Published on July 4th, 2012 | by Emma Hackwood0
My First All-Inclusive Experience at Sandals
I can’t even describe how excited I was to go an all-inclusive resort. Not once in my entire life, have I ever gone to an all-inclusive, let alone in the Caribbean. What better way to start off the experience than by going to Sandals Great Exuma, Beaches Turks and Caicos, and Sandals Royal Bahamian? I really didn’t know what to expect, being that I would only be there for 3 days. But it turned out, 3 days was more than enough time to understand just how fabulous the properties were and how amazing the service is while staying at a Sandals property.
The first resort we had the pleasure of visiting was the Sandals Emerald Bay. Immediately upon arriving into Exuma, we were brought to the front doors of the property where a full on “Carifest” welcome was waiting for us. Guys on stilts, steel drums playing, beautiful women dancing in full Caribbean getups and hotel staff cheerfully lined up to lead us into the conference rooms prior to starting our tour. In all honesty, I did have some idea as to what made this resort one of the most sought after properties in the Caribbean, but it wasn’t until I went on the walk through that I built a true appreciation for this resort. Not only was it the only all-inclusive property on the island, but it offered rooms, restaurants and activities that would please any type of traveller, (even the most hard to please ). Sandals even went as far as bringing everything from the floors to the roof of a very famous Irish Pub, the “Drunken Duck Pub”. To me, that wasn’t even the best part of this resort, this property even offered butlers that were certified by the English Guild of Professional Butlers to cater to every request that clients may have.
Immediately after a patio, surf and turf lunch, we then headed over to the beautiful island of Turks and Caicos. By this time, it had already been an extremely long day but the anticipation of getting to the the Beaches Turks and Caicos kept us all awake and excited to get to this massive beachfront resort.
We spent two nights at this resort with the first night completely at our own leisure. Needless to say, we took full advantage of this free time and did some independent “research”. We started off by having an amazing dinner at the “Arizona’s” restaurant before heading to Club Liquid and then a little bit of midnight swimming at the beach. (By the way, Arizona’s is Tex-Mex restaurant offered the biggest, juiciest and most tender piece of T-Bone steak that I have ever had the pleasure of trying) and failing to finish.
The following day, we got back to business and toured the entire resort which was a combination of three different villages: the French, Italian and Caribbean Village. Although all three were steps apart from one another, each village had a very different feel. We started our tour on the Caribbean village, which was the family friendly cottage type part of the resort. That had the stand alone wood burning pizza stand, a small pool and it’s own bar. Before migrating to the Italian village, which was home of the main resort pool, pool bar and high rise suites. Lastly, we then toured the French village, that was the adults only section of the resort that was separated to the rest of the property by the waterpark and Club Liquid.
After enjoying our 2 nights and 3 days of virtual free time at the Beaches Turks and Caicos, we flew to our final destination, Sandals Royal Bahamian on the beautiful island of Nassau, Bahamas. After a 15 minute drive from the airport, we arrived at this emmaculate resort that looked like it was themed with a Greek Methologic feel. The driveway was decorated by statues that made it seem like we were to pay tribute to Greek gods and goddesses. Immediately upon arriving at the resort, we went on the tour of the property. It wasn’t an overly large resort but it had inclusions that did set it apart from the first two properties.
First and foremost is the resort private island, that is included while staying at the property. Minutes from the mainland beach, this property offers a complimentary katamaran that will take clients to the private island and receive everything from a private massage to a personal and customized dinner on the beach. Another, is the resort’s amazing Baccarat and Crystal Room restaurants. Both offers dress code mandatory, white glove service. Furthermore, each restaurant offers a wide assortment of wines and champaigns, of which guests can taste and enjoy during dinner.
It was an extremely busy and eventful trip, however, the information I gathered from the each staff, guide and most of all, from the experience has definitely been amazing. The layed back attitude, the eager to help staff, and most importantly, the amazing properties has definitely sold me on the value and massive worth of the Sandals chain. Furthermore, I don’t even know how I will ever be satisfied by any another all-inclusive resort 😉
Looking for more information on staying at a Beaches or Sandals property? Ronnie Sagenes is an International Travel Consultant at our Sunridge Mall location in Calgary, Alberta and can be reached by e-mail or calling 1-855-241-7637