Many in the Caribbean were shocked by the recent announcement that the Four Seasons resort on Great Exuma in the Bahamas would shut down, but as it turns out the property won't remain quiet for long. Sandals Resorts International recently purchased the 500-acre resort and said the property will reopen as an all-inclusive (with a bigger pool complex and more dining choices) in January 2010 as Sandals Emerald Bay.
"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," said Sandals chairman Butch Stewart.
The Sandals Emerald Bay will incorporate the existing marina, tennis center, spa, and Greg Norman designed championship golf course, and offer 190 luxury oceanfront rooms with butler service. A total of six gourmet restaurants is planned.