Last week I visited four Sandals resorts in the Caribbean with 160 other travel agents. Four resorts on three different islands in four days. Whew! They treated us royally, fed us superbly and walked us until our feet ached. I took lots of pictures so that you can get a view of these four resorts from an ordinary point of view (not a professional photographer). Come stroll with me through the grounds of the first resort, Sandals Emerald Bay.
In case you have never been, let me acquaint you with Sandals. These are couples only, luxury included resorts, which means all food, wine and licquor is included. Sandals is the most well know, upscale resort in the Caribbean. Butch Stewart, the owner of all Sandals resorts likes to say, “More inclusions than any resort on the planet.” Each resort has its own personality and style. I hope my notes will help you decide which Sandals of the four I visited suits your vacation dreams.
First stop, Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas
Personality: Quiet, Serene, Pristine Beauty, Isolated, A Place to soak in the sun, play in the silky sand, or just relax away from crowds and cities.
We were welcomed by a Junkanoo band, native to the Bahamas. Cold fragrant towels and a bottle of water.
Then we wandered through the villas and bungalows, gazed at the blue sky and perfect white beaches. The sand was so soft, white and wonderful, I brought a cup of it home with me. It sits in a dish with shells so I can dabble my fingers in it and dream of the Caribbean.
Here is a view of a room decorated with a honeymoon welcome and a bungalow with an ocean front view. Sandals offers butlers with some suites, complete with cell phones to call him/her at your whim. “James, a fresh towel and a tequila sunrise by the pool, please.”
For weddings, Sandals offers Martha Stewart packages. Set up here is the “Natural” package. Couples can be married in the gazebo or on the beach as well.
If total rest and relaxation in a serene location is calling you, grab your honey and fly to Sandals Emerald Bay.
Next stop, Antigua,