Since 1998, the sprawling resort complex of Atlantis has defined Nassau’s shoreline, and it's been an icon for vacationers to the island.
Now, a new resort – Baha Mar – is slated to open in 2015, creating some competition for the well-beloved Atlantis, although delays are causing uncertainty. Opening dates for the $3.5 billion mega-resort project by China State Construction Engineering Corporation were already pushed back from December 2014 to May 2015. And now, the resort is estimating a September opening.
From what we can tell so far about this new mega-resort, the wait will be worth it.
Overlooking the ocean and resort at Rosewood at Baha Mar — Photo courtesy of Rosewood at Baha Mar
Located on 3,000 feet of white-sand beaches, Baha Mar will be a destination in itself, with a 100,000-square-foot casino; 40 distinct restaurants, bars and lounges; and 2,200 luxury hotel rooms from four different hotel groups.
Guests can book stylish rooms and suites – many with private balconies for stunning aquamarine water views – in Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, SLS Lux and Grand Hyatt, as well as the centerpiece property of Baha Mar: Baha Mar Casino and Hotel.
The resort's main feature, the Waterside Place, will feature a mix of upscale, international shopping boutiques; authentic Bahamian arts and crafts galleries; and restaurants and lounges from renown chefs.
Baha Mar earns high marks for their efforts to showcase Bahamian culture through art at three resort galleries, one with a workshop and ongoing lectures.
The Shorefront of Nassau is Changing with Baha Mar — Photo courtesy of Baha Mar
For entertainment, an 18-hole masterpiece Jack Nicklaus course at Baha Mar called Royal Blue will beckon duffers with unique challenges and beautiful views.
Established spa brand ESPA will make its Caribbean debut with a 30,000-square-foot oasis to offer both Eastern and Western treatments.
Several pools and springs set the stage for relaxation, many with a creative twist – including a VIP pool with private cabanas and a collection of blue holes surrounded by a large grotto that features stingrays, sharks and sea turtles.
The main pool, Fortune, is located by the casino with a swim-up bar and sun loungers. Guests can also explore the nature preserve with 3,000 square feet of hiking trails and an educational eco center, or gaze at the dazzling, 40-foot-high waterfall.
There’s also a coral reef for snorkeling right in the resort’s backyard and a choreographed dancing fountain light show.
Guests wont have to go far to uncover a nightlife scene with influences from across the globe. Options on the property include Blue Note, which has a live jazz lounge that captures the feeling of Casablanca. Or visitors can check out the San Tropez–style nightclub that's open late.
There’s also a casual pub, cigar and rum lounge, as well as several casino bars – including one that overlooks the chic pool area.
For more information, visit BahaMar.com.