Ninth Annual S.T.A.R Awards
December 17, 2010

 

Last week, Sandals Resorts hosted the ninth annual Sandals Travel Agency Recognition Awards –S.T.A.R Awards at Sandals Whitehouse. The S.T.A.R  Awards gives us the opportunity to recognize our most loyal travel agency partners and it also gives us the chance to celebrate the successes of our top partners.  

Our relationships with our travel partners mean everything to us and that is why at Sandals, our goal is to always provide the finest vacation experience imaginable so our partners can sell our brands with confidence. We continue to add more inclusions, more value and quality to every vacation experience. In fact, right now, we can proudly boast more quality inclusions than any other resort on the planet.

On behalf of our 10,000 team members THANK YOU for your dedication and your loyalty and THANK YOU for making it Sandals and Beaches Resorts!

Cheers,

Gina

                                                 

 

                                                  

 

                               

 

 

 

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Three Islands - Three Days
December 3, 2010

 

 

Post Written By: Jennifer Dobrijevic

Destination Wedding Specialist

 

I have just returned from a FANTASTIC FAM trip visiting Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma, Royal Bahamian in Nassau and Beaches Turks and Caicos.  For many travel agents, selling from a brochure or website is the norm, so having the opportunity to experience these FAMs firsthand is truly an invaluable experience.  I’m sure I can speak for others when I say seeing these 3 properties firsthand far exceeded my expectations in everything from the accommodations (stunning) to the food (delicious) and the people (friendliest), and I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to recommend these properties to even my most discerning clientele.

Sandals Emerald Bay is a property I had the opportunity to visit earlier this year, shortly after it’s opening.  In such a short time, the already amazing property had been improved greatly!  Emerald Bay really does boast the finest stretch of beach, and yes the water is really as blue as the pictures!  The rooms are luxurious, modern and spacious, many with stunning views of the ocean.  The Red Lane Spa is a dual floor oasis with scents of Lemongrass and the feeling of utter calm sweeping over you from the moment you enter.  Spa manager Karen is absolutely fantastic, contact her ahead of time to book services for your clients and even for recommendations.  The 5 restaurants offer something for every diner, from pizza to fine dining even a dessert bar, along with 5 bars (including 2 pool bars) you can rest assured everyone will be well taken care of.  The Martha Stewart wedding gazebo is surrounded by lush gardens with a view of the ocean in the background, absolutely a picturesque location for a ceremony or even a reception following.  This resort is perfect for couples looking for a quiet getaway, to enjoy each others company, relax and reconnect. 

   

Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau blows you away from the moment you enter.  It’s old world charm and history at its finest.  The former private home of the Duke has been turned into a modern palatial resort fit for a King (or Queen).  Sitting on a beautiful stretch of beach, in close proximity to shopping and downtown Nassau it’s a great choice for couples who may want to explore off the resort.  However, with everything the resort has to offer, they may not want to do that!  We were treated to a Beach Party on “Sandals Cay” the private island with some of the best food (lobster dipped in garlic butter!) and best entertainment (fire dancers, fire limbo).  This island is a great option for guests looking to book private functions, or just escape for the night, you really do get two vacations in one!  The property boasts 10 restaurants including Sandals signature teppanyaki restaurant Kimono’s, a Pizzeria and Gordon’s where you can dine under the stars on the tip of the pier. The highlight of the property for me was the new fire pits!  Looking out onto the beach, the fire pits and accompanying couches are the perfect way for couples to wind down in the evening, romance romance romance!  At every turn there was a smiling face offering assistance, advice or just a friendly greeting.  One evening myself and another agent were looking to relax with a glass of wine in a hot tub and unwind.  We asked one of the butlers to direct us, rather then just point the way, he took us to a private hot tub, took our drink orders and returned to serve us!  Neither of us were staying in a butler suite, it was just that extra mile that staff will go to in order to take care of guests at the property.  Upon checkout, there was a line of staff on either side of our transfer waving flags and bidding us farewell.  No better way to leave a lasting impression with your clients then a group of staff seeing them off!  

The last stop on our trip was the ultra 6star Beaches Turks and Caicos.  Perfect for families, couples and singles of all ages this property is 4 vacations in one with something to offer everyone!  Between the four villages Caribbean, Seaside, French and Italian; every budget and group can be accommodated.  How many resorts can offer 16 restaurants and 17 bars?  Any parent who has ever travelled with a picky eater will appreciate this!  From Italian to Bobby D’s burger joint to Sapodillas white glove adult only fine dining, everyone will be will fed, so much so in fact that Hotel Manager Adrian Whitehead says it’s his personal mission to make sure each guest goes home 10 pounds heavier than when they arrived!  Parents can rest at ease knowing that child care options available from babies and toddlers, to interactive programs for teens and tweens.  The water parks, Xbox game lounge and Scratch DJ academies provide something for every guest on your list.  Don’t be offended if your kids decide they would rather spend time in the activities than with you! 

                                             

I can’t express how much I appreciate and value the opportunities to be on the FAMs and experience the properties firsthand.  There is no better way to recommend proporties to my clients than to have tasted the food, swam in the pools, walked the beaches and met the staff personally. 

 

Thank you for the amazing opportunity to fall in love with your product again!

 

Jennifer Dobrijevic

 

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