I just returned from a three-night stay at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas. Overall, it was excellent (as I knew it would be). I will write a full review of the hotel soon, but I wanted to quickly post about the temporary closure of the Grand Club now.
When I checked in, I was informed that the Grand Club would be closing down due to low occupancy after Sunday, September 30, 2019 and would not be reopening until after November 3, 2019. I was a little dismayed as I had heard such marvelous reports about Baha Mar’s Grand Club, which played a large part in my decision to vacation at Baha Mar. I felt (and still feel) that prior notice should have been given to guests impacted by this closing.
This notice was placed under my door:
There’s good and bad.
The breakfast option to eat at the 3 Tides restaurant instead of at the Grand Club is certainly a plus. The food was delicious!
However, the VIP Reserve lounge in the East Tower doesn’t compare to the Grand Club, and doesn’t offer the array of hot and cold appetizers offered by the Grand Club in the evening. Plus, the Grand Club offered mixed drinks as well as wine and beer, whereas the VIP lounge offered only wine and beer. On the plus side, the VIP lounge serves wine and beer for extended hours, from 5 to 9 pm.
Before I visited, many people told me that the evening service at the Grand Club was great and often sufficed as their dinner – the same cannot be true of the food and experience offered at the VIP lounge. But, like I said, it’s ying and yang. Nevertheless, I feel that hotel staff went out of their way to try to accommodate the guests impacted by the club closure.
Breakfast at the 3 Tides Fish House Restaurant.
The 3 Tides Fish House Restaurant is directly on the Baha Mar property, down a circular staircase in the West Tower of the Grand Hyatt.
It is an attractive restaurant, with an open kitchen.
Although we had to wait a little while for a table and service was a bit slow, the experience was positive. Everyone at the hotel had a smile, and Diva, our maitre d, was no exception.
This is the menu. As you can see, there is an excellent selection of breakfast items – including many classic Bahamian dishes.
Dave ordered the Classic Eggs Benedict and I ordered the Blue Crab Benedict. The waitress said that the Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast and the Breakfast Sandwich are favorites.
Dave enjoyed the Eggs Benedict which came with some wonderful homemade fries.
I hit gold with the Crab Eggs Benedict, which consisted of two huge and delicious crab cakes on an English muffin with Hollandaise sauce! There was a lot of food there – certainly enough for two adults to share. If you are a fan of crab cakes, get this!
Actually, I liked it so much that I had it again the next day!
The VIP Reserve Lounge in the East Tower.
The VIP Reserve Lounge is very pretty and the staff couldn’t be nicer! However, it is like apples and oranges to compare it to the Grand Club.
This is the selection of pastries in the morning:
There was a Nespresso coffee machine, but there was no fresh milk – only Coffeemate.
This is the appetizer spread in the evening. The hotel did it’s best, but the selection is rather minimal especially if you are spoiled by the spread at the Grand Club.
These are the desserts that were put out after the appetizers (which I believe are the same as the desserts at the Grand Club).
So, if you have a stay planned at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar between now and November 3rd, and your stay includes access to the Grand Club, this is what you can expect.