Using your Bilt Points for a Caribbean vacation at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in the Bahamas is one of the best uses of points. For about 20,000 points per night, you can transfer your Bilt Points into your World of Hyatt account and have access to over 40 restaurants and eight pools — all without leaving the property.
Baha Mar is a beachfront resort built to accommodate every guest. There’s a waterpark for the family (or adults who love adventure), golf and tennis facilities, eight pools, water sports like snorkeling and kayaking, and the largest casino in the Bahamas.
What’s really unique about Baha Mar is that it is made up of three connected resorts, the Grand Hyatt, SLS, and Rosewood. When you book the Grand Hyatt (which is the most affordable of the three) you can use all of the facilities, pools, lounges, and restaurants on all the properties, with the exception of the Rosewood pool.
When you check-in you’ll receive a bracelet that is your room key and indicates which resort you’re staying at. If you’re a Hyatt guest and dine at any of the restaurants on the other properties, all you have to do is write down your hotel name and room number and everything gets charged to your room. This means no carrying around a wallet.
I went to Baha Mar for my honeymoon, so when it came to dining out, we really treated ourselves and did not hold back. We tried as many restaurants as possible and started each evening at a different bar for happy hour. Use your Bilt Mastercard at any of these restaurants and receive 3X points — which you can use towards your next stay at Baha Mar.
There are multiple restaurant options at the resort. The sit-down meals were delicious but added up quickly. If you're trying to save your budget for drinks and dinners, skip the restaurants and hit up Starbucks for a more affordable start to the day.
We went here for breakfast every morning and it was a great way to start the day. Our breakfast was comped thanks to our status, which was a huge saving. They have indoor and outdoor seating and the service is impeccable. They have your traditional breakfast options that you can’t go wrong with, but the star of the show was their avocado toast. It was topped with eggs, pickled onions, capers and a to-die-for aioli. If you’re really hungry, go for the pancakes or cinnamon bun for the table.
From poolside dining to airstreams on the beach, there are plenty of options for lunches.
You can’t miss this hot pink, retro-style Airstream right on the beach. They have tacos, cheesy nachos, fresh guacamole, cold beers, and spicy margaritas.
This casual poolside restaurant specializes in Pan-Latin American dishes. The first day we got the conch fritters, blackened shrimp tacos and a side of fries (always) and they were divine. You can sit down at the poolside restaurant or order the full menu from the lounge chairs. The tacos were so good we got them two days in a row for lunch, along with multiple frozen Baham Mamas.
You cant go wrong when selecting a dinner spot at Baha Mar. The property has a strong mix of cuisines and ambiances which will satisfy any craving.
This Italian restaurant is located inside the Hyatt property and serves handmade bread and pasta, wood-fired classics, and a signature table-side Caesar salad. Everything we had was amazing but the carbonara was the true star of the night. I still think about it to this day.
This restaurant was so good that we came for dinner and went back the next night for appetizers. Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi offers innovative takes on Japanese classics, including miso-marinated black cod and yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno. Every roll was amazing, but you cannot dine here without getting the Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice or the Wagyu Gyoza. Truly a *chefs kiss* menu and experience.
The food and ambiance at this restaurant are outstanding. Chef Marcus Samuelsson, the six-time James Beard Award-winning Chef, has crafted a restaurant that is vibrant and delicious. The restaurant offers beachside, indoor, and rooftop dining with incredible ocean views.
Order up the Tomahawk for two, a side of baked mac & cheese, and the Island Seafood Rice. The rice was like paella and insanely good. We skipped the whole fried chicken which was highly recommended by the staff, so we’ll have to return for that.
On our last night, we wanted something casual, so we headed to the pub located in the Hyatt. They had plenty of TVs for my husband to watch sports and a pretty large menu of bar eats. We went for the french dip, wings and caesar salad. All were delicious and after seeing our neighbors with a pizza we got one to-go for late-night. Highly recommend it.
Every night we started out with happy hour. Gin martinis were our usual order, and I have to say, the Bahamians know how to mix a good 'tini. In Baha Mar, you'll find a variety of bars from poolside drinks to swanky lounges.
Located in the Rosewood Hotel, the Manor Bar is a chic place to go for happy hour. When you order a round of cocktails they bring over complimentary spiced nuts and olives. The ambiance is sophisticated and warm and the drinks are stiff, a great way to kick off the night.
This piano bar was so much fun to go to for an after-dinner drink. There’s nightly live jazz from 6pm-midnight and tasty cocktails. They had a small-plate menu that looked incredible but we never had a chance to try.
After a day in the sun, we headed to the open-air terrace bar created by Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake. It’s an excellent setting for sampling a curated collection of cigars and beverages. A cocktail, charcuterie and cigar were well enjoyed here.
There were so many restaurants we wanted to try, like Cleo (Mediterranian) and Costa (Mexican), but didn't have the time or room in our stomachs.
Costa is located at the Rosewood property and is a true experience. You dine in open-air cabanas overlooking lush gardens and pools with fish swimming beneath you. It’s an extremely romantic setting but it’s only open on the weekends right now.
Cleo, named OpenTable’s “50 Hottest Restaurants in the U.S.”, is in the SLS and is supposed to have incredible Mediterranian food. Award-winning chef Danny Elmaleh serves up shareable plates, mezzes, flatbreads, and cocktails in a warm, intimate, and energetic atmosphere.
We walked through both of these places and the ambiances were truly spectacular. At the end of the day, my biggest takeaway was that Baha Mar has some of the best food I’ve ever had at a resort. It also doesn't hurt that we earned a lot of Bilt Points from all of our dining.
In order to receive the 3X on dining, you need to use your Bilt Mastercard at the restaurant and not charge the dining back to your room. A small inconvenience for major rewards. We spent about $500/day at the restaurants — remember it was our honeymoon — so we earned about 1,500 Bilt Points per day. We were there for three nights so we earned right around 5,000 Bilt Points. That's enough for one free night at a category 1 Hyatt property!