This is the first six star resort we have stayed at and it really deserved the rating. This property is a former Four Seasons resort and is spectatcular. The beach is the best we have been at. The question is even though the resort was full where were all the people?? No line ups for restaurants. The buffet restaurant was never more than 50% full. Never had to "reserve" a spot by the pool or on the beach early in the morning as there was always plenty of loungers available. After 9:00 at night everybody seemed to disappear. Although there were always guests around it just seemed half full at best. Very cool. Now the details. Rooms are big and spacious. Nicely decorated. Balconies nice but could be bigger. Check in was well done (no annoying bracelets here). The beach was huge, beautiful, clean, and empty. Pool was huge clean and also had two huge hot tubs attached. There was also a quiet pool but the big pool was pretty tame compared to other resorts. Staff were great - competent and reserved - would like to hire them myself. Gym is well fitted and looked after. Yoga class with Lynn is very good. The resort has 6 incredible clay tennis courts - always empty - where are the people? Fancy restaurants are very good as expected and the relaxed restaurants were all good. The Dinos pizza was very good and the pub food not so good. Cafe de PAris was fun picking out desserts. Go to the Friday night Junkaroo in the parking lot - the kids band was amazing - they beat the snot out of those drums. The resort was charging $75 per person to go to Georgetown - we hired off resort for $10 per person - quite the markup Sandals! Do the Thunderball tour but be prepared for a long day on the ocean. Again we booked off resort for half the price of the resort. Just call around for availability - we used Bob Smith of Coastline adventures and would recommend (524-8687). His fresh conch salad on the sand bar was amazing. The guests at this resort seemed a bit more mature than usual. This was not a party resort - it literally seemed to shut down at 9:00 - on the positive it was very very quiet in the evenings. If you do not play golf at least walk the course out by the ocean - great walk. Very safe island - never felt nervous or pressured. No tipping it seems on the island. The real bonus to Great Exuma is the people both off and on the resort - make an effort meet some of them. Thanks for reading.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •NEW!! Jogging Trail on property - 2.6 miles long •Greg Norman designed 7,001 yard golf course with 6 signature oceanside holes•Three fresh water pools including the Caribbean’s largest zero entry pool with a central fire pit•24 hour room service to all rooms and suites•Seven exciting dining options to choose from•Red Lane Spa with sixteen extensive treatment rooms•Personalized off resort excursions arranged by our Island Routes Tour specialists•Sits on 1 mile of the Exuma’s best powdery white sand beaches•6 Har-Tru tennis courts including a sunken stadium court•Voted Sandals Resorts “World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company” 16 years in a row•Voted Sandals Resorts “Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand”, 18 years in a row•Voted Sandals Emerald Bay “Caribbean’s Leading Luxury All-Inclusive”•Awarded #9 spot in the 2012 Readers' Choice Awards "Top 12 Resorts in The Atlantic" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandals Emerald Bay Hotel Great Exuma
- Four Seasons Great Exuma
- Great Exuma Four Seasons
- Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis And Spa Resort Great Exuma, Bahamas