Destination Wedding: Jessica and Justin's Intimate Island Nuptials (part 1 of 2)

Posted on Mon , Oct 07, 2013

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When I first started working with Jessica and Justin, they wanted to plan a honeymoon in Jamaica or St. Lucia. They dreamed of a romantic getaway with a nice mix of relaxation and island adventure, and they wanted a special honeymoon suite. I made a couple recommendations on each island to suit their requirements and explained the major differences between the rooms and resorts that I was suggesting so they could make a final decision.

As sometimes happens, when next I spoke with Jessica, the couple had become slightly overwhelmed by the prospect of planning a traditional, local wedding with lots of family and friends to please. She wanted to know more about the Sandals WeddingMoon®, which is a destination wedding + honeymoon all in one package. I told Jessica that because they were already planning a 6 night honeymoon, they could add the Wedding to the Moon at no additional cost, and I would lead her through each painless step of planning the ceremony and reception. After consulting with Justin, the decision for an intimate island wedding was made, and after a 2 hour lunch date, we had planned their destination wedding and honeymoon at Sandals Regency La Toc in St. Lucia. 

I always recommend that honeymooners - and especially those getting married on resort - book one of Sandals Love Nest Suites. These suites are Sandals most romantic, intimate accommodations, and staying in a Love Nest Suite makes for a very special, unique honeymoon experience. Jessica and Justin chose the Sunset Bluff Honeymoon Oceanfront One Bedroom Butler Villa Suite with Private Pool at Sandals Regency La Toc. 

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This room boasts one of my all-time favorite views in the Caribbean - enjoyable from your own private plunge pool. Sitting atop Sunset Bluff, this suite has a beautifully decorated separate living room and bedroom with plenty of space. The veranda is large and the view of the ocean and the sunset is stunning. Open the sliding glass doors in your bedroom to enjoy these romantic views right from your four poster king size bed. Stone floors, mahogany furnishings, and vaulted ceilings make these suites cozy and inviting. 

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I always make sure my WeddingMoons couples receive VIP treatment. Upon arrival in St. Lucia, Jessica and Justin were driven by a private driver and luxury sedan from the airport to the resort. Their personal butler met their car at the resort and escorted them directly to their honeymoon suite. The next day, they met with their on-resort wedding coordinator who confirmed the details of the wedding ceremony and reception. They had a champagne cake tasting and selected a cake flavor. A local attorney met with them in the resort wedding office to finalize the legal marriage documents. The wedding coordinator took them on a full tour of the resort grounds, and Jessica made the final decision to hold the ceremony in the wedding gazebo overlooking the beach. Then, they were off to relax and play until it was time for their wedding, which was scheduled for 4pm two day later.

Each island does has its own legal documentation and residency requirements for weddings. St. Lucia requires the bride and groom arrive on the island 3 business days before there wedding ceremony. However, as in the case of Jessica and Justin's wedding, the couple may choose to pay a documentation expedition fee in order to get married sooner. But as Jessica would tell you, don't fret about the details! Contact The Sand Lady to take care of all of these things for you. It is my job to know the details and present  you with the options. 

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On the wedding day, Jessica had her hair and makeup done in the spa on resort. She said this was a great way to relax before the wedding. Her partial up-do was beautiful, and she was happy to see that the spa used makeup products by MAC. Once her hair and makeup were complete, her female butler Trisha drove her back to the suite to get dressed. Jessica was happy that Trisha was there to help her with her bridal gown. Before the wedding, as they got to know their butler team of Trisha and Sydney, Jessica and Justin decided to ask that they stand as witnesses to their marriage. 

Jessica and Justin's wedding theme is the Beautiful Beginnings complimentary wedding ceremony and champagne reception. They also used Sandals in-house photography and videography services. 


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Jessica's Tips to Brides
- What NOT to miss: "Sandals Personal Butler Service was absolutely amazing. I was SO GLAD we had this for our destination wedding. It made everything so relaxed and stress-free on the wedding day, especially."
- What I would have changed: "Justin said he was kind of nervous and anxious waiting for wedding time. I was in the spa - all relaxed. He was hanging out by himself. He is not a spa guy. If your groom would enjoy a massage, then I'd say schedule that for that time that you're apart before the wedding. For him, if I'd realized this would be the case, I would have just gone ahead and scheduled the wedding to be earlier in the day. When you're planning your wedding, you might be thinking more along the wedding time of a traditional, local wedding. Once you're on island time, there is not much difference between 11am and 4pm!"

Check out Part 2 of this blog series for the rest of Jessica and Justin's WeddingMoon story.

Click below to request your complimentary WeddingMoon consultation with The Sand Lady.

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Topics: destination wedding, Sandals La Toc, Personal Butler Service

Sandals Emerald Bay: Resort of the Month

Posted on Thu , Jul 11, 2013

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Sandals Emerald Bay is one of the newest, most exclusive and chic resorts in the Caribbean. This resort is located on an out island of the Bahamas called Great Exuma. 

