Sandals Emerald Bay Great Exuma – All Inclusive
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With a stay at Sandals Emerald Bay Great Exuma – All Inclusive in Rokers Point (Emerald Bay), you’ll be minutes from Emerald Bay Beach. This 5-star resort is within the region of Hoopers Bay and Exuma Beach.
Make yourself at home in one of the 245 guestrooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Plasma televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You can get some exercise with a round of golf or enjoy a lazy day at the private beach. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a hair salon.
Food & Drink
This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 7 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a swim-up bar. A complimentary full breakfast is included.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available 24 hours).
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We had the best wedding we could've wished for at Sandals Emerald Bay! Niquet Ashman was an awesome pre-wedding planner to work with over the phone. She really helped us get everything all set up before we headed down to Emerald Bay. Once on the property at Emerald Bay, Bradnicka Rolle and Shalise Nelson took the best care of us! As a wedding team, they were incredibly on top of everything, so helpful with every single one of the final details and made sure our rehearsal dinner and wedding were perfect & went off without a hitch! Every one of our 29 guests had the best trip imaginable! We were all so impressed with the service, care, restaurants and activities! And my husband and I cant wait to return for our anniversary stay next year!
We are frequent visitors to Sandals Resorts and this without doubt was by far the best. The resort and staff were fantastic and the beach and sea were amazing. Beautiful sand and blue turquoise sea indescribable. We had no problems finding sun chairs on the beach and the litter was minimal. Weather great and the 500 acres of grounds beautiful. I did play golf twice on an amazing course although you can also jog or walk round especially pretty was the back nine out on the peninsula.
Staff amazing especially Melinda in photoshop, Kadian in club lounge as well Cooper at the security gate. All very helpful and friendly.
Restaurants great but Sushi was fantastic and manager very helpful. Will definitely return next year. Swimming with the pigs great fun although you must wear swim shoes as I did cut my feet on the coral.
General manager cery fiendly and always around, staff loved him so well done to Jeremy Mutton.
Just returned from a June trip to Emerald Bay. This was my third Sandals trip, each at a different resort, and first one outside of Jamaica. The flight in was easy, the airport is comically tiny. Customs took roughly 30 seconds to clear, and the 'baggage claim' is essentially a hole in the wall that guys toss bags through. Outside, Sandals staff usher guests into taxis/Suburbans and take you on a 20 minute or so trip to the resort. The main 'highway' that runs through Exuma is just a windy 2 lane road with minimal markers and a fairly run down, depressed set of villages to pass through.
Check in is done at the Club Sandals lounge adjacent to the main lobby (definitely recommend their fresh cookies inside), and the staff does their best to have you in your room by the guaranteed 3:00 check in time. In our particular instance, they just missed this time, and took us to our room, which was still yet to be cleaned. We had to be taken back to the lounge, given a different room, and then wait for our bags to make it over. It was a fairly frustrating start to the trip, as by the time we were able to change into our swimsuits, it was almost 4:30 already.
The room is fine, probably the most plain and least noteworthy of any Sandals rooms I've stayed in, but this doesn't mean it wasn't nice. The bathroom was large, included double sinks, soaker tub, and large shower. The shower head was positioned in the worst spot possible though, so instead of using the full space, you basically needed to just jam into a corner, which was a bit odd. We had a 2nd floor room with a balcony. There were large shutter doors that covered the sliding glass door, and they were loud, rickety, and just fairly awkward to open. A curtain would've been substantially better. For someone who wakes up before my wife, it made going out onto the balcony with a book and coffee while she slept in impossible to do.
The resort and the property are just absolutely stunning. This was not only the nicest Sandals property I've been to, but also the nicest place I've ever been. As you'd expect out of Sandals, the grounds are immaculately well maintained, grass is perfect, flowers are gorgeous, and the beach is pristine. Yes, there are some spots with little seaweed washing ashore, but it's the ocean, so come on.
The beach though- wow! Sandals regulars know that the marketing department airbrushes their stock resort images as needed, but this beach doesn't need that. It really is just that gorgeous. The water is calm, warm, and the beach is just soft white sand. The depth stays fairly manageable, and in fact, during the afternoons when the tide is out, you can swim about 100 yards offshore to get to a sandbar that is about waist high in the water. Emerald Bay is about a 1-1.5 mile stretch shaped like a crescent moon that makes for a wonderful walk. The beach is only partially shared with one other resort (a small resort and only touches the edge of the bay), so for the most part, the beach is all for Sandals guests. There's also probably about 50 yards of beach before getting to the water, so there is plenty of room to lay out, and plenty of chairs and thatched umbrellas around. As usual, water sports are available. My wife and I had a lifeguard take us out on one of the small sailboats since we can't sail, and that was beautiful.
