2. • With sapphire-blue water everywhere, The Exumas are an exotic
collection of dream destinations. Footprint-free beaches and
ultraexclusive resorts and islands fit for celebrities make this tropical
paradise an absolute gem. Here, nature outnumbers man, coastlines
remain flawless and private homes play host to some of the world’s
most famous stars. The Exumas truly are the ultimate escape.
• The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays and islands, beginning
just 35 miles southeast of Nassau.
• Being of a tropical clime, Great Exuma and indeed all the Bahamas
are subject to both rainy seasons and hurricane seasons. The Rainy
season on Great Exuma normally spans between May and October
but fear not, even the Tropical rain storms in the Bahamas are
relaxed, normally only making an appearance in the guise of brief
Great Exuma, Bahamas
3. This is my all-time favorite resort. I don’t
recommend it to everyone because it is very laid
back. Although there is nightly entertainment
and live music it is definitely not a party resort.
The water on the island is the most beautiful I
have seen in the Caribbean. I loved the laid back
vibe of the island, from the airport to the locals,
so chill and friendly. The next three slides are my
stories from visiting the island, I’ve been twice.
Sorry it’s so long, I have a passion for this resort
4. We first spent a few days in Nassau, Bahamas where we had a great time
but were not too impressed with the beach. We flew on a little puddle hopper
airplane from Nassau to Georgetown, the capital of Great Exuma. Great Exuma is an
island chain the Bahamas. Upon arrival to the smallest airport I have ever seen, our
luggage was loaded on to a trailer behind a golf cart. It was then kind of a free for all
as everyone pulled their luggage off the trailer. No baggage claim at this airport. We
exited the airport and were met by a driver with a sign for out hotel, Sandals
Emerald Bay. We were taken in an SUV to the resort. On the way there we got our
first glimpse of the neon blue ocean and white sand beach, breathtaking. We arrived
at the resort and easily checked into our room. We stayed in a one bedroom suite
with two full bathrooms, a living room, dining area and large bedroom. Our balcony
had a view of the lush gardens and the ocean.
We then explored the grounds. The resort is located on a crescent shaped
beach with plenty of room to spread out and have your own private area and lots of
beach to walk. One of my favorite things throughout the resort was the butlers that
ride big tricycles with a place in the back to put food or drinks for guests. I just
thought is was funny to see someone in a tux and white gloves riding a tricycle! The
grounds are gorgeous with lush gardens, two big pools one quiet and one with
poolside activities. There is brick fireplace where they make fresh Bahamian bread,
smells so good. One day we rented a car to explore the island. We got a map from a
local who told us where all the best beaches were located. Good thing because a lot
of them are hidden. We visited several beaches where we were the only ones there,
not another person in sight. At one beach a local family was having a picnic and the
little girl played with us in the water for a long time. We stopped at a beach club for
lunch and had a great conversation with the owner and his wife. It was like visiting
5. He told us wind surfing is big on the island. We were out all day checking out
different beaches, looking for sand dollars and just exploring. We had dinner at a little
conch shack on the side of the road, best conch salad ever. You can rent a boat in
Georgetown and explore the cove area, unfortunately we did not have time for that with all
the beaches we visited.
Another day we went on an organized excursion. We were on a small speed boat
with about 10 other people. As we headed out our guide pointed out all the islands owned
by famous people. We went by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's island, Johnson & Johnson's
island, Penn and Teller's island and some other random really rich people's islands.
Eventually we pulled up to an island with nothing on it. Our guide didn't say anything and I
was wondering why we stopped. All the sudden a herd of pigs came out the bushes and
started swimming toward our boat. It was so crazy. We jumped in and swam with them and
fed them apples until they got bored with us.
Next we stopped at a small island with a yacht club. The Bahamas is huge for
yachters. We saw yachts with helicopters on them, with small speed boats on them and all
sorts of amazing things I didn't know people could own. We got off our little speed boat at
the yacht club and our guide showed us were we could jump in snorkel with nursemaid
sharks and stingrays. I was too scared but my husband did and it loved it. We got back on
the boat and went to another small island were we had lunch at a little yacht club. There
are a lot of small islands that have fisherman villages, I didn't know people still lived like
that, so isolated from the world.
6. On the way back we stopped at another island and
when we pulled up these huge iguanas came out of the
bushes. We fed them and snorkeled a little. It was a full
day trip but so beautiful to see all those little islands and
enjoy the clear blue water.
