Celebrating the ocean, culture and spirit of The Bahamas, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is a spectacular luxury resort located on the picturesque island of New Providence in Nassau. With stunning views of the ocean and green coastal fairways, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is a sanctuary of natural beauty, dramatic architecture, art, and modern luxury. The oceanfront haven boasts 1,800 opulent guestrooms, including 230 suites that comprise one, two and three bedroom residences with lavish amenities and contemporary décor. Designed to become the preferred venue for international incentives, meetings and events, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will manage The Baha Mar Convention, Art and Entertainment Center, the destination’s 200,000 square foot indoor and outdoor convention facility. At Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, guests can experience a 100,000-square- foot casino with 1,140 slots and 119 table games, indulge in the destination’s 30,000- square-foot ESPA Spa, splurge at high-end retail shops, and savor innovative cuisine at more than 20 restaurants, bars and lounges. A white sand beach with water sports, multiple pools, The Racquet Club at Baha Mar, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course, and a vibrant nightclub will ensure no shortage of activities and fun, accented by unforgettable Bahamian hospitality. For more information visit bahamar.grand.hyatt.com.
A master-planned $4.2 billion integrated resort development, the beachfront destination includes three global brands– Grand Hyatt, SLS, and Rosewood – with over 2,300 rooms collectively. Additional amenities include 40 restaurants and lounges, the largest casino in the Caribbean, 18-hole Championship Jack Nicklaus Golf Couse and Golf Club, first ESPA flagship spa in the Caribbean, and they are counting The Bahamas as part of the Caribbean. There are also 30 luxury retail outlets. To put things simply, Baha Mar is a breathtaking beach destination.
We think the islands of Nassau and Paradise Island have taken a fresh look at their tourism offerings and that includes some of the classics. Spending time at Graycliff Restaurant is a prime example. Being the first Five-Star restaurant in the Caribbean, this AAA 4-diamond treasure offers gourmet dining at its best mixing Bahamian specialties with European cuisine. Most who have visited Nassau have either heard of this establishment, dined within its hallowed walls or are yearning to come back to do so.
Dining in the private dining room, the Wine Cellar and in the Chef’s dining room in the kitchen are all available on request, which is something only a seasoned visitor might have known, but merely getting a reservation and dining in the restaurant is a treat.
Now come the additional Graycliff experiences. If you haven’t been in a while, more than a year, then be prepared to be wowed yet again.
Graycliff offers 100% Organic-certified coffee grown in the high mountains of Guatemala, harvested by hand the traditional way. Graycliff coffees are served in its restaurants and are available for sale in 400g packs.
A chocoholic’s dream can come true; at the newly opened Graycliff Chocolatier facility guests can learn how they can make their own chocolates under the tutelage of the master chocolatier or simply indulge in the gourmet chocolate treats. Adult Chocolate Interactive Tours and fun games for children are available daily by appointment. Gourmet chocolates and truffles are available for purchase at the boutique.
GRAYCLIFF CIGAR COMPANY
The Graycliff Cigar Company began production in January 1997, with a single roller in foyer of the restaurant has now expanded to an award-winning boutique Cigar Company with 16 master rollers, each an expert in their various format. The Graycliff Cigar Company produces five brands of cigars: Graycliff, G2, Bahiba, Cabinet Selection by Graycliff and the newly introduced B-Cuz by Graycliff.
Visitors to The Graycliff Cigar Company in Nassau, Bahamas, in addition to witnessing first-hand the torcedores at work, may also take a Cigar Rolling Lesson with our expert craftsmen.
HERITAGE MUSEUM OF THE BAHAMAS
The Heritage Museum of The Bahamas opened in July 2014, and is the foundation of Graycliff’s new Heritage Village. Located in the historically preserved Mountbatten House on West Hill Street, the museum offers visitors an in depth look at the history and heritage of The Bahamas, ranging from the pre-historic times to today. Most the collection exhibited at the museum is owned by Hamilton White, a well-known British antiques collector. Mr. White’s expansive collection greatly complements all that lies on historical West Hill Street, with relics and treasures spanning the centuries to include natural history and fossils, the days of Columbus, the piracy era, slavery and plantation life, the Maritimes of the 18th century, life in the out islands during the early 1900’s, the days of the Duke of
HERITAGE VILLAGE ARTISTS’ STUDIOS
The Graycliff Heritage Village Artists’ Studios allow guests to meet and interact with some of the Bahamas’ most talented local artisans and purchase first edition locally created art pieces. These independently operated studios highlight a variety of mediums from jewelry, paintings and photography to pottery, shell-carved ornaments and even straw-made sneakers. Featured artists include Jessica Colebrooke, Holly Parotti, Judson Eneas, Ebony Peterson, TIFF Barrett, Lynette and Marvin Storr, Beatrice Gardener and Xan-Xi Bethel. Everything is designed and produced in The Bahamas. Set in the recently restored Sisters of Charity nun’s dormitory these studios have been designed to display Bahamian art and crafts at their finest while preserving the history, heritage and architectural elements of these spaces. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am – 5pm.
THE DRAWBRIDGE PATISSERIE
Located at Mountbatten house the patisserie serves a selection of homemade pastries and gelato. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am – 5pm.
GRAYCLIFF DIVANS – THE AIRPORT LOUNGE
When departing Nassau, Cincinnati or Nashville, guests can relax in the Graycliff Airport Lounge prior to their flight. The warm, elegant styling offers comfortable designer chairs and couches with subtle lighting, and flat-screen televisions. A state of the art ventilation system ensures the cleanest atmosphere possible. All locations accept Priority Pass, MasterCard and Diners Club Card airport lounge programs.
That was a mouthful of a classic, but if you are hungry for more, be sure to take the Culinary walking tour of Nassau. This walking tour by Tru Bahamian Food Tours is entitled — Bites of Nassau Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour. This experience gives a taste of history, hidden locales, culinary infusions and more than the expected bits and bites. You’ll be well fed and your thirst quenched along the streets of the city. It is highly recommended to take this excursion early on in your travels, you’ll see and taste things you’ll want to come back to before heading home.
The Bahamas is a vast system of islands and it is true that perhaps the more popular destinations within the archipelago, like Nassau and Paradise Island, had become a bit set in their ways. We are here to tell you that if this has been your experience in the past, it’s time to revisit the destination with fresh eyes. Let us know how you like it when you go, you’ve got our social media contact. Here are some links to help you plan your trip: