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New luxury at Sandals in the Bahamas
June 22, 2010

The new Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas, is a 500-acre luxury resort with five restaurants, an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course, full-service marina and 183 beachfront rooms and suites. The property previously operated as the award-winning Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma at Emerald Bay, a favourite of trendsetters from around the world. A sprawling island retreat, Sandals Emerald Bay, occupies a sublime, one-mile-long stretch of beach on Great Exuma, largest of the 360 islands comprising the Exuma district of The Bahamas. Great Exuma, which is joined to Little Exuma by a small bridge, is just a short flight from either Miami or Fort Lauderdale, FL or Nassau, Bahamas.

Creature Comforts and Service

Sandals Resorts' newest gem offers a choice of luxurious oceanfront accommodations. Guests can opt for beachfront rooms and suites, all of which have furnished terraces or balconies overlooking Emerald Bay. Guest rooms and suites are decorated in rich, dark woods and rattan offset by pastel walls and sunny artwork. After being welcomed by their personal butler and presented with a Kir Royale and chocolate-covered strawberries, guests are whisked away to their suite, where amenities include a welcome bottle of sparkling wine; down duvets and pillows; Frette linens; personal pillow menus; flat-screen televisions; DVD players; iPod docking stations; in-room safes; refrigerated private in-suite bars with spirits, a selection of wines, and soft drinks; espresso coffee makers; a selection of bath salts and exotic oils; and Wi-Fi Internet access. Bathrooms are equipped with lighted make-up/shaving mirror, hair dryer and cotton bathrobes.

A first for Sandals Resorts, guests staying in all room categories at Sandals Emerald Bay are entitled to Sandals Resorts' exclusive Butler Service. Trained to the highest standards by the elite, London-based Guild of Professional English Butlers, Sandals Resorts' Butlers pamper guests throughout their stay from un-packing and packing luggage, drawing scented bubble baths, serving private meals on the terrace and much more. The resort's Butlers will also confirm guests' preferences prior to arrival, to ensure that guests' every wish is met before they even set foot in their suite. All suites also offer fully stocked in-suite bars, His & Hers plush robes and slippers, and exclusive 24-hour room service.

Sandals Emerald Bay also features five gourmet dining venues, serving a variety of cuisine from authentic Bahamian fare, to Continental specialties and American favourites. Choices include: Barefoot by the Sea, an oceanside restaurant where guests dine under the stars; Il Cielo, a sophisticated Italian fine dining experience; Dino's, a brick-oven pizzeria; The Drunken Duck, a traditional British pub serving up local and imported ales, as well as authentic English cuisine; and Bahama Bay, a casual Mediterranean dining spot.

Water Sports and Spa Facilities

To complement its pristine, white-sand beach, the resort features a host of recreational amenities including an expansive new water complex with a freshwater swimming pool as its focal point. Encompassing over half an acre, this spectacular pool entices guests with a Jacuzzi, swim-up pool bar and unique fire-pit seating area in the centre. Flanking the pool are misting columns and luxurious cabanas equipped with wireless Internet access. Sandals butlers provide poolside service to all guests, including Evian spritzers, fresh towels with cucumber slices, and cool sorbet to refresh and replenish.

The resort is also home to a 16,000 sq. ft. Red Lane® Spa, famed for its use of botanical and indigenous ingredients. The calming scent of lemongrass permeates the spa, which features cool, clean colours and original art. Facilities include 17 indoor treatment rooms, six outdoor sanctuaries, hot and cold plunge pools, Eucalyptus steam baths and saunas, locker rooms with showers and fully stocked vanity areas, and a full-service beauty salon.

State-of-the-art fitness equipment is available for optimal workouts and a variety of wellness classes are offered through the day ranging from walks on the beach, water workouts and heart-pumping aerobics to yoga and Pilates. Personal training sessions are also available.

Pro Tennis and Championship Golf

Sandals Emerald Bay is also home to the Emerald Reef Golf Club, a stunning, 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course, reputed to be among the best in the Caribbean. Norman created not one, but six signature holes to challenge novice and professional golfers alike. Native vegetation dots the 7,200-yard, par-72 championship course, including sea grapes, silver buttonwood, sand fly bush and cabbage palms. Its first 10 holes wind through a mix of seaside dunes and mangrove preserves while holes 11 through 18 play along the rocky peninsula offering unparalleled views of the turquoise Emerald Bay.

Tennis buffs have not been overlooked; the resort's tennis centre features six illuminated Har-Tru courts, a fully equipped pro shop and stadium seating for professional competitions.

The Marina at Emerald Bay

For more than a century, the Exumas have been a yachtsman's paradise. Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas will continue to attract boaters from across the globe with The Marina at Emerald Bay, the first-ever marina at any Sandals Resort. This fully protected 17-acre deepwater marina, which is also open to the public, offers 150 slips and is equipped to accommodate and service yachts up to 240 feet in length.

The Ultimate Meetings Site

In addition to being a world-class holiday retreat, Sandals Emerald Bay caters to business and meetings customers, offering 13,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space. This includes three large ballrooms with separate event entrances that can be converted into smaller rooms, all with access to a dedicated conference facility kitchen and two meetings rooms, which are all supported by round-the-clock conference and technology services.

About Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas:

Unfolding like a grand estate, Sandals Emerald Bay is set along a one-mile stretch of white sand beach on Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas. The resort, set to open on February 4, 2010, is the fourteenth Sandals Resort. Expanding on the company's Luxury Included® concept, Sandals Emerald Bay is the first Sandals Resort to offer a Greg Norman-designed golf course, world-class marina and professionally-trained butlers in all 183 beachfront rooms and suites. Additionally, the new Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas will offer gourmet dining in a choice of five à la carte restaurants, premium brand wine and spirits, anytime snacks, land and watersports including six Har-tru tennis courts all lit for night play, gratuities and even airport transfers. An exclusive Red Lane® Spa featuring premier services that embrace the best of the Caribbean region enhance this 500-acre resort, set on one of the Bahamas' most beautiful Out Islands.

Sandals Resorts:

Sandals Resorts has earned a worldwide reputation for providing two people in love with the most romantic holiday experience in the Caribbean. Currently, there are 14 Luxury IncludedÒ Sandals Resorts located in Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia and The Bahamas. Each offers stunning beachfront locations; a choice of à la carte restaurants, from white-glove dining to barefoot elegance; all premium brand wine and spirits, including an exclusive partnership with California's legendary Beringer Vineyards; luxurious accommodations in a range of categories; unrivalled watersports including the Caribbean's largest PADI certification program; Butler Service for truly indulgent pampering; Sandals Weddings by Martha StewartTM; and signature Red Lane® Spas, with services and treatments inspired by the region. In February 2010, the all suite Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas will debut, offering 183 all-butler service rooms and suites, an 18-hole championship Greg Norman-designed golf course and 150 slip marina.

Sandals Resorts has set the industry standard for the Luxury IncludedÒ holiday and has been voted the Caribbean's Leading Hotel Brand at the World Travel Awards for 15 years in a row, and World's Leading All-Inclusive Company for 13 years in a row. For more information, call your local travel agent or 0800 742 742 or visit www.sandals.co.uk








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