There is something in the expression “Out Islands.” It conjures up scenes of seclusion, serenity, and a pace of life that’s refreshingly languid. No wonder Sandals Emerald Bay is such a welcoming haven of relaxation.
The Exuma Cays (the locals pronounce it “keys”) are 365 islands that stretch in a long, lazy chain into the ocean southeast of Nassau. Known for their unpretentious barefoot charm, the islands are now also home to one of the most sophisticated resorts in the Caribbean: Sandals Emerald Bay.
Set on 500 sun-soaked acres along a mile-long sugary sand beach, this stunning resort is as active or relaxed as your clients are. The resort includes 11 exceptional restaurants, a wide array of accommodation exuding Bahamian charm, and a host of activities – both before and after sunset – planned with that famous Sandals thoughtfulness.
This is such a #NoFilter destination if ever there was one.
The waters are truly stunning. “This is such a #NoFilter destination if ever there was one. I often describe the waters around the Exuma Cays as a mix of ‘you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it’ blue hues,” says Maureen Barnes-Smith, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Canada for Sandals and Beaches.
Although the ocean is never too far away resort guests are always drawn to the Caribbean’s largest zero-entry pool, complete with a central fire-pit and swim-up bar.
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Activities – always included in the price of your clients’ vacation at Sandals – include snorkelling tours, PADI®-Certified scuba diving (including equipment), use of Hobie® Cats, paddle boards, and kayaks with professional instruction in all water sports. Ashore, there’s day and night tennis (including introductory lessons), fitness classes for any level of fitness, volleyball, bocce ball, croquet, and use of 4 kms of seaside jogging trails. There’s even pickleball – another example of how Sandals Resorts stays ahead of the curve, exceeding client expectations. (Several agents have already even had great success with pickleball groups!)
And where golf is sure to please:
Clients who are golfers in the know love the semi-tropical vibe of the Bahamas, where the climate is “just right.” No wonder Sandals Emerald Bay’s golf course is one of the resort’s major draws. The 18-hole, 7,001 yard, par-72 course features a mix of seaside dunes and mangrove preserves, while six holes on a peninsula offer some of the most breathtaking views in the Caribbean. Golfers, novice and experienced alike, may find the biggest challenge is to keep their eye on the ball! But don’t take our word for it: the prestigious Travel + Leisure Magazine calls Sandals Emerald Bay “one of the best golf getaways in the Caribbean.” You can see more for yourself right here.
Designed by the legendary Greg Norman, the course is home to the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, a PGA TOUR-sanctioned Korn Ferry Tour Event. “Simply put, the golf course at Sandals Emerald Bay is a golfer’s paradise in paradise,” says Barnes-Smith.
And because it’s Sandals, green fees are, of course included.
Come sunset, the team at Sandals are sure to amuse and entertain your clients with weekly themes and events including a Junkanoo Beach Party, Late Night Chocolate Event, Reggae Jam Party and more. Live music includes jazz and piano performances (and dance lessons are included for those who want to show off back home!)
If relaxation is your clients’ number one goal, remind them that Sandals Emerald Bay is home to one of its famous and popular Red Lane® Spas. At 16,000 square feet and featuring 17 treatment rooms, a visit to the spa may be the highlight of your clients’ vacation!
The quiet pool is a truly tranquil retreat itself: “The team at Sandals Emerald Bay takes their ‘quiet pool’ so seriously that the pool bar doesn’t even have a blender! To me, this little act speaks volumes of just how serene a Sandals Emerald Bay vacation is,” says Barnes-Smith.
If a stunning setting isn’t all that draws clients to Sandals Emerald Bay: is there anyone else who can offer the array of fabulous accommodation? There are 21 choices, starting with the unparalleled elegance of the 2-storey, 1-bedroom Beachfront Butler Villa Suite, complete with great room for entertaining and table seating for up to 8. And of course it includes the services of your client’s personal butler.
Other accommodation styles include one-bedroom suites and junior suites, with and without the clients’ choice of butler service.
Even the most modest accommodation, the Beach House Oceanview Grand Luxe Walkout Club Level Room is generously proportioned, lavishly furnished with full bathroom and private patio with views of the lush gardens.
And what would the experience of a Sandals getaway be without a delightful choice of restaurant options? Here at Sandals Emerald Bay there are 11.
Clients can take lunch or dine to the sound of the ocean waves at Barefoot by the Sea, set directly on the soft white sands. Seafood a specialty, bare feet welcome! Or they can go upscale at La Parisienne featuring modern French cuisine; enjoy a taste of the far east at Kimonos where chefs cook at the table; or sample India’s spicy dishes at the Bombay Club. Pub grub, Italian, sushi and even an authentic hot dog stand are always popular options. And what’s a trip to the Caribbean without sampling some of that legendary Jerk Chicken – available at The Jerk Shack every lunchtime and afternoon.
If you have clients looking to combine elegance with fun, seclusion with “social” distancing, Sandals style, Sandals Emerald Bay is sure to be the answer to their long-cherished dreams!