Set your clocks to island time at Rosewood Baha Mar in the Bahamas

A nook in the resort garden at Rosewood Baha Mar in the Bahamas.

Rising from pristine white sand, Baha Mar welcomes visitors to its land of luxury on New Providence, one of the 700 islands that make up The Bahamas. Beyond sun and fun, Baha Mar has emerged as a destination full of art and culture. And with the new Rosewood Baha Mar, the final hotel to open at this seaside oasis, a sophisticated escape beckons those looking to elevate their island vacation game.

Sweet Suites in Baha Mar

After three years of construction, Rosewood Baha Mar (rosewoodhotels.com) underwent another full year of renovation to ensure the hotel’s ambiance, décor and exclusive lifestyle would exceed guest expectations. And it definitely does. From the moment you stroll out of baggage claim, Rosewood’s airport lounge staff greets you with warm island smiles and a personal escort to a Mercedes SUV. Your vacation has officially started.

Rosewood’s sense-of-place philosophy is evident in the details. Stepping into the Bahamian estate-inspired lobby, you are greeted with a glass of refreshing sky juice, a popular island drink made with condensed milk, coconut water and gin.

Each room comes with a private butler ready to assist you with all your needs, from unpacking and ironing to starting a rose-petal bubble bath.

For larger families or groups, the three-bedroom Presidential Suite is an ideal choice.  This penthouse apartment’s best feature is the 3,824-square-foot oceanfront rooftop terrace complete with fire pit, dining area and plunge pool.

Those looking for an even larger space can reserve one of the four exquisite, two-story oceanfront villas. The three-bedroom homes come with a plunge pool, while the lavish six-bedroom manor has a private infinity pool.

Blue views for days on the beach at Rosewood Baha Mar.

Culinary Delights Await You

A serene garden is the setting for Costa, Rosewood’s posh Mexican cantina. Open-air cabanas boast plush seating that is suspended above a koi pond. Start your meal with fresh guacamole and try the tacos al pastor and the ceviche of the day, two of the restaurant’s standouts.

From the moment you stroll out of baggage claim, Rosewood’s staff greets you with warm island smiles and a personal escort to a Mercedes SUV. Your vacation has officially started.

For a quick nibble, The Library is a book sanctuary with plenty of cozy seating for enjoying high tea. Served daily, the afternoon teatime offers a selection of 43 loose-leaf teas including eight local Bahamian options. Make sure to try the guava tea that’s teeming with antioxidants. The Princess Tea or Queen’s Tea menus come with delicate pastries and finger sandwiches, and the Queen’s Tea also includes caviar.

After a sunset stroll along the beach, head to Commonwealth for an international celebration of flavors from the regions previously part of the British empire. Fresh seafood, hearty meats and tasty curries abound here. End your meal with a sweet apple tart and sky juice sorbet.

For a pre- or post-dinner drink, the Manor Bar is the place to sip on classic cocktails. Slide into one of the emerald-green velvet bar stools while the talented mixologists create timeless drinks with a modern twist, like the smoked Old Fashioned.

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The Library at Rosewood Baha Mar offers daily afternoon tea service.

Art, Culture and Fun

Baha Mar doesn’t just want to be a sun, sand and sea destination; it also wants to be an art retreat that spotlights talented local Bahamian artists. Each hotel on the property has embraced this and designed a public art strategy — like Rosewood’s lobby mural that may seem like wallpaper at first glance but is really a hand-painted work of art that took 10 artists from seven countries 40 days to complete.

Taking the art and culture initiative one step further, Baha Mar opened The Current, an art gallery that also hosts an artist residency program and weekly art classes, workshops and lectures open to all guests. Choose from figure drawing, landscape painting, abstract painting or printmaking classes taught by the resident artists. Monthly programming also includes Nassau Music Society concerts, exclusive art dinners and community-outreach field trips designed to give back — by painting a mural, for example.

Even though you’re on vacation, make sure to visit Baha Mar’s 200,000-square-foot convention center that doubles as another art gallery. Its Fairwind exhibition is a collection of Bahamian paintings, sculpture, photography and artifacts that showcase life on the island over the past 100 years.

After the gallery visit, a relaxing spa treatment is exactly what you need. Rosewood’s Sense Spa offers a variety of treatments that embrace the island’s history with healing plant-based remedies and can range from one to five hours.

Continue your tranquil afternoon at Rosewood’s beach or at one of the private poolside cabanas. But if adventure is what you seek, check out Royal Blue, the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, or get up close to sting rays, sharks and sea turtles at The Sanctuary, or sneak in some retail therapy at Cartier, Lilly Pulitzer or Vilebrequin.

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The lagoon pool at Rosewood Baha Mar is another place besides the beach to soak in the sun.

More Baha Mar

  • STAY: SLS and Grand Hyatt hotels also are located at Baha Mar. The SLS offers a sexy, lively atmosphere, while Grand Hyatt is more of a relaxing setting with plenty of modern amenities.
  • EAT: Cleo serves Mediterranean-inspired fare with a hint of Bahamian flavor. The smell of freshly baked croissants welcome you to Café Madeleine. Miami favorites Katsuya and Fi’lia also have a home here.
  • DO: Bond Nightclub is the place to pop bottles and party the night away. Skybar, the only rooftop bar on the island, opens this month. Try your luck at Baha Mar’s Casino, which features more than 1,000 slot machines, 119 gaming tables and a sports book. 

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