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A Peek and a Deal at The SLS Lux Hotel at Baha Mar

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  Site Where: Baha Mar, Bahamas
February 16, 2015 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (2)

We've already told you what to expect room rate-wise at the upcoming Baha Mar Resorts, the first of which will open on March 27, but today we have a closer look at, and a deal for the SLS Lux at Baha Mar.

In case you weren't sure, SLS Lux is what it is says--a luxer version of the usual, SLS Hotels. A room at the SLS Lux at Baha Mar starts at 358-sq.ft. and includes the "Sleep Lying Still" signature beds, 48-inch flat-screen TVs, Ciel spa toiletries and a Juliette balcony, among other amenities. But judging by this new rendering of the rooms, SLS Lux actually looks more simpler than the average SLS Hotel room. We do like that rug, though.

And these are rather small rooms for being "Lux" but the good news is that the opening rate on March 27 has dropped from $715 a night to $450 a night, with a $100 resort credit. There is still a $40 per night, plus tax resort fee to add-on.

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Here's What to Expect Rate-Wise When The Baha Mar Resorts Open on March 27

Where: Baha Mar, Bahamas
January 19, 2015 at 6:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

After getting called out for Worst Hotel Hype of 2014, Baha Mar, the Bahamian Riviera, will now be opening on March 27. See, told you.

Naturally we had to do a room rate check. Here's what you can expect to pay on March 27. Break out the dollar bills!

Baha Mar Resort & Casino: At the main resort on site, you can expect to pay $350 a night for a seriously stylish deluxe king room with ESPA toiletries, a 48-inch flat screen TV, a Nespresso coffee make and a full or step-out balcony. The special opening offer also throws in a $100 in resort credit, which helps make the $40 resort fee plus 17.5 % tax per day a little more bearable. (But not really.) That resort fee includes: In-room Internet access, In-room Coffee, In-room Bottled Water, Unlimited Local calls, Health Club Access (2 per day), Non-motorized beach equipment.

Sorry the resort credit cannot be applied to the resort fee.

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Could The Baha Mar Resort in The Bahamas Open Earlier Than May?

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  Site Where: Baha Mar, Bahamas
January 2, 2015 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE 1.8.15: The Baha Mar Resort will open on MARCH 27 with reservations being accepted right now for the Baha Mar Resort and Casino, The Rosewood and the SLS Lux at Baha Mar. The Grand Hyatt should open shortly after that.

Well, that was fast. Just after we gave the Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas our year-end award for Worst Hotel Hype, we learn there's a chance that the resort wonderland, which will have a Rosewood Hotel, an SLS Lux Hotel, a Grand Hyatt and a Baha Mar Hotel and Casino on property, may actually open in March. Break out the steel drums!

But don't start swilling the rum just yet.

While there are signs that part of the resort could open in March (like this one we found on the SLS Hotel's website, which says SLS Lux Hotel, March 2015), the Baha Mar website still is only accepting reservations for June 1 and beyond. The Grand Hyatt also posted on Facebook recently that they too were accepting reservations for June 1 and beyond.

Still, since Baha Mar was expected to open in December before delaying the opening until May, there's a very good chance, they could split the difference and open in March. We'll keep our fingers crossed.

[Photo: Baha Mar]

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Worst Hotel Hype: The Baha Mar Resort

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  Site Where: Baha Mar, Bahamas
December 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2014 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

Usually, the Worst Hotel Hype award is given to a hotel or hotel brand who is constantly bragging about their upcoming property yet who consistently fails to deliver on the opening date.

In past years, the award has been given to The Shangri-La at The Shard London; Hyatt Union Square New York, a couple of W Hotels (Paris and London) and Edition Hotels (way back in 2009.)

For most of this year, we were convinced that Virgin Hotels would win this dubious award, what with their announcements of new Virgin locations but no description (not even a rendering!) on what a Virgin Hotel will be about. That all changed in October when an opening date for Virgin Hotel Chicago was announced (January 15) along with detailed information (an animated video, actually) on the design and amenities of a Virgin Hotel. With Virgin out of the running, we had to turn elsewhere.

