Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort

Exuma, Bahamas

The hotel

Set on a mile-long white sand beach, Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort, Great Exuma, Bahamas is a resort of unparalleled beauty and luxury. Featuring 249 sumptuous rooms and suites — all with oceanfront views and all with Club Level or Personal Butler Service — the resort is the jewel in the Sandals crown. Savour gourmet dining in the twelve speciality restaurants or sip premium-brand drinks in the six bars. Play a round of golf at the 18-hole championship golf course, designed by golf master Greg Norman, set on a rocky peninsula with great views of the ocean. For absolute relaxation unwind with an invigorating treatment at the Red Lane® Spa. Sandals Emerald Bay is an ideal choice for those seeking a relaxing holiday in a quiet setting, whilst enjoying all the luxuries of a first-class resort.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Hot tub
  • Honeymoon
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access

Where is it

On Emerald Bay, Great Exuma in the Bahamas, an exclusive and undiscovered destination of tropical beauty. Transfer time from airport: 15 minutes.

Hotel information

249 rooms and suites, all located either directly on the beach or just a stones throw away. All rooms are oversized and feature stone floors with rugs, dark stained handcrafted furnishings, white painted millwork and British Colonial inspired castings and trims, furnished balcony or patio, satellite TV, telephone, complimentary WiFi access, iPod docking station, espresso coffee maker, fully stocked in-suite bar including sparkling wine, spirits, juices, sodas and water, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, iron and board, room service between 7:00am–10:00pm, bathrooms with double marble vanity, lighted make-up mirror, glass-enclosed shower and separate soaking tub. Beach House Luxury Club Level Rooms have views of the pool and gardens, and feature large floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with plantation shutters, and bathroom with walk-in shower and soaking tub. These rooms include Club Sandals service.

All Inclusive of: Sandals resorts are Luxury Included®; from luxury accommodation, fine dining, unlimited premium-brand drinks and tips, to a huge range of sports facilities and entertainment — its all included!



Beach House Rooms:

Beach House Grande Luxe Walkout Club Level Rooms are on the ground floor with large floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, leading from your private furnished patio to the tropical gardens, and the bathroom boasts a walk-in shower and soaking tub. These rooms include Club Sandals service.

Beach House Oceanview Grande Luxe Club Level Rooms have ocean views, and feature large floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors out to the private balcony, and the bathroom has a walk-in shower and soaking tub. These rooms include Club Sandals service.

Beach House Honeymoon Oceanview Grande Luxe Club Level Rooms boast ocean views, and feature large floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors out to the private balcony, and the bathroom has a walk-in shower and soaking tub. These rooms include Club Sandals service.

Beach House Oceanview Grande Luxe Walkout Club Level Rooms are located on the ground level, with direct access to the gardens and a short stroll to the beach from the private patio. These rooms include Club Sandals service.

Beach House Junior Suites:

Beach House Club Level Junior Suites feature sliding patio doors leading out to your own privately furnished balcony, with views of the resort's gardens. These rooms include Club Sandals service.

Beach House Oceanview Club Level Junior Suites have views over the Caribbean Sea, and each oversized suite boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with plantation shutters, bathroom with walk-in shower and soaking tub, and a private furnished balcony. These rooms include Club Sandals service.

Beach House Honeymoon Oceanview Club Level Junior Suites feature ocean views, and have bathroom with walk-in shower and soaking tub, and sliding glass doors leading out to the furnished balcony. These rooms include Club Sandals service.

Beach House Oceanview Walkout Club Level Junior Suites are located on the ground level, and have direct access to the resort's gardens, with the beach a short stroll away. The bathroom boasts a walk-in shower and soaking tub, and the sliding glass doors lead out to a private furnished patio. These rooms include Club Sandals service.

