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List of TR's:

Kosher Food/ Restaurants:
Cinko Asian Latino Grill- Kosher Restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.


Synagogue:

Things to Do:
-Shark Slide
-Swin with Dolphins (NOT onsite)
-Marine Habitat (Aquarium & Scheduled Events like feeding sharks or petting stingrays etc.)
-Comedy Show (Jokers Wild)
-Movie Theatre
-Golf, Tennis
-Casino
-Boat Rental
-Water Sports
-Snorkel or Scuba
-Spa

Hotels:
Atlantis:
-Harbor Side Resort
-Beach Tower
-Coral Towers
-Royal Towers
-The Reef
-The Cove

Other:
-Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
-One & Only Ocean Club
-Sandals Royal Bahamian
-SLS Baha Mar (Opening Fall 2017)
-Rosewood Baha Mar (Opening Spring 2018)

Getting Around:

Notes:
Hyatt Baha Mar will store and heat kosher meals. Prices as follows (July 2019):
Breakfast: $15 per meal, plus tax and gratuity
Lunch: $25 per meal, plus tax and gratuity
Dinner: $25 per meal , plus tax and gratuity

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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #680 on: January 07, 2022, 11:35:06 AM »
Came back from a really nice vacation in the Bahamas. Hope to write a TR in the coming days, for now if anyone has any questions I will gladly try my best to answer them...

Airline:  Delta Airlines JFK-NAS roundtrip
Resort:  Stayed at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar


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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #681 on: January 07, 2022, 01:59:45 PM »
Sammy would love to hear how busy it was, Cinkos, Room (East/West Tower closer/better?), waterpark, booking hotel kids activities in advance? Coming in 11 days. Thanks!

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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #682 on: January 08, 2022, 08:08:40 PM »
Flying out on 1/19 staying at Atlantis. Bahamas website has such conflicting information with regards to testing etc.

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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #683 on: January 09, 2022, 09:16:21 AM »
Update: The Bahamas now requires testing to be taken within 3 days of travel. (it used to be 5 days with testing day as day 0)
They say that an RT-PCR test is needed and it can take up to 48 hours for results and then another 24-48 hours for approval of the travel visa once the results are uploaded... so that it makes traveling to the Bahamas a lot more complicated.....
I got approved within 5 minutes of uploading negative PCR

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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #684 on: January 09, 2022, 09:18:08 AM »
Sammy would love to hear how busy it was, Cinkos, Room (East/West Tower closer/better?), waterpark, booking hotel kids activities in advance? Coming in 11 days. Thanks!
Cinkos is really good food! Worth the price!
(It's not more expensive than any of the other 30 restaurants in the resort. Everything is expensive in the resort. )

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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #685 on: January 09, 2022, 09:20:33 AM »
Anyone know the official policy for bringing food ( frozen shabbos food, cheese etc)? Will be counting on it since Friday night for 3 adults + 2 children with Chabad at Baha Mar during yeshiva week is $475 ( VAT and Service fee added $100 bucks). So we will pass...
We brought a whole cooler full of food and no one asked any questions. There wasn't really any customs when we came. Just got our bags and left the airport. There was an agent at the exit ju watching.

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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #686 on: January 09, 2022, 09:25:18 AM »
Not shabbat friendly. Room lights are all sensors - you can cover before shabbat. I think the AC turns off when you open the balcony doors. Fridge light couldn't be disabled (sealed led that couldn't be unscrewed with some magnet mechanism that I couldn't disable). Doors are electric with no key. All staircases exit the property - no direct exit to the lobby. Also no way to reenter stairs from the lobby. Plus all staircase doors lock on every floor. You can follow someone up/down the elevator or ask the front desk to have someone escort you in the elevator (AYLOR). Funny story: I setup before shabbat to do exactly that. They called someone to walk me through the kitchen to the service elevator. We were chatting in the elevator and he asked why I couldn't take the regular elevator and why he had to press the button for me. Before I could answer he said: "oh. I know what you are. They told us about people like you. You are one of those.... What do you call them? Claustrophobic, right?"
In my experience, just the opposite. We stayed on the 7th floor n the east tower. (Which is really equivalent of like two flights up.) The only sensors we encountered were the balcony doors in the room, which we just kept closed.
And there's a staircase that goes outside from the east tower 7th floor. (And all the floors in the east tower for that matter).

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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #687 on: January 09, 2022, 02:08:02 PM »
I stayed in the West tower, rooms are really nicely designed.
Cinko Grill has very good food and the price was a little high but reasonable.
Went to the waterpark @10am, it was pretty empty, slides are lot's of fun (had no lines) and the lazy river is really beautiful and relaxing!
My visa was approved 5 hours after uploading my PCR test.
Didn't bring along my kids. But the resort seemed kid friendly to me.

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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #688 on: January 09, 2022, 02:13:45 PM »
Went to the waterpark @10am, it was pretty empty, slides are lot's of fun (had no lines) and the lazy river is really beautiful and relaxing!
How was the water temperature? Is it heated?
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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #689 on: January 09, 2022, 03:44:42 PM »
Water temp wasn't cold, felt like it was heated..  But can't say for sure...

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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #690 on: January 10, 2022, 12:21:52 AM »
Second Update: Please Note: Effective 4 January 2022, all travelers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, who are staying in The Bahamas for longer than 48 hours will be required to take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test.
Where do you take this? Does the Baha Mar offer it?
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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #691 on: January 10, 2022, 08:43:14 AM »
The Bahamar offers free antigen tests. As many as you want.

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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #692 on: January 10, 2022, 08:44:46 AM »
Any data points on how the 48 hour test works?
Who's enforcing it and when exactly do you take it?
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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #693 on: January 11, 2022, 09:47:48 AM »
Any data points on how the 48 hour test works?
Who's enforcing it and when exactly do you take it?

I'm here now and I didn't have to take it

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« Reply #694 on: January 11, 2022, 09:49:07 AM »
I'm here now and I didn't have to take it
Did they tell you when you landed about it?
Will they cause issues upon exit?
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« Reply #695 on: January 11, 2022, 09:54:23 AM »
Did they tell you when you landed about it?
Will they cause issues upon exit?

They did not tell me that when I landed, at the hotel if your not vaccinated they ask you take a rapid test, that's also YMMV

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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #696 on: January 11, 2022, 09:30:06 PM »
Does anyone have a recommendation of whom to use for transportation from the airport (NAS) to Baha Mar Resort?
It's a short 10 min drive and I have heard that certain companies can really rip you off......

I was told that Bahamar provides transportation? At least thatís what Delta vacations told me?

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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #697 on: January 11, 2022, 09:41:01 PM »
I was told that Bahamar provides transportation? At least thatís what Delta vacations told me?
Not complementary as far as I know. You could arrange a pickup though.
(Taxi's are probably cheaper, we payed $29 for 2 ppl with baggage)

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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #698 on: January 11, 2022, 09:41:59 PM »
Went straight to the official taxi stand, the random people approaching us were quoting us $65 or more...

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Re: Bahamas Master Thread
« Reply #699 on: January 12, 2022, 10:51:08 AM »
I was told that if your staying for a week you don't do the test after 48 hours rather you do the test on Day 5. When i asked the hotel on the phone who we have to show the Day 5 Negative test to they said they don't think anyone, but that we just need it if we leave the hotel and want to come back in.

Can anyone confirm if anyone in the Bahamas, including at the airport had to show the negative Day 5 Test to anyone or upload it anywhere?