The Most Difficult Part of Planning Your Trip to BahaMas Is Picking Your Hotel

BAHAMAS

Winter hit the East Coast hard this year, and we fought it by taking our annual January trip to the Caribbean in December, then going again in February. Baha Mar, the three-resort complex in Nassau, the Bahamas, which opened last April, makes repeat beach weekends actually easy to pull off. And not just because all that separates New Yorkers from its two-mile-long coast are a few episodes of Real Housewives in-flight on JetBlue (direct flights go from 12 other U.S. cities too).

The property has an Art Deco–style Grand Hyatt with connecting rooms for families and a four-month-old SLS whose adults-only pool serves rosé and avocado fries (every bit as good as they sound). And for all its trappings from left: Baha Mar’s pier; the ceviche truck near the beach at the SLS. of a huge resort—12 dress-for-dinner restaurants, a 100,000-square-foot casino—Baha Mar feels considerably of place. Former chief curator of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas John Cox oversees a 2,500-piece collection of local art. Candy-colored conch shacks line the walk to the beach. And the 237 rooms at the Rosewood, Baha Mar’s final part, opening in June, go heavy on mahogany and marble in a nod to the island’s colonial past. Reason enough for us to book trip three.