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Sandals Emerald Bay holds celebrity golf weekend

Sandals Emerald Bay welcomed 15 celebrities to The Exumas this weekend rolling out the red carpet at the exotic luxury resort for a weekend of golf benefiting The Sandals Foundation. 

Sandals Resorts
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Access HollywoodGREAT 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 withAccess 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 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 sandals.com/specials.

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