Sandals Emerald BayThe Exumas are considered to be the French Riviera of the Caribbean; their calm aquamarine bays and beautiful beaches rest just 130 miles southeast of Nassau, Bahamas. A mere 40 minutes by plane from South Florida, the 365 tiny islets and cays that comprise The Exumas feel as though they are a million miles away from anywhere. Deep within the pristine Bahamian Out Islands, their waters are revered the world over for their diving, fishing and yachting. 

Upon arrival at Georgetown International Airport, after exiting Customs and Immigration, just look for the Sandals Welcome Host. Your complimentary transfer to and from the resort is arranged by Sandals, so climb aboard your air-conditioned bus and enjoy a brief 10-minute ride to Sandals Emerald Bay. Once you arrive at the resort, you'll be greeted like all Sandals guests, with a glass of champagne, a cold towel and a warm smile.

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Deep within the idyllic waters of the Exumas, Sandals Emerald Bay brings unprecedented luxury to the easy-going rhythms of the Bahamian Out Islands. Here, civilized pleasure coexists with exotic adventures amidst 500 tropical acres along a pristine, mile-long beach, which ensures you will feel as if you are the only ones there. Service reigns supreme, and Bahamian-style architecture of elegant villas and suites harmonize with nature. This resort boasts three impressive pools including a half-acre, zero-entry pool with dramatic fire pit in the middle. You may play championship golf on a Greg Norman-designed course, voted one of the Caribbean's Best by Travel & Leisure Golf or relax in the first-ever 16,000 sq. ft. Red Lane Dermalogica concept spa.

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Resort Highlights:

  • Resort sits on one mile of the Exumas best powdery white sand beaches with a panoramic view
  • Room Service in all room categories
  • 245 choices of luxurious accommodations in 26 categories
  • Butler Service in 33 Seaside Villas and 36 One-Bedroom Suites
  • 7 Restaurants plus Room Service and 6 Bars at this resort
  • 150 slip deep water marina
  • Freshly baked fruit-flavored bread from our Authentic Island-Style Stone Oven right on the resort
  • Greg Norman designed 7001 yard, par 72 Championship golf course with 6 signature Oceanside holes
  • Three fresh water pools including the Caribbean’s largest zero entry pool with a central fire pit
  • Magnificent Red Lane Spa facility encompassing 16,000 sq. ft. with 16 relaxing treatment rooms
  • State of the art fitness center
  • Over 13,000 sq. ft. of covered banqueting and convention facilities.

Room Features:

Down duvets and pillows; personal pillow menu; flat screen televisions with cable connections; DVD players on request; electronic in-room safe; hairdryer; emergency overnight toiletry kit; lighted make-up/shaving mirror; luggage rack; individual temperature control; robes; iron and ironing board; smoke and heat detectors; night lights; two line speaker phones with data port and I-home deck with an alarm clock. All suites include double marble vanity sinks, glass enclosed shower and a deep soaking tub.

Sandals Exclusive Personal Butler Service:

Your wish is our command. With the uncompromising attention of a personal butler trained to the highest standards by the elite Guild of Professional English Butlers, you will be pampered throughout your stay in extraordinary ways. From unpacking and packing your luggage, attending to your wardrobe, serving a glorious breakfast on your terrace, and many more surprises, a Sandals Suite complete with your own personal butler, is the ultimate indulgence. More on Personal Butler Service here.

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Emerald Reef Golf Club

“Built along a headland on the eastern shores of Great Exuma, the Emerald Reef course is the Caribbean's answer to Pebble Beach in California. In fact – and whisper it quietly – with six signature holes that hug the ocean, for sheer aesthetic appeal, this Bahamian course might even surpass it."

Charles Starmer-Smith
Travel News Editor Telegraph Travel

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Off-Resort Adventures

Fishing on the Exuma flats for huge bonefish... Cruising in and out of 150 islands and cays... Feeding wild iguanas and swimming pigs... Kayaking through a maze of mangroves in the Moriah Marine Park... Swimming with friendly sharks... There a something for everyone in and around Great Exuma, Bahamas

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More on this Destination

Visa & Passport Requirements
All travelers will require a valid passport. Please check for any other necessary visa or documentation requirements.

Average Temperatures
Caribbean temperatures are warm year-round. Daytime average: 82°F, 28°C. Nighttime average: 72°F, 22°C.

Dress Code
Resort casual by day, resort elegant by night. So while the sun is up, your shorts, tank tops, swim suits, short-sleeved shirts, sundresses and light slacks are the perfect attire. As the sun sets and you set out to enjoy the evening, proper attire is required (although elegant dress shorts are permitted in some restaurants).

Safe Deposit Boxes
Safe deposit boxes are included in every room. Guests with jewelry and/or cash are advised to store all valuables in safe deposit boxes as Sandals cannot be held responsible

WI-FI Coverage and Internet Access
Most public areas of this hotel, and all of the rooms, have Wi-Fi coverage for your convenience. Instant access to the Internet may be obtained by simply connecting to the network, and wi-fi is included with every room at this resort.

Scuba Diving
Top-of-the-line equipment for scuba diving is included for certified divers; however, you're welcome to bring your own. You must remember your diver certification cards to enjoy full diving privileges. If you have any contra-indications to diving you must have a doctor complete and sign the physician section on the medical questionnaire form before you will be allowed to dive at any of our resorts.

