The partypoker Caribbean Poker Party 2018 at the luxurious Baha Mar resort is going to be spectacular. The Main Event and MILLIONS World each boast incredible $10M guarantees, for goodness sake! But away from the unbelievable poker in prospect, the venue and location of this year’s CPP is enough to make any poker player go weak at the knees.
The word luxurious doesn’t really do the Baha Mar justice. In their own words, they are “Tailored to be the perfect blend of bliss and play, chill and thrill, nature and nourish.” The Baha Mar is designed solely to give visitors a spectacular experience, with a choice of three celebrated hotels, a tantalising collection of luxury lounges, bars and restaurants, a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, an ESPA spa, indulgent shopping facilities, and, of course, most importantly of all, an absolutely stunning ocean view casino. Here are ten things you simply have to do during your stay:
Enjoy Dazzling Bahamian Art
Art lovers rejoice! The Baha Mar is home to one of the biggest collections of spectacular Bahamian art in The Bahamas. The jewell in the crown is ‘The Collection’, which allows you to experience the creative energy of Bahamian culture through a carefully curated selection of thousands of paintings, sculptures and experimental installations of all shapes and sizes. You’ll marvel at the Fairwind exhibition, which showcases paintings, photography, sculpture and artifacts to communicate an authentic Bahamian visual and auditory experience.You can even take part in workshops taught by experienced local artists covering various artistic skills and techniques!
Wonder at the Water
Love life in the water? Then the Baha Mar is definitely for you. Whether you want crystal-clear waters, breathtaking ocean views from the legendary Cable Beach, immaculately landscaped tropical pools, or thrilling water-sports, Baha Mar has got you covered. There’s even complimentary rental of stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, water hammocks and floating lounges! And that’s to say nothing of the Baha Mar’s eight magnificently luxurious pools, complete with waterfalls, cocktail bars, whirlpools, cabanas and dedicated concierge services to cater to your every whim.
Shop ‘till You Drop
Shopping at the Baha Mar has it all. Whether you want to fill your boots with iconic international brands, or discover one-of-a-kind unique island finds, you can find it all at the resort’s dozens of cracking outlets. Let’s be honest, if you’re a poker player who’s left their loved ones at home while you have a ten-day holiday of a lifetime in the Bahamas, you might just have some making up to do…Who says bribery gets you nowhere?! Alternatively, what better way to soothe your bad beat blues than with some serious retail therapy?
Marvel at Nature's Magnificence At The Sanctuary
If you only do one thing away from the tables at the Baha Mar, make sure that you visit The Sanctuary. The natural majesty and splendour of the Bahamas really does hit you hard when you get up close to sea turtles, stingrays, nurse sharks, native birds, and more. It’s a true celebration of nature and the much-needed conservation of it. The Sanctuary offers dozens of activities for curious nature lovers of every age—from unforgettable hands-on animal encounters to daily feedings.
Chill With An Ultra-Relaxing Shell Massage
One thing you won’t want to miss at the Baha Mar will be a Shell Massage at the ESPA, which involves “skilled therapists using a powerful combination of essential aromatherapy oils and gently heated Tiger Clam shells to release deep-seated knots with trigger-point techniques.” Don’t know about you, but I feel more relaxed just reading that… The therapists will then perform a “deeply relaxing scalp massage using cool rose quartz crystals to revitalize both your mind and body.” Wow!
Hit the Fairways at Royal Blue
Fans of the noble art of golf heading out to the Bahamas don’t want to miss out on a round or three at the Baha Mar Royal Blue golf course. Designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, the front nine at the Royal Blue course features dramatic views of undulating fairways, rolling white sand dunes, and the turquoise waters of the Atlantic, while the back nine incorporates limestone “moonscapes,” elevation changes, and a dense jungle environment. A challenge for even the most avid of golfers. What a place to work on the handicap!
Relax At The Opulent Jazz Club With Cocktails
Another indulgence to not miss out on at the Baha Mar will be a visit to the Blue Note, the brilliant live jazz club at the resort. There’s no feeling quite like sipping on some of the very finest craft cocktails – classics like the negroni or caipirinha, or even the Baha Mar’s new take on the Bahamian classic Sky Juice, the Cloud 9 – while you simply sit back and listen as the smoothest of smooth jazz washes over you, soothing your mind, body and soul.
Experience Amazing Food
Whether you want simple yet sophisticated seafood dining at 3 Tides Fish House, an array of exotic global cuisine at the Regatta Food Hall, poolside bars offering North American favourites, brilliant barbecue food on the beach, or an ultra-luxe, authentic Chinese dining experience at the Shuang Ba, the Baha Mar has it all. The food at the resort is, quite simply, outstanding.
Visit Blue Lagoon Island
Located within a few miles of the Baha Mar is Blue Lagoon Island, a lush natural landscape that is virtually untouched. It’s a private tropical island offering breathtakingly clear turquoise waters, hundreds of native coconut palm trees, pristine white sandy beaches, beautiful natural vegetation, tropical birds and coral reefs teeming with native species of fish. Swimming with dolphins, snorkelling, paddle boarding, a leisurely boat cruise- there really is something for everyone at Blue Lagoon Island. Make sure you check it out. You won’t regret it.
Eat At Crabs and Ting
Crabs and Ting is just a short taxi ride from the Baha Mar, and is a must-visit for all seafood lovers. It’s got cracking views of the beach, and the food is delicious. If you want a relaxed atmosphere, great prices, and an authentic Bahamian culinary experience, then you need to head on over to Crabs and Ting!
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