Sandals Resorts International Chairman Gordon "Butch" Stewart (left) and CEO Adam Stewart address media during a Tuesday morning breakfast in New York City.
NEW YORK CITY, New York - Travel Agent was on hand Tuesday morning for a Sandals Resorts International breakfast, in which Adam Stewart, the company's CEO, told attending media of the company's plans to build five over-the-water suites at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The over-the-water suites will also be built in St. Lucia at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian, although that project is still being held up, says Stewart. However, the over-the-water suites at both resorts will be by different designers, Stewart says. Stewart says work on the over-the-water suites in Jamaica could begin by the first or second quarter of 2014.
Sandals Resorts has also recently announced significant enhancements to a variety of its award-winning resorts for 2014, as well as new additions to the resort portfolio. Here's the run down of the latest Sandals happenings.
The newest addition to Sandals Resorts Luxury Included portfolio, Sandals Barbados debuted on November 6 and offers a selection of 280 luxury accommodations that range from beachfront suites to exquisite rooms situated in the resort’s lush tropical garden. In Barbados they say they have mastered the art of how to truly live and Sandals Resorts is honored and excited to bring the Sandals difference and lifestyle to this Caribbean paradise. A program of enhancements is planned to further ‘Sandalize’ the property, with changes to the design aesthetic and the addition of new restaurants, for a total of seven gourmet dining choices throughout the resort, to choose from. In fact, Adam Stewart says the resort will feature Sandals' first ever restaurant serving authentic Indian cuisine.
Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa
Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa will open its doors on December 12, 2013. Situated on 17 acres of stunning land along the pristine Pink Gin Beach, Sandals LaSource Grenada will offer guests the highest level of luxury with an unprecedented look and feel for the resort company’s portfolio. There will be nine global gourmet dining options, including the brand’s very first steakhouse, Butch’s Chophouse, named after the resort company’s founder and chairman. There will also be a state-of-the-art fitness center and the signature Red Lane Spa. Conveniently located only minutes from Maurice Bishop International airport, Sandals LaSource Grenada will boast a total of 225 rooms housed within three distinct villages: Pink Gin, Italian and South Seas.
The all-new five-story Italian Village at Sandals LaSource features two exclusive river pools at the ground level, and extravagant sky suites with infinity edge plunge pools on the top levels.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island in Nassau, The Bahamas is in the midst of multi-million dollar renovation of the resort’s Windsor building. Scheduled to be completed in January 2014, each of the building’s 174 suites will undergo complete refurbishment including updated furnishings and the installation of new bathrooms that will feature Carrera marble and glass mosaics as well as magnificent new showers or deep tubs. All-new swim-up suites will also be created, with the addition of a spectacular river pool on the ground floor.
A Zen Garden, complete with peaceful water features and serene gardens will also be a part of the renovations, providing guests a quiet and private escape. Last year, the former Manor Building at Sandals Royal Bahamian underwent a complete transformation both inside and out reopening with a spectacular new contemporary feel. Renamed ‘The Balmoral Tower’ in recognition of its rich regal history, the $17.5m renovation was unveiled to much acclaim and has since attracted glowing praise from both the travel industry and guests alike.
Also, the Windsor building at Sandals Royal Bahamian will soon debut a fresh and contemporary feel for clients of these luxurious suites.
Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa
Set on Negril’s famed seven-mile beach, Sandals Negril’s Paradise Block will get a complete makeover with a newer contemporary design that includes fresh and modern furnishings and color schemes, along with the addition of expansive patios to walkout rooms on the ground floor and the creation of romantic French balconies on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Bathrooms will also be redesigned with contemporary marble, mahogany and glass finishes.
The ground floor of the Paradise Block at Sandals Negril will feature walkout rooms with expansive patios only steps away from the beautiful seven-mile beach.