Tips and Gratuities
Tips and gratuities are strictly prohibited for all staff except personal Butlers & Spa Therapists. In the event you wish to tip your Butler or Spa Therapist, it will be greatly appreciated but under no circumstance will a tip be required or solicited.

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Topics: Bahamas, Sandals Emerald Bay, Resort of the Month

Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Fine French Cuisine

Posted on Mon , Jul 08, 2013

Sandals Resorts French Restaraunts[Each Sandals Resort offers multiple restaurants, fine dining and dine anytime options. The Sandals Resorts brand includes more than 35 different signature restaurants offering Italian cuisine, British pub food, varied Asian selections, fine French cuisine, and authentic Caribbean fare as well as seaside dining. And it is all included in your Sandals vacation package. This is the fifth installment in a seven-part blog series. Find links to the rest of the series at the bottom of this entry.]

French cuisine has evolved extensively over centuries. The national cuisine started forming in the Middle Ages to the influence of the work of skilled chefs and various social and political movements. Over the years the styles of French cuisine have been given different names, and have been modified by various master chefs. The national cuisine developed primarily in the city of Paris with the chefs to French royalty, but eventually it spread throughout the country and was even exported overseas. At Sandals and Beaches Resorts, you'll find some of the finest French dishes in the Western hemisphere. 

Sandals Signature French Restaraunts

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Presented below is a couple of the Sandals Resorts signature French restaraunts and a few examples from the menus of each:

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Le Papillon (Sandals Royal Plantation, Jamaica) Feel as if you've wandered into one of Paris' most elegant restaurants. Le Papillon's French-inspired Caribbean cuisine, which mingles the finest of Europe and the incredibly fresh local produce of Jamaica with the classical techniques and venerable traditions of France's finest establishments, takes you on a truly unforgettable culinary tour around the world. 

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Les Hors D'Oeuvre

"Bonbons" de foie gras, poire au porto
"Candy" Foie gras, pears in porto

Crabe cake et purée de patates douces, mesclun de salade à l'huile pimentée
Crab cake and mashed sweet potatoes, mesclun salad with chilli oil

Cassolette d’escargots de Bourgogne
Casserole Burgundy snails

Soupe glacée avocat-citron vert, tartare tomates, gambas et piment d'Espelette
Chilled soup avocado-lime, tomato tartare, shrimp and Espelette pepper

Les Poissons

Dos de Red Snapper laque au Miel, Polenta aux aux agrumes et Gingembre Frais
Red Snapper back glazed with honey, Polenta with citrus and fresh Ginger

Homard grillé et chutney de tomates aux fruits exotiques, Legumes du Marche
Grilled lobster and tomato chutney with exotic fruits, Vegetable from the Market

Les Viandes

Carré d'agneau en croûte d'herbes
Herb crusted lamb rack

Pièce de Filet boeuf au beurre d'avocat, salsa de mangue et tomates
Piece of tenderloin beef to butter with avocado, mango salsa and tomatoes

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Baccarat (Sandals Royal Bahamian, Nassau, Bahamas) Named after the famous French Crystal manufacturer who created the elegantly curved windowpanes throughout its interior, Baccarat merges the delightful clinking of fine crystal with elegant Art Nouveau decor. Candle lights dance on tables set in stunning bay windows while white-gloved waiters serve award winning French cusine, all overlooking the moonlit pool. 

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Hors d’Oeuvres - Appetizers

Mille Feuilles de Légumes – Vegetables
Grilled Mushrooms, Creamed Spinach and Pumpkin Mousseline Layered in Puff Pastry, Tomato Orange Coulis

Cocktail aux Fruits de Mer - Seafood
Chilled Marinated Seafood in Season

Les Soupes – Soups

Bisque de Coquillages et Crustacés - Seafood Bisque
Lobster, Clams and Mussels Slowly Simmered in Tomato Cream Infused with Brandy

Consomme “Celestine”
Light Chicken Broth Garnished with Carrot and Crêpe “Julienne”

Les Plats Principaux – Entrées

Margret de Canard a l’Orange – Duck
Duck Breast, Orange Grand Marnier Sauce and Vegetable Julienne

Poisson du Jour – The Catch of the Day
Filet of Fish en Papillote with Mangoes, Steamed Potatoes, Market Vegetables and Creole Salsa

Les Desserts

Crêpe Suzette
Thin French Pancake filled with fresh fruit compote, topped with sweet orange sauce

Crème Brûlée pour les deux
A Traditional Crème Brûlée to share with your loved one

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Also worth mentioning is Sandals signature Parisian-style patisserie, Cafe de Paris (Sandals Whitehouse, Sandals Grande Antigua and Sandals Emerald Bay) featuring sinful pastries, crepes, coffees and dessert. After all, everyone works up a sweet tooth sooner or later.

