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Sandals Opens latest Bahamas luxury hotel at Emerald Bay

  • 25-Jan-10 14:41
  • Bahamas
  • Holiday Industry

Sandals' newest and latest luxury resort in the Bahamas recently welcomed its first guest as it opened its doors last Friday, 22nd January 2010. The new Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma took over the old Four Seasons after its closing.

Sandals Opens latest Bahamas luxury hotel at Emerald Bay
The latest of luxury gems to come to Bahamas holidays comes at the hands of Sandals as they open their latest refurbished new resort, the Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma. A former Four Seasons hotel, Sandals has renewed the property and after giving it its finishing touches 7 months later it has re-opened to welcome tourists from all over the world.
With this opening last Friday, 22nd January 2010 Bahamas' hotel room inventory officially increased by 183 rooms. And occupancy levels are expected to be as high as 80 % during the first two months of operations for this new all-inclusive couples hotel, owned offering impeccably luxurious Bahamas holidays.
"What we offer at Sandals are luxury vacations. Our clients typically book six months in advance. We launched (sales) in September and already we expect 80 % occupancy for February and March. We are lucky because up to 45 % of our guests are return guests," said John Keating, general manager of Sandals Emerald Bay.
The hotel is set to introduce several innovations to the Sandals chain and wider hotel industry, including the largest Jacuzzi in the Caribbean, the largest spa facility -- 16,000 square feet -- and a 24-hour butler service for each of the 183 rooms.
Butler service is available in other Sandals resorts, but only for a select number of rooms. This will be a staple service in every room at Emerald Bay, and the main differentiating feature for the hotel. For this purpose and for the most outstanding of luxury services on Bahamas holidays butlers have been hand-selected and trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers.
"Expectations are very positive. We have absolutely no doubt it will be successful. There are few places in the world that are more beautiful. The natural beauty is stunning. All of the suites have ocean views, and what you are going to get is total pampering," said Mr Roper, Sandals’ Director of Industry Relations for Sandals Resorts.
The new hotel sits on 500-acres of land, formerly operated by the Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma at Emerald Bay. It was owned by Emerald Bay Resort Holdings, a collection of investors, who ran into financial difficulties forcing the property to go into administration, with receivers being called in.
The last guests to take Bahamas holidays in this secluded bay left on May 26, 2009, with the closure resulting in the dismissal of more than 400 workers. It dealt a heavy blow to the Exuma economy.
Now Exuma residents can look forward to a financial boost to their economy from a redeveloped hotel, with five restaurants, 183 beach-front rooms, an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course, and full-service marina. Martha Stewart-themed weddings can be accommodated on the property under the gazebo by the Zen pool and garden.
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