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Go ahead, play in the sand at the pristine, white-sand beach of the couples-only Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bah
Go ahead, play in the sand at the pristine, white-sand beach of the couples-only Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas. Come and celebrate the first-ever Emerald Bay Marina by Sandals, from which guests can set sail and explore the more than 350 islands and cays that comprise the Exuma Island chain.
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November 12, 2012
Romantic and quiet
Very relaxing vacation in a quiet romantic setting. Breath taking views of gorgeous turquoise waters and white sandy beach. Excellent cuisine, outstanding service and very spacious rooms await you. I've been here twice this year and am looking forward to returning again!
I'd give Sandals Emerald Bay a 4.5 for being a nearly perfect experience with only a few slight disappointments.
We booked our 8/6-8/10/13 trip through cheapcaribbean.com. We reserved a "Walkout Coral Reef Luxury Room," which ended up being in the far right building #1 on their website's map. We were on the ground floor and were amid lush greenery with a view of the ocean visible about 100 or so yards away. We enjoyed this location because it was not too close to the pool, which could get noisy with announcements/activities, but it was still close enough for a comfortable walk to any of the amenities. The room itself was gorgeous: comfy king sized bed with 2 big pillows per person. Decent sized bathroom with tub, stand-up shower, and a toilet room (which is nice to have even after being married for 15 years). Because it's all-inclusive the mini-bar is free and stocked daily.
The restaurants were all good, particularly Il Cielo and La Parisienne. The buffet contained a good variety for even the pickiest eaters. The house wines were actually decent, so we didn't feel the need to pay for a premium wine. The biggest disappointment was the Drunken Duck Pub, which claims to be an English-style pub, but only has 3 beers on tap (2 local and Heineken). Each of the restaurants (excluding the buffet) also have limited menus.
The staff is amazingly friendly and helpful, and they're everywhere! The minute we stepped out of the car (about a 15 minute drive from Georgetown airport), we were handed champagne and a warm towel to refresh ourselves. We felt very pampered the entire time. The only glitch in this was that we ran out of toilet paper and the maid never replaced it, which I've never experienced at any hotel. That's usually the first thing they check every day. On the other hand, one night they surprised us with a little heart/flower/swan arrangement on our bed and chilling champagne to help us celebrate our anniversary.
The resort is fairly isolated, so unless you rent a car or pay to get driven into town, your options are all within the resort. If you're staying 4-5 days that should be enough, but for a week stay I recommend renting a car at least for a day to explore the island and eat somewhere local.
We didn't participate in many of the activities because we were there to do absolutely nothing but eat and drink and sleep - but there were various things to do for people who don't want to sit still. Friday night was the best (we left Saturday) with a party, live entertainment, and local vendors selling their wares.
Overall it was a wonderful time and I recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind being in one place for several days. We enjoyed the all-inclusiveness, which is definitely worth the price.
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Sandals Emerald Bay is only about 20 minutes from Exuma International Airport in Georgetown (GGT). Round-trip airport/hotel transfers are included for all guests traveling to Sandals Resorts.
Sandals Emerald Bay is about a 15 minute drive from the Georgetown airport (GGT).
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Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas, is a gem sitting on 500 acres, offers 245 choices of luxurious accommodations in 26 categories with a non smoking policy for all rooms and suites. Rooms include down duvets and pillows, personal pillow menu, in-room safe, hair dryer, amenity kit, robes, iHome dock, double vanity sinks, glass enclosed shower, deep soaking tub and so much more.
Golfers love the complimentary cart for the Greg Norman-designed, 18-hole championship golf course with its six signature oceanside holes. The rest of us love the pools.
What We'd Change
Sandals resorts are popular and well-known, so they can get a bit crowded. But, the rooms are sizable and the amenities are superb.
Why You Should Go
Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma Bahamas offers a personal butler who can see to your wardrobe, prep candlelit meals and, basically, treat you like royalty.
Business Center ($)
Conference Facilities ($)
Daily Maid Service
Golf Course ($)
Laundry Services ($)
Scuba Certification ($)
24 Hour Front Desk
24 Hour All-Inclusive
Massage/Spa Treatments ($)
Airport Transfers (complimentary)
Spa Services ($)
Scuba Diving (included)
Wedding Services ($)
Dry Cleaning Services ($)
24 Hour Room Service
Bell Staff Service
Honeymoon Packages ($)
Convenience Store ($)
Loungers at Beach and Pool
Tour and Island Information
Butler & Bell Staff
Beauty Salon ($)
Dive Shop ($)
Gift Shop ($)
Doctor on call 24 hours
Hobie Cat with Instructor
iPod Docking Station
Nearby Excursions & Attractions
Map of Local Area
Made up of 365 islands, the Exuma Islands are at the heart of the Islands of the Bahamas. The Exuma's
largest islands, Great Exuma and Little Exuma, sit on the southern end of the chain, serving as the
Exuma's main islands.
Sandals Emerald Bay
PO Box EX-29142
+242 336 6800
Sandals Emerald Bay: Indulge in All-Inclusive Luxury
Go ahead, play in the sand at the pristine, white-sand
beach of the couples-only Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas. Come and
celebrate the first-ever Emerald Bay Marina by Sandals, from which guests can
set sail and explore the more than 350 islands and cays that comprise the Exuma
A picture-perfect, one-mile stretch of soft-sand beach
with complimentary loungers is just right for soaking up the sun or playing in
the crystal-clear emerald sea. The resort's swimming pools, including a
half-acre, zero-entry pool with a fire pit in the middle, and the quiet
pool surrounded by comfy sun beds, offer an array of options for cooling off,
unwinding and reconnecting with your sweetie.
