An Inside Look at the Exquisite Rosewood Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas - Chu On This (2023)

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Lush. Elegant. Peaceful. Clean. The Rosewood Baha Mar invokes all the adjectives that make for an excellent vacation destination. This past November, I joined my work team in Nassau, Bahamas to execute a four-day conference for 250 lawyers (look up “Fall Convention”) at this incredible resort, which also happens to be one of newest and most highly ranked resorts in the Caribbean. Here’s what I discovered.

The Baha Mar Resort Complex

The Baha Mar Resort complex is actually comprised of three resorts: the Grand Hyatt (the family-friendly hotel, priced around $350 USD a night), SLS Hotels (the party hotel, priced around $500 a night), and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts (the high-end luxury hotel in question, priced around at around $700 USD a night). Each of the properties has its own pools and amenities that are designed just a little bit differently from one to the other. For example, you can find all the stand-up paddleboards and kayaks, water hammocks, floating lounges, and snorkels at the Grand Hyatt, while the Rosewood’s private beach features woven capsule lounges and cabanas where you can have your sunscreen, Fiji water and fresh towels delivered directly to you. You get the idea.

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The Baha Mar Complex is also home to the largest casino in the Caribbean, tennis courts, luxury shops, tons of restaurants, and a wildlife animal complex (think green sea turtles, stingrays, nurse sharks, and 50+ species of reef fish). Oh, and if you’re looking to snap a good photo for Instagram, Flamingo Cay (with flamingo parades twice a day) is not to be missed.

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While all of the resorts in the Complex are fantastic, the Rosewood is undeniably the queen of the three properties of the Baha Mar. If nothing else, Rosewood guests have access to all of the amenities of the other two hotels above, while the reverse is not the case.

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The Many Restaurants of the Rosewood

As soon as you walk into the resort, the staff will offer you a Bahamian classic called “Sky Juice”, a cocktail made with gin (optional but important), condensed milk, coconut juice and little juicy bites of coconut flesh. The lobby, as well as the entire property, is designed in a very modern take on the British Colonial Era style, featuring a lot of white and light grey panels and dark woods. The bedrooms and suites also share the same design, with elegant four-poster beds and white luxury linens. Look closely and you’ll also discover that most of the walls are hand-painted and not wallpaper-ed.

The lobby is connected directly to The Library, which is the kind of place you wouldn’t mind waiting in for a few hours to get your luggage (if that was ever the case) or to do some last-minute work before your departure. They also serve light breakfast and afternoon tea.

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The other side of the lobby leads into the Manor Bar, described by the resort as having the “mature residential touch of a polished 20th-century salon”. This is the place you’ll want to come to grab a handcrafted cocktail and a few well-paired bar snacks before heading off for dinner, or coming back after dinner for a night cap.

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Even with all of our attendees having arrived almost all at once on two flights, the group was quickly was absorbed into the serenity of the resort after a few short minutes of friendly exchanges. Most of the time, all you hear is the faint sound of the ocean waves, a little steel drum, and a nice lady asking you if you want another Sky Juice. The answer is always yes.

Underneath the Manor Bar, you will find the biggest nod to colonialism (which I will admit, seemed a little strange and potentially problematic) in the form of an eclectic restaurant that was, up until last month, called Commonwealth. Despite the concept, our dinner of Beef Wellingtons and Chocolate Block wine, lamb chops, gnocchi, grouper and pavlova was excellent. They had a beautiful breakfast buffet as well, with the option of going for a continental spread, or adding a little to access all the hot foods and (wait for it) an avocado toast station, with optional poached eggs and garnishes, all made to order. As of the date of publication, the restaurant has now been changed to one that focuses exclusively on Indian cuisine, called Malam. I suspect their breakfast will continue to be an international spread.

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The final Rosewood dining spot we tried, and my favourite dining space in the whole resort, was Costa. The breakfast buffet is international, but the lunch and dinner offerings are Latin American in their focus.

