Sandy Lane reopened on Oct. 3, following a month-long, multimillion-dollar renovation of the Barbados resort.

The renovation touched the resort's 112 guestrooms spa and Bajan Blue restaurant. Sandy Lane also retrained the resort's 400-plus staff.

Robert Logan, Sandy Lane’s new general manager, said that current economic challenges made it "more important than ever to continue investment in the hotel plant and in the updating of our product."

He said that booking patterns have changed.

“People who normally would make decisions now regarding travel this winter are confirming closer to time of travel because of the uncertainty of the times," Logan said.

Richard Sealy, Barbados’ minister of tourism, said there "is no evidence that Barbados is facing a serious decline in tourist arrivals, but the outlook is a bit challenging."

Sealy said the refurbishments at Sandy Lane "show confidence in Barbados' tourism sector.”

“These will do well not only for the property but also for Barbados as a whole," he said.

Barbados is looking for increased levels of investment in the hotel sector, according to Sealy.

"Partnerships such as those with Sandy Lane, which is the island's only AAA Five Diamond resort, serve to improve the local brand," he said.

Sandy Lane's enhancements include new furnishings in guest rooms; restyled decor, menus, a new coffee bar and a climate-controlled area in the Bajan Blue restaurant; and a new sauna and boutique line from Paris in the 47,000-square-foot spa.

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