Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort

Exuma, Bahamas

Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 4655 reviews

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.

  • Sandals early booking bonus: book by 5 Feb '19 to receive up to 45% off the accommodation cost. Discounts will vary depending on dates of travel, duration and room type booked (discount amount will be confirmed at the time of booking).

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the price shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • 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.

Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 4655 reviews

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A pleasant place!

Jan 19, 2019 Kathryn F Toronto, Canada

My husband and I just spent New Years there, this is our third stay at a Sandals property. The resort was just lovely and the beach was great, other than they were having unusually high winds while we were there. So the snorkelling and the other water sports weren't running, and the beach was having seaweed washed up but they were out every… Read more
My husband and I just spent New Years there, this is our third stay at a Sandals property. The resort was just lovely and the beach was great, other than they were having unusually high winds while we were there. So the snorkelling and the other water sports weren't running, and the beach was having seaweed washed up but they were out every morning grooming the beach. All the food was amazing at all the different restaurants, we did have a couple hiccoughs though. Our butler had made reservations at Kimonos for us one night and had confirmed it before but when we went for our dinner the restaurant has changed their closure day to that night. Our butler was very confused and apologetic, it sounded like management didn't pass along the information to everyone who needed it. We ended up eating at Soy that night, great food but this is the second time we've eaten at a Soy and the serves has not be good. Which is really odd cause all the other restaurants have great service. Just a note if you want to eat at the France restaurant make reservations right when you get there, as that place is always full. We had a beach walkout room which was amazing, you had a deck that had two sun beds and a table with chairs and a hammock. The room it's self was lovely but the mini fridge we had wasn't able to be fully stocked as the inside of the door was broken. There was beer, water, and some pop but no juice. You could ask for a bottle of white wine but it was harder to put it in the fridge with not being able to put it on the inside of the door. The other problem with he mini fridge was that they had placed it a cabinet that it just fit into, so you had to fight a bit to get the door open and closed. There was gin, rum, and a bottle of red wine on the top shelf with a coffee maker and glasses. The pools were great, though we could never get a spot near the main pool. Even in the later afternoon it was hard, due to people who were done with their chars wouldn't remove their towels and the staff didn't seem to go around and free up chairs that hadn't been in use for a while. So that was a bit annoying, we spend most of our time by the quite pool which was fine cause it was sheltered from the winds (just a note: that bar doesn't do blended drinks). The whole property and beach were very safe. We already thinking of heading back there another time. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not worth the cost

Jan 19, 2019 Missywho Melbourne, Florida

We definitely didn’t get our money’s worth. We had a Butler suite at the far end of the property. Butler service was either slow or requests not granted. The room was not clean...mold in the shower and used soap in the soap dish, filthy dining table - I had hoped that it was an oversight and would get cleaned the next day, but it never was. I… Read more
We definitely didn’t get our money’s worth. We had a Butler suite at the far end of the property. Butler service was either slow or requests not granted. The room was not clean...mold in the shower and used soap in the soap dish, filthy dining table - I had hoped that it was an oversight and would get cleaned the next day, but it never was. I ended up cleaning it myself. Dirty and stained carpet, dirty floor - made the bottom of my socks brown. Rattling a/c. The food at the specialty restaurants, the Jerk Shack, and the sushi place were good, everywhere else was like school cafeteria food, the food at the Hibachi Grill was so salty I couldn’t eat it. The Breakfast buffet had runny scrambled eggs and soggy, undercooked bacon, lunch buffet was unappealing, I usually just ate fruit. Drinks from the pool bar were awful and the bartenders were rude and dismissive. The only Pro’s were - the view of the water from our room. The water is the most beautiful blue I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately the weather was terrible most of the week, severe thunderstorms. So that limited our beach time. When we were able to get out we were on the beach, there were only a few other people out there, which I don’t understand, you can sit around a pool anywhere but not a beach like this. We had hoped to do some snorkeling but the water was murky from the storms. You shouldn’t have to spend your “once in a lifetime” vacation calling about problems in your room, or people not doing their jobs, or being rude. We were so disappointed. Sandals won’t get any more of our money. Read less
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Jan 17, 2019 Jim T

Room: butler level suite with generous living room, huge bedroom, great master bath and additional one. The view from Building 3 included the ocean, the pool, shuffleboard court, was spectacular. We had an end suite on 3rd floor, which gave us the best view. We went to attend the Web.com season opener at the #1 rated course in the Caribbean. It… Read more
Room: butler level suite with generous living room, huge bedroom, great master bath and additional one. The view from Building 3 included the ocean, the pool, shuffleboard court, was spectacular. We had an end suite on 3rd floor, which gave us the best view. We went to attend the Web.com season opener at the #1 rated course in the Caribbean. It is a Greg Norman design and he hosted the tournament, which is right at the resort. Unlike some golf tournaments with tons of spectators, they preserve natural beauty by limiting the access passes to the resort guests. We were able to follow any group we chose to, walking 50 feet behind them, where we had a panorama view and could hear the golfers discuss strategy with their caddies. The back nine holes along the ocean have been compared to Pebble Beach. Since the resort is on a rather remote and small island, the gallery was very small and we could always be right on the ropes on every hole. No need to jockey for position. Our package included a behind the scenes production group of the trailers where we met the producer and director of the Golf Channel. Very impressive. The resort landscaping and naturally preserved terrain is impeccable throughout the resort and golf course. This course has the hardest scoring hole on the entire 26 tournament Web.com tour locations, for the entire 30 years of it’s existence. The wind can and does play a key factor, making it necessary to take lie and wind into considering a shot. Recent rule changes on this tour made it even more interesting with the rules official / Marshall, coming around for a few lies. The dining was excellent. We enjoyed the Bahama Bay buffet style set up for breakfast and a quick lunch. The Italian and French restaurants do require a reservation but easy enough for us even though the resort was sold out. The tour with Swimming with the Pigs, where we were able to snorkel, and explore Iguana Island beach with dozens of rare iguanas, and to see the coastline, exceeded our expectations. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best honeymoon EVER. Amazing location, and beautiful resort!!!

Jan 15, 2019 Heather R

We stayed here for our honeymoon. This place was incredible. The beach was gorgeous and long for a long walk if you wanted or just hangout in one of the swings or hammocks. The restaurants were incredible we had a great experience at all of them! We went to 8/11 restaurants they have to offer! We loved the spa. Great experience, although pricier… Read more
We stayed here for our honeymoon. This place was incredible. The beach was gorgeous and long for a long walk if you wanted or just hangout in one of the swings or hammocks. The restaurants were incredible we had a great experience at all of them! We went to 8/11 restaurants they have to offer! We loved the spa. Great experience, although pricier than most spas. The hotel is worth the price! Although it’s quite a steep price especially as a Canadian with the exchange, it was the trip of a lifetime. And I highly recommend the pig tour with Island routes excursions. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful, as always!

Jan 15, 2019 redeye57 Fair Haven

We returned to Sandals, Emerald Bay for the 8th time! Seems like they make improvements yearly. They added beautiful bathrooms by the Quiet Pool with a sidewalk leading to them from the pool. The staff was wonderful - always friendly & willing to help in any way. My husband had a little medical problem and the nurse came right away to help. Later… Read more
We returned to Sandals, Emerald Bay for the 8th time! Seems like they make improvements yearly. They added beautiful bathrooms by the Quiet Pool with a sidewalk leading to them from the pool. The staff was wonderful - always friendly & willing to help in any way. My husband had a little medical problem and the nurse came right away to help. Later she called our room to check on him. Service in the restaurants was excellent. Room was always cleaned. Needless to say, we'll be back next year! Read less