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
My husband and I stayed at Sandalas for our honeymoon and had the time of our lives. We spent the first 3 days literally lounging by the pool/bar which was fine but us! We ventured off the resort for a few days, and here are some of our suggestions for your stay at Sandals Emerald Bay... 1. The food was great!! The French restaurant was by far our favorite, and we recommend getting more than just 2 entrees (the portions were small and we wanted to try everything!) 2. Bahama Bay was good for quick eats, but was not my favorite. The food was just okay... 3. Dino's pizza was the best! But took a little while to get served. 4. I LOVED Barefoot Restaurant, it was quaint and the atmosphere was perfect! 5. Make sure you get up super early if you want to snag a cabana by the pool (before 6 am if you don't have a butler) - you also have to get a good seat at the pool early too. 7. If you're planning on golfing, request to play the back 9 - or just walk the back 9. It's beautiful. 8. DON'T USE THE SANDALS PIG TOUR!!! We used Robert's Island Adventures and it was the best part of our trip!! It's a full day, same price as Sandals and you see WAY more awesome things (Thunderball Grotter, sand bars, iguanas, Staniel Cay, nurse sharks and more!) 9. We took a trip to Chat n' Chill on Stocking Island and it was just okay - not sure it was work the $100 taxi ride. We heard great things about Tropic of Cancer Beach and wish we did that instead. Our only complaint about the vacation is that some of the staff could be a little rude (I noticed it was mainly the women who weren't as pleasant). And be prepared to be on SUPER island time, but other than that our trip was unforgettable!
As you can see from all the other reviews, the food and service here are outstanding! We stayed here recently and I thought I would share a few tips about the grounds and restaurant. - on Sunday night, the Drunken Duck serves up prime rib as their special - while the Bahama Bay is a buffet for breakfast and lunch, the restaurant serves meals a la cartel in the evening, including surf and turf - to avoid the bothersome flies from the Jerk Shack, you can take your meal into the Bahama Bay and enjoy your serving in a cooler and fly free environment - Barefoot by the Sea takes over Bahama Bay for Saturday night a la carte, once again, great food in a wind and fly free setting - Le Ciello serves great breakfasts including steak and eggs and eggs Benedict. Takes a while to be served but it's a soothing and comfortable place to start your day. - if you are renting clubs and and a cart for golf, play 18 holes to make it a more cost effective outing. Bring extra balls from home! - being close to the main pool means you are also close to a lot of the amenities but it can be loud during the afternoon. You can go to the Quiet Pool just past the Wedding Gazebo for a more relaxing afternoon. They don't use blenders for the drinks to make sure you are not disturbed! - there are also some quiet pools behind the Spa near the gym. Pools vary from hot whirlpool to cold plunge pools. No bar service. - for snacks when you are poolside, there is popcorn machine and a hot tray with slices of prepared pizza between Bahama Bay and the pizza patio. You can step inside to the right and get a pizza box to transport your pizza slices. - the amount of time allowed for checking in and going through security at the airport may seem excessive but it is very slow and crowded at the airport. You can get hot dogs and snacks in the waiting area. Enjoy your stay, we did!
Bill R - Ottawa, Canada
My husband and I had a fantastic vacation here. The staff is amazing and goes the extra mile to make sure your stay is enjoyable. So polite and friendly. The food is very good. There are 11 restaurants on site and they were all good, but in particular the French restaurant and fish tacos at Barefoot by the Beach stand out. There is a pastry shop with fresh cookies daily and gelato. Yum! We will be back for sure.
