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It is easy to visit Nassau, Bahamas and stay at the Atlantis resort for the entirety of your vacation. After all, Atlantis is reputed to have some of the best facilities on the entire island. No doubt we've spent quite a bit of time exploring what's on offer at Atlantis, and if you've followed me closely, you'll realise that Atlantis is every bit as good as the reviews say. (At least I think so!)
Although I still have a few more blogs about Atlantis (I know, it's hard to believe), today's blog will be based elsewhere. For those of you who might have missed my blogs about Atlantis thus far, here are the links to each:
- The Dig at the lost city of Atlantis
- The hidden gem in Atlantis - Marina Village and the Bimini Road Restaurant
- A look at the Atlantis Casino as a non gambler
- A visit to Dolphin Cay to interact with Sea Lions!
- Poseidon's Table - A restasurant worthy of Gods!
- Saying hello to Sharks, Stingrays, Sawfish at the Predator Lagoon
Aside from staying at Atlantis, I had the pleasure of staying a few days at the brand new Baha Mar Resort, a direct competitor to Atlantis which opened in May of this year (2017).
Mired by controversy, the Baha Mar resort has been in development for more than 10 years and hopes to revitalise the tourist industry in Bahamas bringing an additional 315,000 visitors to Bahamas annually as well as contribute $700 Million a year to Bahamas' tourism.
As one of the very first paying guests to this resort, I had the pleasure (or not) of experiencing first hand what a $4.2 Billion, 1000 acre development has to offer.
Although the resort will comprise of three hotel brands - Grand Hyatt, SLS Hotels and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, only the Grand Hyatt is currently open for guests. Other amenities including 30 luxury retailers, the 18-hole Jack Niclaus Signature Gold Course, and a handful of restaurants are also yet to open.
In my short stay, I only had access to the Casino, seven of the planned 11 swimming pools and a handful of restaurants.
Still, an early look at this resort has given me an idea of whether I will be going back to Atlantis the next time I visit, or whether Baha Mar is worth a second look.
At first glance, much like Atlantis, the Baha Mar resort is a real feast to the eyes. A long bridge connecting the main road to the entrance, crosses over a beautiful pool fountain. At the end of it, a cylindrical funnel functions as the landing area, complemented by palm trees showing just how high the walls of this cylinder truly are.
The architectural style of Baha Mar draws similarities to Atlantis, yet projects a different flavour of grandeur. Certainly the golden reception, with it's distinctively Asian ornaments bring a different yet welcome style to the building.
Across the foyer, we see a glimpse of the Casino through the large french windows. Reminding us that this Casino is in fact the largest Casino in Bahamas.
Almost like a flip on reality, the other side of the building reveals a tenderness and vulnerability with it's pink colours and humble stature.
Today's Miss. Delicious takes us to one of the very first restaurants to open for business at this resort.
Called 3 Tides, this restaurant prides itself as a seafood-forward Mediterranean all day restaurant. The executive chef, Brent Martin infuses Caribbean fish with locally sourced ingredients and turns them into fresh inventive Bahamian style dishes.
The restaurant is one level below the ground, so a walk down a lovely spiral staircase takes us into the main dining area. It's a very open space restaurant featuring three open "theatre" kitchens and is decorated with many colourful Bahamian displays of art.
The menu itself is quite a simple wooden like folder.
And inside, we have just two pages of foods to order from.
As always, it's about the quality and not quantity and I'm actually quite glad they've chosen to narrow their choice of dishes down to just a few.
Let's see the dishes I ordered and begin the mouth watering!
The Garden. Quinoa Salad + Local Bahamian Field Greens.
This was a refreshing start to the meal, and a much needed chill down from a really long and hot day. The Quinoa added just enough substance to wake my appetite whilst the Cherry Tomatoes were sufficiently sweet and delicious.
With some food in the stomach, it was time to indulge in the Bahama Mama cocktail. I'm not a big drinker, but this was really quite potent. I felt like feinting after my first sip!
Next up, another meatier Salad, the Grilled Spanish Octopus. I'm usually not a fan of cheese, but the goats cheese used here was really rich, combined with the grilled octopus strips which were both fresh and chewy, I barely noticed that I had eaten two salads in a row!
Sauteed Wild Mushrooms with Thyme. Continuing our light and healthy dinner, this little pot of Mushrooms tasted quite different from what I was expecting. The mushrooms tasted like what I could only describe as "earthy". It's texture was both chewy and meaty at the same time. The gentle sprinkle of Thyme added a bit of lemony taste which really picked up my appetite for the next dish.
This is the Bahamian Red Snapper Fillet. Only being in Bahamas for a few days, this was now the 4th time I've indulged in the Bahamian Snapper fish. I can't get enough of the soft melting texture of it's meat. I believe it is served on a bed of yogurt potato salad which didn't agree with me at all. Besides, it's all about the snapper!
Every 30 minutes from 8:30pm to 10pm, there is a water fountain show at the main fountain bridge.
This was no doubt an influence from China as the group who now own the hotel are Chinese.
The show ran twice during my time at the restaurant, but I didn't leave my seat to go take a look.
Here is a video of the show from my room!
And that wraps up our first Miss. Delicious at the Baha Mar resort in Cable Beach Nassau. Aside from being quite empty because of how new it is, I actually quite enjoyed the atmosphere of 3 Tides at Baha Mar. It was also nice to see the water show from my seat at the restaurant as well as in the comfort of my room.
Certainly a very different kind of royal treatment to expect from the resort, but one that I welcome all the same!
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