I just spent three days in Nassau at the Atlantis Resort and got to see the exciting new developments going on there first hand. The big talk these days is the construction of the Baha Mar development. Although it was initially slated to open in December of 2014, it looks like the date has now been pushed back to May of 2015. But, as I was there for an industry conference, we were given the opportunity to do a hard hat tour and see some model rooms.
Atlantis has dominated this destination for years, and it is still a very good option for incentive groups. I stayed in The Cove, and found the room product to be very nice. Huge bathrooms with double vanities, and a split level Jr. Suite layout for the main bedroom. All the rooms have stunning ocean views, and the water in the Bahamas is a gorgeous clear blue. The property itself is quite large and offers a lot of water activities in addition to lounging on the beach or by the pool. They have a full on water park that offers water slides, a lazy river, and a death drop that is sure to thrill even the most adventurous daredevils. And there is no additional cost to Atlantis guests to use the waterpark features. There are also 14 restaurants, lots of retail shops, a spa, a large aquarium, and much more. Attendees can stay entertained for several days here without ever leaving the property. Food and beverages are expensive, but service is very good for such a large property.
But the newcomer on Cable Beach, the Baha Mar, is what has everyone excited. This mixed use mega-resort should be quite a destination once it is completed. The property will have 5 separate hotel brands with a mix of shared grounds and private areas. The shared grounds will have several swimming pools, shopping areas, and a multitude of restaurants. The hotel brands that are building on the property include Rosewood, SLS Lux, Grand Hyatt, and a dazzling newcomer, The Baha Mar Casino & Hotel. The 5th property, which is adjacent to the main development is the Melia Nassau Beach all-inclusive resort which is already open for business.
Our tour of the Baha Mar property was a little pre-mature as the grounds are not even close to being finished, but, judging by the renderings in the model, this property should be a good option for groups in the future. The variety of brands should accommodate almost any budget, and the shared grounds will give everyone access to a large variety of experiences. They will also have access to the only public golf course on New Providence Island, the recently renovated and renamed Baha Mar Golf Course. I attended an evening event at the new clubhouse and it is very nice. This Jack Nicholas designed course will be a great addition for groups traveling to Nassau when it opens in November 2014.