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In this seven-part blog series, we will take a look at several of the Sandals signature restaurants and their exemplary menus. Don't miss:

Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Italian Regional Cuisine
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Olde Country British Pub
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Unique Asian Fusion
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Fine French Cuisine
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Authentic Caribbean Fare and Seaside Dining (coming soon)
Client Review: Sandals Resorts Dining (coming soon)

Whether you are planning a Caribbean honeymoon, destination wedding, 25th wedding anniversary or you're just a beach-loving foodie, let me help you select the right Sandals resort for your vacation style. There is never any charge for my services. Click below to request your one-on-one vacation consultation or register to attend our next Sandals webinar.

Request a Complimentary Consultation or Join a Webinar: Join a free webinar

Topics: Sandals Royal Bahamian, Sandals Royal Plantation, Dining and Food

Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Unique Asian Fusion

Posted on Wed , Jul 03, 2013

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[Each Sandals Resort offers multiple restaurants, fine dining and dine anytime options. The Sandals Resorts brand includes more than 35 different signature restaurants offering Italian cuisine, British pub food, varied Asian selections, fine French cuisine, and authentic Caribbean fare as well as seaside dining. And it is all included in your Sandals vacation package. This is the fourth installment in a seven-part blog series. Find links to the rest of the series at the bottom of this entry.]

Asian cuisines are all about harmony and balance, but each different cuisine accomplishes this in its own singular way. Whether finicky or adventurous, bold or timid, hearty or healthy, there is an Asian cuisine to suit every approach to dining - and Sandals offers them all. In Thai cuisine, achieving the perfect flavor for any dish relies upon a balance of four basic tastes: sour, bitter, sweet and salty. Intricate fruit and vegetable carvings add the finishing touch to Asia's most elaborately decorated plates. Clean, natural, unspiced flavors define Asia's most healthful cuisine, Japanese.

Sandals Signature Asian Restaurants

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Presented below is a couple of the Sandals Resorts signature Asian restaraunts and a few examples from the menus of each: 

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Soy Sushi Bar (Sandals Grande Riviera, Ocho Rios, Jamaica) Tucked Away behind bamboo fronds and adorned with unique oriental décor, Sandals and Beaches Resorts brings a taste of the Far East to the Caribbean. Named after Soy Sauce, a traditional ingredient in the art of Sushi, Soy offers exciting flavors and exotic sushi creations made to order. Skillfully prepared using only the freshest and most delectable ingredients, it’s no wonder Soy is such a popular option amongst our guests. fun. 

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Cocktails

Specialty Cocktails - Sake-Infused Menu

Appetizer

Daily Chef's Special

Soup

Miso Soup
A light soy bean broth with seaweed, tofu and spring onion

Entrees

Nigiri Sushi (2pcs)

1. Ebi - Shrimp 2. Kani - Crab Meat
3. Tako - Octopus 3. Maguro - Tuna
5. Shake - Salmon 6. Unagi - Fresh Water Eel
7. Tamago - Egg Omlett  

Shushi Rolls

(all with cucumber and avocado)
1. Volcano Roll - Shrimp, Eel, Crab, three kinds of sauce
2. Dragon Roll - Shrimp tempura, Eel, Tobiko (Fish roe), two kinds of sauces
3. Rainbow Roll - Crab, Tuna, Salmon, Sesame
4. Highway Roll - Deep fried Spicy Tuna and sepcial sauce

Temaki

Hand Rolls, Once Cone Shaped Piece
1. California - Crab, Avocado and Flying Fish Roe
2. Suzuki - Seabass
3. New York - Shimp and Avocado

Fried Spring Roll (2pcs)

Served with Sweet Chili Sauce
Vegetable
Shrimp

Dessert

Fried Ice Cream
Served on a Pineapple Ring with Pineapple Rum Sauce

Coconut Corn Tart
Served with Caramelized Banana and Cream of Lychee in Ginger Syrup

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Jasmines (Sandals Whitehouse, Jamaica) Traveling all the way from Laos’ village of Thakket, this Asian-inspired Restaurant offers a unique culinary experience that transports you to the exotic locale of Southeast Asia. Taking elements from Thai, Malaysian, Philippine, Southern Indian & Japanese cuisine, Jasmines’ famous Pan-Asian dishes bring together a unique blend of flavors and an exotic flair that will keep you coming back for more.

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Appetizers

Hot Thai Wings
Marinated spicy chicken wings and plum sauce
cole slaw

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls
Fresh shrimp with mango and cucumber in glass noodle wraps
sweet chili sauce

Wasabi Chicken Salad
Marinated grilled breast of chicken & assorted vegetables
served with wasabi dressing

Main Course

Jasmines' Signature Dish

Asian Chicken Combo Dish
Japanese BBQ Robatayaki chicken thighs, Philipino Adobo chicken legs and Thai Lemon Grass-Coconut poached chicken breast

Pad Thai Noodles
Thailand rice sticky noodles with Shrimp, carrots & scallion

Cantonese Sweet & Sour Pork
Crispy fried tember pork strips with pineapple and peppers
sweet & sour sauce

Desserts

Turon in Ice Cream
Traditional Filipino Dessert
Deep fried ripe banana in spring roll style

Lychee Cheese Cake
Served with Guava-Ginger syrup

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In this seven-part blog series, we will take a look at several of the Sandals signature restaurants and their exemplary menus. Don't miss:

Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Italian Regional Cuisine
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Olde Country British Pub
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Unique Asian Fusion
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Fine French Cuisine
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Authentic Caribbean Fare and Seaside Dining (coming soon)
Client Review: Sandals Resorts Dining (coming soon)

Whether you are planning a Caribbean honeymoon, destination wedding, 25th wedding anniversary or you're just a beach-loving foodie, let me help you select the right Sandals resort for your vacation style. There is never any charge for my services. Click below to request your one-on-one vacation consultation or register to attend our next Sandals webinar.

