Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas
Merging sophistication, comfort and an unspoiled setting, Sandals Emerald Bay sets the standard for paradise, island-style. This temple of gracious living resides on secluded Great Exuma, in the Bahamas spectacular Exuma cays. Each guest room and suite has its own furnished terrace or balcony, and Residence Suites boast indoor and outdoor dining areas. For a la dolce vita gourmet treat, dine at El Cielo, whose enchanting Bahamian ambience is accentuated by floor-to-ceiling glass panels.
Steps from your room, you can savor a homeopathic treatment in an outdoor spa cabana, the tranquility of the quiet pool or the serenity of a white sand beach. For the tee set, the resorts championship 18-hole golf course was designed by golf legend, Greg Norman. Divers and snorkelers will relish Exuma Cays National Park and the brightly colored tropical fish, delicate coral and graceful manta rays right outside the bay. If you need a dose of culture, head for the George Town Straw Market or Little Exumas 16th-century cotton plantation.
Location of Sandals Emerald Bay
Nearest Airport: GGT
Reviews for Sandals Emerald Bay
I was at this resort from Oct 6th through Oct 14th and had a very good time. To begin with, the beach is the prettiest of any I have been too. The water is not as calm as many but it was fine for most of the week. The lack of seaweed, sea shells or rocks in the water made up for the small waves. Truly an amazing beach. The resort itself is a little more laid back than most. The help was very good too. It seemed to me that the resort is trying to appeal to a â€śnon-partyâ€ť crowd and is therefore a little more subdued. Each Sandals seems to have its own personality so it is difficult to say which is best as the positives and negatives of them make it difficult to give a grade that is accepted globally. I am not a â€śfoodieâ€ť but the food here was amazing. Barefoot Bay had a tremendous Mahi and the Grouper was wonderful. Cleso was our waiter and he was superb. The French and Italian restaurants were top notch too. The Indian restaurant was highly spoken of so we tried it and we were pleasantly surprised. Make sure you go there as there are many choices and the waiter we had (Michael) was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The quiet pool is very peaceful but does need attention to the cleanliness. There were days it was not vacuumed and there was black algae on the tiles. None of the whirl pools had heat in them which was surprising and disappointed many of the folks we encountered who went to them. The cushions by the whirlpool in the quiet pool area were pretty dirty and had caterpillars and mold on them. There were some brief power outages as we had heard but the power was back on in the three instances I witnessed in less than five minutes and it seeme business as usual for everyone. We did go swimming with the pigs and used Island Routes. When we deplaned, we were told the Island Route tours do not go to the original Pig Island. We did some research and it is true, but I do not believe it makes a difference as we had a great time and after 15 minutes the novelty was wearing off . The actual Pig Island is a lot further away and accessible by an all day trip whereas Island Routes trip was four hours which was plenty. The two crew members on our trip did a great job. The three other stops including the Iguana Island were well worth the money. We also went to the Chat and Chill. Cab rides are just over $100 to Georgetown which includes the cabbie waiting and returning you to Sandals. We wanted to see more of the island so we called Smittyâ€™s Taxi and he charged us $240 for four hours. That would have been for up to four people he said but only my wife and I went. Smitty (Dimitri) did a spectacular job showing us the island. He is a lifelong native and very knowledgeable about Exuma. He explained a lot about the culture, its history and told us about the plant life and other things. When he saw me looking at my watch he told me to stop and not worry about the time, there would be no extra charge if we ran over. After a couple hours of seeing the island we were ready for the Chat and Chill and he advised us to take the Island Boys Water taxi instead of Elvisâ€™ water taxi. It was 20% cheaper and the two gentlemen were very friendly and professional. They recommended we eat the Conch Salad at a little stand on the island. My wife ordered it and I am not a salad guy but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The guy who made it had a great personality and was very friendly. It is highly recommended. Overall there were no big problems during our stay and we met many great guests and employees. Chalique at Bahama Bay was a great server, Chris, Elvis, Will and Michelle did a great job serving drinks around the resort too. The Piano Bar has great entertainment. When at the main pool bar, say hello to Irvaughn.. as in â€ś Get Your Irv On.â€ť Clayton at the Loyalty office is another high performer. We have no plans on returning at this time but would not hesitate to do so. The weather at this time is a little cooler too which made it great at night but a little uncomfortable to be in the pool. The room we had was very clean and very big. We were in building 1 which was a little walk to where the action is and the Wi-Fi reception in the room was poor. We had a walkout room and usually stay on the 2nd floor. We never felt unsafe either on the resort property or off the grounds.