One last note about the property- the rooms are shaped in a crescent as well, all angled towards the water, so it doesn't take long to get your bearings there. The pool and the main building are centrally located, and most of the restaurants and other activities are nearby as well.
The restaurants are great as well! If you've been to a Sandals before, they have a lot of the usual hitters. For those unfamiliar, they have French, Italian, Sushi, Hibachi, Indian, Seafood, Jerk, an English Pub, and a place that also does buffet. I was able to eat at almost all of them, and wasn't disappointed by any meal I had.
I didn't play golf while there, but I did run the jogging path a couple of mornings. I'm also a golfer, so it meant I was still studying the course regardless. What I can say having essentially jogged the back 9 is that the conditions were beautiful, the views are spectacular, and the course looks fun. There are a lot of tees that require carry, the landing areas looked fairly generous, and there were some challenging approach shots too. The roughs were low and light, looked more like a 2nd cut than a heavy rough I'm accustomed to in the Northeast. Didn't get onto the greens, so can't speak to them. Definitely a place I'd expect to lose a sleeve of balls at. Heard the pro shop was lacking in content as well, for what it's worth.
My wife and I are primarily pool people, so we spent most of the days at the main pool. We didn't really notice the issues people commented on regarding chairs. Yes, a lot of them get scooped in the morning, but to combat this, I just grabbed towels and claimed them before breakfast as well, and never had an issue with it. The water chillier than I expected (and cooler than the ocean water), so you couldn't spend all day in the water without getting pruny. The sun is also deceptively strong, so you will burn when you don't expect it! A lot of people (myself included) were sporting some pretty intense/embarrassing sunburns. There were some activities at the pool during the afternoon, but nothing to the extent of what I've seen elsewhere. No reason you couldn't have a nice relaxing time at the main pool. But if you are a stiff, there's still a quiet pool for you to retreat to. I didn't go by the quiet pool, but heard they don't even have a blender at the pool bar there to keep the noise down. So my guess is that it's pretty quiet.
The nightlife also ranged a bit as well. A lot has calmed down by about 10:00, which is typical for a place with a lot of honeymooners, and day drinking in the sun has a tendency to do that anyway. They did do a white party with a lot of chocolate desserts, they did a Bahamian themed night with a band, and a few other activities, but they were sparse and peter out eventually. Most people who want to stay up and party follow a Dinner, Sandals Entertainment, Piano Bar, Drunken Duck format, meaning there will be stuff to do in that order, and that's where people tend to go.
We did do the swimming with the pigs, and definitely recommend it! There was really a lot more to it than expected. It's a 4 hour excursion and you really only spend about 30-45 minutes with the pigs itself. The rest of the time is spent either riding in the boat, going to a gorgeous sandbar, snorkling at a nice reef, stopping by Iguana Island (yes, it's the iguana equivilent of swimming with the pigs) and seeing some celebrity private islands. Speaking of the pigs- there are some big piggies out there. The tour guides were fun, friendly, and knowledgeable, so make sure to bring some cash to tip them with. The boat is stocked with water, sodas, and beer, so no meal included in this excursion. I was expecting to see some little piggies I could go up and hug, but nope, I'm talking 400 pound hogs that realllllly want some hot dogs and carrots. FYI, there are (friendly) sting rays right there in the water, and the pigs poop in it.
Check out was similar to check in, they resort does bring you back earlier than you need to be there. If you'd like, you can sign a waiver and the resort will take you there an hour later, but it's mostly a CYA thing on their part. The only benefit to getting to the airport early is getting a seat. The waiting area reminds me of the DMV and it does fill up. There's a small shop to grab a cheap souvenir, water, or candy bar, but that's it. Like that's it.
A few other random notes about the resort:
- The seagulls: They are aggressive. If you have food out at the pool or your balcony, the second you take your eyes off it, they will swoop in. It's not an issue so long as you clean up after yourself, but not everyone does that.
- There were a lot of flies at Barefoot by the Sea. We did dinner there one night, and they were a pain until the sun went down around 8:00. If you plan to eat there, go there after dark.
- The breeze there is strong and constant. It makes it feel cooler than it really is, also means you might want to bring some chair clips for your pool towels.
- The weather was beautiful. It rained during our landing, and was gone by the time we got to a taxi. Didn't rain the rest of the trip. A lot of dark clouds come in and look ominous, but then they just sorta fizzle out. Beautiful weather throughout!