Beach House One-Bedroom Suites:

Beach House One-Bedroom Butler Suites feature a spacious bedroom and sitting area, marble soaking tub and walk-in shower in the bathroom, and a private furnished balcony with views of the tropical gardens and partial ocean views. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Beach House Oceanview One-Bedroom Butler Suites are as above, but include breathtaking ocean views. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Beach House Honeymoon Oceanview One-Bedroom Butler Suites feature an entrance hall, spacious bedroom and sitting area, and bathroom complete with walk-in shower and marble soaking tub. The private balcony or patio boast views of the Caribbean Sea. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Beach House Oceanview One-Bedroom Walkout Butler Suites are located on the ground floor giving access to the resort's tropical gardens, which lead to the white sandy beach. These rooms feature bathroom with marble bath tub and walk-in shower, and French sliding glass doors leading out to the furnished patio. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Beachfront Villas:

Beachfront Butler Junior Villa Suites have floor-to-ceiling windows, a furnished balcony offering magnificent views of the sea, and bathroom with walk-in shower and soaking tub. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Beachfront Walkout Butler Junior Villa Suites are located on the ground floor, with private furnished patio leading directly out to the beach. The suite features beathroom with a walk-in shower and soaking tub. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Beachfront Honeymoon Butler Villa Suites feature bathroom with walk-in shower and soaking tub, and a furnished balcony with views of the beach and sea. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Beachfront Honeymoon Walkout Butler Villa Suites boast beach and ocean views, and direct access to the white sands from the furnished, oversized patio. The bathroom comes complete with walk-in shower and soaking tubio. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Beachfront Oversized Butler Villa Suites are large suites and feature marble bathroom with walk-in shower and soaking tub, and furnished terrace that opens out to undisturbed views of the beach and ocean. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Beachfront Oversized Walkout Butler Villa Suites are the same as above, but are located on the ground level and open out to a furnished terrace leading to the beach. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Prime Minister Honeymoon One-Bedroom Beachfront Walkout Butler Villa Suites are large suites featurings an over-sized bedroom, and a large living area leading out to the pricate patio and direct beach access. The bathroom boasts double vanity sinks, a glass enclosed shower and a marble soaking tub. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Royal Estate Beachfront Two-Storey One-Bedroom Butler Villa Suites with Pool sanctuaries spread across two levels. On the first is the living area complete with a smart TV, dining table for up to 8 people, and a half bathroom. A wall of French doors open out to the private pool and patio courtyard, complete with ocean views and dining furniture. On the second is the master suite, walk-in closet and balcony overlooking the ocean. The bathroom comprises a marble soaking tub and walk-in shower. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Club Sandals Service:

  • Dedicated Club Sandals Lounge accessible 24-hours with Club Sandals concierge available 8:00am-10:00pm daily to assist with excursions, restaurant reservations, spa bookings and anything else you may need
  • Preferred Club Sandals Lounge check-in with chilled towel and Champagne upon arrival
  • Weekly hosted activities such a cocktail parties, martini evenings, wine tasting, snorkelling and exclusive Island Routes tours
  • In-room stocked mini-bar with a selection of spirits, beer and wine as well as soft drinks, juices and water
  • Room service available from 7:00am-10:00pm daily

Sandals Butler Service:

Providing you with uncompromising attention of a personal butler trained to the highest standards by the elite Guild of Professional English Butlers. Beginning with lemongrass-scented hand towels and welcome cocktails and culinary treats upon arrival, a private resort orientation and a luggage unpacking service you will then be supplied with a personal mobile phone to reach your Butler when needed. Your wish is their command! In addition, butler guests will also have access to all the Club Sandals amenities and weekly activities.

  • Complimentary honeymoon package: receive a bottle of chilled sparkling wine, a turndown service with flower petals on your bed on your first night, and fresh flowers and breakfast in bed one morning of your choice.

    To qualify for the Luxury Included® complimentary honeymoon package, all you have to do is check in online at https://www.sandals.co.uk/honeymoons/free/after booking your honeymoon. Offer valid for travel within 30-days of your wedding date. Terms and conditions apply. 

  • Free anniversary night:receive a free night in celebration of your anniversary when staying a minimum of 7 nights in a Club or Butler level category for travel between now–26 Dec ‘19.