The resort was amazing, the food was great and
service is first class. It is a very laid back island and resort.
The resort does have live entertainment every night but it
is definitely not a party resort. The island is not touristy at
all, Sandals is the only all-inclusive resort on the island.
Most of the others are condos or private vacation houses.
I hope you enjoy the presentation. I promise none of my
photos are photo shopped!
7. • 5 Star Resort
• Unfolding like a grand estate, this premiere island resort provides
unforgettable, Luxury Included® beach vacations ideal for golf-
lovers, spa-enthusiasts and couples looking to tie the knot. Fronting
a pristine stretch of mile-long white-sand beach, guests of the
resort are treated to a variety of seven gourmet restaurants, a full-
service Red Lane® Spa, romantic wedding and honeymoon services,
an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course, a full-
service marina and sensational, beachfront guestrooms and suites
featuring room service and plush décor. From white-glove dining to
barefoot elegance, this lavish hideaway is an oasis of comforts and
the ideal location for your next beach vacation in the tropics.
Sandals Emerald Bay
15. • Three pools including a pool that
encompasses more than half an acre, plus has
a whirlpool, swim-up pool bar, and unique
fire-pit seating area in the center. Misting
columns and luxurious cabanas equipped with
wireless Internet access flank the pool. Butlers
provide poolside service, including spritzers,
fresh towels with cucumber slices, and cool
sorbet to refresh and replenish.
• 1-mile long stretch of beach
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26. • Emerald Reef Golf Course
– The longest course in the Caribbean, winding
through seaside dunes along a stunning peninsula,
this Greg Norman-designed, 18-hole, par 72
championship course is consistently regarded as one
of the best in the Caribbean by Travel + Leisure Golf.
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29. • Diving is included!
• Sandals boasts a fleet of brand new, state-of-the-art, twin diesel Newton
dive boats, expressly designed to make your scuba diving excursions
absolutely unforgettable. These extraordinarily spacious, custom-fitted
craft offer a whole host of features, details and amenities-such as an
onboard freshwater shower, tank holders and a 16' diving platform-all
specifically geared towards creating the ideal dive experience.
• All equipment is included.
• Deep Blue
• Rubber-encased Weights
• Scuba Pro
• Scuba Pro
• Slicone Mask & Snorkel
• Includes two 1 tank dives or one 2 tank dives per day.
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31. • Barefoot by the Sea - Sample the local specialty including
conch salad and fritters. Guests may enjoy outdoor dining
with their feet in the sand. Open for lunch and dinner.
• The Drunken Duck Pub- A traditional British Pub gives sports
enthusiasts a piece of London in the heart of the Caribbean,
serving traditional British food, from Bangers & Mash and Fish
& Chips to Shepherd's pie. Open for lunch, dinner and late
• Dino's Pizzeria - Offers hand-tossed gourmet pizza baked crisp
in a Woodstone oven during the day and a delightful menu of
casual Italian comfort foods at night. Open for lunch and
limited nights for dinner.
• Il Cielo - Fine Italian cuisine served in an elegant restaurant.
Reservations are required for dinner. Open for breakfast and
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37. • La Parisienne - Features a Progressive French menu and
white glove service. Dine indoors or outside on the terrace
surrounded by lush tropical greenery. Reservations are
required. Open for dinner only.
• Bahama Bay - Offers a comprehensive buffet breakfast
featuring made-to-order omelets and smoothies. At lunch,
enjoy an impressive culinary variety that changes every day.
At night, the the chefs lay out a spectacular dinner buffet that
changes daily from Asian, Mediterranean and Mexican to the
popular Caribbean Seafood extravaganza. Open for breakfast,
lunch and dinner.
• Café de Paris - Features sinful pastries, crepes, coffees and
dessert delights, all created by the talented pastry chef.
• Guests can also partake in the British tradition of High Tea
each afternoon, enjoying the finest teas of Britain with
delicate sandwiches European-inspired pastries.
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41. Sandals Emerald Bay
– With a unique collection of intriguing, flavorful dishes, Bombay Club is
the go-to place for scenic views, great times, and exotic fare. The mere
mention of the city of Bombay conjures up images of ancient open-air
markets buzzing with activity that heightens the senses—tables laden
with shimmering silks, racks hung with geometrically patterned rugs,
gleaming silver and copper vessels and, at the heart of it all, baskets
overflowing with a multi-hued array of aromatic Indian spices, like
cardamom, chili peppers, ginger, coriander, saffron and nutmeg.
