Baha Bay set to open July 2, featuring rides, luxury cabanas, cuisine and casino gaming
Staycation rates offered to locals; day passes to be offered at a later date
NASSAU, BAHAMAS — New Providence is set to be home to two water parks this summer as Baha Mar yesterday announced its planned debut of the new 15-acre Baha Bay.
The park is scheduled to open on July 2 with exclusive access to Baha Mar guests only; however, the resort announced public access and day passes are in the works to become available later on in the summer months.
A statement revealing Baha Mar’s plans and introducing the park noted: “Set within a breathtaking Bahamian backdrop, the new luxury beachfront water park will be the latest addition to Baha Mar’s spectacular guest amenities and unparalleled offerings.
“This summer, Baha Mar guests will be the first to experience Baha Bay, the $200 million luxury water park. Set on 15 lush oceanfront acres, Baha Bay will feature 24 water slides, a dueling water coaster, group raft rides, the most spectacular wave pool in the Caribbean, an action river winding through exuberant tropical landscape, a first-of-its-kind surf simulator and more.
“Along with Baha Bay’s exciting array of aquatic activities, including thrilling water slides and attractions, Baha Bay also includes splash zones for kids of all ages, beachside tranquility and well-appointed luxurious cabanas ideal for privacy, entertaining and relaxation.”
The park will feature infinity pools overlooking “an endless turquoise sea”, multiple al fresco dining options, world-class culinary concepts and “the only outdoor casino gaming pavilion inside a waterpark”.
“Baha Bay will boast a selection of elevated culinary concepts with innovative cuisines at The Market, home to Cleo Grill, Sam’s Crispy Chicken, Plant Nation and Chill,” the statement outlined.
“Additional individual restaurants include the famed Sugar Factory, delectable Umami Burger, and Barracuda food trucks.
“Simultaneously, Baha Mar will reopen the Baha Bay Beach Club offering spectacular beachfront views of turquoise Bahamian waters. The luxurious Beach Club features 15 full-service private cabanas, day beds, breathtaking infinity pools and poolside lounge areas for optimal seclusion and relaxation.
“Baha Bay Beach Club is also home to 25°N restaurant serving coastal California-inspired bites and drinks.”
Baha Mar President Graeme Davis said: “We’re thrilled to reveal the launch of Baha Bay, coming to Baha Mar on July 2nd. As the latest addition to the resort destination’s collection of celebrated adult and family-friendly offerings, Baha Bay will provide our guests with new exceptional experiences, suitable for all ages, as we continue to redefine the Caribbean vacation.”
The water park’s launch comes as The Bahamas’ tourism industry attempts to rebound amid devastating economic effects from the coronavirus pandemic.
Many countries, including The Bahamas, are experiencing third waves of the virus while continuing to roll out vaccines and considering vaccine passports for travel.
The Central Bank of The Bahamas recently noted total foreign arrivals fell by nearly 80 percent in March, extending the nearly 60 percent decline in the same period last year, when the virus’ effect was only felt partially during the month.
However, the minister of tourism and aviation on Tuesday said arrival numbers are trending in a positive direction.
The government also recently eased travel restrictions, declaring that travelers who are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period are exempted from RT-PCR testing when traveling to and within the country.
According to Baha Mar’s statement, the Baha Bay development created over 450 direct job opportunities and “continues the search for enthusiastic and ambitious associates”.
Additionally, it encouraged domestic tourism, noting: “Baha Mar welcomes the local community to explore the new luxury beachfront waterpark and has created special staycation packages for Bahamian residents.
“Every stay at Baha Mar includes unlimited and exclusive access to all the fun, beauty and relaxation of Baha Bay. Public access and day passes will be available late summer 2021.”
For more information on local offers, interested parties may visit the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar website at www.grandhyattbahamar.com and enter special offers code LOCAL; visit the SLS Baha Mar website at www.sbe.com/hotels/sls-hotels/baha-mar/offers/stay-play; or visit the Rosewood Baha Mar website at www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/baha-mar/offers/slip-away.