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SLS Baha Mar 4.5

Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas

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Pros

  • Part of the immaculate and immense Baha Mar complex, on beautiful beachfront grounds
  • Direct access to beautiful Cable Beach, with loungers and water sports
  • Inviting and photo worthy spaces with chic and hip decor throughout 
  • Super stylish rooms and residences have flat-screen TVs, gourmet minibars, capsule coffee machines, and Wi-Fi
  • Suites and residences have living rooms and kitchenettes
  • Two attractive outdoor pools with poolside bars; one has live DJ sets
  • Three restaurants include the Japanese Katsuya, as well as Mediterranean and Italian restaurants
  • Design focused lobby bar, rooftop bar with DJ sets, and a nightclub
  • Access to Baha Mar's features, including golf course, casino, expansive spa, racquet club, and kids' club

Cons

  • Obligatory daily resort fee 
  • Bathrooms lack privacy
  • Not all rooms have ocean views and/or balconies; some face inland
  • Party atmosphere; poolside DJs can cause noise issues (pro for some)

Bottom Line

One of a trio of luxury hotels comprising the fashionable Baha Mar resort, the SLS is the most hip and party oriented of the three hotels. The beachfront property oozes style and a celebratory atmosphere that features a nightclub and live DJs at one of the two attractive pools. The 299 super stylish rooms were seemingly designed to induce envy on Instagram, but some guests complain about the bathroom design that lacks privacy. Three restaurants include the Japanese Katsuya and Italian fare from award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz, plus guests have access to other dining venues across the Baha Mar resort, as well as to features like the expansive ESPA, golf course, and casino. Families with kids will prefer the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, and those wanting a more quiet and sophisticated experience should opt for the Rosewood Baha Mar.

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Luxury beachfront hotel dripping with style and a party atmosphere

Part of the massive Baha Mar Resort that opened in November 2017, the 299-room SLS provides a more intimate boutique experience compared to the neighboring 1,800-room Grand Hyatt Baha Mar resort and more of a party atmosphere than you'll find at the neighboring Rosewood Baha Mar.

Occupying a large pastel-pink building, the SLS features chic interiors with a luxurious and subtly beachy feel. It delivers on its promise of "style, luxury, and service" (the acronym of SLS) with its sunlit, airy spaces that are decked out with contemporary furnishings and peppered with plants: palms, greenery, and vases of pink hydrangeas in the lobby, plus; a green wall sprouting succulents in the Cleo Mediterraneo restaurant. Decor is mid-century modern with unexpected bold slashes of color and whimsical design and art.

The massive beachfront grounds that the hotel occupies are rife with tall palms, lush greenery, and immaculate landscaping. Two beautiful outdoor pools are skirted in palm trees and chic loungers, day beds, and cabanas that make for luxurious sunning and swimming. Couples are the main clientele, attracted by the party atmosphere of the place and youthful vibe. 

Location

Right on Cable Beach and about a 20-minute drive to Downtown Nassau

The hotel is situated on Nassau’s Northern Shore, occupying a prime location right on Cable Beach, a scenic slice of sandy shore with crystal clear turquoise water. There are several other hotels in the surrounding area, and some dining options, like a Starbucks that's a three-minute drive away. Downtown Nassau is about a 20-minute drive away, with attractions like the Straw Market and the National Art Museum. Paradise Island is a 25-minute drive and Salt Cay is around a half-hour drive. Lynden Pindling International Airport is a 12-minute drive from the hotel.

Rooms

Super stylish and hip rooms -- many with balconies; suites and residences have living rooms and kitchenettes

Trompe l’oeil wallpaper takes center stage in these mostly white rooms and adds a theatrical flair. The rooms feature sleek white furniture, while pops of turquoise in the stools and minibars interrupt the monochrome hues. They're full of sunlight thanks to large windows or sliding doors that open onto balconies. Some rooms have balconies with ocean views, while others face inland. Instead of dressers, there are bar carts sitting beneath the 42-inch flat-screen TVs that hold well-stocked minibars and capsule coffee machines. Wi-Fi is included with the resort fee. Sleek, modern bathrooms have walk-in rainfall showers, magnifying mirrors, Ciel Reserve toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Some guests complain about their lack of privacy, however, as they have clear doors.

There are over a dozen room categories to choose from here, ranging in size from 358-square-foot rooms (33.3 square meters) to 716-square-foot (66.5 square meters) suites with living areas and kitchenettes. There are One- and Two-Bedroom Residences too, that have space for living rooms and kitchenettes.

Features

Two attractive outdoor pools, three restaurants, a few bars, and access to Baha Mar's features like casino, spa, and golf course

Two large gorgeous outdoor pools are the highlights here, skirted in tall palms and greenery and featuring attractive pool decks lined with chic loungers, daybeds, and cabanas. One pool has a bar and grill, while the other, an adult-only pool, features live DJs and bottle service. Guests also have direct access to beautiful Cable Beach, with free (included in the resort fee) water sports like kayaking.

The hotel has three restaurants. The Japanese Katsuya (designed by Philippe Starck) serves sushi, sashimi, and more; Cleo Mediterraneo offers Mediterranean-inspired fare (think sharable plates); and Fi’lia serves Italian food from the award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz. There's also a poolside bar and grill that offers casual fare like burgers, salads, and sandwiches, plus an extensive cocktail menu. Room service is available, plus guests have access to all other restaurants across the Baha Mar resort. There are several bars here too, such as the stylish Monkey Bar in the lobby and the rooftop Sky Bar that features DJ sets, plus a nightclub, Bond, that features live DJs and bottle service. 

An obligatory daily resort fee covers things like Wi-Fi, transportation to and from the airport, and access to fitness center. Guests have access to all of the myriad of features across the Baha Mar resort, which include a Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole golf course, the Caribbean’s largest casino, expansive spa facilities (24 treatment rooms), six more swimming pools, a racquet club with nine tennis courts, and an array of luxury shops like Cartier and Tiffany & Co. There's also a great kids' club that's loaded with daily activities, including visits to the Sanctuary, a marine observatory with sea turtles and sharks, and to the aviary. 

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Address

1 Baha Mar Blvd., Nassau, Caribbean

Also Known As

  • SLS LUX at Baha Mar