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Baha Mar, Nassau, Bahamas
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Baha Mar

Nassau, Bahamas

By Roger Cox, Editor

Baha Mar, a $4.2 billion mega-resort, sprawls along Cable Beach on Nassau in the Bahamas. Still only in Phase II, the development already comprises two hotels—the 1,800-room Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and the 300-room SLS Baha Mar (Phase III will add a Rosewood hotel)—a 100,000-square-foot casino (largest in the Caribbean), an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus TPC golf course, an ESPA spa, a dozen restaurants and cafes and an equal number of bars, art galleries focused on Bahamian art, boutiques featuring luxury designers and local artisans, and some 3,000 feet of landscaped beach, the last bordered by a sanctuary with native Bahamian flora and fauna. And, yes, it has tennis as well: a handsome 9-court hard, clay, and grass complex overseen by staff from Peter Burwash International.




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Racquet Club, Baha Mar, Nassau, Bahamas

Pro Shop: 242-788-7880
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Several things set the Racquet Club at Baha Mar. There is the grass court, to be sure, but also appealing is the generous layout, with courts on all four sides of the well-stocked pro shop. Peter Burwash International has installed veteran pro Karl Vukobrat to direct operations. Originally from Montreal, he has in 17 countries on five continents during his 15 years with PBI. Assisting him as head pro is Alexander Barnes, a Division I player at Drexel University who went on to teach on Martha's Vineyard and in Greater Philadelphia before his posting here.

Tennis Programs. It is never easy to compete with a beach (or a casino, for that matter), and the weekly calendar allows for flexibility with a daily walk-in 90-minute drill clinic as well as a smattering of beginners' clinics, complimentary kids; clinics and junior match play. But by far the most unusual event each week is a Grand Slam Social Mixer that gives guests an opportunity to play on three of the Grand Slam surfaces: hard, clay, and grass. It also hosts events: The Necker Cup moved to Baha Mar after hurricanes devasted its previous venue in the British Virgin Islands and there are plans to host PBI World Camps.

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Other Recreation

Beach. The resort fronts 3,000-feet of landscaped beach that borders a sanctuary that lets guests interact with native aquatic life while learning about the importance of efforts to protect it.

Golf Courses. Jack Nicklaus the 18-hole Royal Blue™ TPC golf course. The layout of rolling hills and limestone outcrops takes in view of the Atlantic along the front nine before plunging into the woods on the back.

Spa. ESPA Spa at Baha Mar, the only one in the Caribbean, has 24 treatment rooms to deliver a variety of treatments based on local holistic practices and native ingredients.

And ... Watersports abound, including stand-up paddleboards, single and double kayaks (including some with clear bottoms), zayaks (reef boards), Hobie Cat sailboats, water hammocks, floating lounges, personal floats, snorkels, fins, and masks. Not to mention up-close encounters with such aquatic life as turtles, rays, and nurse sharks at the Sanctuary.

Children's Programs

The Explorer's Club takes kids on a variety of excursions around the resort to learn about—and interact with—native fauna and learn about the Bahamian environment and culture.

Lodging

Currently there are two hotels at the resort: the 1,800-room Grand Hyatt and the 300-room SLS Baha Mar, both with multiple pools and extensive meeting space. Just over 100 of the rooms at the SLS are residences with kitchenettes.

See Also

For comparison's sake, also check out, though none has a casino or a grass court:

Rates and Reservations

Baha Mar

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Baha Mar
Baha Mar Boulevard
Nassau, Bahamas
242-788-8000
Web Link: Baha Mar

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
One Baha Mar Boulevard
Nassau, Bahamas
242-788-1234
Web Link: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

SLS Baha Mar

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SLS Baha Mar
One Baha Mar Boulevard
Nassau, Bahamas
242-788-8200
Toll-free: 866-225-4561
Web Link: SLS Baha Mar

Travel Essentials

Seasons. Year-round.

Travel Instructions. Flights to Nassau land at what is now Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), a 12-minute drive from the resort.

General Tourist Information. For general information about travel to the Bahamas, visit the Islands of the Bahamas website.