We stayed at the Sandals resort in late Sept and we could not reccomend this resort enough. We have travelled extensively to many islands but this was our first trip to a Sandals resort.
Airport-The airport is tiny but quick to get through and on the outside you are greeted by Jeremy-the manager of Sandals and you are quickly taken by SUV to the resort.
Check-in-After a short drive of 15 minutes you arrive at the resort greeted with a glass of champagne and a nice cold cloth. They take you to reception where they take your information and if your room is not ready they personally take you over to the buffet for lunch. Everyone we met had a smile and were eager to make a great first impression which they did.
Room-our room was ready before 3 but we did pack a change of clothes in case we had to wait. We booked a PalmBay walkout which was located overlooking the quiet pool. The rooms are all
ocean facing. WE had great service and had no problems with the fridge being replentished each day. We did receive one night a congratulation letter for our anniversary left with towel art and a plate of squares.
We had room service one morning and it was delivered on time and hot.
They do supply bug spray in your room and I suggest you use it not only on the beach but anywhere on the resort especially at dusk. The resort does fog but the no seems ( if they like you are bad).
Pools-There are two pools ( and a small private one at the spa). WE found the quiet pool to be too quiet and very warm--not refreshing so we spent most of our time at the active pool. There never seemed to be a problem getting a chair at the quiet pool and they do have floats and a bar there that serves drinks. It is located in a very beautiful, calming area of the resort.
The active pool is huge and although it was always full there never seemed to be a problem of finding a spot in the pool . You did have to get up early to find a chair and we did notice that quite a few days chairs were reserved and no one showed up at all. It would be nice if management was able to somehow monitor this. The pool always had something going on like volleyball, drinking contests etc and while you could join in you were not bothered if you chose not to. The music was also not too loud if you enjoy just reading a book.
Beach-This was our 39th trip and this is the best beach we have ever been on. White , white sand and the most beautiful colour of water we have ever seen! As far as you could walk in the water there was only sand--no rocks anywhere. The beach is hard packed which made for easy walks.
We had green flag days the whole time we were there so we could make good use of the water sports which include hobie cats. water bikes, paddleboarding and kayaking.
The colour of the water in the Bahamas is something incredible to see.
Food-We enjoyed all the restarants and were lucky enough to get into them all.
We enjoyed Il Ceilo for breakfast each morning rather than the buffet. We also found the Italian restaurant to be our favourite.
Barefoot by the sea we enjoyed for lunch and once for supper but found that the service was a little confusing. ( I have read reviews since and it seems the problem has been fixed). If you are bothered by no seeums though this is not as good a spot to eat as they are plentiful here.
We enjoyed the Drunken duck both for lunch and supper and it was a great spot for a late night snack.
Dinos Pizzaria serves a great supper which I am not sure if everyone is aware of as I think many think they just serve pizza. We really enjoyed the service and food here.
Each afternoon we would visit the Cafe de Paris where we would take an expresso and a box of pastries back to our room. This is a wonderful spot to relax overlooking the zen gardens.
La Pariisienne was also a wonderful meal with great service. I would book early to make sure to get reservations as many guest we spoke to were unable to get in.
We cant say enough great things about the food. We are not fussy eaters but if you can not find something here to enjoy I am not sure where you would be satified.
Entertainment-There is always something for you to do or you can do nothing and not be bothered.Each day is a theme which is given in your room each night.
We found the piano bar very entertaining and the staff and Heston the piano player lots of fun.Most nights there was something going on at the band stand or at the Junkeroo . Themes included romantic nights, to caribana.
If singing karaoke to reggae dancing to sitting under the stars beside a gas firepit are some of your ideas of a great evening then this is the place for you.
Golf-My husband went golfing and said while it was very hot---the course is beautiful and challenging and it is not to be missed. It is easy to meet someone to team up with so that is not a problem if you are on your own.
Spa-We did not take advantage of the spa but we did tour it and any reports we heard were great.
Snorkeling-Sandals does offer free trips from the marina for snorkeling but you do need to sign up for it. It was my husbands first time snorkeling and it was pretty specatular.
Exursions-We took the Island Route ( from the resort) tour to Stocking Island and again we would highly reccomemend it. There were only 4 of us and a very knowlegable captain who took us to a blue hole, snorkeling ( unbelievable) to see the sea stars and then for lunch at the Chat and Chill which is an experience itself. The tour was just a half a day but so worth it. Again the colours of the water in the Bahamas is indescribable.
Other Information-I would suggest that if you are there when they have the managers cocktail party you should attend. It is interesting to meet the managers, have some great food and hear about Sandals. We were there for reunion week so the resort was full but it was great to hear about other resorts . (we hope to return for a reunion week as the week for those guests was jammed packed)
We also won the Romantic dinner for two on the beach ( we chose the tower) which was one of the many highlights of our trip.
Check out is done at the hotel where they take your luggage to the airport ahead of time. ( one suggestion is to bring your luggage with you to reception as you canèt check out without it)
We found the guests at this hotel a mixture of ages from honeymooners to 50th anniversarys. it was easy meet people and everyone seemed to be having a great time.
I would suggest if you have any problems with no-seemus to bring antihisepheme from home. I knew ahead of time so I did.
Staff and Service-We found the staff and service to be wonderful. The management was always stopping by and asking opinions and we thought they went above anywhere we have been. The staff always had a smile and seemed to enjoy having you at the resort. We commend the management for leading a wonderful group of staff who really know how to make your vacation so special.
When you are leaving and the management comes and shakes your hands and says to please come back you know you are at the best of the best.
My husband and I were celeberating our 30th anniversary and we could not have picked a more wonderful romantic place to spend itl
The people of the Bahamas and Emerald Island are wonderful, and friendly--the waters are incredible and the resort is luxury beyond.
We are glad we didnèt start off 30 years ago at a Sandals as we think they are going to be hard to beat.
We will return.
Dont hesitate to book this fabulous spot
- 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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