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Untouched by Dorian, paradise is up and running at Sandals Resorts in the Bahamas

The immaculate islands and sandy cays of the Bahamas are a desired destination for travellers the world over. But one particularly difficult guest overstayed its welcome this year.

Hurricane Dorian battered the northern Bahamian islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama for 48 hours, leaving widespread destruction in its wake. But one thing that sometimes got forgotten in the media coverage of the terrible event is that these are just two of the 700 islands that make up the Bahamas archipelago.

The rest of the vacation hotspot was untouched and is open for business.

Two resorts standing at the ready with warm aquamarine waters and impeccable luxury service are Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau and Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma.

"Thankfully, and luckily, both our resorts in the Bahamas were hundreds of miles away from the path of Hurricane Dorian and were not affected in any way, shape or form," says Maureen Barnes-Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing with Unique Vacations Canada.

"In fact, our team members and guests were completely safe and comfortable during the storm’s passage over the Northern Bahamas with no interruption of services at all. Both resorts are fully functional and sustained no damage, so agents and their clients can rest assured that they’ll receive the same level of luxury and warm Caribbean hospitality that Sandals is renowned for."

Combining the almost supernatural beauty of the Bahamas and Sandals' all-inclusive couples-only luxury product, Royal Bahamian and Emerald Bay have their own unique features and specialities that are right in line with travellers looking for that extra "oomph" in a resort.

Sandals Royal Bahamian prides itself on being the only Nassau accommodation with its own offshore island, offering a "two-resorts-in-one" experience.

Guests can be whisked away to the resort’s exclusive Sandals Island, which features two secluded beaches, A+ snorkeling opportunities and Schooners, one of the region’s best seafood houses. When the sun goes down, the vibe on the island switches gears, lit up by a bonfire, firepit seating areas and a live Junkanoo band.

NAS is a short transfer away, and the resort is minutes from duty-free shopping on Downtown Nassau’s Bay Street and opportunities for world-class gambling on Paradise Island.

Over on Exuma, Sandals Emerald Bay is a golfer's paradise with an on-property course designed by golf legend Greg Norman. The 18-hole ocean-side championship golf course boasts some of the most scenic greens in the Caribbean. Six signature holes overlook the shoreline and the back nine are set on a windswept peninsula.

A little action on the fairways followed by some R&R on one of Exuma's best powdery white sand beaches makes for the ideal “best of both worlds” trip. The resort also flaunts three freshwater pools -- including a half-acre zero entry pool, the largest in the Caribbean -- as well as a central fire pit for cocktail hour mingling.

While it's business as usual at these two Sandals resorts, Abaco and Grand Bahama continue to rebuild. While Grand Bahama has already made significant progress, the road ahead for Abaco is a long one.

According to Barnes-Smith, the best way to help these destinations that, year after year, welcomes Canadians so warmly, is to book clients to the Bahamas.

"Quite simply, as our Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart often says, the best thing we can do for the Bahamas is to continue to book, continue to send clients there and keep everyone working and keep the economy turning," she says. "We all know the key role that tourism plays in a nation’s economy. Perhaps nowhere is that more important than in the Caribbean, and more so after any type of natural disaster."

For Bahamas travel from Canada, Air Canada Vacations is unmatched in its airlift options, so both Sandals resorts are easily accessible – as are all of the group’s Caribbean properties.

"No other Canadian tour operator can match ACV’s flights to the Caribbean, particularly to the destinations where Sandals and Beaches operate resorts. We offer service to each and every one of their destinations," says Francine Allen, Sandals Brand Manager with ACV.

In addition to its popular YYZ-NAS route, ACV offers exclusive service between YYZ-GGT. The operator has also increased its non-stop airlift from YUL to NAS starting 20DEC, when frequency jumps from twice a week to four times a week.

"Our level of knowledge on the Sandals product is second to none. The agents at our ACV call centres have all received extensive training so they can help agents navigate their way through the various resorts and the different room categories to find the right one for their client. We’re here to help!" says Allen.

And with 63 connector cities across Canada (as well as short flights out of YYZ and YUL of just over 3 hours), ACV can transport clients from the Canadian winter to the balmy Bahamas in no time, hassle-free.

COMMENTS

Faryal Wadia
January 15, 2020 at 13:26

Price of the package

Susan Hickling
January 09, 2020 at 08:57

Great news


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