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24 Feb

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Nebat Loves the Bahamas

February 24, 2016 | By |

Nebat Williams is the Lead Agent for Island Routes Caribbean Adventures at Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma. He loves the Bahamas and takes us into the heart of the islands where setting sail, grabbing the reins, exploring lush tropics and tasting rich flavours are the experiences that become lasting memories.

Why is Island Routes the best in the Caribbean?

Island Routes was voted World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company by the World Travel Awards five times. We handpick the most memorable experiences from the highest rated tour providers across the Caribbean and combine them with seamless service and excellent safety standards.

What makes the Bahamas so appealing?

It’s a beautifully diverse region with endless turquoise water that has lots to offer in terms of culture, cuisine, landscape and people. Wherever you look there are hidden treasures that are bound to amaze you.

What’s the best excursion?

Hands-down, the best tour in the whole of the Bahamas is the Exuma Cays Ocean Safari! Where else do you get to swim, yes swim, with pigs?

One thing that will surprise us about the Bahamas.

I think the Bahamas is full of surprises, but honestly it’s the swimming pigs. From the moment you arrive by boat, they’re in the water swimming over to you! It’s a site you’ll never forget!

What’s your favourite place?

That’s an easy one! Love Me More Cay. It’s so picturesque and a perfect place for a romantic escape. It’s actually one of the sites guests can enjoy on our Secluded Castaway Getaway as well.

One local dish we all have to try.

It’s said that you can’t visit the Bahamas and not enjoy our seafood. Sandals’ Gourmet Discovery Dining lets you try delicious cuisines, and Gordon’s On the Pier restaurant serves popular seafood delicacies. Don’t leave without trying their Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail.

24 Feb

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The Bahamas is for Sandals

February 24, 2016 | By |

The spectacular and seemingly endless islands of the Bahamas are the perfect home for Luxury Included®  Sandals Resorts. In Nassau, discover the Bahamas’ Most Elegant Resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, perfectly situated on stunning Cable Beach. In the secluded tranquility of Great Exuma in the Out Islands, escape completely at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort, also known as the Gem of the Bahamas. At both resorts, enjoy more quality inclusions than at any other resorts on the planet and a vacation so wonderful it’ll take your breath away.

22 Jan

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Vacation like a Rock Star

January 22, 2016 | By |

Take your vacation to the next level at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. Discover incredible activities created to give you the best tropical experience ever.

Championship Golf

Experience one of two Hard Rock golf courses in the world. Take a swing at Hard Rock Golf Club™ at Cana Bay and play 18 holes of championship golf designed by Nicklaus Golf. The course winds through the tropical Dominican landscape with challenges and surprises for players of every skill level.

Music Lab

Live it large with this all-encompassing music experience with three unique classes. Jam Band gets you rehearsing and performing a live show on stage to a packed house. Spin Session turns you into a DJ for a day, while RockTube lets you star in your own music video that you can share online.

 Little Big Club™

With endless themed activities, this is the ultimate playground for kids of all ages. Starring the beloved characters Thomas the Tank EngineTM, BarneyTM, Bob the BuilderTM and Angelina BallerinaTM, your little rock stars will love interactive dance videos, a dress-up area, sing-alongs, talent shows and lots more.

Casino

The hottest casino in the Dominican Republic. Discover 45,000 square feet of the best play with 40 unique tables and more than 450 slots. Try your luck in the Poker Room, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Baccarat. For bigger thrills head to the Salon Privet VIP for high-stakes and top-shelf service.

Rhythm & Motion Spa Treatment

This is a traditional Swedish massage with the volume turned all the way up. Your massage is synchronized with a perfectly curated playlist. Synchronicity rocks on with hits from yesterday and today. Face the Music facial brings in the benefits of sound vibration to rejuvenate and hydrate. And Wrap the Remix is the ultimate healing experience with a massage and facial.

Rock Royalty Level

It’s good to be a rock star. It’s even better to be Rock Royalty. Dial up the VIP on your vacation with your own personal assistant, upgraded Rock Spa® amenities in your room, exclusive Rock Royalty level areas, discounted or complimentary tickets for concerts and much more. Live out your rock star dreams.

22 Jan

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Gary Ream talks Woodward Punta Cana

January 22, 2016 | By |

Gary Ream, the president of Camp Woodward, is very excited to bring his unique action sports experience to your All-Inclusive vacation with the all-new Woodward Punta Cana at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana.

What is Camp Woodward?

We’re the world leader in lifestyle and action sports, like skateboarding, BMX, parkour and snowboarding. We offer the ultimate experience and the most innovative facilities, mixed with a fun, creative freedom.

Why is Woodward a good fit for a Hard Rock vacation?

Both brands are all about providing a unique and fun experience for everyone by tapping into the desire for authenticity and adventure.

What can we expect at the Woodward Punta Cana?

