by Alex Palmer | August 07, 2017

This spring the Bahamas moved to the top of many planners' lists of Caribbean destinations with the long-anticipated ribbon-cutting of Baha Mar Resort. The $4.3 billion, 1,000-acre resort in the capital of Nassau encompasses three properties (with a fourth expected to join following renovations) and has taken more than a decade to complete. The first to open, and by far the largest, of these properties is the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, offering 1,800 guest rooms and 200,000 square feet of meeting space, including The Baha Mar Convention, Art and Entertainment Center. To learn more about this high-profile property and what it offers to groups visiting the Caribbean, Successful Meetings caught up with Yvette Edwards, director of sales and marketing for the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.


What would you say this property, and Baha Mar as a whole, are bringing to the Caribbean that wasn't really available at this level before?

As the first hotel to welcome guests to the highly anticipated Baha Mar Resort, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar has set the stage for Caribbean vacation-goers and gives them their first peek of the resort destination. The hotel is reaching a new target market and catering to travelers seeking a more luxurious, exclusive experience that may not have considered Nassau prior to Grand Hyatt Baha Mar's opening.
 
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar offers a variety of entertainment on property that includes lounges with live entertainment, a night club, ocean-view casino, plus nightly fountain and light shows. 
 
The hotel immerses visitors into the traditions and culture of the Bahamas with tributes to the destination on every corner. For groups, the hotel embraces the destination through shopping, art, and food tours in nearby downtown Nassau, cooking demonstrations on property, locally inspired spa experiences, and more.
 

What are the biggest selling points of the Grand Hyatt from a meeting-planner perspective, specifically?

We are catering to groups seeking a unique resort experience that truly provides a sense of location combined with elements of effortless luxury. Baha Mar features everything from art experiences, vibrant night club and social scene, casino, bespoke cocktail and culinary experiences, to multi-level pools with swim-up aquariums and marine life interactions.   

 

The Baha Mar Convention, Art and Entertainment Center

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar offers a blend of Bahamian architecture, art, culture, and cuisine with an infusion of personalized service, complemented by one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The hotel offers 1,800 rooms and is managing 200,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor event space which includes The Baha Mar Convention, Art and Entertainment Center. Guests will have access to all the Baha Mar resort amenities, including the Caribbean's largest casino, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course and the Caribbean's first and only 30,000-square-foot ESPA spa. The Bahamas is an easily accessible international destination with flights direct from several U.S. cities in addition to life from the UK and South America.
 

What are some ways that the property incorporates local Bahamian culture into its offerings -- and how can meeting groups leverage these offerings?

For an authentic F&B experience, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar was inspired by the local culture and rich heritage of the resort's surroundings and centered on incorporating seasonal ingredients. As a meetings add-on, Executive Chef Brent Martin and his culinary team can lead groups through a conch marking class and Rum Dum mixology class. Baha Mar has built its foundation of experiences on the beauty, culture and passionate spirit of The Bahamas.
 
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar boasts 18 restaurants and dining outlets on property, ranging from an ambitious food-hall inspired concept, local conch shack, to an Asian inspired option with our noodle bar as well as small plates at our Jazz Lounge, Blue Note. Executive Chef Brent Martin's experience is rooted in attention to sustainable sourcing and he has a long history in creating a direct connection with food producers. Chef Martin brings knowledge and respect for the crossroads of cultures, especially for large groups gathering for events, meetings, and conventions.