Sandals Resorts International will expand its Jamaican portfolio with the addition of three hotels, according to executive chairman Adam Stewart.
Sandals will transform the former Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa and Jewel Runaway Bay Beach Resort & Waterpark, two all-inclusive resorts acquired in 2020, plus a prime parcel of beachfront land adjacent to the Dunn's River resort into three distinct properties under the Sandals and Beaches brands.
The expansion will mark the return of the Dunn's River property to the Sandals family as Sandal's Dunn's River, the same moniker used when the resort joined the brand in 1990.
"Sandals Dunn's River holds special meaning to our family because its history is the story of Jamaica's evolution as a travel powerhouse," said Stewart. "My father grew up on the beach in Ocho Rios, and this hotel -- the first of its kind when it was built in the 1950s -- captured the era's glamour and sparked his imagination."
"When it became available, we jumped at the chance to bring the hotel back into the Sandals fold," he said.
The new Sandals Dunn's River will be renovated from top to bottom with the adjacent oceanfront land transformed into an additional new resort: the Sandals Royal Dunn's River offering 250 rooms and suites.
The sister hotels will operate in much the same manner as the concept that Sandals developed between Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados, with exchange privileges between the two all-inclusive resorts.
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The Runaway Bay Resort, located midway between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, will be extensively redeveloped to become the Beaches Runaway Bay Resort, the third family-friendly Beaches In Jamaica, joining existing properties in Negril and Ocho Rios.
When completed, the resort will feature an estimated 400 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom suites, designed with extended families in mind.
Guests will have access to the 18-hole Runaway Bay Golf Club.
"Jamaica will always play a critical part in our plans to grow and innovate Caribbean hospitality. There is tremendous opportunity here and a ripe moment, as leisure travelers are choosing to return to the places and brands that they know and trust," Stewart said.
Also on the drawing board is Sandals Curacao, slated for spring 2022.