Like The Baha Mar Resort in The Bahamas.

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There Will Be No Winter Wonderland for the Resort Wonderland That is Baha Mar

Where: Nassau, Bahamas
August 14, 2014 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

While it looks like the Meliá Nassau at the Baha Mar resort complex in the Bahamas will still be opening in November, the Baha Mar resort as a whole will not actually open until May 2015. Previously, the resort, which is being billed as "The Bahamaian Riviera" was to open in December.

Indeed, a recent Facebook giveaway for the Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar hotel says the 5-day hotel stay awarded to the winner is only bookable after May 1, 2015. So that's probably a good idea of the actual opening date for the resort as a whole. Meanwhile, the Grand Hyatt's website says the property will open in Spring 2015. Maybe we can hope for an April opening? Interestingly, the Rosewood at Baha Mar's website still says 2014 but that might change.

Either way, your plans for spending the holidays in the Bahamas at a new resort may have to be changed.

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Update on the Baha Mar Resort Wonderland: The Melia Nassau Beach is Nearly Ready

Where: Nassau, Bahamas
August 11, 2014 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The multi-billion dollar resort wonderland that is Baha Mar in the Bahamas, is not scheduled to open until December but already there's so much to get excited about. We've shown you a sneak peek at the luxury Rosewood Resort and we've dished out the details on the forthcoming SLS Resort and now we've got some insight to the only upscale all-inclusive resort set to open at Baha Mar--The Meliá Nassau Beach.

Already, $19 million worth of renovations are underway on the former Sheraton resort. While the resort is actually open during the renovations, these should be complete by November and that's when the hotel will officially open as a Meliá.

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Surprise! Luxury Switcheroo as SLS Takes Over Mondrian at Baha Mar

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  Site Where: Baha Mar, Bahamas
June 4, 2014 at 11:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, this was unexpected. Mondrian Hotels has dropped out of the resort wonderland that is Baha Mar in the Bahamas and SLS Hotels has stepped in.

Baha Mar just announced the switcheroo this morning of SLS taking over the operations of a 300-room property at Baha Mar which Mondrian was previously set to run.

Renowned for its high concept design aesthetic that fosters social engagement, SLS Hotels is the brand that introduced the idea of the hotel as a social experience. SLS at Baha Mar will feature 300 distinctively styled rooms that continue the brand's tradition of celebrating creativity, culture, fashion and art as part of the pursuit of our guests' passions.

Indeed, the Mondrian has been wiped from the website and the entryway of the SLS at Beverly Hills has been slotted in on the SLS page instead.

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Sneak Peek at The Rosewood Baha Mar, Opening in December

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  Site Where: Nassau, Bahamas
May 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM | by | Comment (1)

The resort and hotel wonderland that is Baha Mar, aka The Bahamian Riviera, is still under construction but today, we've got a sneak peek at one of the rooms at the Rosewood at Baha Mar, opening in December.

This is actually a rendering of what one of the 190-beach view rooms and suites will look like. Hello, turquoise sofa! And that massive headboard behind the bed actually does double-duty as a wardrobe.

The Baha Mar site has a few more renderings of the Rosewood's lobby, library and lobby bar which are done in the same "Caribbean luxe" decor. Think bright colors, airy spaces, mahogany wood accents and detailed furniture.

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The Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas Will Be a Hotel Wonderland

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  Site Where: Nassau, Bahamas
January 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM | by | Comments (2)

This morning we spent some time updating the Master Openings List but there's one update we're really intrigued by--The Baha Mar Resort, opening in December in the Bahamas with no less than FIVE different hotel brands inside. We knew it was gonna be big but this is crazy big.

In total, the complex, nicknamed the "Bahamian Riviera", will have a total of 2,900 hotel rooms and residences, a 100,000 square foot casino, an 18-hole, 72-par Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, an ESPA spa and more than a dozen pools. Plus, a 200,000 square feet convention center. We know, insane!