    To qualify for the free anniversary night, all you have to do is provide proof of marriage licence online at https://www.sandals.co.uk/anniversaries/free/ within 14 days of booking. Bookings will then be adjusted to reflect the free night. Offer valid for travel within 30-days of your wedding anniversary date. Not applicable at Sandals Inn or any Over-the-Water Suites. Terms and conditions apply. 

  • Free Wedding: minimum stay 3 nights. Government and documentation fees at extra cost. Conditions apply. 

5-Star Global Gourmet™ at Sandals Resorts brings new sights, sounds and tastes to all guests at each meal — of course, all included! 12 dining options: Soy (Sushi, open for dinner), Barefoot by the Sea (fresh seafood; open for lunch and dinner), Bahama Bay (Bahamian and Caribbean; open for buffet breakfast and lunch and à la carte dinner), The Drunken Duck (authentic British Pub; open for dinner only), Il Cielo (genuine Italian dishes serving an à la carte menu for breakfast and dinner), Bombay Club (Indian Restaurant; open for buffet breakfast and Indian cuisine for dinner), Kimonos (entertaining Teppanyaki, dinner only, reservations required), La Parisienne (French cuisine), Dino’s Pizzeria (wood-fired oven pizza), The Jerk Shack (traditional and contemporary jerk style cuisine) and Café de Paris (French patisserie). 6 bars including a swim-up pool bar. The Emerald Hot Dog Station is open for a lunch time treat and Afternoon tea is also served daily at Il Cielo. Themed buffets hosted on select nights.

The resort offers a variety of entertainment options including dance lessons, introductory golf and tennis lessons, live music and piano performances in the evening. Movie nights.

3 pools, one with central fire-pit seating area and whirlpool. 6 Har-Tru tennis courts and Championship 18-hole golf course* designed by Greg Norman. Fitness centre, table tennis, volleyball, horseshoes, bocce ball, billiards, croquet and outdoor chess. Scuba diving* (Free for certified divers, fee applies to others), snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaks and Hobie Cats. Red Lane® Spa (treatments*). 2.6-mile jogging track.

Complimentary WiFi access in all room categories and public areas. Library. SnapShots photo shop*, gift shop. laundry/dry cleaning service*.

Minimum stay 2 nights.

*Denotes local charge.

Two people in love over 18 years only.

Dress code: evening dress code for gentlemen states that smart trousers or jeans, long or short sleeve dress shirts (with or without collar) and dress shoes or sandals must be worn. Shorts, t-shirts, trainers, flip-flops, hats and caps are not permitted in the evening. 

Please note: please ensure you have adequate insurance to take part in adventurous activities.

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Apr 22, 2019 Hilary G

Just got back from a 9-day visit to this beautiful island resort. We had a wonderful experience. Special shout out to Vaughn and Arielle for their first-rate butler service. Also to Simone and her hot stones and to Mr. Cooper at the entrance by the jogging trail who greeted us everyday with a beautiful smile. We liked the Italian restaurant the… Read more
Just got back from a 9-day visit to this beautiful island resort. We had a wonderful experience. Special shout out to Vaughn and Arielle for their first-rate butler service. Also to Simone and her hot stones and to Mr. Cooper at the entrance by the jogging trail who greeted us everyday with a beautiful smile. We liked the Italian restaurant the best and swimming with the pigs is totally worth it! Yeah the wi-fi is not reliable, but it's a great place to be unplugged! The beach is especially beautiful. Read less
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Apr 21, 2019 lynbudhu Markham, Canada

Wifi very poor connection All over facilitiy Pub have no current NBA playoff games and smell mouldy Grounds well kept Beach was very nice Staff friendly Food not as expected ...overcook fish in French restaurant Under pasta in Italian restaurant Bombay was very good Dated in room furniture Not enough entertainment for visitors Overall I… Read more
Wifi very poor connection All over facilitiy Pub have no current NBA playoff games and smell mouldy Grounds well kept Beach was very nice Staff friendly Food not as expected ...overcook fish in French restaurant Under pasta in Italian restaurant Bombay was very good Dated in room furniture Not enough entertainment for visitors Overall I would Rate this resort 2.5 out of 5 Not up to standards of SANDALS Name Thanks Lynette Read less
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Apr 21, 2019 Robertmaie