Request a Complimentary Consultation or Join a Webinar: Join a free webinar


Topics: Sandals resorts, Dining and Food, Sandals Grande Riviera

Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Olde Country British Pub

Posted on Mon , Jul 01, 2013

Sandals Resorts British Pub Food[Each Sandals Resort offers multiple restaurants, fine dining and dine anytime options. The Sandals Resorts brand includes more than 35 different signature restaurants offering Italian cuisine, British pub food, varied Asian selections, fine French cuisine, and authentic Caribbean fare as well as seaside dining. And it is all included in your Sandals vacation package. This is the third installment in a seven-part blog series. Find links to the rest of the series at the bottom of this entry.]

Prepare to be charmed by the lively atmosphere and spirits of the Olde Country. Admire the authentic décor that makes up Sandals entertaining British pubs including bars with brass railing, carved ceilings and solid wood floors. Some of the watering holes were even brought piece-by-piece from the motherland. Known for tasty grub and good times, these taverns offer traditional pub fare including savory Shepherd's Pie and crispy Fish 'n Chips. Always lively, Wobbly Peacock, Cricketer's, Drunken Duck and Olde London Pub serve a diverse selection of premium brand drinks, imported beers and drafts.

 

Sandals Signature British Pubs:

Sandals Resorts British Pub Restaurants

Presented below is a couple of the Sandals Resorts signature British Pubs and a few examples from the menus of each: 

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Olde London Pub (Sandals Grande St. Lucian, St. Lucia) pays homage to world famous British pubs. Down a pint of draft beer as you tuck into British gastro-pub fare. With traditional decor like antique mirrors, clipper-ship wall paper and carved bar with brass railings sent over, piece-by-piece, from an actual old London pub, you'll feel as if you've ventured across the Atlantic and entered into another reality completely. 

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Starters

Seared Tuna Loin
Crab and coriander beignets, lime syrup, cantaloupe melon

Marinated Mini Beef Kebabs
Julienned romaine lettuce, sweet chili sauce

 Grilled Signatures

Earth & Turf
Grilled aged strip loin of beef, chips, red wine jus

The Londoner Burger
Prime beef patty, chargrilled, toasted bun, aged chaddar, with chips

Mains

Fish and Chips
Hand battered catch of the day, beer batter, tartar sauce, chips

Slow Cooked Duck Leg
Parsley-potato mash, braised red cabbage with balsamic and apples, thyme jus

Cottage Pie
Ground beef, begetables, with potato mash, oven baked

Sweets

Banoffee Pie
Caramelized banana pie, whipped cream

White Chocolate Cheesecake
with red berry puree

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The Cricketer's Pub (Sandals Royal Bahamian, Nassau, Bahamas) Take a tour of England's finest pubs from the warmth of the Caribbean. Enjoy old favorites such as shepherd's pie, bangers and mash smothered in rich gravy, and other traditional pub food in a jovial British atmosphere. Tap your feet to the music as you enjoy a "sweet" and wash it all down with a pint or two late into the night. 

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Starters

Cheesy Crisps
Potato Crisps with a Warm Blue Cheese Fondue

Pub Wings
Your choice of Hot or Dry and served with a Blue Cheese
Dip, Carrot and Celery sticks

Pub Favourites

Shepherd's Pie
Beef, Lamb & Vegetables topped with Mashed Potato & Cheddar Cheese

Bangers & Mash
Plump Sausages served with Mashed Potato & Homemade Gravy

Desserts

Apple Crumble
Served Warm with Vanilla Sauce

Sticky Toffee Pudding
Served warm with a Toffee Sauce

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In this seven-part blog series, we will take a look at several of the Sandals signature restaurants and their exemplary menus. Don't miss:

Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Italian Regional Cuisine 
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Olde Country British Pub
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Unique Asian Fusion
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Fine French Cuisine
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Authentic Caribbean Fare and Seaside Dining (coming soon)
Client Review: Sandals Resorts Dining (coming soon)

Whether you are planning a Caribbean honeymoon, destination wedding, 25th wedding anniversary or you're just a beach-loving foodie, let me help you select the right Sandals resort for your vacation style. There is never any charge for my services. Click below to request your one-on-one vacation consultation or register to attend our next Sandals webinar.

