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Back in October I announced the news that the Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar (Bahamas) was taking reservations for June 1, 2015 and beyond. This is a new hotel on Cable Beach that will feature 707 rooms and the amenities are supposed to be top notch. There is a beach, casino, spa, restaurants, bars, and lounges. From the pictures it looks absolutely beautiful!
While overall the hotels opening date kept on getting pushed back from the original plan years ago, at some point over the last month it actually moved its opening date up a month! You can now make a reservation for May 1, 2015 and beyond! While typically I do not like to be the first guest at a hotel as they figure out how to manage the property (thus facing flaws in the hotel), it probably will be a quiet time to visit and can possibly increase the chances of an upgrade due to a low occupancy rate.
As of today, this hotel is listed at a category 4, but unfortunately will be moving up to a category 5 in just a few days on January 22, 2015. This is one of the 22 hotels that are moving up a category during Hyatt’s annual re-categorization of hotels. I am not surprised at all and was quite shocked when it was originally announced as a category 4. With that being said, you still have slightly over 24 hours to make a reservation using only 15,000 points for a free night. After that the hotel will cost 20,000 points for a free night which I still think is reasonable. And since it is a category 4 you still have time to book a room using your free night that comes with the Chase Hyatt credit card (if you are a card member).
Here are some pictures of the resort I pulled directly from the hotels website. It should be a nice alternative to the Atlantis and a great opportunity to use Hyatt Gold Passport Points!
I am personally very excited to check out this hotel at some point over the next year. I already have a few speculative reservations at the currently category level.