Sandals to create upscale Port Antonio resort


PORT ANTONIO, Jamaica -- Sandals Resorts expanded its Jamaica property portfolio with the acquisition of the 90-room Dragon Bay Beach Resort here.

The property is set on 55 hillside acres on Jamaica's northeast coast. Portions of the movies "Lord of the Flies," "Club Paradise" and "Cocktail" were filmed at the resort.

Dragon Bay is closed for renovations and will reopen in the fall. The project will put the property on a par with Beaches Royal Plantation Golf Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios, which underwent a $10 million refit after it was acquired by Sandals in December 1999.

"Dragon Bay is set to be an upscale boutique hotel, located in one of the most unspoiled regions of Jamaica," said John Lynch, executive vice president of sales worldwide.

Air Jamaica Express offers flights from Montego Bay to the local Port Antonio Airport.

The acquisition of Dragon Bay brings to 19 the number of hotels in the Sandals and Beaches chain. In Jamaica, the operator has six couples-only Sandals resorts and, including Beaches Boscobel Spa Resort & Golf Club, opening June 1, five Beaches resorts.

Introductory rates at Boscobel from June 1 to 13 and Aug. 23 through Dec. 19 are $144 per person, per night, with a two-night minimum required. From June 14 through Aug. 22, the rates are $175. Sandals pays 13% chainwide.

For information, call (888) SANDALS or visit on line.

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