Request a Complimentary Consultation or Join a Webinar: Join a free webinar

Topics: Sandals resorts, Sandals Royal Bahamian, Dining and Food, Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Italian Regional Cuisine

Posted on Wed , May 29, 2013

Sandals Resorts Italian Restaurant

[Each Sandals Resort offers multiple restaurants, fine dining and dine anytime options. The Sandals Resorts brand includes more than 35 different signature restaurants offering Italian cuisine, British pub food, varied Asian selections, fine French cuisine, and authentic Caribbean fare as well as seaside dining. And it is all included in your Sandals vacation package. This is the second installment in a seven-part blog series. Find links to the rest of the series at the bottom of this entry.]

When we think of Italian cuisine, we tend to imagine one singular cuisine representing the entire country. In reality, Italian cuisine is made up of 20 diverse regional cuisines, each with its own unique ingredients. At Sandals resorts, you will find Italian restaurants specializing in cuisine from a specific region of Italy such as Veneto, Emiglia-Romagna, Toscana, Lazio, Campania or Puglia. So, you can enjoy a tour of Italy without ever leaving the Caribbean. 

 

Sandals Signature Italian Restaurants:

Sandals Resorts Italian Restaurants

Presented below is a couple of the Sandals Resorts signature Italian restaurants and a few examples from the menus of each: 

Sandals Emerald Bay Il Cielo

IL CIELO (Sandals Emerald Bay, Bahamas) means Heaven or Paradise in Italian - an apt description of the ultimate dining experience this restaurant offers.  Heavenly Tuscan specialties like Osso Buco Brasato and Risotto ai Frutti di Mare are delivered by white-gloved servers in an elegant atmosphere with expansive views of Emerald Bay.  After dinner, there’s excitement in Il Cielo’s Dolce Lounge as expert pastry chefs put on a show making plating up Italian desserts and scooping out generous helpings of Italian gelato.

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Antipasti

Prosciutto e Melone
Thin slices of cured ham with sliced tropical fruits

Gamberetti & Avocado con Olio d’Oliva al Limone
Shrimp & avocado in pressed lemon olive oil
with romaine lettuce & fresh herbs

Pasta - Risotto

Cappellini alla Carbonara
Thin spaghetti with bacon and black pepper

Risotto ai Fruitti di Mare
Arborio rice cooked with assorted seaford with ricotta cheese

Pesce - Carne

Osso Buco Brasato
Slow cooked veal shank with basil and rocket crushed potato and cannellini beans

Cernia Scottata
Pan-seared Grouper with parmesan and mascarpone mash, tomato and vegetables

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Armando's (Sandals La Toc, St. Lucia) restaurant is named after one of Italy's most celebrated military heroes, Armando Diaz - the general who led the Italian troops in the Battle of Vittorio Veneto, which ended WWI on the Italian front. As payment for his efforts, Benito Mussolini named him Minister of War, and he was promoted to Field Marshal. Upon retirement, in 1924, he was given the honor of Maresciallo d'Italia, Marshal of Italy. In tribute to General Diaz, Armando's restaurant serves specialties from him home region of Campania including the mouthwatering linguine and cams in white wine sauce, "Linguine Alle Vongole."

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Zuppa

Zuppa Maritata
Italian Wedding soup with meatballs

Pasta Lato

Spaghetti Puttanesca
Spaghetti with anchovies, olives and capers

Nidi di Rondine
Homemade pasta with prosciutto, smoke Gouda, bechamel and
Armando's marinara sauce

Carne

Pollo alla Cacciatore
Chicken stewed with tomatoes, rosemary and white wine

Pesce

Salmone alla Griglia con purea di patate e burro aromatizzato
Grilled salmon served with mashed potatoes, lime flavored butter
and a chardonnay sauce

Risotto

Risotto al Frutti di mare
Classical Italian rice dish with shrimp, mussels and saffron

Dolci

Tiramisu
served with shaved chocolate, cocoa dust, and coffee sauce

Crema Bruciata all'espresso
Espresso flavored creme brulee

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In this seven-part blog series, we will take a look at several of the Sandals signature restaurants and their exemplary menus. Don't miss:

Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Italian Regional Cuisine 
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Olde Country British Pub
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Unique Asian Fusion
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Fine French Cuisine
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Authentic Caribbean Fare and Seaside Dining (coming soon)
Client Review: Sandals Resorts Dining (coming soon)

Whether you are planning a Caribbean honeymoon, destination wedding, 25th wedding anniversary or you're just a beach-loving foodie, let me help you select the right Sandals resort for your vacation style. There is never any charge for my services. Click below to request your one-on-one vacation consultation or register to attend our next Sandals webinar.

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Topics: Sandals La Toc, Sandals resorts, Sandals Emerald Bay, Dining and Food

Sandals Resorts Dining: Encouraging Guests to Savor Life

Posted on Tue , May 21, 2013

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Ok let's just admit it. Most of us want to eat amazing food while we are on vacation. For the few of you who don't, go ahead and look to the right and select a different blog topic to read about. For the ladies out there looking for a romantic vacation that will satisfy your husbands' hearty appetite and your craving for intimate, gourmet date nights, BINGO! Sandals Resorts presents Discovery Dining...

