Is­land Hop­ping San­dals® Style

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

When head­ing to The Ba­hamas, it’s so hard to de­cide where to go. It’s a case of so many is­lands, so lit­tle time. “Do I want a non-stop party or to just chill on the beach?” you may ask of your­self. “Do I want to spend my time on or in the wa­ter, or do I want to play golf?”

With San­dals, there’s no need to choose, be­cause they take is­land hop­ping to a whole new level in the Ba­hamas, with all-in­clu­sive re­sorts on two is­lands. Nas­sau, known for its glit­ter­ing casi­nos, Junkanoo fes­ti­val, duty-free shop­ping, and ex­otic ad­ven­tures, is a high-en­ergy haven that’s drawn glit­terati and roy­alty alike. It’s where you’ll find San­dals Royal Ba­hamian, for­merly The Bal­moral Club, where The Bea­tles (who filmed their movie “Help!” on the is­land) and the Duke and Duchess of Wind­sor once stayed. It’s the per­fect place to stay, with 10 restau­rants, a Red Lane® Spa, and the added ad­ven­ture of San­dals very own off­shore is­land, with all the lux­u­ri­ous ameni­ties you’d ex­pect from San­dals—a pool with a swim-up bar, beach ca­banas and nightly beach par­ties. Guests in se­lect suites even en­joy the ser­vices of a pri­vate but­ler, and Rolls-Royce or Mercedes Benz trans­fers for top-tier suites, some­thing only San­dals of­fers.

Life is more un­spoiled in the Ex­u­mas, which is why it’s such a draw for the in­ter­na­tional A-list, many of whom f lock to San­dals Emer­ald Bay. Home to im­mac­u­late beaches, un­touched nat­u­ral won­ders, and some of the calmest wa­ters in the world, the re­sort draws those seek­ing pri­vacy, tran­quil­ity, and the pur­suit of all things aquatic. The calm wa­ters of the Ex­u­mas in­vite sail­ing, pad­dle board­ing, snor­kel­ing, scuba div­ing,* and sports fish­ing. You can even swim with pigs there. But land­lub­bers aren’t left out of the game. The Greg Nor­man-de­signed cham­pi­onship golf course* hugs a scenic penin­sula al­low­ing for both chal­leng­ing play and spec­tac­u­lar views. Pris­tine beaches are made for re­lax­ing, eleven restau­rants are per­fect for gourmet din­ing, and an award­win­ning spa is de­signed to pam­per the mind, body and spirit.

With San­dals Re­sorts, guests don’t need to choose which is­land to ex­plore with the new Is­land Hop­ping pro­gram.

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