Sandals gets planning approval for overwater villas
Sandals resorts received planning approval for the over-the-water villas, to be built on an islet off its Royal Caribbean resort in Montego Bay.
The planned villas are mostly booked up to 2018 costing between US$3,000 (J$375,000) to US$8,000 (J$1 million) per night, according to Sandal's booking site.
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) gave approval for the "placement, construction and maintenance of 340 pylons supporting 17 overwater structures and a boardwalk" by Sandals Royal Caribbean Limited at Kokomo Island at Mahoe Bay.
Calls to the resort company for clarity on the status of construction project were unreturned.
Sandals gained approval through the granting of an "amendment" of its special beach licence under the Beach Control Act of 1956, according to NEPA in its June decisions. It comes with conditions including the replanting of seagrass at "another location should the initial replanting exercise be unsuccessful" and public consultation and sensitisation. Sandals disclosed plans to build such a room network years ago.
"The first of its kind in the Caribbean, these innovative, luxury over-the-water villas are changing the all-inclusive game," said the resort company. "Perched on a deck floating above turquoise waters, these spectacular accommodations feature see-through glass floors for ocean viewing, a tranquillity soaking tub, an over-the-water hammock for two, and a private infinity pool for countless ways to enjoy the water."
These over-the-water villas aim to convey an intimate connection to the Caribbean Sea.
Sandals Resorts International operates 24 properties in seven countries in the Caribbean. The company operates in Antigua, The Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia and Turks & Caicos Islands.