Falling for The Ba­hamas

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We had al­most (shame on us!) for­got­ten about the Ba­hamas be­fore Baha Mar de­buted a $4.2 bil­lion in­te­grated re­sort devel­op­ment project last year on the North Shore of New Prov­i­dence. In­deed, it has been a while since Nas­sau had re­ceived so much at­ten­tion. But, once there, you soon re­al­ize that you should have gone sooner. With di­rect and af­ford­able flights from Mon­treal, 320 days of sun­shine per year, pris­tine beaches and crys­tal-clear wa­ter, the Ba­hamas are def­i­nitely a great choice when it comes to beach va­ca­tion. The qual­ity of what you will find at this desti­na­tion is hard to beat: the ho­tels, spas, restau­rants, fa­cil­i­ties and beaches are ab­so­lutely world class.

To­day, just a lit­tle over a year af­ter the Baha Mar project launched, it is now 100% com­pleted and of­fers : three lux­u­ri­ous ho­tels ( Grant Hy­att, SLS Baha Mar, Rose­wood), more than 40 restau­rants and bars, a night­club, a ma­rina, a pro­fes­sional golf course, the largest casino in the Caribbean, a gi­gan­tic first-class spa and a wildlife sanc­tu­ary. It wanted to be­come the new and lux­u­ri­ous way to va­ca­tion in the Ba­hamas... and now it is, with­out a doubt.

With three spec­tac­u­lar brand new ho­tels, each of­fer­ing their own unique style of lux­ury, it is very in­ter­est­ing to be able to choose which prop­erty and am­biance suits you best with­out hav­ing to com­pro­mise on the fa­cil­i­ties of­fer­ings. While Grand Hy­att ( 1800 rooms di­vided into 3 build­ings) is con­sid­ered the most "main­stream" lux­ury re­sort and Rose­wood the most ex­clu­sive (237 ul­tra-lux­u­ri­ous rooms and one se­cluded tower), SLS of­fers an in­ter­est­ing in be­tween.With 299 bold and op­u­lent guest rooms, an out­stand­ing restau­rant of­fer, two trendy pools and a "bou­tique ho­tel with a lot of char­ac­ter" at­mos­phere, SLS Baha Mar, the new­est and first in­ter­na­tional prop­erty of the SLS brand, is dif­fi­cult to for­get.

What makes

SLS Baha Mar so great

• The im­pres­sive guest rooms. The guest rooms are a great fea­ture of this ho­tel be­cause all 299 of them are in­ter­est­ing.They each fea­ture floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, they all have bal­conies that of­fer ocean or beach views, and ev­ery one of them is dec­o­rated with style and panache, re­flect­ing the strong iden­tity of the SLS brand. En­joy plush SLS sig­na­ture robes and slip­pers, and cus­tom up­scale Ciel Re­serve bath ameni­ties in ev­ery room and ex­tra­comfy all-white bed­ding.

The out­stand­ing restau­rant of­fer

SLS Baha Mar brought famed in­ter­na­tional chefs to the Ba­hamas, with world class din­ing out­lets on site in­clud­ing Cleo Mediter­rá­neo, Kat­suya by Starck, and Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz. The main bar, Mon­key Bar, is where you want to be on Fri­day night in Nas­sau, and Bond night­club is al­ready the finest night­club on the is­land.

The im­pres­sive ESPA

ESPA is def­i­nitely in its own cat­e­gory and is an ab­so­lute must if you visit SLS Baha Mar. Of­fer­ing 30,000 square feet of pure lux­ury, the spa fea­tures 24 lux­u­ri­ous treat­ment rooms, saunas and steam rooms, re­lax­ation zones, and ex­pe­ri­ence show­ers. The "Re­lax" out­door ter­race of­fers prime ocean views and plush lounge chairs where you can un­wind be­fore or af­ter your first-class spa treat­ment.

The gor­geous Sig­na­ture Pool

The pic­ture-per­fect Sig­na­ture Pool is the main at­trac­tion at SLS Baha Mar. With its sig­na­ture white and black striped ca­banas, pas­tel lounge chairs, and iconic bar, it is ab­so­lutely gor­geous. This hap­pen­ing pool is where ev­ery­thing hap­pens and it is def­i­nitely where you will want to be, en­joy­ing cock­tails and a light pool-bar menu while hav­ing fun in the sun. Don't for­get to drop by the new food trucks "al­ley" that is lo­cated at the beach en­trance if you are not sure on what to eat.

What to do while in

Nas­sau

If you visit Nas­sau and want to ex­plore out­side the re­sort, here is where you will want to go to get a taste of the first Ba­hamian is­land.

• Un­wind on the finest beaches - Take a stroll on Ca­ble Beach, one of the finest beaches in Nas­sau and prac­tice snor­kel­ing, wa­ter sports, or sun­bathing, your choice. • Prac­tice your golf swing - De­signed by the leg­endary “Golden Bear” him­self, Jack Nick­laus, the Royal Blue Golf Course was named "best new gold course of 2017" by Forbes, fea­tures 18 holes un­fold­ing over a gor­geous and lush land­scape.

• Get closer to na­ture Whether on land or wa­ter, the Ba­hamas are home to a wide va­ri­ety of trop­i­cal plants and an­i­mals such as : sea tur­tles, dol­phins, nurse sharks, igua­nas, flamin­gos, col­ored fishes and corals.And you can find them all in one place, Ar­das­tra Gar­dens, the first zoo in the Ba­hamas where you will see more than 200 trop­i­cal an­i­mals.

• Walk these stairs - The Queen's stairs were con­structed in the late 18th cen­tury. It is a ma­jor land­mark that is lo­cated in the Fort Fin­cas­tle His­toric Com­plex in Nas­sau. It was hewn out of solid lime­stone rock by slaves be­tween 1793 and 1794 and it is said that it pro­vided a di­rect route from Fort Fin­cas­tle to Nas­sau City.

The pic­ture-per­fect Sig­na­ture Poo at SLS. More pic­tures can be seen on our web­site: mtl­times.ca

All 299 guest rooms at SLS Baha Mar fea­ture bal­conies, floor to ceil­ing win­dows and a bold decor

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