Sandals focused on Barbados redevelopment

Swim-up suites at the Royal Bahamian
Swim-up suites at the Royal Bahamian

Sandals Resorts’ chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart said the company is focused on delivering its ‘Sandalised’ resort in Barbados as work continues across the Caribbean firm’s hotels.

Speaking in London earlier this week, Stewart said the company’s ‘next big task’ is the redevelopment of its Barbados resort, which he described as ‘incredible’.

The hotel opened last year but will close in April  when US$65 million (GBP38m) will be spent on seven new restaurants; room refurbishments and the typical Sandals offering. It will reopen in December 2014.

“When we acquire this property in August, we knew we were buying great potential; here was a lovely resort that could be transformed into something truly magical,” said Stewart. “The time has now come for the ‘Sandalisation’ to start and drive forward into what is an exciting future for Sandals and Beaches as a destination.”

Barbados is the group’s second new destination in a matter of months after its Grenada property opened to success in December, although work is also being undertaken in its favourites.

Construction for a new Beaches Resort in Antigua will start in April or May next year with the cays and suites to be built first. A waterpark, Xbox Play Lounge, cinema, Kids Camp and other features will also be included in the new resort.

Meanwhile in Jamaica the Beaches Boscobel has been renamed to Beaches Ochos Rios Resort & Golf Club with US$30 million (GBP17m) spent on its new four-village look. These include the French Village with new suites, a wedding lounge, Red Lane Spa, piano bar and fitness centre, while the Greek Village includes whitewashed accommodation overlooking the sea. The Italian Village features the resort’s lobby and an open terrace while the Caribbean Village is close to the waterpark and restaurants.

“With this face-lift, we will solidify Beaches as Jamaica’s premier family resort in Ochos Rios,” said Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International.

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