GREAT EXUMA, Bahamas, June 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sandals Resorts brought the heat to Sandals Emerald Bay this weekend as the resort welcomed 15 celebrities to one of Hollywood's hottest summer vacation destinations— The Exumas. Nestled in the Out Islands of the Bahamas, Sandals Emerald Bay rolled out the red carpet as stars checked-in to the exotic Luxury Included® Resort for a weekend of golf benefiting The Sandals Foundation, the non-profit arm of Sandals Resorts International which funds programs across the Caribbean in the areas of Community, Education and Environment. Hosted in company with Access Hollywood and Liz Hernandez, the Sandals Emerald Bay Celebrity Golf Weekend took place June 2nd to 6th and included an itinerary of exclusive indulgences, ranging from Sandals' lavish VIP treatment to a competitive golf tournament held on the Greg Norman-designed championship golf course.
The impressive group of guests included: Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Kevin Dillon (Entourage), Colin Donnell (Chicago Med), Tony Dovolani (Dancing With the Stars), LaRoyce Hawkins (Chicago P.D.), Jay Hayden (The Catch), Josh Henderson (Dallas), Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars), Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky (RHOBH), Graham Rogers (Quantico), Jesse Lee Soffer (Chicago P.D.) and Astrid Swan (celebrity fitness trainer).
The three-day event kicked-off on Thursday with a warm welcome to paradise as the stars flew in over the pristine turquoise waters, and were whisked away to their luxurious suites by their personal butlers. On Friday guests took their workout to the white-sand beach for a fitness boot camp class, led by celebrity trainer, Astrid Swan. After working up a sweat, celebrities took on the salt life with Island Routes Caribbean Adventures as they sailed along the Exuma chain of islands, stopping off to snorkel the marine life, grabbed an authentic Bahamian lunch on a secluded sandbar and swam with the famous swimming pigs. Following their Island Routes Adventure, the group enjoyed a Happy Hour to learn their golf team pairings and a festive Bahamian Junkanoo Street Rush party.
During the main event's golf tournament on Saturday, celeb teams teed off as Sandals hosts surprised the golfers with a selection of pop-up stations, including extra mulligan swings to benefit the Sandals Foundation, a paparazzi social media station for capturing the 'Best Dressed' and "Best Selfie" contenders and a cool down coconut snack bar. The final night's festivities celebrated the weekend with a poolside party and award ceremony honoring the thousands of dollars in funds raised to support the Sandals Foundation as well as the tournament's first place winners, Tony Dovolani, Sasha Pieterse and fiancé, Hudson Sheaffer. Awards were also presented to Quinton Aaron for "Closest to the Pin, Tony Dovolani for "Longest Drive," Colin Donnell for "Best Dressed" and Astrid Swan for "Best Selfie." Since the Sandals Foundation was founded in 2009 it has implemented projects and programs valued at US 29 million, which goes directly to making a measurable difference in the Caribbean community. "We're so grateful to have our celebrity friends bring awareness to our mission and their generous donations during the tournament will surely leave a meaningful impression on their visit to Sandals," said Heidi Clarke, Director of Programs for the Sandals Foundation.
Sandals Emerald Bay, which debuted on February 4, 2010, is a 500-acre resort set along a one-mile stretch of white sand beach on one of the Bahamas' most beautiful Out Islands. In addition to being the first, and only, Sandals Resort to offer a Greg Norman-designed golf course, Sandals Emerald Bay boasts a world-class, 150-slip marina; professionally-trained butlers, 245 beachfront rooms and suites; 5 Star Global Gourmet dining at seven a la carte restaurants; a wide array of land and water sports, including scuba diving for certified divers; daily and nightly entertainment; a lavish 29,000 sq. ft. Red Lane® Spa and, of course, lots of relaxation and endless sun.
For more information about the Sandals Emerald Bay Celebrity Golf Weekend event, visit http://www.sandals.com/news or follow the event hashtag #SandalsAllAccess on social channels. To access images of the event, click here. To vacation and golf like a celebrity at Sandals Emerald Bay, book your stay at www.sandals.com/specials.
About Sandals Resorts
Sandals Resorts offers two people in love with the most romantic, Luxury-Included® vacation experience in the Caribbean. With 15 stunning beachfront settings in Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas, Barbados and Grenada, Sandals Resorts offers more quality inclusions than any other resort company on the planet. Signature Love Nest suites for the ultimate in privacy and service; butlers trained by the English Guild of Professional Butlers; Red Lane Spa®; 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining, ensuring top-shelf liquor, premium wines and gourmet specialty restaurants; Aqua Centers with expert PADI® certification and training; fast Wi-Fi from beach to bedroom and WeddingMoons®, for dream destination weddings are all Sandals Resorts exclusives. Sandals Resorts is part of family-owned Sandals Resorts International (SRI), which includes Beaches Resorts and is the Caribbean's leading all-inclusive resort company. For more information about the Sandals Resorts Luxury Included® difference, visit www.sandals.com.
About the Sandals Foundation
The Sandals Foundation is the non-profit arm of Sandals Resorts International (SRI), the Caribbean's leading family-owned resort company. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was created to continue and expand upon the charitable work that Sandals Resorts International has undertaken since its founding in 1981 to play a meaningful role in the lives of the communities where SRI operates throughout the Caribbean. The Sandals Foundation funds projects in three core areas: education, community and the environment. One hundred per cent of the monies contributed by the general public to the Sandals Foundation go directly to programs benefiting the Caribbean community. To learn more about the Sandals Foundation, visit online at www.sandalsfoundation.org
About Island Routes Caribbean Adventures
Island Routes Caribbean Adventures offers guests the ultimate in Caribbean destination experiences, bringing together and certifying the premier excursions that spotlight what is unique and beautiful in each of its island locations. Island Routes Caribbean Adventures defines the true island experience as a way of life.
They are much more than tours and excursions; they inspire visitors to LIVE FUNNER, get off the grid and dive into the heart of the islands where setting sail, grabbing the reins, exploring lush peaks and tasting rich flavors are the experiences that become lasting memories. Island Routes currently offers experiences in Antigua; Aruba; the Bahamas; Barbados; the Cayman Islands; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Jamaica; Mexico; Saint Lucia; St. Maarten and the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Island Routes has received the World Travel Award for "World's Leading Caribbean Attraction Company" five years since 2010, and has set the tour industry standard by becoming the only tour company to receive a Six Star Diamond from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS), and has done so four years in a row. In addition, Island Routes has also been awarded four TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Awards.
For additional details, please visit www.islandroutes.com
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