With investments of more $100 million slated to be unveiled this year, Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resort announced significant enhancements at a variety of its properties.
“If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it is that being a leader means never standing still,” said Butch Stewart, Sandals' chairman.
“Innovation is not static. We’re always looking to the future as we continue to invest in our product to insure that our guests have the best possible vacation experience, and that we remain at the forefront of the luxury market,” he said.
Here’s what’s on tap:
• Sandals Barbados will open on Jan. 28, following an extensive renovation project. The 280 accommodations are set within the Ocean Village, Crystal Lagoon Village and Caribbean Village, some offering beachfront butler suites and new swim-up river suites.
The resort will offer 11 dining choices, ranging from the French Brasserie at Bayside and Japanese Teppanyaki at Kimonos to Butch’s Chophouse and the Bombay Club, the brand’s first Indian restaurant.
Other facilities include signature fire pits, an oceanfront main pool, a reflecting pool with a fire pit in the lobby and a river pool accessible from the swim-up suites.
• Beaches Turks & Caicos has completed renovations of 12 two-bedroom presidential suites in the Caribbean Village.
• Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica is upgrading and renovating its restaurant that will soon feature Tapas on the Riviera, a tapas bar; Le Gourmand French restaurant; the seafood beachside Vista restaurant; The Southern Table, highlighting Southern cooking; Ocean, with cuisine from the south of France; Jerk Shack, with authentic Jamaican jerk dishes; and the Rabbit Hole, a speakeasy-style bar.
Additional upgrades include a Popcorn & Palms cinema under the stars, fire pits and balconies added to the Paradise block of rooms.
• Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa in St. Lucia has renovated eight Piton Water’s Edge suites with indoor and outdoor bathrooms with an exterior tub and interior glass shower.
• Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island in Montego Bay, Jamaica is building five over-the-water suites on the private island. Each 1,400-square-foot villa will feature a glass floor, soaking tub, indoor and outdoor showers, exterior dining space and a built-in hammock over the water.
• Beaches Barbados is set to begin construction on the former Almond Beach Resort this year, while construction on Beaches Antigua will begin in 2016.
Guests who book a minimum six-night stay at any Sandals Resort through Dec. 26, 2016 will receive an option of a $250 Red Lane spa credit or an Island Routes Caribbean Adventure credit. A four to five-night booking earns a credit of $175.