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Bahamas' Grand Isle Resort & SpaAugust 6, 2007 By: Joe Pike Travel Agent
Luxurious villas in Great Exuma are perfect for families, couples
hasn't been a secret for a very long time. But there are properties in this
destination that many clients never heard of and would be pleased that their
agent told them about. Grand Isle
Resort & Spa in the very quiet and spacious Emerald Bay Resort is one
recently toured the community of luxurious ocean and golf course villas located
within the 500-acre
13 acres, the 78
excellent ocean views, a variety of water sports, a Greg Norman-designed golf
course and a recently unveiled penthouse. Once its brand new spa is completed
in December, it will be able to compete with some of Great Exuma's other—and
probably better known—luxury properties.
We stayed in room #3103, a Partial Ocean Front Suite. The
two-floor, two-bedroom suite offered a partial view of the ocean, a patio, an
outdoor balcony and two 60-plus-inch plasma TVs. The room is about $600 a night
in the low season and goes up as high as $1,100. We loved the room, but
preferred the Ocean Front Suites, which offer a front-and-center, painting-like
scene of Great Exuma. We inspected room #1413, which goes for about $1,200 in
the low season and about $1,700 in peak season.
The best room, however, is the $5.7 million Master Grand
Penthouse, which was unveiled to media, tourism and government officials when
we visited. It sits on the highest point of
in The Bahamas. In peak season, the rooms cost as high as about $6,000 per
We toured the 4,000-square-foot room, which is one of two
penthouses the property plans to have. It has four bedrooms, four and a half
bathrooms, a media room and outdoor balcony with views of the ocean, Great
Exuma and the back nine of the golf course. The master bedroom has French
sliding glass doors leading to the terrace, a marble bath with dual vanities
and a whirlpool tub. Also, all guests have the option of requesting in-villa
dining; the resort's cooking staff will prepare a meal in the kitchen and have
it brought to your clients. The concierge can assist with choosing courses from
the fine or casual dining menus.
Guests of Grand Isle Resort and Spa can play on the 18-hole
golf course and six lighted tennis courts; they also have access to local
excursions for fishing, sailing, snorkeling, sightseeing and diving.
We were particularly fond of snorkeling. Coral reefs are
located just a short distance from the rooms. We swam only about 20 feet or so
into the ocean before we were swimming over a reef, spotting an array of exotic
fish. We couldn't tell you the names of the fish like other snorkeling
enthusiasts can, but we can tell you that they were some of the most beautiful
we ever saw.
Other activities that Grand Isle Resort & Spa offers
include kayaking, seasonal children's camps, and adult activities including a
state of the art fitness center.
The existing Palappa Bar & Grille is an outdoor lunch
venue overlooking the infinity pool pavilion, the beach and the turquoise
serves lunch every day and dinner on designated evenings with an emphasis on
native fish such as conch, grouper, snapper and crab.
Grand Isle Resort & Spa offers agents a 10 percent
commission. Agents can call General Manager Tracy Stoltz at 242-358-5000 or
e-mail [email protected].