To coincide with the 2012 Olympics and 50 years of Jamaican independence, Sandals and Beaches resorts will offer a series of themed events and performances at each of their Jamaican resorts from July 27 through Aug. 12.
An Olympic Village and "Jamaica 50" center will be built at each property. The village will feature life-size cutouts of athletes, event broadcasts from London and an Olympics-themed fashion show by local designers. The center will offer historical exhibits, local crafts, traditional dishes and island decor.
With the overlapping Olympic Games and Jamaica 50 celebrations from Aug. 1 (Emancipation Day) through Aug. 6 (Independence Day), guests can view folk performances by the Hatfield Cultural Group, jonkunno dancers and other Jamaican troupes while celebrating the global games and Jamaica's 50 years of independence.
"Sandals is a homegrown company, which was established during the period of independence. As a growing organization with Jamaican roots, we have something to celebrate. Celebrating Jamaica is celebrating Sandals," said David Ellis, operations manager for Sandals' entertainment division.
— Gay Nagle Myers