Just now flying back from our 4 night, 5 day stay at the SLS Baha Mar in the Bahamas. I wanted to get this post up while everything was fresh on my mind!
Let me take you through the events of the week and throughout the post I can talk about what we loved and didn’t enjoy so much.
First I will start with the outfits and then I will talk about the hotel! I have a few more (5 total) to add to this post and will do so as I upload them to Instagram!
Let me start by saying we originally booked this trip and tried to cancel it on Expedia within 24 hours. Expedia will cancel your flight within 24 hours BUT hotels are apparently on their own. Both Expedia and myself tried to ask for a refund (again, within 24 hours), and SLS Baha Mar would not give us one.
On Monday we arrived in Bahamas and had a super nice Mercedes SUV there waiting for us (make sure to book this service in advance with SLS -it is free.) If you wait until you get there they will make you take a taxi.
It is a super quick 10 min ride from the airport to the hotel.
The hotel itself is the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed at. It is connected to the Hyatt Baha Mar, which is equally as stunning. No detail was left undone. Everything inside is gorgeous and the grounds are PERFECT.
We got there at 1:45 pm and were told that check in is usually at 3 but our room was almost ready so we should be getting a call in 20 min or so to grab our keys. Since it was only 20 minutes we left our bags and walked around to explore the hotel. 30 minutes later we still had no room keys. Long story short, we didn’t receive room keys until 3:30!!!! We were NOT HAPPY because if they would have just said something in the beginning then we could have grabbed our suits and enjoyed the afternoon!
Turns out, this SAME THING was told to two other couples around us and they had arrived at noon! Can you imagine arriving at noon, being told your room would be ready in 20 min, and STILL WAITING for a room at 3:30? Not cool.
Both of these things (them not canceling the reservation in the first place and then this) left a bad taste in my mouth.
Everyone at the SLS Baha Mar and Hyatt Baha Mar were so extremely nice and helpful! They always had a smile on their face and loved to just sit and chat and get to know you! The pool service and restaurant service was always very fast and friendly!
The food and drinks were out of control price wise, but very tasty. The frozen drinks at the SLS pools were around $18!!! If you walked over to the Hyatt pools you could get them for $14. If you wanted a water bottle that was $6-7!
They did have tap ice water available by all of the towel stands, so that is what we ended up drinking most of the time.
Lynlee and I did not think the food was all that great. The chicken was always very dry and none of the food had a lot of flavor. It definitely wasn’t worth the price! We didn’t get to try the Conch Shack or the Poke Shack though. We did eat at Fi’lia and Cleo (both were just ok.. NOTHING compared to Maui’s food!) Wouldn’t have been so disappointing if our bill wasn’t around $200 after each meal! OK…Eeaggerating a little, more like $130-150!
Our favorite place to eat was Cafe Madeline! A super breakfast spot and it wasn’t too outrageous!
The SLS/Hyatt Baha Mar have around 7 combined pools!!!!! Seriously there is something for everyone.
Privilege Pool- We were told one day that the SLS pool would be closed from 2pm on for an event so we walked over to Privilege Pool. Kind of bummed when they told us it would be $100 a set minimum spend, but figured it would be easy to spend that if we spent the entire day there (and it was, a pitcher of mojitos alone was $80!) It was Vegas-style with tons of beds around the pool and big blown up flamingos floats. They even yelled and whoop’d when someone would order bottle service haha! They had a DJ that came around 1pm. It was pretty fun! There is also a night swim every Wednesday night at this pool but not sure how much it costs to get in for that.
Kids Pool- I think Privilege Pool is the ONLY adult-only pool at both hotels. But, the best pool for the kids had this massive cave with an aquarium inside. It had waterfalls and you could jump off the waterfalls into the water below. They also had a very shallow end at the pool for the younger kids.
One pool had a swim up bar. We actually never went to this pool! It is tucked away so we just kept forgetting about it.
One pool had these insane cabanas (for free) that had water running down on either end when you turned it on! I took a picture in one of these (see navy swimsuit pic below!)
A couple pools were private (you had to rent a cabana to swim there).
The SLS pool was pretty cool but very small. The drinks were more expensive there so we mostly went to the Hyatt pools every day.
The beach strip that the hotels own is massive. You can definitely find a chair out there if you want and they will bring you an umbrella if you need one.
They have a huge dock that you can walk out on for an amazing view of the ocean!
You can walk out into the water (about waist deep) and find tons of round floats that fit two+ people! Lynlee and I kept meaning to go out there but forgot! I thought that was so cool!
They also have two sand volleyball courts and one water volleyball court that is actually a blown up court in the ocean! My family would have so much fun out there!
There were paddle boars, kayaks, and all sorts of fun things you could grab.
You could also find food trucks lining the beach!
The water in the Bahamas is so insanely beautiful! Crystal clear and turqoise as far as the eye can see.
You can actually gamble in the Bahamas! The SLS/Hyatt Baha Mar casino is massive, very clean, and has soooo many machines and tables!
There was just something to see at every corner! It really would have been an amazing vacation if we had known what we were in for with the pricing of everything. If we had been more prepared for the trip, this might have been my favorite hotel of all time!
Both hotels really are so gorgeous. It is hard to explain, but just SO MUCH detail and thought went into it and you noticed everywhere you looked.
There was so much fun stuff to do (apparently there is also a night club in SLS we also missed and there will soon be a gorgeous rooftop bar called Monkey Bar!)
I highly recommend going if you are budgeting and saving up for this kind of experience. If you have kids I would recommend running to the grocery store and buying things to prepare for them so that you aren’t spending that much on them every day. A lot of people did this with alcohol too! They would buy wine and beer at the grocery store to drink at the pool- definitely an option for those on a budget!
I hope this review helped! I know I was all over the place but I am just trying to give the most honest review I can! I think the water is prettier in the Bahamas than in Maui (yes, I said it.) But that is the only thing that comes CLOSE! Maui hands down has everything else beat!
If you are on the East coast then Bahamas is definitely an amazing option. Those of you on the West coast- head to Maui!
PS- if you view my Instagram Story highlights on Instagram, you will see everything I talked about above on video! I saved everything to that throughout the week!