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We also asked Costa to cook our welcome night dinner under the stars, which featured round tables spread throughout the pools and lawn area, and a menu of salads, ceviches, tacos, braised short rib, churros, tres leches cake, and so much more. It was absolutely stunning. If you’re lucky, a huge part of experiencing The Bahamas is to catch a Junkanoo performance. We asked these awesome performers to surprise our guests, which turned out to be a great way to kick off the evening.

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The only dining place in the Rosewood property I didn’t try was Tingum, a chic beachside fishshack. Other fantastic dining experiences within the Baha Mar complex include Carna, a sophisticated steakhouse under the patronage of eighth-generation master Italian butcher, Dario Cecchini, and Shuang Bao, which is an upscale Chinese restaurant that specializes in Peking Duck. Above all else, do not confuse Shuang Ba (which is hidden away a few steps and around the corner from Manor Bar) with Stix, the pan-Asian restaurant across from the Starbucks that did not inspire much confidence. If you don’t want to leave the beach, there are also a few standard food trucks located on the Grand Hyatt side near the flamingos.

Final Thoughts

There are luxury resorts, and then there is the Rosewood Baha Mar. The towels are fluffier. The sand is whiter. The pools are so quiet and designed in such a way that you sometimes feel like you’re the only person in the whole world who is there. There’s a spa and gym to keep up your health if you so choose. There is an infinite number of things to do in the city that can all be arranged with a short chat with the concierge onsite. In short, the Rosewood Baha Mar ticks off all the boxes for the kind of escape where you can leave all your troubles behind and just relish in the fine details of a well-designed resort.

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You should stay here if:you appreciate high-quality experiences, are happy to spend on service, the cost is of no concern, and plan on really relaxing and embracing the space you’re in. Ideal for couples (especially for honeymoons and special occasions), a solo trip to relax, and for vacationing with the in-laws.

You should not stay here if:you have a bunch of adventure-seeking children in tow, you hate to “waste money on just food”, or if you are looking for an all-inclusive pricing structure.

Booking your trip: prices fluctuate quite dramatically depending on the season, so I would recommend setting up an alert to get the best price for the flexible date range you wish to visit in. I would also recommend reading more about all the pros and cons of each resort and book through TripAdvisor. The resort will also be happy to recommend fun day trips and city tours for you to take advantage of the surrounding area.

Getting there: The Bahamas is only a short flight from several major US and Canadian cities (there is a direct 3-hour flight from Toronto), making it extremely accessible for a weekend or weeklong trip. The resort is a 10 to 15-minute drive from Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) and Baha Mar will arrange a shuttle service for you. If you are taking a taxi (although you are unlikely to require this), it will cost around $20-25 USD.

Planning a conference: Most of you reading this post will not be in the specific position of planning a conference here, but if you are looking for any insights, please feel free to contact me directly. We had a very positive experience overall, and I would highly recommend it.

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FAQs

Is there a dress code at Baha Mar? ›

Dress Code: Smart Casual : Please refrain from wearing exercise or beach attire. Covered shoes and sleeved shirts are required for gentlemen, in addition to long trousers in the evening. Baha Mar dining venues reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee for "no-show" reservations.

How much is it a night at Baha Mar? ›

How much is a room at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar? Prices may fluctuate based on room type, dates, and availability. You can find great room deals for Grand Hyatt Baha Mar at the moment between $349 and $734 a night. Enter preferred dates in the form above to see the best-matched deals for you.

Can you drink the water in Baha Mar? ›

Yes, tap water is generally considered to be safe for drinking in the Bahamas. However, if you have a sensitive constitution, you may want to stick to bottled or boiled water. Also, tap water in the Bahamas leaves a strange aftertaste.

Can you use cash at Baha Mar? ›

In addition to picking the right accommodations for your client there are definitely a few additional fun facts that make the Baha Mar unlike any other resort property in the Bahamas. For one, the entire Baha Mar resort destination is cashless.

How much is a bottle of water at Baha Mar? ›

Bring your bottled water with you to restaurants

Some restaurants only serve bottled water (that's right, no tap water!) and it costs $15 a bottle! To save at meals, bring the bottled water from your room to the restaurant.

