Sandals Resorts International has purchased the recently shuttered Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma at Emerald Bay for an undisclosed sum.
According to Sandals Resorts founder and chairman, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, the 500-acre property, which features a championship Greg Norman golf course and world-class marina, is set to become a Sandals Resort and will be called Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas. Following certain enhancements customary to the Sandals Resorts brand, including an expansive new pool complex and additional dining establishments, the resort will open January 22, 2010.
“This is a remarkable moment in the history of Sandals Resorts,” Stewart said in a written statement. “We are acquiring one of the most spectacular pieces of real estate in the Caribbean, which was operated by one of the world’s most highly regarded hotel companies.” In mid-May, The Bahamas' Cabinet Office announced that the Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma at Emerald Bay, which opened in 2003, would close later that month.