2014 Sandals Exuma, Turks & Caicos, Antigua
Loved Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas, Beaches Turks and Caicos, and Sandals Grande Antigua!
Sandals Grande Antigua is situated in the most beautiful and longest white-sand beach in Antigua and is only 15 minutes from the airport (UVF). This property consists of really two distinct sections. There is the original Caribbean Village section where the style and feel are just what it sounds, the Caribbean like and the rooms are closest to the beach and gardens. The Red Lane Spa and Red Lane Fitness center are both located in this area and also the first original Rondovals for Sandals. Many rooms have been newly refurbished and all have the mahogany furnishing.
Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma Bahamas sits on a mile of white-sand beach on one side and a marina on the other. It has an 18 hole, 7,000 yard, par 72 Greg Norman-designed golf course with 6 holes on the oceanfront peninsula. This resort felt intimate and not too overwhelming. The rooms are all pretty close to the beach and pools so you don't have to walk a mile from your room or anywhere to swim. It is a very sports active resort with 6 tennis courts and a 2.6-mile jogging trail through the golf course and along the Emerald Bay. They have unlimited scuba diving for certified divers and Discover Scuba for beginners. The pools here were great and they have the Caribbean's largest zero entry pool with a central fire pit, really cool. They have added a brick oven down by the beach where they make all kinds of different fresh breads daily.
Beaches Turks and Caicos, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos is a large resort and has an excellent beach. Broken down into four areas: French, Italian, Caribbean, and Key West. The French are furthest from the beach. The Caribbean is in the main area, Italian between the Caribbean and Key West. Key West was another resort and you can clearly feel the difference. Although the beachfront villas are amazing, the bathrooms are basic. Great maybe for families, but did not impress me. The pools in this area are also small.
Restaurants abound here (19 places to eat) and two of them are beachside. The kids' area is fabulous: Sesame Street daycare area, waterpark area with slide and lazy river and their own swim up “bar.”