Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Free Kid’s Club and Affordable Food Choices

Please note this site has financial relationships with American Express and this post may contain affiliate links. Read my Advertiser Disclosure policy here to learn more about my partners.

In early October 2017, we visited the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar using Hyatt points and found it to be a new, beautiful, points-friendly, oceanside resort located in the Bahamas about 15 minutes from the airport in Nassau. My mom, my daughters, and I loved our long weekend there and have enjoyed sharing our experience in a number of posts and even a video linked below. In the final post in this series, we’ll talk about the Kid’s Club and look at some of the food costs and menus at on-site Baha Mar restaurants.


C hanging at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Kid’s Club

Planning a Trip to the Bahamas on Miles and Points

Inside Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Oceanview Rooms

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Pools and Beach

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Grand Club Lounge

Free Kid’s Club at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

Updated: As of April 1, 2018, the hotel unfortunately now charges a $55 fee for each kid’s club session.

Parents will be happy to know that the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar does offer a complimentary kid’s club that they call the Chickcharnie Explorers for children 3 – 12 years old, though their hours and scheduling are a little unique.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Kid’s Club

There was no charge to use the kid’s club, but the hours were a little choppy as they were open from 10AM – 11AM for marine encounters for 3 – 5 year olds, with parents encouraged to attend. Then from 11AM – 12PM marine encounters is offered for 6 – 12 year olds with parents not necessary assuming you trust your kid to not fall into a non-secure pool with sharks. From 3 – 4PM they are open again with the schedule saying they offer a fitness and wellness activity for 6 – 12 year olds with arts and crafts offered for that same age group from 4 – 5PM. Of course, this schedule may be subject to change and may be more robust during their peak season.

Marine Encounters at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

My 7-year-old went to the kid’s club for the 11AM – 12PM activity for two different days and she says that in that hour they fed the fish and animals in both the shark encounter and the smaller ponds in addition to playing together in the kid’s club cottage. She had a good time at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Kid’s Club and they encouraged her to come back in the afternoons for that session, but we were never available at that time.

Outdoor area at the Kid’s Club

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Kid’s Club

Menus and Food Costs at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

Food in the Bahamas is expensive in general, and this is especially true at the big resorts. We avoided having to spend money on most meals by relying heavily on the offerings in the Grand Club at the hotel, but we did still have to purchase lunch. Thankfully, eating a relatively affordable lunch at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is completely doable.

My favorite spot for good and affordable food at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is El Jefe, which is the pink trailer by the ocean. They have an $8 breakfast burrito that I didn’t try, but that I heard from others was huge and delicious. For lunch, I can personally vouch for the $4 sopes as shown below.

The chips and guacamole were pretty standard, but a good way to fill up a little more if the sopes alone weren’t quite enough. Two sopes + some chips and guacamole were enough for me to make it from breakfast to dinner without being too hungry. My husband probably would have needed three sopes and my mom only needed one, along with a table order of chips.

As for the kids, they preferred standard issue kid offerings like hot dogs and chicken fingers. One day we resorted to room service chicken fingers and fries that came to $13 + all the fees per order.

However, it is a much better deal if you order a kid’s meal by the pool as it is just $7 for an order of kid’s chicken fingers, hot dog, or white fish meal.

$7 Kid’s Meal at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

Adult mixed drinks by the pool were $10 – $14 each and adult entrees by the pool like burgers or salads were in the $12 – $17 range.

The only meal we ate from an actual restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar was from the Stix Noodle Bar which is located just off the main casino floor near Starbucks. The girls were in desperate need of a nap that first afternoon, so I went to the first place I saw and ordered fried rice and Singapore noodles.

The Stix Noodle Bar was very bright and pretty, but I got my order to go so we could picnic in the room and then promptly take a nap without bothering anyone. I enjoyed the food, though I do remember it being a little pricey at about $50 all-in for the two noodle dishes. Since two kids and two adults made a lunch out of those dishes, it wasn’t a terrible deal as far as food in the Bahamas goes, but it would add up if everyone ordered their own entree.

