Review of the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Pools and Beach

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If you are like most families, I have to imagine that a driving reason to go to the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in the Bahamas is to swim and enjoy the pools and the beach. This new hotel is located on a 3,000 foot stretch of white sand on Cable Beach. The water is the Bahamas Blue I’m sure you have at least seen on postcards, and on our early fall trip there was just the right amount of waves to give the kids something to playfully scream at without being a serious threat.


Before we dive too far into the pools and beach at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, here are some other posts on this resort as well as a video that should give you a decent overview of our time there.

Planning a Trip to the Bahamas on Miles and Points

Inside Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Oceanview Rooms

The Pools at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar’s website boasts six pools, though in person I would have guessed there are even more than that as the pool complex is quite extensive. There are pools with fountains, pools with “raining” awnings, pools with waterfalls, pools with cabanas, a cave in a pool, a pool with a bar, a pool with a shark tank, and even a pool with a rock jumping cliff.

Not only are there lots of pools, but there are even more chairs. Granted the hotel was not fully open and at a pretty low occupancy rate while we were there, but there are seriously a bunch of chairs around the pools and ocean so you had your pick of spots.

We spent the majority of our swimming time at the pool closest to the ocean that featured the cave, shark tank, rock jumping, and more.

While there are no water slides, this is hands down my favorite pool to date…ever. The rock jumping was just the right amount of scary, there is a zero entry area for my toddler, and there is a cave where you can hang out in the shade and watch sharks. My two-year-old could have done this all day long.

If you wanted a top-side view of the sharks, stingrays, and more you could walk around the pool and take a peek. I will warn you that once you go top-side there are no walls, barriers, fences, etc. between you, your kids, and the nurse sharks.

While drink and food service seems to still largely require that you go up to the bar to order, it will be brought to you and you can eat and drink while you lounge around the pool.

At this pool closest to the ocean, you are also just a few feet away from walking that direction and playing in the gorgeous sand and water.

The Beach at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

I’m not sure families could ask for a better beach than the one at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar. Surfers may not like it, but for most of the rest of us, it is pretty fantastic.

There are Hyatt staff on the beach that will set up chairs, umbrellas, and even get you started on some of the water toys like a kayak or paddle board. There is no charge for any of this as it is included in your daily resort fee.

We’ve taken several beach trips where I didn’t get in the water, but I was all-in on this one as the water was the perfect temperature, clear, and calm. We used the paddle boards, kayaks, and played on the other various water toys that they anchored in the ocean. They even have ocean-specific and pool-specific life vests available for the little ones.

On our stay, there was not anyone selling goods on the beach the way I know there is in other parts of the Bahamas. I can’t say for sure whether that is because we were literally the only ones there at times, or because the hotel keeps that sort of thing away on an ongoing basis.

I just can’t put into words how nice it is when a hotel makes pool and beach time so easy. I’ve had trips where getting the kids to the beach was just a nightmare and getting them back to the house/room after was even worse as they were then wet, sticky, hot, tired etc. and we had a mountain of gear to schlep to and from the beach. This is such the opposite of that experience that I can’t wait to get back.

There are lifeguards, sunscreen stations, towel stations, water stations, places to rinse off, and even adorable little bathroom huts all around the beach and pool area.

While most of the pool and beach amenities are included for resort guests, the one exception is the cabanas that were renting for $350 per day during our visit. I only saw one or two in use during our stay, so I’m not totally sure why they are sticking to that high price point as I would have rented one if the price were lower.

The pools close at about dusk, but there are some hot tubs that may stay open later. Apparently, there is also a “secret” small infinity pool at the top of the Palms Cafe that I wasn’t aware of until I read this post.

One feature that some may not appreciate is despite the abundance of pools, none of them are currently designated as adult pools as far as I can tell. They were so empty on our visit I don’t think this was a problem, but if they were at max capacity it may be beneficial to designate at least one pool for the 18+ club. I nominate this one below.

I already mentioned the lack of water slides at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, but we were told by multiple people that they are planning to put in an entire water park right next to the hotel, so I wouldn’t worry too much about the lack of water slides right now. Honestly, these pools were so much fun we didn’t miss a water slide at all, and if you did desire some water slide time, you could just head to Atlantis for the day.

While I have to imagine that the pools and beach will be more crowded on our next visit to the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, I think that the whole area is well designed enough to handle crowds and still not feel overwhelming. I can’t wait to return and would love to hear your thoughts if you have been lucky enough to visit.

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  1. MP,
    My wife and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary in a couple months. We currently have the zilara cancun reserved for 3 nights to celebrate. We have been there twice and love it. How would the GHBM compare for an anniversary trip without kiddos? We are explorist and would use a cert for the grand club if that is an option. It looks amazing for a family trip, but the anniversary trip is next on my agenda. Food costs aside, do you think it would make a good anniversary trip destination? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

    • Oh gosh that is tough. It is hard to compare an adults only all-inclusive to GHBM. I mean, it could be a great anniversary trip, especially if you like the casino aspect, but it is hard to line it up next to an adults-only all-inclusive. I’m also a little hesitant to say yes in part because I didn’t do any of the adults oriented activities there on this trip, but there are nicer restaurants, piano bar, etc.

      • Thanks for your response MommyPoints. We are not big gamblers, so that is not a big deal to us. I have some fairmont nights that are going to expire, so we might end up doing the fairmont kea lani on maui instead of both of these options. It seems hard turning down the zilara cancun though – we have had two wonderful trips there. Is there anywhere else that you would recommend for a special shortish (3-4 nights is all my wife is comfortable with being away from the kids) anniversary trip? If we don’t do the zilara or fairmont, I would like to do something new that we haven’t done before. As far as non-mainland vacation destinations go, we have done the andaz maui, GH kauai, zilara cancun, ziva cancun, ziva rose hall, ziva puerto vallarta, andaz papagayo, ritz carlton kapalua, disney aulani, marriott ko olina, hyatt regency waikiki, hilton waikoloa, grand hyatt santiago, Hilton Barcelona. Any thoughts? Thanks!

        • First thought is that you have had some grand adventures! Well done! Using expiring Fairmont certs sounds like a solid plan, but as a back-up plan the Park Hyatt St. Kitts is supposed to open any day now if you want to explore a new spot!

  2. Summer

    Thank you for the great write up and the very helpful video. It has us sold on going there!!!!

    My wife and I have 3 energetic boys ages 9, 7 and 3. We are thinking of spending 7-8 nights during winter break 2018. We would have Guest of Honor booking so we’d have access to the club. I was wondering though if you heard anything about suite availability. Did you get a chance to get a tour of them while you were there (assuming they were even ready when you were there)? Otherwise, if they have adjoining rooms (do they?) we could go that route. Do you know if they do have adjoining rooms?

    Thanks in advance and hope you’re having (had) a fantastic Thanksgiving!!!

    • actually, was thinking of using Total Rewards match from Wyndham rewards to get 2 “free” nights at Atlantis (I know resort fees and taxes aren’t included)…if you go back, any reasons why you would choose staying at the Choice Hotel next door to Atlantis vs using one or two of your “free nights” if you have the wyndham card?

  3. Thank you for the information on GHBM, I am traveling with teenagers there in June. They wanted to know if large pool floats are permitted, if you know.

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