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17 Feb

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Best of the Bahamas

February 17, 2017 | By |

Discover our recommendations for the top activities in the Bahamas.

Nassau SUB Adventures
Get the best of snorkelling and scuba diving all in one on this unique and exciting journey on an underwater motorbike! You’ll be wearing a bubble-shaped helmet with constant air flow, and will be free to swim up to marine life and reefs. See colourful fish and gorgeous coral reefs up close.

Exuma Cays Ocean Safari
Set sail aboard a catamaran and snorkel, soak up the sun and take in the incredible beauty of the Exumas. Cruise along over 75 cays with several stops along the way, spot the Bahamian rock iguana and feed swimming pigs! The tour concludes with a swim along a beautiful coral reef.

17 Feb

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Discover the Sandals Magic in the Bahamas

February 17, 2017 | By |

Sandals Royal Bahamian offers guests both an exclusive offshore island and a refined mainland, while Sandals Emerald Bay brings unprecedented luxury to the Bahamas’ Out Islands in Great Exuma. At both resorts, guests will enjoy 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining, impeccable service, unlimited land and water sports and the luxurious Red Lane® Spa.

 

Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort

This luxury Bahamas resort is situated in the Bahamian Out Islands and offers incredible beauty at every turn, from an endless, pristine beach to elegant buildings and accommodations. Keep cool in three pools, including a half-acre, zero-entry pool, seven delicious gourmet restaurants and six full-service bars.

 

Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Club

Enjoy free golf* at Sandals Emerald Bay’s award-winning course, designed by the legendary Greg Norman and featuring incredible ocean views and challenging fairways.

*Conditions apply. Details at aircanadavacations.com.

 

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island

This exceptional resort offers guests two unique experiences in one, mixing European sophistication with the laid back rhythms of the Caribbean, and features unlimited gourmet dining paired with premium spirits including Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines, land and water sports, and much more.

 

Exclusive Offshore Island

Romance awaits on an exclusive offshore island. Soak up the sun on a secluded beach, enjoy the chic beach club or treat yourself to a private beach cabana.

17 Feb

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Sandals in Paradise

February 17, 2017 | By |

With stunning white-sand beaches, warm, sparkling water and exceptionally beautiful vistas, the Bahamas offers the ideal setting for a Luxury Included® vacation at Sandals® Resorts.

Take off to Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, perfectly situated on beautiful Cable Beach near the fun city of Nassau. Or discover true tranquility in Great Exuma at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort.

Sandals offers the most romantic settings and more quality inclusions than any other resorts on the planet.

24 Feb

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Treat Yourself!

February 24, 2016 | By |

Your Luxury Included® Vacation should be about enjoying the very best things in life, whether that’s a day of pampering at the spa or an unexpected island delight.

Go ahead and treat yourself.

Exclusive Offshore Island at Sandals Royal Bahamian

Escape to an authentic offshore adventure with two secluded beaches: one for relaxing and exploring the Bahamas’ best snorkelling, the other for high-energy water sports. Treat yourself to an oasis of private beach cabanas, the chic Beach Club, and a Zen garden. Paradise: found and included!

Red Lane® Spa at Sandals Emerald Bay

This award-winning sanctuary offers you Caribbean-inspired treatments to help you relax and replenish. On your day of pampering, enjoy 17 treatment rooms, a beauty salon, a Yoga-Pilates studio, steam room, intimate relaxation areas in secluded gardens and lots more.

Unlimited Golf at Sandals Emerald Bay

Sandals Emerald Bay features a Greg Norman-designed 7,001-yard, par-72 championship golf course that rivals any oceanside course in the world; and it’s also the longest course in the Caribbean. This award-winning course offers a challenge to novices and pro golfers alike.

Island Routes Caribbean Adventures

Island Routes is the bigger, better, funner way to experience authentic Caribbean adventures. In the Bahamas, try snorkelling and swimming with the dolphins, or heading out on the town to enjoy a famous fish fry fête. Or, try a fun-filled, action-packed deluxe catamaran cruise.

24 Feb

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The Sandals Resorts

February 24, 2016 | By |

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island

The architectural majesty of Europe fused with the natural splendor of the Bahamas

Tucked away in a serene corner of the Bahamas, this luxurious all-inclusive resort delivers leisure in an oasis of old-world charm. It was once the private club for 1940’s high society such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and today is the Bahamas’ most elegant resort, offering private Rolls Royce transfers for top-tier suites.

Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort

Exquisite sophistication in the exotic Bahamian Out Islands

This idyllic resort brings unprecedented luxury to the easy-going rhythms of the Bahamian Out Islands. Here service reigns supreme and Bahamian-style architecture harmonizes with nature within 500 tropical acres along the pristine, silky white, mile-long Emerald Bay Beach.

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.

18 Jan

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6 Fun Facts About Your Next Disney Cruise Line Vacation

January 18, 2016 | By |

With the winter blues creeping in, it’s time to experience something truly magical. We’re talking about a holiday on the high seas, a Disney Cruise Line vacation in fact.  With sailings to exotic destinations in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Alaska, and Europe, your whole family can delight in the comfort and service aboard a Disney cruise. Here are 6 fun facts to get you started:

1. Kids love Disney cruises and they’ll be entertained for hours.

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In addition to special moments with Disney characters, kids can look forward to exciting clubs with Disney-themed activities and entertainment. There are also immersive, private clubs for tweens and teens, so there won’t be a single sullen teenager in sight! All included in the price of the cruise!