Your taste buds won't get bored with seven dining options
here. We recommend saving a night to savor the Bahamian fare, like the conch
salads and seafood fritters, under a thatched roof by the ocean at Barefoot by
the Sea. Wander into the Drunken Duck Pub for traditional pub items like
bangers and mash, or indulge in exquisite French cuisine at La Parisienne.
After dinner, spend some time enjoying the various theme nights, cocktail
parties and live musical performances that Sandals is famous for.
If you are ready for daytime adventure, take advantage of
Sandals' unmatched scuba diving program to see the wonders of the deep. Grab
some snorkel gear, try your hand at taming the wind with windsurfing or in a
sailboat or hop aboard a hydrobike. Back on dry land, there's always time for
friendly, 18-hole competition at Sandals' own Greg Norman-designed championship
golf course. And don't miss a bit of pampering at the Bahamas' first
29,000-sq-ft Red Lane(R)-Dermalogica luxury spa.
signature Sandals' service provides you with everything you could want. Now
that's a great vacation!
This hotel is All-Inclusive.
All meals and snacks
Five full-service bars
24-hour room service
A wide array of water sports and activities
Round-trip airport transfers
All taxes and gratuities included
This hotel includes unlimited food and drinks, but some dining restrictions may apply. Please check with the front desk for details.
Il Cielo Type: Italian Hours: Breakfast - daily, 8am-11am; Dinner - daily, 5:30pm-9:30pm Description: Elegant a la carte restaurant serving breakfast on the
terrace and fine Italian cuisine for dinner. Reservations are required for dinner. Dress code: Resort casual during the day and resort evening attire at night.
Barefoot by the Sea Type: Bahamian Hours: Lunch - daily, noon-3pm; Dinner - daily, 6pm-9pm Description: Serves Bahamian specialties, including conch salad and
fritters. Dress code: Resort casual attire.
Type: French Hours: Daily, 5:30pm-9:30pm Description: A la carte restaurant serving progressive French cuisine
with white glove service. Reservations are required. Dress code: Resort evening attire.
The Drunken Duck Pub Type: Pub Fare Hours: Dinner - daily, 3pm-1:30am Description: A la carte restaurant serving traditional British pub fare,
including bangers and mash, fish and chips and shepherd's pie. Dress code: Resort casual attire.
Type: Buffet Hours: Breakfast, Mon-Sat, 7am-10am; Lunch, Mon-Sat, 12:30pm-2:30pm;
Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-9:30pm; Sunday, Brunch 7am-3pm Description: Two-level, open-concept restaurant featuring breakfast and
lunch buffets, themed-buffets for dinner and a Sunday brunch buffet. Dress code: Resort casual attire.
Dino's Pizzeria Type: Italian Hours: Lunch - daily, 11am-5pm; Dinner, Tue, Wed, Sat-Sun 6pm-9pm Description: Pizza, pasta and other Italian dishes at dinner. Dress code: Resort casual attire.
Cafe de Paris Type: French patisserie Hours: Daily, 6:30am-10pm Description: Parisian-style patisserie serving coffees, crepes, pastries
and desserts. Dress code: Resort casual attire.
All hours are subject to change.
Il Cielo Bar
Drinks and food. Daily, 6pm-11pm
Bahama Bay Bar
Snacks and drinks. Days vary, 11am-10pm
Drunken Duck Pub
British fare and drinks. Daily, 3pm-1:30am
Main Pool Bar
Swim-up bar. Daily, 10:30am-6:30pm
Poolside bar. Daily, 9pm-midnight
Sandals Emerald Bay is set on a one-mile stretch of a gorgous white, sand beach
along Great Exuma. Straw-roofed Balinese gazebos with 2 comfortable beds are
on the beach, as are Tiki huts for shade.
This resort features 3 impressive pools, including a zero-entry pool
with a dramatic fire pit in the middle, 2 whirlpools and a swim-up bar. Attractive curtained cabanas for 2 are around the pools.
Complimentary poolside cabanas with misters are available.
Canoes and kayaks
For an additional charge:
Golf The award-winning Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Course, designed by
Greg Norman, is a 7,001-yard, 18-hole championship golf course with six
signature oceanside holes (fees apply).
Most public areas and rooms offer wireless Internet access. WiFi is available
at additional cost.
Red Lane Spa(R) is a full service spa. Daily, 9am-7pm.
If you're dreaming of a destination wedding or honeymoon, the Bahamas makes an ideal setting. Please contact the front desk directly for more information.
This is a couples-only resort.
Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas is located on Great Exuma Island in
the Bahamas. It is only about 20 minutes from Exuma International Airport in
Georgetown (GGT). Round-trip airport/hotel transfers are included for all
guests traveling to Sandals Resorts. When you exit customs and immigration, look for your Sandals Welcome Host for your transfer to your resort.
Check-in: 3pm. check-out: 11am.
A valid credit card or cash deposit will be required upon check-in for possible
incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.
A 3-night minimum stay is required.
TravelAge West Wave Award - Best All-Inclusive Resort in the Caribbean - 2013
Voted Sandals Resorts - "World's Leading All-Inclusive Company" - 17 years in a row
Voted Sandals Resorts - "Caribbean's Leading Hotel Brand" - 20 years in a row
Voted Sandals Emerald Bay - "Caribbean's Leading Luxury All-Inclusive" - 2 yrs in a row
2013 Six Star Diamond Award - American Academy of Hospitality Science
2013 Green Six Star Diamond Award - Red Lane Spa
All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.