It's been a big week for Sandals: one new resort opening, one
reopening and a third unveiling its overwater bungalows.
Sandals Royal Barbados welcomed its first guests on Dec. 20.
"Every new resort we develop stands on the shoulders of
what came before. We keep getting better and better and for us, right now, Sandals
Royal Barbados is a game-changer," said Butch Stewart, chairman and
founder of Sandals Resorts International.
The new resort complements the adjacent
280-room Sandals Barbados, which opened in January 2015.
Guests staying at either property can enjoy the amenities of
The Sandals Royal Barbados features six restaurants,
including American Tavern for casual dining, the Asian fusion Chi with a design
inspired by traditional tea rooms and Butch's Steak and Seafood, an a la carte
restaurant. There are also Caribbean, Mediterranean and French dining venues.
Between the two resorts, Sandals now offers 17 dining
Another first for Sandals is the resort's rooftop
entertainment complex that features ocean views, an infinity pool, live music,
French bistro fare and a cantilevered cocktail lounge called Raising the
In all, Sandals Royal Barbados has five bars, including its
first beer garden and the Lover's Lane Bar.
A new entertainment option at ground level includes an
entertainment pavilion with a four-lane bowling alley, living room and game
Other amenities are the brand's first barber shop, a
15,000-square-foot Red Lane Spa and the Beach House Resort Shop featuring
resort wear, home goods, local crafts and provisions.
Rates start at $251 per person, per night, double.
In Antigua, the Sandals Grande Antigua in St. Johns is again
open for business, following a three-month closure to redo and refresh.
"The wood is gleaming, the brass is polished and the
resort is shining like brand new," Butch Stewart said.
In Jamaica, the Sandals South Coast (formerly Sandals
Whitehouse) opened its 12 overwater bungalows on a heart-shaped pier.
Also over the water are the Latitudes bar and a wedding
chapel with a glass floor aisle.
Each bungalow features a tranquility soaking tub, a patio
and sun deck, outdoor shower, a smart TV, a large ceiling fan, a walk-in rain
shower in the bathroom, hammocks, and glass vision floor panels and lit water
to observe sea life at any time.
Guests staying in the bungalows have access to 24/7 butler
service, in-room dining and room service, private airport transfers and free
Additional resort renovations include upgrades to the resort's
five restaurants and four new dining options: Sushi on the Sand, Jerk Shack,
Schooner's Caribbean restaurant and a beach picnic, which is an option for
Rates start at $1,078 per person, per night.