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Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Great Exuma
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We stayed in an ocean front honeymoon room at SEB in June and had a very enjoyable time. The resort is well-maintained and offers a great atmosphere for those who prefer a calmer vacation experience. There is plenty of space for you to stretch out and not be bothered by the crowds.

The resort has very nice employees who are always willing to help. The food was okay; we enjoyed the pastry shop and the Parisian restaurant (although service was EXTREMELY slow). Great Exuma is not a highly populated island, so there is not much to do and see unless you book an excursion. We toured the Exuma cays one day (007 tour) and took advantage of the water activities at the resort. Other than that, we hung out by the pool. The water is beautiful, although there was a lot of seaweed on the beach for a few days.

All in all, we enjoyed the resort and the beautiful water of the Exumas.

Room Tip: Book exursions directly through tour operators and not through Sandals...it's much cheaper.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

My husband and I were more than excited to spend our Honeymoon at the Sandals Exuma resort but were less than pleased with the results. Here is our pro/con breakdown:

Pro:
-Beautiful grounds
-Friendly staff

Con:
-We never received our free "honeymoon" package that they advertise even though they were aware it was our honeymoon
-My paperwork said we got a free couples massage- Sandals would not honor
-A wedding guest set up a $50 resort credit, the spa claimed it could only be used there and when told I had a $100 credit, they used the entire $50 resort credit and only $60 of the spa credit. When we tried to explain to the front desk, it was a more than frustrating conversation (especially since we we intended to use on our $26 sunblock)
- We arrived on Monday and couldn't get food reservations until Friday and with limited food options this was not ideal
-We paid extra for the oceanview room, but only got to see a sliver on the ocean from our first floor room

Those are just a few points of our trip. Overall, I would revisit Exumas but I do not believe we will be staying at another Sandals resort.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
2  Thank KMK H
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

This resort wins on the best beach! The Emerald Bay is a beautiful resort and offers a very relaxing atmosphere for those who are looking to get away. I did have a couple of very small complaints about this resort. The room service was very slow and the food was cold and not that impressive for a 5 star resort. The other complaint is that the rooms and halls had a small odor to them, like a mildew smell.

Room Tip: Upgrade to the ocean front villas if possible!
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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3  Thank Becca D
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Stayed at Sandals Emerald Bay June 18, 2013 through June 28, 2013. We have stayed at several Sandals resorts with great experiences, but Sandals Emerald Bay exceeded our expectations.

We decided on Sandals Emerald Bay because we were celebrating our 35th anniversary. The staff made our day very special. I would recommend anyone celebrating an anniversary go to Sandals Emerald Bay. The room was very spacious and well appointed. We had a beautiful balcony and a view of the water.

The resort was very relaxing and beautiful. The beach was gorgeous, a one mile stretch of white sand and turquoise water. There were plenty of quiet spots in which to relax and read throughout the resort. Plenty of seating on the beach and by the pool, including both the main pool and quiet pool.

The personnel at water sports was incredible. They made sure everyone was having a great time. Plenty of toys on the beach, Hobie Cats, kayaks, wind surfers etc. My husband is a PADI certified diver and enjoyed the diving. The dive masters were great. We also went snorkeling.

Nebat from water sports called each day to make sure I was enjoying my vacation while my husband was off diving. Of course I was in heaven just enjoying the beautiful beach. They also have activities such as cooking - learning the art of making conch fritters. Always something to do.

They also have a world class golf course for all you golfers. Plenty of other activities as well, tennis, yoga, fitness center. The entertainment was great as well.

And, Valerie, the bread baker down by the beach was there baking her wonderful breads - mango, coconut, guava - three times a day. What a treat!

Cafe de Paris is a great spot for an afternoon pastry or ice cream. There is also a cappuccino/espresso machine just outside Il Cielo for an afternoon pick-me-up or morning wake-me-up.

The food was great with plenty for all. The specialty restaurants were fabulous. We had no problem getting reservations. The dessert bar in Il Cielo is incredible. La Parisienne has wonderful French food. The staff was wonderful and just so pleasant every where you went.

