by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 02, 2017
The Baha Mar Resort on Nassau in the Bahamas is expected to open on April 21, when the 1,800-room Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will welcome its first guests.

According to Graeme Davis, president of Baha Mar, somewhere between 200 and 500 rooms will debut in April. The remaining rooms at the Grand Hyatt, as well as those at two additional properties -- the 300-room SLS Baha Mar and the 200-room Rosewood Baha Mar -- will open in phases through December 2017. A fourth hotel, the 694-room Meliá Nassau Beach, has been open for three years and operates as an all-inclusive property. Original plans called for the resort to have five hotels, with the anchor being the Baha Mar Casino Hotel, which was combined with a planned Hyatt property to create the Grand Hyatt. 

"Our plan is to have all three hotels open and operational by winter season 2017-2018," Davis said.

The resort's convention center, which offers 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, is expected to open this month; an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature Royal Blue golf course will open in March, and a 100,000-square-foot casino with 1,100 slot machines and 125 gaming table will debut this spring. Future plans for the resort call for the development of a private island as a venue for private group events, with an opening set for late 2018 or early 2019.

Last December, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, a Hong Kong-based conglomerate whose holdings include Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, became the new owners of the long-delayed resort.