SuperClubs slates expansion plans in wake of '98's renovations

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- SuperClubs' expansions this year come hard on the heels of renovations and upgrades in 1998.

Scheduled openings later this year include Hedonism III in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, and the first of four SuperClubs' properties in Bahia, Brazil.

SuperClubs' portfolio of Cuban resorts jumped from one to five in 1998, with three more totaling 2,500 rooms under development in Varadero Beach and Santiago. Bob Gilbert, the firm's new vice president of sales and marketing, said plans for Breezes resorts in Jamaica, St. Lucia and St. Kitts are under negotiation. Here is a rundown of the 1998 projects. All are in Jamaica with the exception of Breezes Bahamas.

  • Grand Lido Braco's 183 rooms were refurbished, and 52 luxury suites, a second pool with a swim-up bar and grill, were added. Two new club houses opened, as did the Munahana Japanese restaurant and an enlarged gym and spa.
  • Grand Lido Sans Souci added 36 one-bedroom Jacuzzi suites, a free-form pool with a swim-up bar and a second clothing-optional beach.
  • Two tennis courts, a jogging track and a volleyball court also were added.

  • Grand Lido Negril installed a new spa, sauna and steam rooms and added 10 luxury suites, including a presidential suite with an outdoor Jacuzzi and living room.
  • Breezes Montego Bay reopened the renovated Martino's restaurant, added a gazebo and upgraded water sports on Doctor's Cave Beach.
  • Breezes Golf and Beach Resort opened a new golf club house with a bar, a grill, a pro shop and duty-free shopping.
  • Breezes Bahamas breaks ground this year on 160 more rooms and two restaurants.
  • Boscobel Beach added a SuperAdventures program for older children and teens.
  • Activities include horseback riding, parasailing and trips with all-terrain vehicles. SuperKamping is an on-site overnight tent program for children from ages 8 to 12 that includes a fireside cookout. Also, Hedonism II in Negril begins construction this year on 60 to 80 rooms and will redesign the pool and waterfalls. New general manager is Joseph Smith, formerly resident manager.

    The 225-room Hedonism III in Runaway Bay could open by July, according to Gilbert. The resort will feature Jacuzzis and mirrored ceilings in the bathrooms; Jamaica's first-ever swim-up rooms; a four-story, see-through water slide that cuts through the disco; three pools (one au naturel); a main beach and a second, clothing-optional beach; four themed restaurants; five bars, and a circus workshop. SuperClubs, Phone: (800) GO-SUPER. Web: www.superclubs.com

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