• Jerk Shack
– Believed to have originated with Jamaica's Arawak Indians, jerk
cookery began as a preservation method. The Maroons of Jamaica,
who once sought refuge in the island's Blue Mountains, eternalized
the Arawak's ancient jerk technique by spicing or seasoning the meat,
wrapping it in leaves, then placing it on hot rocks over a lattice of
wood. This technique evolved with the use of different spices to the
cooking style that we know today as Jerk. At the Jerk Shack, chefs
apply the jerk cooking style using a marinade or paste that
incorporates pimento (allspice) and scotch bonnet peppers.
44. Sandals Emerald Bay
– Follow the tantalizing aroma of exotic spices and perfectly grilled
delights to Kimono's, a vibrant restaurant that serves up Japanese
cuisine in a most captivating way. Kimono’s boasts mouthwatering
cuisine prepared by skillful chefs who entertain with cookery tricks
right before your very eyes!
– Discover Elegant Balance. There's nothing quite like the dining
experience at Soy Sushi Bar, a quaint restaurant tucked behind
bamboo fronds and adorned with unique Oriental décor, dim lighting,
and fresh, delectable sushi. Giving guests a taste of the Far East with
traditional and contemporary sushi creations, Soy is named after soy
sauce, a customary ingredient in the art of sushi. This remarkable
sushi house offers exciting flavors and exotic sushi creations made-to-
order. Guests can enjoy a nightcap, pre-dinner cocktail, sushi and saki
amid the great ambiance of stone statues, pendant lighting, and
48. • Swim-up Pool Bar - Guests can quench their thirst in the heat
of the day without ever having to leave the cool comfort of
• Bahama Breeze Bar - This bar offers an excellent choice of
tropical beverages, mixed specialties, and, of course,
signature Bahama Breeze cocktail.
• Barefoot Bar - Located on the beach, guests can unwind and
enjoy the beautiful Caribbean weather while sipping on their
drink of choice.
• Vodka & Caviar Bar - Serving Ciroc, Roberto Cavalli, and
David Beckham's vodkas alongside the best Russian caviar.
• The Drunken Duck - Traditional British Pub serving both
imported and domestic ales.
• Beachside and poolside cocktail service
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51. • Sandals Emerald Bay is an all-inclusive resort. This
means all your meals, snacks, water, coffee, tea, sodas,
wine by the glass, beer and mixed drinks are included.
• Rooms have an included mini-bar with water juice,
soda and beer. Butler rooms have wine and liquor.
• Tips are already included.
• Golf green fees are included in some room categories.
• Transfers to and from the airport are included.
• Additional costs include: spa treatments, wine by the
bottle and excursions.
52. • Excursions are available for an additional cost
• Excursions can be booked anytime prior to
departure or at the resort.
Great Exuma Excursions
53. • 007 Thunderball Luxury Tour
– Welcome aboard the Exzooma, a 35ft Sea Rocket that can
travel over extremely shallow water. In intimate groups,
you will embark on your journey from the sleepy
settlement of Barreterre. From here you will cruise by
celebrity homes, see large iguanas in their natural habitat,
stop to incredible beaches while your knowledgeable crew
entertain you. Take snorkeling to a new level with an
Amazing guided tour in the canyons and caves of the
infamous Thunderball Grotto. Play with the "swimming
pigs" and jump into azure blue waters while you swim with
friendly sharks at the exclusive Compass Cay. Finish the day
with the world's best "home-made rum cake" on a perfect
two-mile-long sandbar in the middle of nowhere. Snacks,
beverages, beers and lunch a the Staniel Cay Yacht Club are
included. See everything the Exumas have to offer on this
54. • Eco Harbour Tour Adventure
– Basque in the Bahamian sun while keeping your eyes glued to
the water, for you never know what ocean animals will swim by
to say hello. Fish, turtles and stingrays are just the start on this
leisurely tour. Small groups of no more than 8 depart from the
beautiful development of February Point aboard a pristinley
kept 26 ft Twin Vee power cat with a true seafaring Captain. He
will then take you on an unhurried journey around the historic
Elizabeth harbour. Be Amazed as the captain guides the boat
through the beautiful narrow cuts and hundreds of shades of
blue that can be found in the Moriah Marine Park. Enjoy walking
ankle deep along a submerged sandbar, while you search for
sandollars and shells at your own pace before donning snorkel
gear, when you will then peer face to face with colorful fish and
reef life. Ask questions and listen to the stories of life on these
islands while enjoying the gentle breeze. Finally, you take a last
swim in the beautiful waters of the Exumas at a white sand
beach until it is time to return to shore.
