This Resort in the Bahamas Has a Cliff-Jumping PoolBy: Grant Marek
There are good hotel pools.
And then there are great ones.
And then there are really friggin' insanely awesome ones like the Dean's Blue Hole pool at the Bahamas' newest resort: Baha Mar in Nassau.
Baha Mar's signature water bowl offers up your very own private cliff-jumping from two different cliffs and lands you in extra deep resort waters -- providing you with all the thrill of cliff jumping with none of the OH MY GOD KAREN'S NOT GOING TO CLEAR THAT ROCK.
Inspired by the underwater wonder of the same name, Dean's Blue Hole pool isn't quiiiiiiiite as deep as the ocean's second deepest water-filled sink hole, with a rather large section of the pool checking in at more than 15ft below pool-sea level (it's the darker part of the pool shown below).
But wait, there's more: The pool's also got a grotto with not one, not two, not three, not four, but actually just three waterfalls you can swim in and out of, plus...
... a kinda super duper terrifying pair of windows inside the grotto that give you a peek into a giant tank filled with sharks, sea turtles, sharks, and also sharks. Did we mention the SHARKS?
The pool (and resort at large) took more than 10 years to open, but the $4.2 billion, 1,000-acre development on a half-mile of beachfront in Nassau appears to have been worth the wait with three hotels contained within the resort (SLS, Grand Hyatt, Rosewood), along with the Caribbean's largest casino, 42 restaurants and lounges, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, 10 OTHER swimming pools surrounded by more than 250 palm trees, and a forthcoming bar where you can drink in a paddock of flamingos.
Nassau Insider Tips:
1) Looking for a little free fun? Check out the Queen's Staircase and Versaille Gardens and French Cloister, which both look like they could be sets for Indiana Jones 5.
2) Learn to roll your own cigar at Graycliff, one of the coolest boutique resorts on the island. Originally built in 1740 by Captain John Howard Graysmith -- a famous pirate of the Caribbean who commanded the notorious schooner Graywolf and plundered treasure ships along the Spanish Main -- Graycliff began cigar production in January 1997 with a single roller in the foyer of the Graycliff Restaurant, and has since expanded to an award-winning boutique cigar company with 16 master rollers.
3) If you're looking for a way to get around Nassau, hit up Steven O. Symmonett Tours and ask for Dudley, who is, The Man. The company doesn't have a website, but you can find the owner Steven O. Symmonett on Facebook.