Dear Paul and Sara,
Sandals has two hotels in the Bahamas. One is in Nassau: Sandals Royal Bahamian. That is the one that has given you that WOW factor. The private island is a cool addition. This hotel is slowly making changes to their rooms because it definitely needs a facelift. If you were to stay here I would suggest staying in the Balmoral tower or the Windsor building. These are the buildings closest to the beach and have been through the remodel. Depending on the room you choose you can estimate spending between $4900-$5600 here.
Pictures 4 and 5 are of the Balmoral Beachfront room - you would have a direct view of the ocean (picture 1). Pictures 6,7, and 8 are of the windsor oceanview rooms. You have a view of the ocean and the pool area. Bathrooms are very modern and fairly spacious.
Excellence Club Swim Out Suite: These are pictures of Excellence Riviera Cancun Club Level with the upgraded amenities. Rooms here are similar in size to the rooms at Sandals. A little more closet space. The bathroom is more of an open concept as you can see from the last 2 photos.