Sandals Emerald Bay return visit 4/13/19-4/20/19 This is our third visit to Sandals Resorts, second year in a row staying at Emerald bay. We loved it so much the last time we were here we decided to stay again. This year we were celebrating are 25th anniversary. I decided to surprise my wife by upgrading us to a beachfront Butler level, junior… Read more
Sandals Emerald Bay return visit 4/13/19-4/20/19 This is our third visit to Sandals Resorts, second year in a row staying at Emerald bay. We loved it so much the last time we were here we decided to stay again. This year we were celebrating are 25th anniversary. I decided to surprise my wife by upgrading us to a beachfront Butler level, junior suite. Sandals was happy to accommodate me by playing along with the surprise. With the help of the staff we managed to pull it off without a hitch. She was totally surprised when we entered our beachfront room and met our butler for the week. Our room.... The room that I book was a beachfront junior Butler suite PGB. However, Sandals upgraded us a beachfront honeymoon walkout Butler villa suite BWV, free of charge! This was a very pleasant surprise for me as well. This is the second time that we were upgraded by Sandals for free. Lasted year we were upgraded from a regular suite to an ocean front junior suite, free of charge! The room we had this stay was 9101 located at the north end of the resort. The room was perfectly located on the beautiful beach. With a beautiful view. We had our own patio complete with a table, chairs, lounge chairs, our own hammock, and palm trees. We really loved the easy access to the beach. The room was very clean and comfortable. We had a well stocked mini bar and refrigerator that was refilled daily with whatever we wanted. The beach... The beach is this resorts greatest amenity and is named appropriately. When the sun hits Emerald Bay the water really sparkles. The color of the water is turquoise blue and soothing. The waters temperature was warm. Most of the days the water was calm. However, there were a few days that the water was too rough for activities and the beach was red flagged. Some days the beach was extremely windy too. It’s a white sandy beach that was groomed daily by a beachcomber first thing in the morning. We never had any problem finding a spot a the beach. There was an abundance of lounge chairs and tiki huts for shade. The beach is very spacious and never appeared to be crowded. One thing that you won’t find on this beach is those annoying beach hagglers. No one try’s to sell you anything. The staff and service... When you exit your taxi from the airport (which is arranged by Sandals) you are immediately greeted by the staff with a cool towel. You are then taken to the lounge to begin the check in process while enjoying a welcome drink. After, we were escorted to lunch. Shortly after lunch our room was ready. All of the staff that we interacted with were extremely friendly, pleasant, and helpful. There was an abundance for staff on hand to assist you with whatever you needed. The level of service I would rate as excellent at just about all of the restaurants and bars. We felt very welcomed and appreciated by the staff. The food and drinks.... the food was overall very good to excellent! We ate at all of the restaurants. Out favorites were the Italian, French, and the Indian for dinner. For lunch we ate at the pizza place or barefoot by the sea. Barefoot by the sea is outside on the beach. I would advise to only eat there on a windy day. Otherwise, you will have some sand flies joining you for lunch. This is also true for most outdoor eating in general. We also used room service for lunch which was excellent. Bahama Bay was our least favorite of all of the restaurants. All of the drinks were very good as well. We never had any trouble getting a drink anywhere at anytime or felling the effects. They didn’t have everything under the sun, but the selection was wide enough to please most people. The resort.... Emerald Bay is only a ten minute ride from the airport. The resort itself is absolutely gorgeous. The landscaping and gardens are a work of art. This resort is very big and spread out. You will never have any problems finding your own space at any seating area or any of the pools or the beach. Even when the resort is at full capacity, which was the case during our stay. Some of the areas (like the tranquility garden with hot & cold plunge pools) didn’t seem to be used by anyone at all. This is a beautiful area to spend a few hours relaxing. There are several small pools surrounded by tropical gardens with plenty of soft cushioned lounge chairs to lay on (We found these