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Each Sandals Resort offers multiple restaraunts, fine dining and dine anytime options. The Sandals Resorts brand includes more than 35 different signature restaraunts offering Italian cuisine, British pub food, varied Asian selections, fine French cuisine, and authentic Caribbean fare as well as seaside dining. And it is all included in your Sandals vacation package. If you're the person who is reserved about trying new foods or drinks because you may not like it, Discovery Dining was made for you. When all of the food and drinks you could order are already included in your vacation package, you are free to try everything with no risk! So experiment... you may just find that your new favorite cuisine is Thai food... or you never knew you would fall in love with a shrimp cocktail martini.

sandals resorts walter staibA note from Sandals Culinary Ambassador, four-time Emmy Award winner, Chef Walter Staib:

"I invite you on an epicurean journey that will tantalize your senses and amaze your palate. With Sandals Resorts exclusive Discovery Dining you will indulge in specialties from around the world. Our culinary philosophy involves taking the time to truly enjoy the moment, the aromas and the flavors that surround you - so take your time and savor every bite of our legendary dishes. And with our white-glove butlers and 24-hour room service in select suites, you can dine around the world, and around the clock-all included.

Together a spectacular dish, an intimate conversation, and a romantic setting, add spice to your lives and fill your hearts. Which is why at Sandals Resorts, we take pride in creating unforgettable moments with delectable gourmet experiences. After all, we believe life is meant to be savored."

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In this seven-part blog series, we will take a look at several of the Sandals signature restaurants and their exemplary menus. Don't miss:

Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Italian Regional Cuisine
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Olde Country British Pub
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Unique Asian Fusion
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Fine French Cuisine
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Authentic Caribbean Fare and Seaside Dining (coming soon)
Client Review: Sandals Resorts Dining (coming soon)

Whether you are planning a Caribbean honeymoon, destination wedding, 25th wedding anniversary or you're just a beach-loving foodie, let me help you select the right Sandals resort for your vacation style. There is never any charge for my services. Click below to request your one-on-one vacation consultation or register to attend our next Sandals webinar.

Request a Complimentary Consultation   or Join a webinar:  Join a free webinar

Topics: honeymoon, Sandals resorts, Dining and Food

Renewal of Vows: ReTie the Knot in Paradise

Posted on Thu , May 16, 2013

Sandals Resorts has released a vow renewal package that can be added on to any Sandals or Beaches stay. Couples wishing to renew vows benefit from a less expensive, more inclusive option than ever before. When combining the new ReTie the Knot ceremony with Sandals or Beaches other unique offerings, the possibilities are endless. 

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Here is some basic information about the ReTie the Knot vow renewal ceremony as well as some ideas for creating wonderful memories of your vow renewal.

vow renewalWhat's included:

For $300 the couple will receive:

  • Personal pre-travel planning services
  • Personal on-resort event planner and dedicated ReTie The Knot team
  • Musical accompaniment (pre-recorded)
  • Bouquet and boutonnière
  • Celebration Cake
  • 30 minute Charming reception with sparkling wine & cold hors d'oeuvres for couple and up to six guests
  • Commemorative certificate and gift
  • One (1) 5x7 Honeymoon Photograph
  • Honeymoon dinner for couple at a resort specialty restaurant with white-glove service and a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine
  • Decorated honeymoon room
  • Mimosa breakfast-in-bed a morning of your choice

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An Intimate Celebration

We have planned several intimate, "just the two of us" vow renewal ceremonies for couples celebrating their 5 year or 10 year anniversary.The most touching is the military couple who had a quick, no frills wedding before a deployment, and now they get to have the romantic ceremony of their dreams. Others may be celebrating their overcoming an obstacle in their relationship by reaffirming their commitment to each other and taking a second honeymoon. 

The renewal of vows ceremony typically begins with the bride and groom walking down the aisle together. The vows are very similar to traditional wedding vows, but they are adjusted to reflect that you are recommitting to love, honor and cherish each other forever. The ReTie the Knot package takes advantage of the gorgeous beach and gardens surrounding the Sandals resort or Beaches resort where the couple is staying. The bride caries a bouquet of orchids, and the groom wears a matching boutonnière. Of course, if you want to customize your ceremony decor, all of the Sandals wedding items are available to you.

The ReTie the Knot package includes a simple but elegant reception of champagne and hors d'oeuvres as well as a fondant celebration cake. The ceremony and reception included in the package is for up to 6 guests (in addition to the bride and groom), which is nice for couples with a few friends or family members in attendance. 

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A Chance to Reconnect with Family and Friends

Renew Vows3The vow renewal + family reunion group travel package is also very popular. Gathering the family for a beach vacation to celebrate a 30th wedding anniversary is a great way to reconnect with each other. If your group books 5 or more rooms, the Sandals Resort or Beaches Resort will add special group amenities to the ReTie the Knot package. Groups may receive a private group dinner, complimentary room upgrade and spa services for the bride and group, commemorative photos, and more. During certain times, Sandals has also offered free rooms as a group promotion. (Ask us if this is currently available!)

