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"Golf and Relaxation: 1st Time at Sandals, get the butler if you can"
Husband and wife spent 7 days relaxing and golfing in perfect weather 1st Sandals experience: Awesome time, met great people, should have gotten the butler. Hotel We booked last minute so our room options were limited so we ended up with the cheapest room, Beach House Luxury Club Level Room. Honestly it was centrally located and not much more than we needed. I am pretty picky on rooms and it was quite nice. The hotel needs some minor rust and humidity damage repairs but in all is a very nice place. Food Only two options for breakfast. Buffet at Bahama Bay is ok, not really our style. The a la carte at Il Cielio is awesome, try to make it there every day if you can cut off it 10 I think. Lunch- If you miss lunch at Bahama Bay you are out of luck. It’s hard to find food in the late afternoon. There is a snack station that has a few things or you can order pizza from Dino's or sit down there and eat. Warning: it will take a while for you pizza either way, so if you want it at the pool order way before you are hungry. Sit down option gives you a 14 inch to-go is about 8 inches. Dinner- All the restaurants are amazing, even the pub has great food. Seriously never a disappointment, Not really much of a wine selection but full bar at every place. I recommend trying them all. Make all dinner reservations up front the day you arrive or you may be out of luck. Beach We had high winds and rough waves the whole week, so we only swam twice. The water is absolutely beautiful and stays quite shallow for a long way out. The beach is massive and long, but don't stray too far away from pool bar are as there are no servers on the beach unless you have a butler. (hindsight: get butler) Pool Pool chairs were pretty generally available and there are different areas of the pool to go based on action level. Pool volleyball generally starts in the midafternoon, which was so fun. The service at the pool bar was pretty slow but the bartenders were a blast. Watch out last call comes early at the pool, I think 6pm. So order two of your drink around that time or ask for a "celebration" bottle of champagne and glasses to pop poolside. Butlers would check on drinks and bring around snacks to those who had butler rooms. Golf Seriously one of the best ocean golf course views in the world. Golfed 4 rounds it was so fun. Course is definitely challenging, bring lots of golf balls or don't leave the clubhouse without a few sleeves. We brought our clubs and just called down for tee times the day before. Even if you aren't a golfer you can get a cart and take a look a the course, bring your camera it's best views on the island. Activities We went on the Exuma Cays Ocean Safari set up by the hotel. We went on a boat ride stopped and a few beaches, swam with the pigs, snorkeled and fed iguanas. I didn't have high hopes for a hotel led excursion but it was a blast. Light and regular beer and water were served on the boat. We found some friends from the pool to go with and ended up befriending the whole boat of people. We booked two days beforehand on the 10am ride.
"Everything you need for a perfect vacation"
My husband and I stayed at this resort about 2 years ago. We booked this resort after spending some time at the Sandals Royal Bahamian. We loved it here. The beach is beautiful the grounds are beautiful and it was so quiet and romantic. We loved that fact that the golf course is right there, no getting on a shuttle to drive to the course. In the morning we relaxed by the beautiful beach or pool and then in the afternoon we would go out and golf. It really was the perfect balance. We recently stayed at the Sandals Ochi in Jamaica and before leaving we booked the Sandals Emerald Bay again. We will be going back April 2017. If you are looking to really relax and be pampered and enjoy the beautiful ocean and grounds this is the place for you. This is not a high energy party resort like some of the other resorts. As I mentioned we recently stayed at Ochi Jamaica and that's the place to go if you want to party.
Amazing honeymoon spot!! The butler service wasn't really needed, we felt bad we even got it, Alvin was the man though! Food was great! Best french onion soup ever at the french place. The gym was pretty slim pickins and they were working on our building are the only cons I have to say really. And the bug spray the spray after the rain. But it was a great vacation! The gold course is very challenging be sure to bring a box you don't care to loose, because you will loose all of them. The staff and food was great. Check out the piano bar at night, you will def not want to miss it!! Chat N Chill is a popular spot (off the island) the taxis, and boat taxis only take cash about 150$ total round trip. Chat N Chill was by far the highlight! For sure go there!! Best ribs you'll ever eat and you can pet wild sting rays!