How much do you tip a Baha Mar? ›

Tipping in Bahamas in restaurants & bars

Plan to tip around 10-15% in Bahamian restaurants.

Are the pools heated at Baha Mar Bahamas? ›

Book Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

Great resort! The pools are heated and the water feels fantastic!

Do you have to be vaccinated to go to the Bahamas? ›

Entry Requirements: Vaccinated Travellers. I have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, do I need to take a RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen Test to travel to The Bahamas? Effective 19 June 2022, fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to submit to pre-travel COVID-19 testing to enter the country.

Is Rosewood Baha Mar adults only? ›

The pools are reserved for the exclusive enjoyment of Rosewood Baha Mar guests. Pool use is allowed only when a lifeguard is on duty. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult to enter the pools. Management reserves the right to limit pool use.

What is not allowed in The Bahamas? ›

Firearms, fireworks, unless special authorization by the Commissioner of Police. Trailers, being trailer caravans for use as living quarters, offices, workshops, or similar purposes, unless specifically authorized by the Minister. Mechanical games and devices set in operation wholly and partly by the insertion.

Do you need cash in Bahamas? ›

Credit Cards are used throughout most of the bahamas, especially in the tourist areas, but some of the smaller out island require cash for purchases, and sometimes even car rentals. ATM's are available throughout Nassau, Paradise Island and Freeport, but are harder to find in the smaller islands.

Is water free at Baha Mar? ›

Water in your room is FREE.

Do you get free drinks at Baha Mar Casino? ›

Yes drinks are complimentary while gambling, even Crown Royal.

Is Baha Mar cashless? ›

What methods of payment are accepted inside Baha Bay? Baha Bay is cashless inside of the venue. Baha Mar guests are able to charge all rentals, food & beverage and cabanas to their room. All major credit cards are accepted within Baha Bay.

Is Baha Mar owned by Disney? ›

"Disney owns everything. Here with Baha Mar there are so many moving parts. As you're building and designing you want to align everyone's interests and get people to play together in a constructive way. At Disney, there was only one way the property ran.

Do taxis in Nassau take credit cards? ›

Taking a taxi cab

It's easy to find a metered taxi cab in the main destinations such as Nassau, Freeport, and Paradise Island. Most taxi cab drivers, however, don't accept credit cards, so you'll have to be ready with some Bahamian dollars and small change.

Do you have to wear a mask in Nassau Bahamas? ›

As of October 1, 2022, masks are no longer required in public spaces in The Bahamas.

Is there Uber in Nassau Bahamas? ›

No, Nassau does not – nor does any part of the Bahamas have Uber. Shocking as that might be to a traveller (at least to us), Nassau- or any part of the Bahamas simply does not operate with rideshare apps like Uber or Lyft.

Is it rude not to tip at all-inclusive resorts? ›

When we receive great service, we want to show our appreciation with a tip. For many, it's just the polite thing to do. So while it is not expected and you do not have to, you will notice that tipping is normal at all-inclusive resorts.

How much should I bring to tip all-inclusive? ›

How Much Do You Tip at All-Inclusive Resorts? For a one-week stay at an all-inclusive resort, a couple should budget to spend about $150 US (or the local currency equivalent) total in tips. This means that you should bring about $20 in small bills with you to spend on tips throughout the day.

Can I tip in US dollars in the Bahamas? ›

The currency in the Bahamas is the Bahamian Dollar, US dollars are widely accepted and is equivalent to the Bahamian dollar. If you pay in US dollars, you will likely receive change in Bahamian dollars, not the US.

Do you need water shoes in the Bahamas? ›

Water shoes are useful for just about any water activity you can think of, especially when going to secluded beaches, like those located in the out islands in The Bahamas. You can rent these, but it's more economical to take your own, if you have them.

Do you need a passport to go to Baha Mar? ›

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens are generally required to present a valid U.S. passport when traveling to The Bahamas, as well as proof of anticipated departure from The Bahamas. Those traveling to The Bahamas on a cruise may use another Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document.