Of course, we're most interested in the hotels that will open and it's quite a mix. The five resorts are as follows:

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Fireworks Cause Damage at Ritzy One & Only Ocean Club

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  Site Where: Paradise Island Drive, Nassau, Bahamas
October 31, 2013 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last Saturday, there was a fire in paradise at the One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. Ten of the resort's 104 have been shut down due to damage by the fire. (Those rooms were located in the Crescent Wing.)

The cause of the fire, according to hotel officials, is said to be under “investigation” but a local news source, Tribune 242, says the answer is very simple: an eyewitness told the publication the hotel’s “Big Bang” fireworks show is the culprit.

Apparently, every so often, the resort has a major fireworks extravaganza and that night the $16,000 display caused wooden shingles on a roof to catch fire. It was ablaze for about 25 minutes before staff noticed and attempted to extinguish it. Authorities eventually arrived at the hotel around 11:30 pm and took just minutes to put out the remaining flames.

See the online video of the fire, after the jump.

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The Ultimate Survival Guide to The Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island

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  Site Where: Casino Dr., Paradise Island, Bahamas, 4777
May 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (2)

Bad-ass player pictured here can be found with his friends in the Atlantis Predator Lagoon

For those who have never been to Atlantis on Paradise Island, the sprawling megaresort can be daunting.

Like Disney World, there is nothing quite like it anywhere in the world. And like DisneyWorld, Atlantis has the power to strike fear in the hearts and minds of parents who shudder the thought of wearing adult mouse ears almost as much as they dread hemorrhaging endless streams of cash.

To complicate matters, Atlantis is hard to describe as it's so many different things rolled into one: a gorgeous five-hotel Caribbean island resort, a 140-acre Aquaventure water park, the largest open-air marine exhibit in the world complete with dolphin and seal habitats, countless beaches and pools, a casino, a true culinary scene with restaurants from Bobby Flay and Nobu Matsuhisa, a seriously pimpin’ marina, and more.

All the confusion can make it hard to wrap your head around a visit. Where should you stay? How should you spend your day? What’s awesome and what’s overrated? How expensive will it be? Is there a shred of hope for some adult downtime or is it a kid bonanza all day all the time? You might be tempted to throw in the towel.

Just back from a recent visit, we thought it was time—at long last—to demystify the epic resort. The ins and outs, the highs and lows, and every reason why we’ll be back, slide wedgie and all; find it here in our Atlantis Survival Guide.

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English vs Nobu vs Flay: Who'll Rule Atlantis' Restaurant Scene?

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  Site Where: 1 Casino Drive, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
February 18, 2013 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everyone knows the Bahamas' The Atlantis Resort likes to do things big. Start with a 2300-room resort (not counting the adults-only wing--Cove Atlantis and its 600 rooms) add an almost waterpark theme in the form of 141-acres, and don't forget the massive casino. Naturally an outfit this size doesn't slouch when it comes to dining, which is why their collection of dining options include restaurants from Nobu, Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Bobby Flay. But not one to rest on their laurels (which some were afraid was becoming the case lately), the Paradise Island resort announced that on June 1st, celebrity chef Todd English will finally open Olives Atlantis.

Expect his signature cuisine to take advantage of the island's seafood bounty and from what we've read, the three-meal-a-day menu will reflect and respect the location. Guests seated at the 268-seat restaurant will have views of an open kitchen where staff will prepare casual, Mediterranean-island cuisine that might battle for attention with the serious raw bar piled high with shellfish, clams, crab, oysters and the like. Carnivores and vegetarians will have plenty of options to choose from as well, from steaks to pastas and English's well-known thin-crust flat-bread pizzas courtesy of the restaurant's wood-burning oven. And for those who find themselves in the clutches of Lady Luck or the nightclub Aura, Olives will be open until 3 a.m.

The restaurant, which is said to have a 6,850 square-foot interior, was designed by architect Jeffrey Beers, who also had a hand in the Hard Rock and Fontainebleau resorts. Here you'll see drama that Atlantis is known for, gigantic candelabras, wall sconces, limestone floor tiles, and views of Atlantis' dramatic marina. Let's hope the food has lots of drama on the plates, too.

[Photo: Atlantis Resort]