If you are looking for 30th wedding anniversary ideas, a 25th wedding anniversary trip, or an intimate beach vow renewal ceremony, click below to request your complimentary renewal of vows consultation. Or join our next webinar for more information on who we are, the services we provide and what the Sandals and Beaches resorts have to offer. 

 


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Topics: Beaches resorts, Sandals resorts, group travel, renew vows

Sandals Cay Offshore Island: A Caribbean Adventure in Paradise

Posted on Wed , May 01, 2013

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Sandals Royal Bahamian has been voted "Top Spa Resort" by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, and this resort is considereed to be the most elegant resort in the Bahamas. I've written in previous posts about its European grandeour and old world charm. But with Sandals, always expect more...

Only Sandals gives you two vacations in one: Included with your Sandals Royal Bahamian romantic getaway is an exotic escape to Sandals Cay romantic offshore island. In addition to all of the amenities and activities offered on the main resort, you won't want to miss what Sandals Cay adds to your honeymoon or romantic getaway:

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Transportation

Sandals operates a private water taxi between the mainland and the offshore island. In less than 10 minutes, you will arrive on your private island to a boardwalk leading to a gorgeous expanse of alabaster sand. Or travel on your own by kayak or sailboat. 

Beaches

Yes, two. Each side of the island boasts a white sand beach, an amazing view and plenty of spots for two to enjoy the sun and eachother's company. The view from the front of the island - the arrival side - looks back to the main resort. The water between the island and the resort's main beach is relatively shallow and many shades of turquoise. Chaise lounge chairs dot the sand in pairs, and beach service delivers cocktails from the bar. The beach on the back side of the island offers calm, shallow water that is good for swimming or even and improptude snorkeling experience.

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Fishing

You won't find this in any of the Sandals official publications, but don't worry. Sandals loves it when guests make their resorts a home away from home. The edges and ends of the island are rocky, and the water is shallow. The fishermen will know this is perfect for a little flyfishing. Flyfishing for bonefish in the Bahamas is considered some of the best flyfishing in the world. Now, I'm not saying that Sandals Cay is among the world's top flyfishing locations, but it is perfect for the laid-back, selfpaced fisherman just enjoying a relaxing vacation on the water. 

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I took this picture of some guests flyfishing during our last trip.

Offshore Island Beach Club

A lively, social pool is surrounded by oversized round lounge chairs for two. Enjoy the carefree swim-up bar or float your cares away in the soothing spa bath. Order a refreshingly tropical cocktail from the swim-up bar where a smiling bartender will probably already know you by name. 

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Red Lane Spa Beside the Shore

Red Lane® Spa transforms European spa regimens with island flair. And Red Lane Escape takes these unique treatments to Sandals Cay and imbues them even more with the unique island style that sets Red Lane apart from every other spa in the world. Every massage table is positioned along a secluded section of beach so you'll also be soothed by the sound of melodious waves. Whether a heart rock massage on a sea raft or a salt scrub on the beach, a Red Lane Escape is the beginning of a very special path to renewal.

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Stew Fish

Travel to Sandals Cay for a real taste of the Bahamas. Take in the vivid blue of the water and the symphony of ocean waves breaking on white sand just beyond the open walls of this authentic Caribbean restaurant. Satisfy your longing for the freshest seafood perfectly accompanied by a chilled, golden chardonnay. Stew Fish serves lighter lunch until 3:00pm, closes and then re-opens for elegant, romantic fine Caribbean dinner. Reservations are required for dinner, so be sure to make them as soon as you arrive on resort. 

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Chic Nights

The evening doesn't end with dinner at Sandals Cay. After sunset, your private island transforms into a lively nighttime gathering place with tiki torches flickering across tented chaises and private beachside cabanas while blazing fire pits light up the starry night. 

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Whether you are planning a romantic honeymoon or 25th anniversary trip, a relaxing Caribbean spa getaway, or a lively couples retreat with friends, the Sandals Royal Bahamian two-in-one vacation is really an exciting way to experience the Bahamas. We would love to help you plan your romantic Caribbean vacation. There is never any charge for our services. Click below to learn more about how I can take care of all of the details for you. 

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Topics: Sandals Royal Bahamian, Private Island, Bahamas

Group Travel Special: Free Rooms at Sandals and Beaches Resorts

Posted on Wed , Apr 17, 2013

Do you have a group of friends and family that likes to travel together? Now is a great time to plan group travel to a Sandals or Beaches all-inclusive resort. Any group booking 5 or more rooms qualifies for the below promotion:

- Family Reunion

- Destination Wedding or Renewal of Vows

- Golf or Tennis group

- Fall Break or Spring Break travel

- Friends and Family that love the beach!

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** Groups traveling during 2013 will receive a 6th room free.

** Groups traveling during 2014 and 2015 will receive a 7th room free.

There are a few restrictions to this promotion. One room needs to be booked by May 30, 2013.

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Our agency specializes in group travel. We will work with you to plan your group's trip, ensure you receive special group amenities such as complimentary cocktail receptions, group dining and photo sessions. Then just tell your group members to contact us and we will arrange each individual's travel... and your room could be free!

Click below to request your free group travel quote:

Request Complimentary  Group Quote

Topics: group travel, Special Promotions