2. Parents enjoy Disney cruises because they can relax too.

While the kids are busy having fun in supervised clubs, grown-ups can let loose in exclusive adult areas. From a nighttime entertainment district to a fine dining restaurant, peace of mind is convenient and possible. And for those worried about missing a gym workout – don’t worry, there’s a state-of-the-art fitness centre, too.

3. A Disney cruise includes only the best entertainment.

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There’s never a dull moment, thanks to Broadway-style Disney musicals (found only on board) and first-run films (some in 3D!). We also love the themed deck parties and most voyages even have fireworks.

4. A Disney cruise features unique Rotational Dining: a mouth-watering experience with impeccable service.

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Throughout the cruise, guests rotate through 3 restaurants while accompanied by the same servers at each dinner. It’s a welcome, personal touch, and there’s never an up-charge for sumptuous menu items, like baked lobster tail and roasted rack of lamb.

5. A Disney cruise means convenience, comfort and legendary Disney service.

Guests are lodged in spacious staterooms (designed especially for families) where they can order 24-hour complimentary room service. And that’s not all – complimentary soda, coffee and tea are always available on the pool deck.

6. Most Bahamian and Caribbean sailings include a stop at a private island.

Castaway Cay is a Disney exclusive and a favourite among guests for its soft sand beaches and swaying palm trees.

If you’re ready to leave those winter blues behind, start planning your magical Disney Cruise Line vacation today!

As to Disney artwork, logos and properties: ©Disney Ships’ Registry: The Bahamas

03 Feb

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Top 5 Family-Friendly Hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean

February 3, 2015 | By |

It’s not always easy to plan a family vacation – you have to consider everyone’s individual wish list and try to stay within budget. Turns out we’ve found the secret to successful family vacation planning: choosing the right hotel! Here are our top 5 hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean that will make your family vacation in the sun an absolutely memorable one.

1) Melia Nassau Beach Resort – Nassau, Bahamas

Melia Nassau Beach Resort

This hotel has all the right ingredients for a successful family vacation. Considering its proximity to the airport, you’ll be able to dodge the age-old ‘Are we there yet?’ question from your kids. Once at the resort, they will likely not be disappointed, and neither will you. At Melia Nassau Beach Resort, everything is in order so that your kids can have fun while you relax in the sun. The on-site kid’s club is typically open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and offers activities that vary daily. From games and sports to arts and crafts, there’s something for everyone.

2) Now Jade Riviera Cancun – Cancun, Mexico

Now Jade Riviera Cancun

This resort is a paradise for kids. And parents too. At Now Jade Riviera Cancun, kids stay free. That’s right, free. Between August and December 2015, kids under 12 years old stay and eat free. Plus, your little ones can keep busy at the Explorer Club, which offers activities like sandcastle-making contests and an ocean trampoline. And they will be in good hands with the club’s animators, who have first aid training and are Red Cross certified. The club is open until 10:00 p.m., which gives Mom and Dad an opportunity for a romantic dinner for 2, if they so desire.

3) Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa

The family suites at Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa are perfect for a family vacation. Upon your arrival in this spacious suite, you will receive a welcome basket of candy. Everything here is designed for your wellbeing: bathrobes and slippers for the grown-ups and little ones, kid-friendly bath products and a minibar that is stocked daily with drinks for the whole family. Prices for kids are attractive and the hotel is home to the ever-entertaining Bahia Scout Club House. The icing on the cake? The hotel has its own kid-friendly water park too!

4) Sol Rio de Luna y Mares – Holguin, Cuba

Sol Rio de Lunas y Mares

This hotel is a family-friendly gem in Cuba. The beach is breathtakingly beautiful, the food is exquisite, kids stay and eat free between April and December 2015, and the staff aims to make your stay memorable. The resort makes you feel at home, while offering an element of fun, relaxation and sun. Your kids can take part in Spanish classes, dance lessons and eco-adventures. In the evening, the hotel’s shows appeal to young and old. Thanks to a professional team that caters to the needs of your entire family, vacationing is pretty sweet at Sol Rio de Luna y Mares.

5) Punta Leona Hotel & Club – San José, Costa Rica

Punta Leona Hotel & Club

The Punta Leona Hotel & Club is ideal for adventurous families who love nature and new experiences. Children under 5 years old stay free at this property. The hotel is located in a 740-acre forest reserve, which is an excellent area to observe numerous bird species such as the scarlet macaw and the spotted sandpiper. You may also encounter white-faced monkeys, spider monkeys and sloths. Hiking trails of various difficulty levels are also available and can be chosen depending on the age of your children. This hotel in the heart of nature will astound both young and old.

 

So where will your next family vacation be? A little easier to choose now, hopefully? To book, or to browse more of these types of hotels, check out our Family vacation page.

 

03 Aug

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A magic place in the Bahamas, the Exumas

August 3, 2013 | By |

Of the hundreds of tiny islands in the Bahamas, the Exumas are the most exotic.

Swimming with pigs is a pretty strange activity to recommend for a beautiful destination like Great Exuma. If you’ve never heard of Great Exuma and its sibling Little Exuma, don’t worry. They are two of the islands that make up the spectacular chain of the Exumas in the Bahamas.

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