What airport do you fly into for Baha Mar Bahamas? ›

Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) is located approximately six miles (10 km.) from Rosewood Baha Mar. Depending on traffic, the transfer typically takes just 15 minutes.

What currency does Bahamas use? ›

The official currency for the Bahamas is the Bahamian Dollar. The $ symbol is used for the Bahamian Dollar; the symbol B$ is used to distinguish it from other Dollar currencies. The Dollar is divided into 100 cents and is pegged to the US Dollar at par.

What language do they speak in The Bahamas? ›

While English is the official language of the Bahamas, locals speak with a Bahamian dialect that has birthed many unique slang words and phrases. Before your trip, you may want to familiarize yourself with the island lingo.

Does Rosewood have a sauna? ›

At Sense, A Rosewood Spa enjoy a cozy relaxation area including a pool, a steam room, an infrared sauna, and experience showers as well as a resting area with a Himalayan salt wall.

Does Baha Mar have a beach? ›

Rosewood Baha Mar is located on Cable Beach, widely considered to be one of The Bahamas' best beaches. Vibrant turquoise waters and soft white sands provide a picturesque setting for both exhilarating activity and relaxing leisure.

Can you walk around Baha Mar? ›

Other Fun Things at Baha Mar Resort

Our first day there we just spent walking around the property and I was really surprised at what I saw (besides the amazing pools and beach). They had an exploration center where we got to watch them feed the sharks.

How much cash can you bring to Bahamas? ›

Entering and Exiting with Cash or Negotiable Instruments: While it is legal to transport any amount of currency or other monetary instruments into or out of the United States, a traveler entering or exiting the U.S. with an amount exceeding USD $10,000 – or its foreign equivalent – must file FinCen Form 105, Report of ...

What should I be careful of in the Bahamas? ›

The water sports industry in The Bahamas is poorly regulated. Be careful when renting jet skis and other water sports equipment, as many companies and individuals offering water sports activities are unregistered.
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Criminals target travellers in Nassau and Freeport for:
  • muggings.
  • armed robbery.
  • home invasion.
  • sexual assault.
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Should I bring bug spray to the Bahamas? ›

Bug Spray

Sunscreen is a no brainer but bug spray should be right there with it. During the rainy season (May-October) stagnant water builds up and is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos.

How much is $1 Bahamas in US dollars? ›

The Bahamian dollar is tied to the US dollar with a fixed exchange rate. Therefore, 1 dollar always equals to 1 US dollar.

What is the best month to visit Bahamas? ›

Peak season: mid-December – mid-April

The months of January and February are great for traveling to the Bahamas for people who love the sun, but not extreme heat and humidity. There is also a great balance of heat and cool in March. Keep in mind that the evenings may get Caribbean chilly*, so pack appropriately.

Is shopping in the Bahamas cheap? ›

How expensive is the Bahamas? Most Caribbean islands tend to be more expensive than the United States for things like shopping, dining, accommodation, and more.

Can you drink on the beach in Nassau? ›

Open Container/Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on city of Fernandina or Nassau County beaches. It's unlawful for any person to consume or drink beer, wine or alcoholic beverage.

Does Nassau have a free beach? ›

To help you find the right beach for your port visit in Nassau, we've put together seven beaches that offer everything from snorkeling and swimming, to caves and casinos. The city has public beaches, so you can enjoy them for free.

What time is the fountain show at Baha Mar? ›

The Baha Mar show fountains will take your breath away. Enjoy them nightly from 8-9:30pm.

Is there a shuttle from airport to Baha Mar? ›

Airport transportation is available with Baha Mar's approved vendors via online reservation. Book your reservation here.

Is there a swim up bar at Baha Mar? ›

In-pool seating, a swim-up bar, day beds and full-service cabanas—the Fortune pool has it all. Johan S Friberg and 867 others like this.

Can I use my debit or credit card in the Bahamas? ›

The Bahamian dollar is on par with the US dollar – no need to exchange currency! Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and most debit cards are also widely accepted throughout Nassau Paradise Island, as well as travelers' cheques.

