SLS Baha Mar
What We Love
- Late-night swims at the "privilege pool"
- The casino is the biggest in the Caribbean
- The impeccably clean beach
What To Know
- There's a daily resort fee that includes airport transfers
- Bathrooms can be small
- Free WiFi
- If you want a hot tub, you'll have to use the ones at the Hyatt
Part of Nassau’s Baha Mar mega-resort, SLS is connected to the much-larger Grand Hyatt through a glittering casino, and guests can access the Hyatt’s restaurants and luxury shops, too, which is a nice bonus. The property draws a well-heeled crowd: book a room here if you’re a part of group of friends looking for a good time or a couple seeking a superbly relaxing beach vacay, but families should stay at the more kid-friendly Hyatt instead. Dining is one of the highlights here: the resort has three restaurants with top-notch pedigrees. James Beard Award-winner Michael Schwartz offers carefully homemade Italian food brimming with fresh herbs (chopped tableside); there’s flavorful, Greek-inspired seafood perfect for sharing at Cleo; and stellar sushi by Katsuya Uechi in a sleek, Philippe Starck–designed space. You’ll probably spend most of your time in the sea, on the sand, or lounging poolside with a cocktail, but the ESPA spa and the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course (not to mention the casino, which has glorious sea views) are all good for whiling away a few indulgent hours.
In the Area
Besides all the paddle-boarding, snorkeling, sailing, and kayaking that Nassau’s sparklingly clear water offers, downtown itself is a big draw. It’s about a 20-minute drive from the SLS, so it’s easy enough to head into town for dinner or an afternoon’s shopping and be back by the pool in just a few hours. The island’s dining options are getting better by the minute, with swish restaurants conceived by brand name chefs setting up shop in the island’s resorts. Try Café Martinique by Jean-Georges Vongerichten for an elegant meal of classic French food or hit up the atmospheric Nobu for a romantic dinner (note the iconic green glowing entrance). For a simpler meal, the cheery Café Matisse, just off the boutique-strewn Bay Street, has a welcoming courtyard and a menu of satisfying Italian-inspired seafood.
How to Get There
Thank goodness for girlfriends! This hotel has a lot to work on. Service is extremely slow. Not just Island slow.... it’s pretty horrible. Bring your own alcohol because the bar drinks are disgusting. Every specialty cocktail is worse than the next. Our bed had long hair on the sheets and make up on the pillow when we arrived. No ice machine on each floor. The elevator was broken at one point, you could only access your floor if you were escorted by someone to unlock the floor. If you need something from housekeeping etc be prepared to wait 2 hours for it. The food was so so and the shopping is non existent. The casino was almost all automated machines. On a positive note. The piano bar was a lot of fun and had great energy. Rooftop bar was also fun, do not think it’s crowded when you see a line downstairs. They do that so you think it’s “popular” haha. I have been to the Atlantis several times and there is zero comparison. Go to the Atlantis!!!! Do not waste your time and money at Baha Mar. They have so much that needs fixing it will take years! Wish I took the reviews more seriously before I went and spent so much money!
We spent 4 nights here in early November. This is part of the Baha Mar resort and has many facilities. It is difficult to separate what is ‘exclusively’ linked to SLS, as there is a Hyatt and Rosewood and numerous facilities are shared. Generally the facilities are very good. The resort is clean and there are multiple dining options. SLS has a great roof top bar, it’s own gym (average). We used the larger resort Gym at the Spa which was excellent. SLS is a ‘party’ hotel, but generally there is something for everyone. The ‘party’ pool is loud, but a great vibe if you want that kind of atmosphere. Only slight criticism is that the music was extended from the ‘party pool’ to the ‘bungalow’ pool, which is generally more peaceful. So much so, that we had to relocate to another pool elsewhere. Not a massive burden, but they didn’t need to decide for us! We ate at the Asian restaurant, The Italian and also used the French Madeleine cafe. All were good, without being special. The rooms were light and airy, good facilities. No bath, but that was ok. Not enough storage space for longer residents. Media/room facilities excellent. We would return.
Absolutely a premium experience at SLS Bahamar! Great service and relaxing activities. Laid back, but definitely a cut above anything else in the Bahamas. Lenny at the front desk was amazing in ensuring excellence for all of our guests. First class treatment!!