REO32909 - Palm Bay, Florida
My husband and I recently returned from our anniversary trip to Sandals Emerald Bay, Butler Junior Oceanview 2nd story walkout. Our trip exceeded our expectations! This is one of the most laid back, safe, cleanest, friendliest resorts we have been on to date!!! -The minute you get to Sandals, your Butler sweeps you away to a tour of the grounds. Then it's off to your very own COOLED air-conditioned room where they give you champagne and cheese platter. Believe me, after traveling all morning, you will WANT this! Plan on your bags taking a bit to get to your room. No pressure... just lock up your valuables in the safe and head to one of the local restaurants to grab a bite to eat and cool island treat. I suggest Barefoot. :) THE BEACH: -It was amazing. Clean, well maintained. PRIVATE loungers separated by sand dunes. <- THIS was my favorite part daily. You could hang out in the privacy of your own space all day! The water- Lets just talk about how AMAZINGLY BLUE it is! And a beach for DAYS. This was the FIRST trip to the Caribbean that I didn't come home bit by sand fleas or no se ums. There were a couple of mosquitos buzzing around but didn't get overwhelmed by them. FOOD: The food at the restaurants was always good not fantastic.... but I didn't have a meal I didn't like at any sitting (breakfast, lunch or dinner). The Bahama was my fav choice for breakfast. They had everything from cereal, fruit, crepes, pancakes, waffles, omelets, pastries...anything you could and it was centrally located... Soy, the sushi place, was easy to get into and SO SO GOOD. Try the sake special drink, you won't be disappointed! Bahamas has surf and turf. I asked for two lobsters and was easily granted. This was my second favorite meal. Ironically the BEST meal we had was the cheeseburger and steak at the Drunken Duck. Seriously! Be sure to tell Elvis hello. Cafe de Paris was my favorite night cap with baileys and coffee on our walk home. In none of the restaurants did I feel underdressed. They ask for long pants but will not EVER say a word to you if you are in different attire. Men, wear shorts and it won't be a problem, I promise. SERVICE: The service at Sandals was very good. Everyone there loves their job. I didn't have anyone that was unkind or unwilling to help (I've had this at other sandals resorts). BUTLERS: We had Hilton and Quinton as butlers while we were there. They sure know how to take care of you there! Please make sure to tip your butlers daily or once at the end. They are the only ones that can receive this type of compensation. If you want a specific type of alcohol in your room, be sure to put that ahead of time and remind when you arrive. It most likely won't be there. The butlers can and will bring it to you. Also, they can reserve your cabana and stock your cooler for you daily. But you have to ask for it and remind. I definitely agree w/the earlier review that they have their own pace there...and are on island time...You will find that out the first couple of days you are there and will adapt to it..I think Americans are always in a rush so have the shock more than others but it is nice not to rush.... If you order room service or lunch/drinks from the butlers, count on an hour. It is what it is. THE ISLAND: We LOVED this island, the people, and the resort and would definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting to get away w/someone special. We requested Thelma (taxi) and rented her for the day ($50/hour) to take us on a tour of the island. We went to Chat and Chill- A MUST! We rented a boat and tooled around each island and snorkeled. Went to Santanas to eat lobster- A MUST! If I could do it again I would: -Bring the majority of my wardrobe cute bathing suit cover ups -Dont bother with long pants men -Dont bother with curling irons..I put my hair up every night for dinner
Lisa W - Excelsior Springs
This place is a slice of heaven and we plan on going twice a year as we have already been here 3 times. BUTLER SERVICE A MUST!!!!! Oceanfront Suites A MUST. The food is awesome and the quiet pool is the best. We love to just relax and enjoy the quiet and the sounds of the ocean. We think the large pool is great but prefer the quiet pool and the bar. Our room is usually right near it so its so perfect. We are anxious to try the new restaurants as the other ones were just perfect.
timdarla - Canandaigua, New York
This time we upgraded to the beachfront Villa right on the ocean, with butler service. I would never go back to the normal room nor would I ever give up butler service now. Well worth the extra dough. More personal service to get the exact booze brands you want in your room, and the right dinner reservations and extra treatment. The extra 3 restaurants now open made a big difference in our very positive experience. Gold was also great, even though a little windy. Re-booked for July 2018 now as well!
JazzScuba - Houston, Texas
If you are fortunate enough to get Sonia as your server, then you are in for a great experience. She took wonderful care of us and made the best recommendations! She truly cares about you having an enjoyable dinner or breakfast.