Beaches Whitehouse breaks ground

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- The newest member of the Beaches chain has broken ground in Whitehouse, Jamaica.

Beaches Whitehouse will join Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and Spa in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, and Beaches Negril as the third Beaches property since the chain was launched by Sandals Resorts in 1997. The property, on Jamaica's South Coast at Parkers Bay in Westmoreland, is expected to appeal to families, singles and couples with its opening date slated for April 2001.

A major difference between Beaches Whitehouse and the Beaches Negril and Turks & Caicos properties is that guests at the Whitehouse resort must be older than age 16. The other Beaches properties admit younger children.

When construction is completed, the newest Beaches will feature 36 one-bedroom presidential suites and 36 junior suites in its 258-room offering. The rooms will be constructed in 11 blocks of three-story buildings. Guests are offered pleasant vistas: 222 rooms provide sea views and 36 rooms feature mountain views. Each room will have a full balcony.

All accommodations will feature televisions, wall safes and hair dryers, air conditioning and ceiling fans.

Dining options are set to include five restaurants. In addition to the main dining area, the resort will provide international menus at Japanese, seafood and Tex-Mex restaurants.

For bar-hoppers, there will be six full-service bars, a disco/night club and a sports bar.

Other facilities at the newest member of the Beaches line are expected to include a spa, water sports, tennis courts and horseback riding.

As the 33-acre property is developed, Beaches personnel said, steps will be taken to retain natural vegetation. The buildings, designed in a Jamaican Georgian style, will be set up to blend with the local environment and provide guests with privacy.

The latest addition to the chain is a welcome one, said Sandals and Beaches Resorts chairman Butch Stewart. "We are thrilled that our Beaches family is growing to include Beaches Whitehouse in such a short amount of time. We opened our first Beaches resort in Negril in February 1997 and are pleased that our guests have embraced the concept."

The fourth Beaches resort is planned for Barbados; specific details of the property are in the works.

Beaches Resorts

Phone: (800) BEACHES

Web: www.beaches.com

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