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Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Great Exuma
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We celebrated our thrid wedding anniversary at Emerald Bay. The resort is beautiful. We upgraded to a Villa which opened on to the beach and had buttler service. Anthony and Keisha were amazing. All activities were planned before we came, bar was stocked with what we wanted. We like having cocktail hour at 6pm. Promptly at 6 we'd received a martini a piece with a cheese/fruit tray.

The beach is a great place to go for a early morning run. The ocean, aquamarine, plenty to do with all the water activities provided by the hotel. We thought the food at most restuarants excellent. Our only disagreement was about the Drunken Duck. The food was good; but I felt it feel flat compared to the other restuarants. Dino's pizzaria, outstanding, and I generally don't eat pizza--went there at least 5 times.

The only negative I have is the bugs. We weren't bothered by them at all until Saturday night. It had rained Saturday morning, so maybe that's what brought the bugs out Sat. night. We were playing chess outside and I felt like I was getting bit. We left Sunday to return home and I noticed several bites on my arms. By the time we landed in Atlanta, the bites had spread to my legs. Monday I ended up in my dermatologist's office and am still taking medication for what is known as the "no-see-um" bug bites. Somewhat of a pain; but overall we really enjoyed the vacation.

Room Tip: The villa's away from the main pool are the place to be if you really like quiteness.
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

This resort is beautiful! The staff are friendly and welcoming, the service is excellent. We went for our honeymoon in September 2012. The resort is not a party place but still fun. We had a wonderful time. The beach is stunning - there are not words to describe how amazing the beach is. The weather was also perfect so that is a bonus.
We have always done all inclusive in Mexico in the past. The best of Mexico doesn't even compare. Exuma is safer, more friendly and more sanitary. The Airport leaves you wondering and the drive to the resort is full of broken down buildings and unsightly closed businesses etc. The resort is a diamond in the rough.
The food was great for two pick eaters with food allergies. We had no problems getting good, fresh food. The staff all take care and pride in their work and it shows. There is even a fabulous French cafe on the resort that make great espressos and amazing pastries.
The general consensus is this is a honeymoon spot. The pool, pub and main areas are fun, great mix of people without large groups partying too much or obnoxious kids or overindulged drinkers. The Entertainment staff keep things fun with various activities and shows.
The golf course is well maintained and a stunning back drop. You've got to really be on your game though there are some narrow holes not forgiving to those with a slight left draw or right Shank :P
I would go back in a minute and wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

Room Tip: Rooms on the beach are pricy but for a big occasion worth it. The butlers are helpful but only if yo...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

We stayed at Emerald Bay for 2 weeks [12 -26th Sept] it was our 10th Sandals holiday so we have visited or stayed at virtually all of their resorts. We didn't find the food up to the standard of most of the other resorts, it was far too repetitive for a 2 week stay and we suggested providing more 'daily specials'. We were often told the tables in the two main restaurants were fully booked but Sonia always managed to get us in. The food in the buffet was poor in the evenings but very good for breakfast. We didn't want the option of eating in the Drunken Duck pub for dinner as we can do that at home but realise it does appeal to American tourists.
We spent most days at the quiet pool and really enjoyed the tranquillity, good bar service, plenty of sunbeds and shade. The beach is beautiful but would be better if the seaweed was cleared.The gardens are lovely and constantly maintained.
We had a lovely room which we were upgraded to without request. Although this resort has a lot of minor problems the staff go out of their way to put it right.
We had some great evenings in the piano bar thanks to Heston, Ramon and all the bar staff. Loved the Lionel Ritchie songs!!
We will be back.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

The resort is beyond beautiful. Rooms are stunning. The grounds are gorgeous.

Food ranges from very good to fair. The French and Italian restaurants are wonderful. Service is generally OK.

Now the drinks. I cannot believe that this supposedly is a "luxury" resort does not serve brand-name beer--anywhere! The type of liquor available depends on the bar. This is totally inexcusable. We paid top dollar for this vacation and expected a choice of top-shelf drinks. This is a deal breaker. We'll have to look for a real "luxury" resort next year.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We just returned from a great vacation at Sandals Emerald Bay. The accomodations were wonderful, the food was excellent, with the exception of the Barefoot by the Sea restaurant, which was good, but not quite up to the standards in the rest of the resort. We had the butler service and had one excellent butler and one good butler. The sea was beautiful and warm. If you are going in Sept. use the bug spray they give you, as the sand flies do bite. I would also recommend a higher room if you want to leave your windows open, as they get in and some people were bitten really bad. We golfed three time, and were very happy with the course and the service. Keep in mind that they say golf is free, but rental clubs are $60/person and it is mandatory to take a cart $40.00. We brought our clubs for a airline fee of $20. They store them at the course so you don't have to haul them back and forth. We had never stayed at a Sandals resort and our travel agent suggested this one. A wonderful choice!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Flight was great. We had pre-registered through travel agent & was told you couldn't do that but everyone (about 12 couples) didn't have to fill out all the paper work that my parents & my husband & I had to fill out. They were taken on to their rooms. Concierge showed us to our room & left us. We didn't see her again until we got ready to leave. In Antigua, our concierge checked on us everyday several times a day. Our room floor was sticky..called 4 times in one day & finally had to wait up for them to come Saturday night after a long day of traveling. Wanted something special done for my parents celebrating 50 year anniversary. Spoke with someone on Monday about it, was told something would be done at supper..nothing..spoke with manger on Thursday said he would get something done..nothing. felt like you had to be someone important to be taken care of there. We were treated like kings & queens in Antigua. Broken tv for 1 1/2 days..no washclothes after turned down service came in..toilet stopped up & took 1 1/2 to get someone to work on it..TAKE bug spray..bugs are TERRIBLE..even with deep woods off. Italian restaurant was GREAT! French took 2 hours to get food & eat. Was disappointed in service for the hard earned money spent. 007 Thunderball Grotto Tour..AWESOME!!!!! This is a MUST to put on your TO-DO list. Well worth the money..Schedule it through Sandals not Four C's..James is awesome at the tour desk.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

This was our first ever all inclusive trip. My wife and I are celebrating our 26th anniversary and wanted somewhere to be pampered, well Sandals was the place. We arrive in the tiny airport and were greeted by reps from the resort who ensured we were whisked away comfortably in a luxury suv. The island is very rustic with little or no modern looking buildings. The resort entrance was glorious and regal. We were greeted by a steel band(which was too loud and caused some confusion when attempting to hear directions from employee's) and reps guiding the new arrivals. We were treated to lunch while waitingfor our room and encouraged to explore the resort. The resort is kept immaculate and is well laid out. our room was a entry level suite but was very comfortable,clean and modern. The beach and water were beyond belief. The people were very friendly and helpful with any question. The food was very good. Dinos pizza was our fav. The french rest. was fantastic but we were very disappointed with the service and food at el cilieo. The drunken duck was great and the barefoot by the beach was good. the cafe Paris had great coffees and patries. I would recommend this resort to anyone looking for a quiet , romantic trip for two. Dont go there if you are looking for wild times, it was so nice to relax and get away. We can wit to get back.

Room Tip: We had a concierge room and found that we could look after ourselves quite nicely. The butler rooms...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Queen's Highway, Emerald Bay, EX29142, Great Exuma (Formerly Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma at Emerald Bay)
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Great Exuma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Great Exuma
Price Range: $559 - $1,408 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 245
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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