Can you use all pools at Baha Mar? ›

The fun doesn't end there though as the hotel also boast 6 pools, each with their own character, that are open to all Baha Mar campus guests. The pools feature either day beds, in pool chaise lounge, or cabanas with a private depository safe for extra exclusivity, security and privacy.

Does Baha Mar allow cruise ships? ›

The property has its own private island and it was spectacularly beautiful with a bar, restaurant, pool, beach toys etc. However- they allow cruise passengers on it and it completely ruins the experience.

Can you live at Baha Mar? ›

Baha Mar in Nassau is the only Caribbean residential destination featuring impeccable turnkey Residences by acclaimed hotel brand – Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®. Baha Mar's sophisticated residences come with unsurpassed personal service and a spectacular array of amenities.

What is casual resort attire? ›

Resort Casual

You can comfortably wear swimsuit coverups, jeans, capris, and shorts with a t-shirt or polo. Tennis shoes, sneakers, and sandals, are all acceptable as well. You can even wear flip flops with this relaxed dress code!

Do you get free drinks at Baha Mar casino? ›

Yes drinks are complimentary while gambling, even Crown Royal.

Can you wear jeans in the Bahamas? ›

Jeans or slacks are usually fine, with a casual shirt of jacket, along with comfortable shoes. Wear things that can be reused during your vacation if possible, which can help you pack lighter.

Is there a dress code for Neil Simon theatre? ›

There is no dress code. We went to the afternoon matinee and everyone was dressed very casual (jeans, tennis shoes, etc.). Wear whatever you're comfortable in.

What is formal dress code at an all inclusive resort? ›

Resort Formal

You'll want to pack: A button-down dress shirt with a dinner jacket and slacks. Cocktail dresses. Full length dresses, including evening gowns.

What is casual elegant for a woman? ›

Casual elegance is similar to business casual attire in the sense that it's put together but not to the level of a ball gown or suit. While the exact details of casual elegance are fully up for interpretation, it really depends on where you're going!

What is resort sophisticated dress code? ›

Popular resort elegant attire includes maxi dresses, skirts (with thicker fabrics and fuller coverage), and jumpsuits. Elegant beach sandals and low heels also are best suited for a resort elegant dress code.

Do I need a Covid test to go to the Bahamas? ›

Effective 19 June 2022, fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to submit to pre-travel COVID-19 testing to enter the country. As of 20 September 2022, the COVID-19 testing requirement for entering The Bahamas has been eliminated.

Are Baha Mar pools heated? ›

Book Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

Great resort! The pools are heated and the water feels fantastic!

What can you not bring back from the Bahamas? ›

Firearms, fireworks, unless special authorization by the Commissioner of Police. Trailers, being trailer caravans for use as living quarters, offices, workshops, or similar purposes, unless specifically authorized by the Minister. Mechanical games and devices set in operation wholly and partly by the insertion.

What Cannot bring to Bahamas? ›

Anything except fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products can be brought into The Bahamas.

Will my US cell phone work in the Bahamas? ›

All of the major U.S. carriers consider roaming in the Bahamas to be International roaming. International roaming options are offered by all four major U.S. carriers. While the carriers do offer international plans or plan add-ons, quality of service - or service at all is not guaranteed.

Is it OK to wear jeans to the theatre? ›

The simple answer here is anything. From a casual t-shirt, jeans and trainers to a tuxedo or formal dress, there are no dress codes. You could turn up to the theatre wearing anything and be permitted entry.

Can you wear jeans to a musical? ›

Both formal and informal clothing is accepted. From casual t-shirts, jeans and flip-flops to a cocktail dress or tuxedo, the spectrum of audience style is so broad that there is no specific dress code.

What should I wear to the immersive theatre? ›

An ideal ensemble would be more upscale than a T-shirt and jeans, but less restrictive than a floor-length gown or three-piece suit. And though this type of performance may not get bloody, there's a chance it could involve free-flowing red wine, so it would be wise to avoid wearing white.

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