- The staff- Much less friendly than I'm accustomed to at Sandals. At the pool bar, the service ranged from meh to WTF. The grounds crew driving golf carts around basically expected you to move out of their way, and don't expect a friendly smile or hello from most of the staff there unless they need to address you directly. They weren't bad, just not the 'of course mon, right away mon!' attitude you get from any of the Jamaican Sandals properties. As an aside, the Security guard who was working the main gate was perhaps my favorite. Every morning that I ran the jogging path (which starts right next to the main security gate) he was there to chat and smile. When I'd finish, he'd give me a big high five.
- Attention to detail and follow up was weak. Aside from the issue with arriving to a dirty room at check in, our safe didn't work and it took me 7 times to ask to get it fixed. Out TV remote didn't work, meaning no TV the first night, and our room wasn't cleaned one day for some reason. These were all fairly minor by themselves, but when put together, factoring in that this happened all early in the trip, it made the beginning of the experience fairly frustrating.
- We didn't do a butler here, and don't think it would be needed. Our only butler experience was at Sandals Ochi, and it was definitely needed there. Here, they just appeared to lay out towels, bring you a cooler of drinks at the pool/beach, make your reservations, and just check in. If you feel you need it, then great, but definitely not needed at this resort. As a non-Butler guest, also didn't experience any difference in treatment.
Overall, I'd come back to Sandals Emerald Bay in the future. I booked my next trip while there, but figured I'd opt back to a familiar face (Sandals Montego Bay). I'd really give it about a 3.5 star if possible, but there's so much potential and beauty at this resort that the negatives don't make it a negative experience unless you're willing to allow them to.
We traveled and stayed for 7 nights in one of the Prime Minister butler suites near the beach. Our room was wonderful. Our view out of our window was glorious. The restaurants and staff were superb.
We have been on "busy" vacations before with a lot of excursions, but booked this trip to just be pampered and lay by the beach or by the pool.
We did not do anything outside of the resort. We just wanted a place to unwind without schedules.
Our butlers were quite good. I think they were upset we were not more demanding of them. They went above and beyond, setting up breakfast in the suite on one day, always had towels on the beach ready. Would check on us for drink orders and food.
-- beautiful property and beach, minimal seaweed (only some minor trash, i.e. Plastic straws etc)
-- quiet pool!!!!
-- different food options were varied and adequate. Loved the Indian restaurant.
-- spa was good, did facial and massage
-- no power drinkers, (these seem to plague Mexico and Jamaica) at least not while we were there
-- probably not a place for excessive night life, they had events and bands play, but nothing on par with other all inclusive resorts that have more competition (this was fine with us though.)
-- no shopping available but that is also part of the resorts charm
If you are debating between the 2, let me help you - go to Exuma. It’s further and no direct flight, but man it is way better. How? The location is far more lush and tropical, more spread out with amenities all over - even at 95% capacity, we felt like we were the only ones there. If you want a smaller city/party feel, go to Nassau. We were celebrating our 10 year and I’m pregnant with kid #4...we wanted quiet. We accidentally flew into Nassau even though we were booked at Exuma - they accommodated is for a night, and I’m so thankful we got to try out both locations. Exuma is great if you want to stay on the resort and do excursions - not party all night and go off the resort...in that case, Nassau might be right for you.
The staff is beyond friendly and helpful, I read some negative reviews before I came and was fearful of a bad trip, but no - they are wonderful! I maybe came across 1 staff so far that did not go above and beyond, but it’s rare here. People have bad days sometimes, you can’t be on 100% all day every day...they’re human too. If you are friendly, they are overly friendly and helpful back.
*The staff always cleaned 2x a day - one cleaning, one turn down service.
*They came by every other day to restock the mini fridge, but you can call down any time to get what you want. Full bottles of wine.
*We found them quick within reason with room service - never waited excessively, and it was always warm.
*My husband said drinks were fabulous. They add a shot on top and bottom, he had to say just 1 shot!
*There’s a louder pool by the sports hut, it’s a regular party hang out pool, then a quiet pool a little further down - nice and quiet, no music - just birds and ocean sounds.
*The staff is so great, I mean wonderful!
*The Gym is perfect with exercise machines, cardio machines, a separate room with free weights. There are TVs on the machines for headphones - it’s quite nice.
*Water sports hut employees are fun and friendly, easy to get set up with any water activity.
I did not go to the spa yet, and we are doing the pig swimming tomorrow - I will update then.