While we didn’t make it to most of the nicer restaurants on this visit, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar also has an upscale sushi restaurant called Katsuya open select evenings, the Swimming Pig Pub, 3 Tides, an outdoor Palms Cafe, and a variety of other bars.

I think there are enough restaurants at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar to keep you entertained at least for a long weekend, though if you aren’t careful with your selections a family could easily end up spending a good amount of money on food. Since we primarily had breakfasts and dinners in the Grand Club, our crew of four only spent about $30 – $35 most days on food, not including the few drinks we had by the pool.

Overall, I loved our time at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and absolutely hope to return there again for a long weekend in the future. If you have any questions about the resort I’m happy to do my best to answer!

Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.

The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.



  1. We’re headed there for our first trip with a new baby! (He’ll be about 2 months.) As a pro-traveling mom, any tips for going there with a baby?

    • We are also looking at going with a 10month old for 2-3 nights … would you recommend it? Are there playgrounds? Any idea on babysitting?


    • I went to that area on my first visit to the Bahamas, but if I am being 100% honest, I didn’t feel totally comfortable there and made a conscrious choice not to return with just my kids since Josh wasn’t on the trip. I didn’t feel like it was a super dangerous area, but also didn’t feel totally great either. However, you are right the food is good and prices are better than resorts.

  2. If you had to choose, Grand Hyatt Kauai or Bahamas? I typically do Kauai every summer (live in Seattle, actually saw you a few years back there) but interested in trying the Baha Mar if worth it.

    • Erik, they are really different. If I had to pick, I’d pick Kauai, but Baha Mar is good, too, it just isn’t Hawaii. I’d go if you found a great fare or want a change of pace, but I wouldn’t expect it to be better, just different.

  3. MP – I am trying to finalize our Spring Break plans. A few things I learned about the Baha Mar property:

    We tried to apply a DSU to a AAA rate room and was told they do not allow DSU applied to discounted rates. Also they do not have roll-away beds. We were trying to get into a Grand Suite King and get a rollaway for our kiddo, to no avail. There are no other suite options for a family of 4. Kind of a bummer.

  4. Great write up. I am headed to Baha Mar next week with the family, and the added insight on the kids club was very helpful.

    Normally we stay at Atlantis, so given the location of this hotel and local amenities do you think a rental car is required, or is there enough options for entertainment and food at the resort.

    • Dan, glad it was helpful! I think they may have expanded their kid’s club hours since we were there (fingers crossed!). I think the hotel is good for a long weekend, but if you like to explore or are there longer you may want to leave the area at some point via cab or car.

  5. Love that you included pics of the menus. I didn’t see actual menus and prices on the web site so I wondered how to plan in advance.
    We used to go to atlantis quite often but that last trip was the last- showing its age and staff is hit or miss (usually miss). So very glad to see Baha Mar is open! Loved the article and I hope we can make it out there too!
    Any tips on choosing a room? (2 adults and 2 kids)…
    Thx for the article!

  6. Hi, we have decided to book a last minute 4 night trip for next Saturday. We have a 4 year old. Did u go to a supermarket on ur way from airport?is there a need with access to the lounge? What others thing did you buy or would you buy at the market for a 4 night with a 4 year old toddler?

    • David, we didn’t do a grocery stop and don’t think it is really essential with lounge access. Personally, I would just pack some snacks in your bags like goldfish, peanut butter crackers, etc. and use the club unless you need stuff to make for lunches or similar.

      If you do decide to go to the store I would grab things like bananas, cereal, juice boxes, stuff for JPB sandwiches, water bottles, crackers, and whatever you guys like to snack on.

      Have a blast!

  7. We are going next week and when I asked the concierge for a kids club schedule (twice — I’ve had to send most emails multiple times) I received the following response: Good Afternoon,
    As of April 1st 2018 the sanctuary fees are $65 per person, and the kids club is $55 per child.

    Yesterday the website was still displaying “complimentary” kids club. Today all of is down so I can’t check but I intend to contact Hyatt on twitter when it comes back up — I don’t understand how they can advertise an amenity as free and then charge — this factored into our decision to book there.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *