Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas, is a 500-acre luxury resort with five restaurants, an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course, full-service marina and 183 beachfront rooms and suites.
The property previously operated as the award-winning Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma at Emerald Bay, a favorite of trendsetters from around the world. A sprawling island retreat, Sandals Emerald Bay, occupies a sublime, one-mile-long stretch of beach on Great Exuma, largest of the 360 islands comprising the Exuma district of The Bahamas. Great Exuma, which is joined to Little Exuma by a small bridge, is just a short flight from either Miami or Fort Lauderdale, FL or Nassau, Bahamas.
Creature Comforts and Service
Sandals Resorts’ newest gem offers a choice of luxurious oceanfront accommodations. Guests can opt for beachfront rooms and suites, all of which have furnished terraces or balconies overlooking Emerald Bay. Guest rooms and suites are decorated in rich, dark woods and rattan offset by pastel walls and sunny artwork.
After being welcomed by their personal butler and presented with a Kir Royale and chocolate-covered strawberries, guests are whisked away to their suite, where amenities include a welcome bottle of sparkling wine; down duvets and pillows; Frette linens; personal pillow menus; flat-screen televisions; DVD players; iPod docking stations; in-room safes; refrigerated private in-suite bars with spirits, a selection of wines, and soft drinks; espresso coffee makers; a selection of bath salts and exotic oils; and Wi-Fi Internet access. Bathrooms are equipped with lighted make-up/shaving mirror, hair dryer and cotton bathrobes.
A first for Sandals Resorts, guests staying in all room categories at Sandals Emerald Bay are entitled to Sandals Resorts’ exclusive Butler Service. Trained to the highest standards by the elite, London-based Guild of Professional English Butlers, Sandals Resorts’ Butlers pamper guests throughout their stay from un-packing and packing luggage, drawing scented bubble baths, serving private meals on the terrace and much more.
The resort’s Butlers will also confirm guests’ preferences prior to arrival, to ensure that guests’ every wish is met before they even set foot in their suite. All suites also offer fully stocked in-suite bars, His & Hers plush robes and slippers, and exclusive 24-hour room service.
This romantic resort also features five gourmet dining venues, serving a variety of cuisine from authentic Bahamian fare, to Continental specialties and American favorites. Choices include: Barefoot by the Sea, an oceanside restaurant where guests dine under the stars; Il Cielo, a sophisticated Italian fine dining experience; Dino’s, a brick-oven pizzeria; The Drunken Duck, a traditional British pub serving up local and imported ales, as well as authentic English cuisine; and Bahama Bay, a casual Mediterranean dining spot.
Water Sports and Spa Facilities
To complement its pristine, white-sand beach, the resort features a host of recreational amenities including an expansive new water complex with a freshwater swimming pool as its focal point. Encompassing over half an acre, this spectacular pool entices guests with a Jacuzzi, swim-up pool bar and unique fire-pit seating area in the center. Flanking the pool are misting columns and luxurious cabanas equipped with wireless Internet access. Sandals butlers provide poolside service to all guests, including Evian spritzers, fresh towels with cucumber slices, and cool sorbet to refresh and replenish.
This romantic resort is also home to a 16,000 sq. ft. Red Lane Spa, famed for its use of botanical and indigenous ingredients. The calming scent of lemongrass permeates the spa, which features cool, clean colors and original art. Facilities include 17 indoor treatment rooms, six outdoor sanctuaries, hot and cold plunge pools, Eucalyptus steam baths and saunas, locker rooms with showers and fully stocked vanity areas, and a full-service beauty salon.
State-of-the-art fitness equipment is available for optimal workouts and a variety of wellness classes are offered through the day ranging from walks on the beach, water workouts and heart-pumping aerobics to yoga and Pilates. Personal training sessions are also available.
Pro Tennis and Championship Golf
Sandals Emerald Bay is also home to the Emerald Reef Golf Club, a stunning, 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course, reputed to be among the best in the Caribbean. Norman created not one, but six signature holes to challenge novice and professional golfers alike. Native vegetation dots the 7,200-yard, par-72 championship course, including sea grapes, silver buttonwood, sand fly bush and cabbage palms.
Its first 10 holes wind through a mix of seaside dunes and mangrove preserves while holes 11 through 18 play along the rocky peninsula offering unparalleled views of the turquoise Emerald Bay.
Tennis buffs have not been overlooked; the resort’s tennis center features six illuminated Har-Tru courts, a fully equipped pro shop and stadium seating for professional competitions.
The Marina at Emerald Bay
For more than a century, the Exumas have been a yachtsman’s paradise. Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas will continue to attract boaters from across the globe with The Marina at Emerald Bay, the first-ever marina at any Sandals Resort in the Bahamas. This fully protected 17-acre deep-water marina, which is also open to the public, offers 150 slips and is equipped to accommodate and service yachts up to 240 feet in length.
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