to be the most comfortable ones on the resort) It is the perfect place to go to get away from everyone. We had the whole area to ourselves each time we went. I would highly recommend spending sometime here if you just want to be alone and relax. Overall there is a very relaxed easy laid back feeling to Emerald Bay. We love the vibe of this resort. We didn’t notice a lot of hard parting or out of control drunks at this resort. Most of the people were just hanging out and having a good time. People were partying.. Just not to the extreme. Well, maybe a little, late night at the Drunken Duck. There were some areas of the resort that showed signs of its age. The resort is older and could use some updating. Don’t get me wrong, this was in no way a problem for me. The resort has plenty of character., and by no means would I describe it as run down. However, if you are looking for the latest and greatest and super modern, then you need to look elsewhere. What it lacks in modernization it make up for with charm. Scuba diving.... The dive shop is located off site at the near by marina. It’s a 5 minute shuttle ride. The dive equipment and dive boat are all modern. The crew is very safely oriented, knowledgeable, and professional. Gary, the dive master took good care of us. Most of the sites were a 15-25 minute boat ride. I would not describe the sites as spectacular. However, they are good and typical of what you would expect in the Bahamas. On 2 of the dives we did see a few sharks and some sea turtles. Entertainment... The entertainment wasn’t too exciting. The piano bar was fun. One night they had a party in the entryway with a local band and dances. Other than that there wasn’t too much going on for entertainment. The Butler service... I really didn’t get this room for the Butler service. I wanted a beachfront room. However, all of the beachfront rooms are Butler level rooms. We had 3 Butler assigned to us. Walden, Keisha, and Theon. Walden was the main guy that we saw most of the time. They all took very good care of us. They did whatever we needed them to do for us. It did make our stay much more enjoyable. At first we really weren’t sure what do with a Butler. As the week went along we kind of got the hang of it. The Butlers would make suggestions and checked in on us regularly to see if we needed anything. By the end of the week I really did like the service. Butlers are the only exception to the no tipping rule. We really didn’t know what amount of tip was appropriate. I wish Sandals would come out with some guide lines for tipping the Butlers. I ended up tipping $300 total for the week for the Butler team. I hope it was enough. The weather.... We had excellent weather. It only rained one evening for about 20 minute. We were treated to a nice rainbow over the bay after the rain stopped. All of the other days were bride sun shine. One day was extremely windy and made the beach a little difficult to enjoy. Tours... We only did one tour. It was the half day tour to the Moriah Sea Park. I would highly recommended this tour. The maximum number allowed on the tour was 6. So it was almost like a private tour. Captain Greg was an excellent captain. Along with his first mate Nelly the dog. They took us to several spots that included... swimming with the sea turtles, two very good snorkeling spots, and a stop at the world famous sand bar. One of the best tours that I have been on. Overall this was the best vacation that we have ever been on. FYI we have been to many places. I don’t understand how anyone could complain about this resort. Nothing is perfect. But, the staff does strive for perfection. We had an amazing week at Emerald Bay and do plan to return again within a few years. I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone at Emerald Bay for making our stay amazing! Next year we will be traveling to Antigua to stay at the Sandals Resort Grande Antigua to try yet another resort. I hear that they have an amazing beach as well. I hope it will be as good as this trip. Read less
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Apr 21, 2019 server-co

Very beautiful beach, warm ocean, nice hotel. SPA is not the best. Wi-fi is not good, karaoke’s equipment is out of order, in French restaurant you have to wait sometimes 20 minutes even having booking. Good seafood in Bahama bay and Barefoot restaurants.
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Apr 21, 2019 Companion801524

Everything was great especially the wonderful staff that were very accommodating. Beautiful beaches and surrounding landscape. Swimming enjoyable Dining experience one of the best with Chefs Marcus, Nigelle, Angela and Patrick.