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  Compare Sandals Grande Antigua with Sandals Emerald Bay

NOTE: These comparisons provide a general overview of the resorts. For detailed explanations and specific questions please call us at 303-989-4880.

 Climate and Activities

The difference in climate between Exuma and Antigua and the type of activities you want to enjoy should be first consideration when trying to decide between these two Sandals Resorts.

If beach, pool, diving, and other water sports are high on you list, Sandals Grande Antigua will be OK anytime of year. The summer months can be a little hot for some people.

On the other hand, Sandals Emerald Bay can be very cool mid September through mid-April. During winter months the ocean can be tolerable in good weather. It will require a cloud-free morning with bright sun to warm the main pool to the point where it can be enjoyed. (The quiet pool is moderately heated, but no pool bar or loud activities allowed.) Plan on low to mid 70's in the winter months.

Overall, both resorts are going to offer the same activities and water sports while on property.


Sandals Grande Antigua
Sandals Grande Antigua Beach

Sandals Grande Antigua
Sandals Grande Antigua

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Sandals Grande Antigua Pool


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Sandals Emerald Bay Beach

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Emerald Reef Golf Club

Sandals Emerald Bay
Sandals Emerald Bay


The biggest difference in activities is Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club located at Sandals Emerald Bay. This championship golf course designed by Greg Norman is perhaps the finest golf course in the Caribbean. Most golf courses boast one signature hole. This course has six Signature holes located directly on the water (you can see overview here).

Weather for golf is ideal in winter months. Best course conditions will be in winter months. Course can be hot in summer months. Also course is not in as good condition during summer months as mowing and watering is adjusted for hot weather.


Sandals Emerald Bay has the best beach of all the Sandals properties. Brilliant white powdery sand extends well into the water with a gradual slope. Unless windy, the water is calm. You will need to wait to get there to understand the color of the water! The beach is private, uncrowded and very long.

Sandals Grande Antigua has a great beach as well. However it is much smaller than Emerald Bay. It is also public and can be very busy with local vendors and non-guests. If you check out pictures of the beach at the rail fence is what separates the hotel property from the beach.


Both resorts have great pools. It is best for pool lovers to head to Antigua in winter months. This is because of colder air and water temperatures at Emerald Bay in winter months. The edge goes to Emerald Bay during summer months.


Very good at both resorts. Sandals Grand Antigua offers 11 total options compared to 7 at Emerald Bay. The French restaurant at Emerald Bay is one of Sandals best system wide.


There isn't a bad room at Sandals Emerald Bay. Beachfront Villas are right on the beach. Book any category and you will have a great room. Sandals Grande Antigua is a different story. It is best to use a travel agent familiar with the property to be sure you end up with the best room for your needs and desires.



Sandals Grande Antigua Compared with Sandals Emerald Bay
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