WATCH: The best vacations for couples

Posted at 3:26 PM, Feb 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-14 12:40:09-05

People don’t believe me when I tell them I took the beach picture below quickly with my phone and no Photoshop or Instagram was needed because this is really how amazing the water looks at the new Sandals Emerald Bay Resort in the Exumas. It’s ridiculously beautiful, I know. I’ve traveled all over the world and this hidden gem of a destination in the Bahamas is hard to beat.


 When I was researching unique romantic escapes for my next Travel Therapy segment,  I was intrigued to learn about Sandals’ newest luxury property on Great Exuma Island. After a visit to this impressive oceanfront resort, I quickly fell in love with the laid back vibe here, where sophistication and elegance blends seamlessly with relaxation. I found Sandals Emerald Bay an ideal Travel Therapy pick for a romantic escape because this special property exclusively caters to couples and goes above and beyond to create a truly decadent romantic and tranquil experience.


 I also appreciate how your stay is all-inclusive, room, food, drinks, activities, because the last thing you need as a couple is to fight about your vacation budget. This way from the moment you arrive you can relax and have that extra glass of champagne and not feel guilty.

For where to stay at Sandals Emerald Bay, the property has 245 rooms, suites and villas so you can choose exactly what’s best for you based on your needs. I choose villa 9210 because I love how it’s right on the beach and you have your own private amenities like this hammock..doesn’t it just call out your name and the view of the water…priceless!


 To help inspire romance many of your accommodation choices come with elite butler service where each butler is trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers so you feel like you’re living out a scene from Downton Abbey where you’re so spoiled and pampered you’re able to relax and spend your time doing what you love most…without any worry or stress.

One of my butlers, Stephen, learned I was craving fresh conch salad and went outside the resort to a favorite local’s restaurant called Big D’s and brought me back some of the best conch salad I’ve ever tasted. Butler’s Waldens and Cecil also quickly learned liked champagne so whether I was at the beach, the pool, the spa, they found me and always had a bottle chilling in ice ready to go.


Your butlers also like to leave you special surprise messages at the end of the evening.


Another bonus, your butler will make all your dining reservations for you. Whether you want a private candlelit dinner or to dine at one of the property’s seven restaurants you’re going to enjoy a culinary treat from feasting on delicious a la Carte gourmet Italian, French and fresh seafood cuisine, to enjoying inspired comfort food, like homemade pizza and pastries. Insider tip, at Café de Paris, that’s open from 6:30am to 10:00p.m. and filled with all kinds of yummy treats, ask them to make you one of their homemade crepes, like their raspberry and blueberry chocolate and caramel creation, it’s heavenly.


To help burn off some of those calories I also really appreciate at Sandals Emerald Bay that you have a lot of cool complimentary water sports to choose from, whether you’re into sailing, paddling, kayaking or even scuba diving, Sandals has you covered. For land lovers, there’s also tennis and a beautiful 18-hole Greg Norman designed golf course.

When you’re ready for some pampering “spa” style Sandals 16,000 square foot Red Land Spa is a beautiful tropical oasis. I experienced the “Wrapped in Romance Package” that starts with an island sugar cane exfoliation, followed by a detoxifying seaweed wrap and then soaking in a bubble bath while drinking bubbly before finishing with a blissful hot rock massage.


For more on what makes Sandals Emerald Bay so special be sure to check out my Travel Therapy video that we’ve posted here because if you think the picture of the water above was amazing, just wait until you see this video!

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