In Punta Cana by mid/late 2016, you’ll get a skatepark, dryland snowboarding and skiing, trampolines and foam pits. There will also be a parkour course and a DJ booth. And we’ll offer group sessions, kid/parent combo sessions, and private sessions so you can get the experience you want.

What ages are welcome?

Tweens, teens and adults, which makes it perfect for families looking to keep everyone happy. But it’s also great as an event for a wedding or a group. You can pretty much guarantee that your guests won’t be expecting this.

 Will you incorporate your famous digital media camp?

Absolutely. Digital media is part of kids and their culture. Woodward Punta Cana will have a full digital media centre for movie creation. They can film themselves, and learn how to share their experience.

What got you into action sports?

I’ve always had a love of sports and a desire to see kids grow. Action sports offer the freedom to be active, innovative and artistic, which makes me happy to offer a place where all of that comes together.

Why is Woodward so successful?

I think it’s our passion. We understand kids, we listen to them and make it fun.

22 Jan

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

January 22, 2016 | By |

Rock on completely at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana. This is a family vacation of endless activities and rock star fantasies come to life. Play on at the Nicklaus-designed championship golf course, take a gamble at the biggest casino in the Dominican Republic, and relax on the beautiful beach. Little Big Club™ will keep your rock-star-in-the-making happy all day long. And the all-new, high-energy Woodward Punta Cana brings the thrill of action sports to your family vacation.

This isn’t your everyday vacation. This is a vacation the Hard Rock way and it’s pretty great.

Enjoy!

18 Dec

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Room for Luxury

December 18, 2015 | By |

Nowhere else will you find rooms created with so much love and attention to detail. Nothing is overlooked and everything is devoted to making your vacation the best it can be. For something truly extraordinary, choose a Love Nest Suite™, which delivers the utmost in privacy and elegance with luxurious features, 24-hour room service and butlers trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers.

Caribbean Village Honeymoon Premium
Located on the first and second floor of the Caribbean Village, these stylish rooms offer absolute comfort, intimacy and relaxation. The inviting bedroom features a four-poster king-size bed.

Ocean Village Beachfront Club Level Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub
Located in the exclusive Royal House, these opulent suites boast a spacious bedroom with sitting area, private balcony, soaking tub and attentive service of the Club Sandals Concierge team.

Ocean Village Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub™
(Love Nest Suite)

Located on the east and west-end of the exclusive Royal House, these incredibly luxurious suites boast an oversized bedroom with separate living room, ocean views and indulging personal butler service.

Crystal Lagoon Swim-Up One Bedroom Butler Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub (Love Nest Suite)
These ultra-spacious suites boast a separate bedroom, expansive living room, patio with access to the resort’s stunning Crystal Lagoon and exclusive butler service. The private bedroom features elegant mahogany furnishings and a four-poster king-size bed.

18 Dec

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Barbados Comes Alive

December 18, 2015 | By |

Sandals Resorts celebrates the unparalleled natural beauty and the engaging local culture of Barbados and delivers a vacation beyond expectations. Discover fun activities that are perfect for two people in love.

Sun, Sand, and Snorkelling Cruise Island Routes Caribbean Adventures
This is a day for island lovers. Cruise along the spectacular coast to a tranquil bay for snorkelling with sea turtles and colourful marine life on a shipwreck. Continue on to a secluded beach for sun, sand and a delicious buffet lunch.

Red Lane® Spa
The Red Lane® Spa at Sandals Barbados was voted Barbados’ Best Hotel Spa at the 2015 World Spa Awards. Be sure to indulge in its most popular treatment: Scrub A Dub Dub – Two in a Tub, which includes a sugar scrub, a private soaking tub for two, and a Chinese Jasmine massage.

Water Sports
Sandals Barbados offers you more water sports and activities than any other resort on the island. Enjoy unlimited scuba diving for certified divers, bodyboarding (available exclusively at Sandals Barbados) and a whole range of other activities, like paddleboarding and kayaking.

Gourmet Discovery Dining
Vacations should be all about experiences, especially for people who love good food. At Sandals Barbados, you can experience 11 specialty restaurants including Sandals’ first ever Indian restaurant, Bombay Club, Butch’s Chophouse and The Merry Monkey, an authentic British Gastropub.

18 Dec

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Sarah Designs

December 18, 2015 | By |

Sarah Hartman is a Senior Designer at HPI Design. She was instrumental in creating the unique flare and flawless appeal of Sandals Barbados. She shares her inspiration and vision of the perfect island resort.

What was the guiding principle behind your design?
I wanted to create a clean, luxurious hotel with international appeal. We have 13 fire and water features, the longest swimming pool in the Caribbean, and a Riviera Italian pool with cabanas.

What about Barbados most inspired you?
The sea. The sea in Barbados is really beautiful. I incorporated its movement and colours throughout the resort.