KakiMartin - Columbus, Georgia
We stayed at Sandals Emerald Bay (SEB) July 7-15, 2017, celebrating hubby's 60th birthday. We have been to Sandals Halcyon (twice), Sandals Ocho Rios (renamed Ochi now), Sandals Royal Bahamian, and Sandals Antigua, as well as lots of other all-inclusive resorts. We are low key, appreciate luxury and gorgeous beaches. Sandals Emerald Bay came through! Pluses: + Although all beaches in the Bahamas are public, SEB takes up so much of a stunning cove, it is effectively private. The water is a spectacular color and the sand is powder soft. Although yellow flags were often out by the watersports center, the surf was calm and easy to enter. + We were in Beach House 7, the best view on the row. We opted for the 'club' level but did not go for a butler. The room was huge, pretty, quiet, and very comfortable. We had a minor problem with the room--the electrical went out twice on one side of the bathroom. We called it in and it was fixed promptly. + We could always find a shaded pair of loungers on the beach or by the pools. + We enjoyed most of the a la carte restaurants, especially Bombay and La Parisienne. I am surprised more people don't write about Bombay in their reviews. This was truly exceptional Indian food--try the Fish Butter Masala (fantastic!) and the so tender lamb chop appetizer and the mango lassi cocktail. So good, we went multiple times in the course of 9 days. + The Drunken Duck pub offered classic pub food and excellent service. This was the only place that did something for my husband's birthday (I was telling everyone it was his birthday and beyond saying 'happy birthday!', this was the only 'extra' we experienced.) The woman who welcomed us the night of July 10th arranged to have several people come and sing and present him with a couple of iced cupcakes. This meant a lot to us. I know nearly everyone at the resort is celebrating something but why ask if there is a reason for the trip if you are not going to do something to mark the occasion? Kudos to this woman for going the extra mile. I apologize for not noting her name. + The returning guests dinner was marvelous! It is often the best meal we have on these visits. I feel for the managers who have to socialize with boorish guests when I'm sure they'd rather be relaxing at home. + Cordelia at the spa gave me a wonderful massage. I was concerned as I had a neck problem but she was very careful and it helped immensely. + Alessia at the Club Lounge acted quickly to extend our stay when we explained that American Airlines had delayed us a day and we had purchased the trip insurance when we booked. She arranged to keep us in the same room (perfect!) at no charge and got American on the phone, who rebooked our return flight from the 14th to the 15th at no charge (only right, but rare in this day of indifferent air travel). + The Swimming With the Pigs tour, which does include a variety of charming pigs, is a 4 hour spin through the cays going to a variety of beaches and speeding along all shades of spectacular water. Do it! We also went to the Chat and Chill on Stocking Island which was a great way to spend a few hours. Some possible improvements: - The chairs around the pool were not so comfortable. The cushions could use an upgrade. - The playmakers were MIA most of the time. We are quiet people and don't need much entertainment but would have preferred a few more activities. - The buffet was surprisingly weak for breakfast. It seems like an easy fix to ensure the scrambled eggs aren't watery and the bacon is actually crisp. After a couple tries, we tended to head over to the a la carte breakfast in the Italian restaurant which was a slower process but much tastier. - My husband is not a fan of 'surprise' ingredients in his food. One came with his sushi and he commented that it had not been listed on the menu to the waitress who insisted, yes it was. We checked the menu on the way out and it wasn't there. Overall, this is a very lush, beautiful resort with excellent service. It is a very low-key experience but if you make your own fun (golfing, tennis, water sports, whatever ;) ), you'll be fine.
Greetings and I hope you find value in this review. My wife and I are extremely well traveled throughout the entire Caribbean and this was our first stay at a Sandals ever. The consensus is that we have of Sandals is that it is overpriced by half for what you get. Service, amenities and grounds can all be easily obtained for same quality at other resorts for 1/3 to 1/2 of the price. Our thoughts, it's not worth the money to stay at Sandals. My Wife and I decided to have our honeymoon at Sandals Emerald Bay. We had a club level room and a honeymoon walkout suite with an ocean view. I mention all of this so you can get an idea of the price that we paid. The room was very nice, it was stocked wth drinks as we would expect. It was pleasant and exactly what we expected. It was just nice though. The food at the restaurants was the best thing at Sandals. It was better quality than most resorts that we have been too and felt safe eating it. Service at Sandals. This is something of an opportunity. As a club member you are suppose to have a concierge service to do things for you. They didn't. We tried ordering sandwiches to take with us, 5 different times, because we were leaving the resort. No matter how we ordered them, who we ordered them through, we never received them. Not once. We did loop this 3 times and never got a solid response. The pool bar... This is another place service was severely lacking. It was average 15 minutes to get a drink. You just kinda stand there while they continue washing dishes or the bartenders are drinking. I know at least one day while we were there a bar tender was drunk. Staff overall; the staff at emerald bay was just okay. They were pleasant enough but it really felt like they all hated their job or just were unhappy. I never had anyone who was outright rude though. The grounds. The person who maintains the grounds does a good job. It was well maintained. It was frustrating though that at night they would only lite one to two fire pits when they have six of them. Then you get multiple couples sitting around them all. For the money that is being spent there I really expected all of the fire pits to be lit. Maintenance. This is another place that really lacks. They have light fixtures that are on their side as you walk to the beach, showers outside that don't work and exposed wires in a few places. Really wonder what's going on with that. Towels. This is something we looped because towels are an item that are scarce at emerald bay. They only stock the left side of the pool at emerald bay. Super annoying. Plus they always seem to be running out of them. The private pool never seemed to get stocked until after 10 am. Towels were really annoying. Beaches and water activities. These were amazing. Beach is so pretty and gotta love the powdery white sand. We went scuba diving and that was a ton of fun. It is free so that is something you don't find other places. Overall, Sandals is a nice resort. But it's just nice. We have been to plenty of nice resorts and paid quite a bit less. For the money we spent at Sandals we could have gone on 4 different trips and gotten the same exact level of service. I can't say we would ever go back because it's way overpriced for what they offer.