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5 Ways to Reduce Food Costs at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is beautiful but it is also expensive! I am not talking about the room rate either I am talking about eating and drinking at the resort. Bethany did an awesome job reviewing the resort and reviewing the casino and restaurants! But I want to talk to the folks that don’t feel like dropping $200 every dinner when they are there.
The fact that the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is on Cable Beach means that you get the best beach Nassau has to offer but you are also a little secluded. This means that you are sorta trapped spending money at the resort for your food and drinks. And they aren’t cheap!
My wife just got back from there so I wanted to share some tips on ways to save money while you are there!
Ways to Save Money on Food
My wife said that once dinner time rolls around there isn’t one option for reasonably priced food on site. After checking every menu her and her friend decided to eat at The Swimming Pig, which is the lower end 24 hour restaurant. They shared a sandwich, got one drink each, and split a piece of pie for dinner. They walked out the door with an $80 tab. I know that resort prices are high, especially in the Caribbean, but there are ways you can minimize the damage!
Here are the 5 ways you can reduce your food cost while staying at The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar:
Lounge Access –
The best way to save money is no doubt lounge access. If you are a Hyatt Globalist then you get this already…you are set. If you are an Explorist you can use one of your 4 yearly lounge certificates while staying at the resort. Remember now that Hyatt counts award stays towards status there are now 2 economical ways to earn Explorist status.
Now if you don’t have either of these levels then you need to buddy up to a Globalist and have them book you a Guest of Honor booking. Then you get to reap the benefits of their status.
The last option is that you can book a grand club room for 27,000 points a night, versus 20,000 for a regular room, to ensure lounge access.
You would almost have enough points for 2 nights in a club room if you signed up for the Hyatt credit card. You could transfer Ultimate Rewards points to take care of the difference.
With lounge access you get free breakfast, which easily saves you $20 a person, every day. You get free non alcoholic drinks during the day, probably another $10 per person. Then you get alcoholic drinks and dinner every night, which can save you $40-50 per person. The food in the evening is more like hors d’oeuvres but you could substitute if for dinner one of the nights if you wanted. If you maximize the lounge you will save $75 plus per person per day.
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Eat at El Jefe – OFTEN
There is a taco truck outside (El Jefe) that has very reasonably priced food. It is open from 8am-6pm. My wife ate there for lunch pretty much every day and thought the food was really good. You could even eat there for an early dinner and then go to the lounge later for a snack.
Order Kids Meals
The pool area restaurant offers kids meals that are well priced and come with a good amount of food. This is a gray area if you don’t have kids. You can always order them to “take to your kids” I guess. It is an option to get lunch at a reduced cost if you are willing to bend the rules (I am not sure if there is an age limit etc anyway).
Go Into Town
You can hop on a Jitney (local bus) for less than $2 a person one way. You can ride these into downtown to visit the straw market etc. and to eat at the fish fry.
My wife and I recommend Goldie’s at the fish fry. The fish fry is a place where locals and tourists alike hang out. The food is great, huge, and regularly priced. My wife and her friend got fish & chips and fettuccine alfredo (the alfredo is some of the best you will ever have and big enough to feed 3 people). They also had two drinks a piece (I recommend the “call a cab” drink) and the bill was $60 including tip. That is a lot cheaper than the $80 they spent for half the food at the resort.
Just remember that the Jitneys only run until 6PM so you can do this for lunch or an early dinner. Otherwise you will need to take a cab back and that will cost you $12-15 each way.
Wok N Roll
I tried to get my wife to eat here because it has stellar reviews on Tripadvisor. Wok N Roll is a Chinese restaurant that is about a mile from the hotel. It is walkable, you just head down bay street. But the real kicker is they deliver orders over $20 for a $4 fee according to their picture on Tripadvisor. That is a great way to save some money on lunch or dinner. According to the reviews the service is stellar though so you may want to go in person to check it out.
I hope this helps you get some ideas on ways to cut down on your food costs on your next trip to Baha Mar. Just because the resort is somewhat isolated doesn’t mean that you don’t have options.
Remember that you can always pack some snacks in your luggage as another way to reduce some food costs too.
I will discuss a few ways you can lessen your liquor bill in the next few days as well. Be on the lookout for that!
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