How did you interpret the relationship between interior and exterior?
I really don’t ever want to create a border between interior and exterior. I like the view and design to be seamless, a complete integration of colour and atmosphere. I also like to mix things up and put a bathtub on the patio, to create a place to remember.

How about between public and private spaces?
We create intimate areas, shaded and private, throughout, by using low walls, and water and fire features. Public areas on the resort are very serene with low levels of light, water, and colour saturation.

What aspects of this project really got you excited?
I loved designing the lobby. It’s a contemporary space with a large water feature, custom-made fire features, a beautiful bar with shell pendants, warm coral stone, and custom-designed furniture.

Do you have a favourite feature?
I created a large niche with old-world statuary as part of the Italian pool deck and Portofino restaurant. It is so beautiful at night. It was just a wall of a building and now it has come to life.

What do you want guests to take away from their vacation?
We want our guests to leave refreshed, relaxed, and in love — to have memories of beautiful surroundings completely different from everyday life.

18 Dec

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Sandals Barbados

December 18, 2015 | By |

Welcome to Sandals® Barbados, and welcome to a Luxury Included® Vacation full of authentic Caribbean charm that offers more quality inclusions than any other resorts on the planet.

Barbados is home to a lively culture that combines the best of British sophistication and island soul; it’s high tea with all the trimmings, or a casual rum punch on the beach. Sandals Barbados embraces this spirit while delivering the very best in luxury accommodations, endless activities, top-of-the-line water sports, and Gourmet Discovery Dining to delight every palate — plus, it’s all included, all unlimited, all the time.

The island awaits.

26 Nov

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The 7 Sandals Resorts of Jamaica

November 26, 2015 | By |

Inspired by their beautiful natural surroundings, each of the seven Sandals Resorts in Jamaica is unique. Enjoy a vacation of fine dining, elegant accommodations, great golf, spa treatments, fun land and water sports, and impeccable service at a resort with its own distinct personality. Find your Sandals.

Explore all three Sandals Resorts in Montego Bay with Sandals’ Stay at One, Play at Three program. Round-trip transportation is always included and guests can enjoy each resort’s distinct atmosphere and amenities. Maybe you’ll get some ideas for another vacation.

1. Sandals Ochi Beach Resort (Ocho Rios)

The most happening place is happening NOW

This new resort is trendy when you want, private when you don’t. The Riviera and Great House Villages feature the unforgettable Ochi Beach Club and the Caribbean’s first speakeasy, The Rabbit Hole. The exclusive Butler Village is your perfect retreat to timeless sophistication with luxurious rooms and suites. This is the best of both worlds.

2. Sandals Royal Plantation (Ocho Rios)

Sandals’ only all-butler boutique resort

Understated elegance and exquisitely private, this resort features just 74 oceanview suites tucked into a magnificent coral bluff. Enjoy unlimited golf at nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club, access to all the amenities of Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, and Jamaica’s only Champagne and caviar bar, C-Bar (additional cost).

3. Sandals Montego Bay (Montego Bay)

A true beachfront resort that’s playful and romantic

The very first Sandals is a true original. On Jamaica’s largest private white sand-beach surrounded by calm waters protected by a natural reef, this is a beach vacation like no other. Indulge in the exclusive Beachfront Villa Suites with Butler Service, an all-suite enclave. And enjoy up to 20 restaurants with exchange privileges at two nearby Sandals Resorts.

4. Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island (Montego Bay)

Britain to Bali-exotic adventures in Jamaica

Experience a unique fusion at this resort with afternoon tea and a rousing game of croquet partnered with the exotic appeal of an authentic Thai restaurant on the private offshore island. This is Jamaica’s most alluring resort and will soon feature romantic and exclusive Over-the-Water Suites, a first for Sandals.

5. Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa (Negril)

A little bit exotic. A whole lot of chic.

On the longest and best stretch of Negril’s famous Seven-Mile Beach, this resort delivers a laid-back beach vacation that can’t be beat. By day, enjoy the sun and sand; and by night, enjoy romantic fire pits and low-key beach parties. For ultimate luxury, try the Swim-up Suites and Millionaire Suites.

6. Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa (Whitehouse)

All beachfront rooms guaranteed!

This grand 500-acre oasis offers three distinct villages, French, Italian and Dutch, all set along a spectacular stretch of beach. Relax in Jamaica’s largest pool, framed by a sprawling piazza. Tempt your taste buds with Gourmet Discovery Dining at eight specialty restaurants. This is a truly unique resort in the heart of paradise.

7. Sandals Carlyle (Montego Bay)

An authentic Jamaican boutique resort

This charming 52-room hideaway delivers an intimate B&B vacation with something extra. You’re minutes from Montego Bay’s Hip Strip, and you can enjoy 24-hour room service and free transfers to two nearby Sandals Resorts, giving you access to up to 20 restaurants and endless activities.