"Beautiful Resort with stunning beach and bay"
We were notified in mid August by Sandals that our original Sandals booking at Sandals Royal Bahamian was cancelled. We were not advised the reason why but after a little detective work on the internet, we found that it was due to staff problems and also some areas of the resort required refurbishment. We were offered a holiday at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort and accepted, as we had already done some research on this resort and had heard that it was was one of Sandals finest. We were offered the Prime Minister Beachfront villa one bed roomed suite with Elite Butler service, as we had booked one of he higher category suites (a swim up Butler suite) at the Royal Bahamian. The Prime Minister One Bed roomed villa suite at Sandals Great Exhuma looked very nice on the Sandals website. Our BA flights remained unchanged from Heathrow to Nassau Bahamas. In addition we now had extra "Island hopper" flights added from Nassau to Great Exhuma. The only drawback to this appeared to be the fact that the Bahamas Air Island hopper airline only flew twice a day, once at around 6:00 in the morning and then again at 6:00 in the evening and this meant we would be waiting around for 3.5 hrs!! On 11th Sept after a long 9 hr flight from Heathrow to Nassau, we collected our luggage and rechecked it back in for the Bahamas Air flight which was due to leave Nassau at 18:00. Around 30 mins after checking in, I noticed that the Bahamas Air flight time of departure had changed from 18:00 to 20:15!! No one seemed to know why either. Eventually at 20:10 the Bahamas Air Flight landed at Nassau and within 10 mins we were all ready to take off with our luggage stowed (I have never seen such a quick turn around of a flight!!). We arrived at Great Exhuma 40 mins later and were shown to Baggage Reclaim which was nothing more than a lean to open to the elements, at the side of the tiny airport!!! Everyone saw the funny side of this. After being heralded into SUV's/taxis in the pitch dark, we were driven the short distance to the Sandals Great Exhuma resort and were greeted with cold towels and a glass of champagne which was lovely!! After giving an imprint of credit card to the reception, our Butler showed us to our accommodation and after a quick check-in process by way of ipad, we were shown menus and ordered some food in our room as it was late by this time - 21:30 and we were very tired. Our butler, Henry soon delivered our food and we had a chance to admire our accommodation, which was stunning. We had a huge hallway, huge lounge and huge bedroom, two showers, two toilets and a walk in wardrobe / room. We also had a large amount of wardrobe space in the hallway but didn't need it. We found out after a few days that the "Elite Butler" service was not Elite at all. We had three butlers working on shifts and they were very obviously working for others too. Our butlers were Henry, Roger and Ragesh. They were all very friendly and went out of their way to make our stay comfortable. My preference was Henry as he seemed the most dedicated. He went out of his way to escort us to our restaurants each evening in the first week, so that we would not get lost. As the resort is quite small (although the gold course is huge) we soon found our way around. The weather during our stay was great apart from the first day of rain. Every day after that for our 10 day stay was hot and sunny. Regarding the resort: The beach is lovely, beautiful white sand and never overcrowded. We had our butlers bring an ice box brought down to the beach which was only a few metres away as our villa was actually on the beach. The quiet pool was our favourite, and even though we would have liked to use the the Jacuzzi adjacent to the quiet pool, it never worked all the time we were there, which was a shame. The restaurants were all good. We especially liked the one called Barefoot on the beach in the evening and also The Bahama Bay which serves a buffet breakfast which we both thought was very good. I loved The Cafe De Paris which served coffees and pastries/cakes/sandwiches all day. The Sandals Select event was good and we were able to meet other guests, which was great. My husband won a Sandals golfing hat in the raffle which was great and he has not taken it off since!! The resort staff were very kind and some obviously looked after some cats on the resort as a "cat station" was placed at the back of one of the restaurants and two or three cats could always be seen around either eating food placed at the cat station or "hanging out" nearby. We had a cat visit us every day in our accommodation. She was a little female tortoiseshell and we grew quite fond of her and made sure she had a fresh bowl of water ready each day, which she seemed grateful for, as it was extremely hot for us, let alone a cat in a fur coat!!! We booked a snorkelling trip with Sandals which was very professionally run and we saw some great fish on the reef. My husband booked a fishing trip during our stay but ended up very disappointed. The taxi picking him and a group of 3 Americans arrived 30 mins late in the morning and then also cut the trip short for no apparent reason. The fishing lines were sub-standard with rusty hooks and consequently all the fish my husband managed to hook bit their way off the line. Another bug bear was that our departure times which were posted through our door via letter were completely wrong and if it was not for some friends we made at the resort who questioned the times we had been provided with (as they has been on the same BA and Air Bahamas flights out) we would have missed our flight to Nassau. Our letter said our leaving time was 17:00 but it turned out it was 15:00!! The staff also got another English couples times wrong (they were told they were on a USA flight home!!!) However all in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend this resort for the beautiful beach and location. If you like quiet uncrowded beaches and plenty of sun and good food, you will love it here.
Everything was superb... Outstanding world-class Golf, restaurants, service, management, bars, etc... Can't say enough about the value, quality and excellent experience. Wen't there April 2015 and going back March 2016.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM