We just returned from Now Emerald yesterday. The staff & beach is 5 stars! The beach was absolutely amazing -- I spent all day out on the sand and loved every moment of it. The staff goes above & beyond to help you out. They will bring towels, mats, & water for participants before classes.
We enjoyed the different restaurants but the buffet was so-so. The hotel is undergoing lots of renovating & updated (it is needed) but it seems the staff is working hard to resolve some of the issues. Our toilet leaked & our safe did not work but the staff was attentive and helped us get it figured out.
I taught at 9:30 and 5 PM each day. I had anywhere from 8-15 people at 9:30 AM (but there are only 7 mats so we used beach towels). The morning class is done at the adults only pool area.
I never had a single participant at 5 PM. As much as the staff helped me spread the word and try to round people up... people are checked out at that point of the day it seems. Either drinking at the pool or have already headed to the room to get ready for the evening. This class is done on the beach.
Overall it was a great vacation. I met lots of wonderful people and had very successful AM classes!
Dec 28th, 2019 8:09:08am
A lovely beach front hotel that boasts several great pools and many restaurants to chose from :)
I’m just finishing a week up here, teaching yoga at 9:30am (outside a restaurant on a cement area) and 5pm (on a wooden pad on the beach) Both classes were well attended, and although space is limited, everyone had a great time!
Please note that all rooms here are either two double beds or one king - so if you’re coming with your family, and you have a 6’4” husband, you will be right for sleeping space on a double haha! But it was so worth it - the entertainment staff was very helpful and helped bring out waters and towels to each class (what a treat!) They also introduced me to guests throughout the week, and helped my family and I feel welcome :)
Would encourage gift fund $ to go towards more mats (there were only 7 mats available) and blocks of possible :)
Definitely book this one if you love to teach receptive, relaxed guests!!!
Susan from Raleigh, NC
Dec 11th, 2019 1:53:47pm
We were at the resort 7/14-7/21/19. Most were new to yoga or beginners so we did a Gentle Flow. Participants ranged from 0-6 people. Most of the new participants returned daily through the remainder of the week. Age ranged from late teens to up in age. I kept it Gentle with 1-2 options for those that wanted more. The resort recently opened, about 2 months so things are coming along. There are still some maintenance and upgrades being done. I imagine it will be an even better experience in 6-12 mos. Staff, guests were wonderful. Food was great. I'm strictly gluten-free, there were options throughout.
Holly from Naperville Illinois
Dec 11th, 2019 1:37:16pm
I offered two gentle/beginner yoga classes each morning at 8:30 & 9:30. I had only 1 participant who came to the last 2 days of class. The resort had very low guests, I think maybe because it is newly reopened and also kids were starting back to school in the US so it wasn’t a week that a lot of families would be on vacation. The timing of the classes at 8:30 & 9:30 seemed to be too early for the guests. There was no one at the pool until after 10:00 at least. It was a different experience than I had my previous two teaching vacations. But still wonderful as always!
Aug 13th, 2019 12:34:58pm
The Now Emerald was recently taken over and has been in the process of getting renovated. For teaching there is an area in the pool that seems like it would work for Yoga or Zumba but it is all brick so definitely wouldn't be very comfortable.
I started off being scheduled for 8:30 and 9:30am but it was never really clear if it was going to be Zumba for 30 min or 60 but it didn't matter because at that hour no one was showing up anyway.
I talked with the Entertainment Team manager Filipe about doing Aqua Zumba and we moved to a 4pm Aqua starting Wed. and 9:30am land.
The first day I did Aqua was a disaster as the sound system has a short between the speakers and the mixer which caused my iPhone to think that the cord kept getting pulled out so it kept stopping the music.
Second day I used the BT connection on the mixer so it was much better but I strongly recommend bringing your own full size rig to be prepared.
The ET helped to try to get people to the class but attendance was light and the Aqua class was kept to 30 min which was a blessing because the sun at 4pm is KILLER on the pool deck. I went through 3 bottles of water in that time and still jumped in right after to cool down. It ended up being more a show for people than a real workout but everyone had fun watching or doing it so mission accomplished.
The staff over the entire facility was fantastic and super nice. Once the place has some more renovations completed I think it would be much nicer, we opted to upgrade to an ocean view with balcony and it was well worth it.
Facility had 42% filled at the highest point in the week so it didn't feel very crowded.
Tito in the buffet was the BEST server, very nice and super sweet. Alex out at the towel hut and all of the ET were great. I definitely recommend doing Aqua if you want to have any kind of crowd, otherwise if you are looking for a very little work for a nice vacation stick with land and the double morning class.