.20.19
    Kileen said:

    Looks and sounds like such a great trip! makes me want to book a trip out asap!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  6. 3.20.19
    Stephanie said:

    I would give literally anything to be there right now instead of stuck inside with a massive amount of work/bills piling up haha. It looks like such an incredible trip!

  7. 3.20.19

    It looks so serene there, I’d love to go!

  8. 3.21.19
    Kim said:

    Your pictures are all so peaceful and pretty! I’m having some serious FOMO over here for not being at the beach right now!

    xoxo,
    Kim

  9. 3.21.19

    Wow, it looks so beautiful here! Gorgeous photography x

    Shannon | https://shannonmichelle1.blogspot.com

  10. 3.21.19

    What a beautiful getaway! I can’t believe there were 9 pools at your hotel. That’s amazing!

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

  11. 3.21.19
    Lyddiegal said:

    Sounds like you had an amazing stay, and the resort just looks gorgeous. I think the Bahamas is just the kind of vacation you need to relax and not do much else.
    Chic on the Cheap

  12. 3.25.19
    Morgan said:

    I can see why it was hard to narrow down the photos .. everything is so picturesque!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  13. 3.26.19

    That striped building is adorable. I’ve never been to Baha Mar but I think they just featured it on The Real Housewives. Would love to vacay there one day.

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