55. • Private Castaway Getaway
– Picture yourself sitting in a comfy beach chair, feet in the
white sand, sun high above, staring out at nothing but blue
waters and hearing nothing but the gentle sound of waves
hitting the shore. Hold in one hand the hand of your lover,
and in the other, a glass of incredible wine. Imagine
Paradise. Enjoy the entire day living the dream on the
castaway getaway. In the morning, your butler will pack a
delectable picnic basket, a bottle of wine, and a cooler of
drinks to take with you on your escape. You will depart
Great Exuma by boat and be carried to an uninhabited
island where the captain will set up beach chairs, a colorful
umbrella, and your picnic supplies before snapping your
photo and leaving you to your own devices. As the sun
starts to go down your captain returns to bring you back to
the luxury of Emerald Bay.
56. • Exuma Cays Ocean Safari
– Enjoy a fun filled, action packed excursion aboard a 35 ft
Custom designed PowerCat while you snorkel, beach comb
and experience all the beauty of the Exumas in one tour.
Your captain and first mate will entertain you with
excellent knowledge and first class service as you cruise in
and out of over 20 magnificent, little known cays with
several stops along the way. Take incredible photos atop an
island with 360 degree views of the Exuma cays; Visit the
endangered Bahamian rock Iguana at an island which the
original natives of the Bahamas once called home. Circle
past the million dollar privately owned islands of
celebrities, and speed across waters only inches deep as
Stingrays race across the bottom. No journey into the cays
is complete without feeding the always hilarious
Swimming Pigs, Swim through a lively reef with
magnificent colors while a nearby virgin sandbar awaits
57. • Stocking Island Snorkel & Starfish Experience
– This easy and relaxing tours takes you on a short
boat ride to the famous Stocking Island, in
Elizabeth Harbor. Here guests can beachcomb for
beautiful shells, swim in the warm aquamarine
waters of the Atlantic Ocean and search the
waters for Starfish. After swimming guests enjoy a
short hike up a hill high above Stocking Island.
Atop the ‘Salt Beacon’ you can kiss the one you
love surrounded by 360 degree Ocean Views. On
the way back to the boat, contemplate life after
visiting the 3.5 billion year old Stromatolites – the
oldest living organisms on earth.
58. • Private Bahamas Bone Fishing Expedition
– Bone fishing in the sandy flats of Exuma is magical.
Depart from the resort with your ORVIS certified guide,
and after a brief lesson and safety demonstration,
cruise to the secret fishing spots of lore. Beautiful vistas
along these coastal areas set the scene for saltwater
anglers as the engines are turned off and your guide
gently manipulates the boat silently through the waters
by hand. Stand knee deep in the shallow aquamarine
waters and cast your lines as you try to catch the “silver
ghosts”. With a maximum of two guests per boat, bone
fishing is perfect for the advanced fisherman. "
59. • Bahamian Light Tackle/Reef Fishing
– Your expert guide shares the secrets of when, where and how to win a fishing
showdown as you cruise to their hush-hush spots in this glistening seascape.
Stand Knee deep in crystal waters and sandy flats and battle the stealthy silver
ghost, grouper, barracuda and more in this unforgettable shallow-water
experience. Don’t be distracted by the beautiful scenery or the big one might
just get away. The perfect outing if you’re new to the sport, or just need a
refresher. Just off the coast of Exuma you will find one of the world’s most
diverse and populated coral reef ecosystem. This marine habitat provides a
home for hundreds of thousands of fish and other marine animals. You will
find all kinds of unique fish species in these waters. This is why so many
people come to the Bahamas to go fishing. Just a couple miles off the coast of
the island, you will find waters that are teeming with all sorts of tropical fish.
Our exclusive fishing trip takes up to six passengers for a 4 Hour morning or
afternoon fishing trip on the Island of Exuma. If you love fishing and love to
catch all kinds of unique fish species, then this is the fishing destination for
you. Feel the exhilaration as you reel in Yellow Tails, Grouper and a multitude
of other local fish while trolling the crystalline waters of the Bahamas. Give a
traditional local fishing method a try; Bahamian hand line fishing really draws
you into the action. Captain Olie is an expert at this native technique. All
necessary equipment and instruction are provided for to the Guests. Bone Fish
Olie will custom design your tour.