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Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas - Breathtakingly Beautiful and Luxurious
September 30, 2011
The transfer from the airport to the resort is about 10 minutes with not much to see on your way there. The entrance to the resort was opulent with a big fountain in the center of a circular driveway surrounded by lush vegetation and white-pillared hallways. When we stepped out of the bus, we were led to a large conference room where they served continental breakfast and refreshments. We then broke into groups and headed out for our tour of the property which was grand in every way, with large white pillars throughout, gorgeous sculptures, artwork, and glasswork everywhere, dark wood flooring in all of the common areas, and an overall squeaky clean and brand new appearance. There were all kinds of games set up around the property (ping pong, giant chess, shuffle board, bocce ball, etc.) as well as water sports set up on the beach (wind-surfing, water bikes, kayaks, etc.). The beach was immaculate and huge, with powdery white sand and clear, turquoise water. They have a bunch of long grass (I forget what it’s actually called) up by the accommodations so as to block the fine sand from blowing into the rooms, as well as protect the beach from losing its sand. It’s not overwhelmingly pretty, but apparently it’s necessary and still doesn’t take away from the beauty of the beach beyond it.
The pool was humongous (1 acre) and was my favorite pool of all three properties. You could enter the pool from anywhere (called zero-entry) and it had a swim-up bar with house music playing. The rooms themselves were decorated in a classic Caribbean fashion with dark wood, tiled floors, and white linens accented with pale blue and tan decor. The bathrooms also had tile flooring with marble counters and glass-door showers. The spa was really pretty and nice as well with tiny tile work and the refreshing smell of lemongrass and lavender throughout. The spas were pretty much the same at every resort we visited. My favorite part of our experience at this property was the Drunken Duck Pub, which had the most amazing battered cod EVER and some sort of delicious sauce served with it, as well as a game room where you could play some pool.
Overall, this property was breathtakingly beautiful and luxurious and would be ideal for couples celebrating their honeymoon or anniversary or for couples wanting to get away from it all. There isn’t much to do on the island itself and not much activity going on at the resort itself, so couples looking for action should steer clear from Sandals Emerald Bay. Also, I spoke with a couple on the beach who complained about the service, but it sounds to me like they weren’t utilizing their butler service.I don’t know what was going on there, but to me the staff seemed more than helpful.