The Drunken Duck is a great lively pub with good food as well. I recommend their signature chicken dish.

We had the best couples massage. Everyone should have a message while on vacation.

We had a photo session with Edward. He was just great.

We enjoyed the resort so much that we booked the same resort for next year and can't wait to go back and visit with the staff, our new friends.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is alittle late . My husband and i visited first week of May 2013. Emerald Bay was gorgeous . Beach was white fine sand. The ocean was alittle rough . The room was spacious. View took your breath away. Pools were not crowded but if you didn't have a butler it seems you didn't get a cabana. Quiet pool , smaller pool had a bar and they brought lunch down at lunch time. Of course, the pastry cafe was a short walk , Yummy. All the restaurants were good. Once again piano bar was sooooo much fun. Ken wood, the bartender, was great.
Over all trip was great. We did have plane trouble and had to stay over night. Thank god for our Sandals Select award points.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Gail12
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Our first stay with Sandals and our first trip to Exuma.....June 23-27.....I was really concerned prior to our trip after reading the reviews. We booked the Crystal Honeymoon Penthouse without a Butler. Upon checking in, we were given our room in building 1.....gorgeous views of the water and the grounds, nice spacious room, well maintained, quiet, and stocked well, No Complaints. Gertrude with housekeeping checked in every night to see if we desired turn-down service and brought the newsletter.
We enjoyed the beach and pool area each day. It is true you do have to get up very early to save a prime spot at the pool or a hut at the beach, but it can be done without a butler. As far as service, we never had a problem getting service at any of the locations. Kudos to Roshon and Warrenique at the pool bar! Above average service from these two, not to mention the fun we had joking around with them. It felt like we were leaving family when it was time to go.
The food in the French restaurant was great, the Italian restaurant good, and the other restaurants ok. We definitely didn't go hungry!
It was fine not having a butler, but we may try one on the next trip just for a little extra spoiling.
There aren't a lot of options for excursions or things to get out and do, but we knew this going into our trip so we weren't disappointed over it. If you are looking for relaxation in the most beautiful setting, this is definitely the place. For once, it was prettier than the pictures and advertisements. There is just no description for the beauty of the water in the Exumas. The resort grounds were also lovely and well maintained.
If you are looking for nightlife and lots of excursions, not so much.
Thanks Sandals for a wonderful vacation that was just what we needed!! Can't wait to come back!!

Room Tip: The Crystal Honeymoon Penthouse building 1 has a really great view of the water without spending the...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank C H
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

My husband and I recently returned from a 6-night, 7-day stay (6/12-6/18) at Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas and we are STILL processing all of the MAGIC of our wedding and honeymoon there!

The weather was gorgeous (and only mildly humid), the grounds are pristine---lush, intimate, and quiet, and the service---from the general staff, to the butlers (which were included in our room package), to the wedding coordination team---was top rate. EB deserves its 6 diamond resort ranking, if not 10!

Both my husband and I were initially a bit hesitant to consider Sandals (admittedly, the Sandals brand seemed a bit "cheesy" to us), but we are so glad that we took the leap and were proved wrong. We cannot wait to return for an anniversary trip---Emerald Bay rivals world-class resorts anywhere.

Our travel agent was Nancy Finn of My Island Getaways (http://www.myislandgetaways.com/) and from brainstorming, to booking and arrival, she took care of every single detail. I highly recommend My Island Getaways to anyone seeking a quality travel agency---especially, if you're looking to plan a destination wedding, honeymoon, or anniversary trip at Emerald Bay.

It made a world of difference to have someone take all of the guesswork out of the planning process---Emerald Bay is first-rate in and of itself, but Nancy's tireless efforts really insured that we had the most stress-free and optimal experience possible. She assisted us in selecting a truly remarkable room (a beachfront walkout villa), paired us with all of her most recommended staff there (butlers, pre-wedding coordinator, etc.) and I couldn't be more grateful.

I have absolutely no complaints---our experience was an absolute dream!

  • Stayed: June 2013, 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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