Tuesday, November 19, 2019

At Sandals Royal Bahamian,  Love is all around💕❤💕

He did it all for LOVE💕
The love 💕story of King Edward VIII & Mrs. Simpson.

I recently returned from a business trip to the Sandals Royal Bahamian. I always find it so interesting to read and research the area for cool and interesting pieces of history. As a lover of the Bahamas and a Romance Specialist, I found this story to good to keep to myself. 

This is the most famous love story to ever scandalize the British Monarchy.  Read on...

He was the eldest son of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George V and Queen Mary). His great-grandmother was Queen Victoria.

Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David; 23 June 1894 – 28 May 1972) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December of that year.  With a reign of 326 days, Edward is one of the shortest-reigning monarchs in British history.

Only months into his reign, he caused a constitutional crisis by proposing to Wallis Simpson, an American socialite who had divorced her first husband and was seeking a divorce from her second. The prime ministers of the United Kingdom and the Dominions opposed the marriage, arguing a divorced woman with two living ex-husbands was politically and socially unacceptable as a prospective

King Edward VIII, gave up his throne to marry the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson.

The Duke married Simpson, who had changed her name by deed poll to Wallis Warfield, in a private ceremony on 3 June 1937, at Château de Candé, near Tours, France.

In July 1940, Edward was appointed Governor of the Bahamas. The Duke and Duchess left Lisbon on 1 August aboard the American Export Linessteamship Excalibur, which was specially diverted from its usual direct course to New York City so that they could be dropped off at Bermuda on the 9th.  They left Bermuda for Nassau on the Canadian steamship Lady Somers on 15 August, arriving two days later.  They resided at Balmoral which is where the Balmoral tower sits today.

 He became Governor of The Bahamas (1940–1945).

After the war, Edward spent the rest of his life in retirement in France. He and Wallis remained married until his death.

Following Edward's death in 1972, Wallis spent much of her final years in seclusion, before passing away onApril 24, 1986, in Paris.

When the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, better known to the world as King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, arrived in Nassau in 1940, it was a much quieter island.

They lived for 5 years in the Balmoral Club, a large manor house surround by 10 villas which served as a playground to high-profile visitors and residents.  In those days it was an exclusive hotel, sometimes dubbed the Immoral Club.
Sixty-seven years later, the guest list has included everyone from Richard Nixon and Buzz Aldrin to the Beatles.

Then, Sandals took over in the resort in 1995 and renamed it Sandals Royal Bahamian.
(the Balmoral Tower today)

Drawing on the spirit of the “love story of the century,” which is today memorialized in the Piano Lounge with correspondences and photography of the duke and duchess, Sandals refocused the resort on adult couples and intimacy. 
One notice on the walls of the piano bar proclaims: 'This is a story about a King who listened to his heart and gave up his Throne for the greatest reason of them all - love❤.

Sandals Cay is officially known as Balmoral Island.  It's the private island lying a half-mile off Cable Beach. Not only does it offer a lesson in music history, as the place where the “Another Girl” segment of Help! was filmed, but also a secluded escape from the buzz of the resort.

This story is one I share because, I fell in LOVE with the island years ago after my first visit and now I share my love of this special place with Brides& Grooms and also with the Diver community. There is something special here for everyone.

No man ever gave up so much for one woman as Edward VIII did for Wallis Simpson.

 "We are most alive when we're in love."

At Sandals Royal Bahamian, Love is all around💕

Lets get started today on your next romantic escape...Call today!

Michelle Thurston   Sandals GOLD Certified Specialist & WeddingMoon Specialist
Owner  Your Travel Concierge of Naples
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Monday, November 18, 2019

Sandals Royal Bahamian ~ Your All-inclusive Dive Experience awaits!

The best resorts are adult-only Sandals Resorts!  When it comes to diving the Bahamas  there is only one place to stay, Sandal Royal Bahamian.

Sandals Royal Bahamian is located on beautiful Cable Beach in Nassau.  They even have Rolls Royce's and Mercedes for airport transfers for their butler suite guests.

There are 404 luxury rooms & Club Level and Butler suites, 11 dining options, 7 pools resort, together with six whirlpools to relax and enjoy. In addition, a penthouse fitness centre to keep fit during your stay with an amazing view of the beach.

(the view is spectacular from the gym)

(The Best conch chowder&grouper on the island)

(relax at the quiet pool)

(Lobster in the Crystal Room=devine A tasty creation)

Sandals Royal Bahamian is a dive resort where the scuba diving is free for certified divers.

The Bahamas are open and waiting for you to experience all they have to offer. Crystal clear waters, lovely white sandy beaches and so much more!  Plus you’ll find that scuba diving is included when holding a valid dive certification.

As you may know, scuba diving also burns calories, so take advantage of the free scuba diving included in your all-inclusive resort experience.

 (I was hovering, a skill learned in the pool)

If you are dive certified, simply show your certification and you can dive. If your curiousity is killing you and you're not a certified scuba diver, you can learn to dive with an experienced PADI diving instructor. I did this at Sandals Royal Bahamian and now I am hooked!  Just pay the PADI course fees to learn scuba and you are on your way to the most eye opening and exciting underwater adventure. If time becomes and issue there is a 3-hour Discover Scuba Diving Program offered at Sandals, which carries a nominal fee of $100.00.  For a limited time, Sandals are offering the chance to discover explore the underworld for free for anon-certified divers. Book any qualifying vacation for 6 nights and received a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience for up to 2 ppl by December 7, 2019.

                                        (My PADI instructor Ramon teaching skills in the pool)

Trust me this is something you should try. If you love it like I do, you  will just want to go for the full PADI open water certification so you can come back and dive again at no cost to you. Also, there are specialty dives you can add to enhance your dive experience (cost plus).

If you simply just don't have the time to do the full course during your vacation, I recommend that you take the Pool skills and complete bookwork & tests prior to your trip. That leaves you to enjoy the open water dives at Sandals.

I love that you can dive every day if you want to and there's no need to bring any equipment, as this is part of the all-inclusive Sandals package.

The scuba diving equipment at Sandals resorts is inspected and top notch. Their multi-million dollar fleet of dive boats are top of the line Newton Dive boats.

                                                                 (the best of the best dive boats - Newton)

Diving the Bahamas is simply some of the best in the Caribbean and you are pretty much guaranteed to see sharks, rays, eels & more.

(Sharks - there were many actually. This shark was curious and came close)

Every Sandals resort offers a selection of dive locations. The dive sites around the Bahamas offer crystal clear, calm waters, vivid marine life, alive coral reefs and many exciting & unique underwater creatures and scenery. This includes some underwater ship wrecks to explore. I personally didn't doany

Note: Beaches Negril & Beaches Turks & Caicos is family fand can accommodate children 10 year of age and older. 

I’d love to hear from you.  Let's get you booked for a Sandals Dive vacation today.

Your Travel Concierge of Naples
Michelle Thurston    #DiveDivaChelle
*Padi Open Water Certified
*Certified Sandals  Gold🔅Specialist www.YTCNaples.com
P:  239-403-7703
Text: 941-212-0113

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