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Sunset to open fourth hotel with 'au naturale' beach

Published:Friday | September 13, 2013 | 12:00 AM
The Oasis at Sunset. - File

After a three-year delay, Sunset Resorts Jamaica will open its fourth property in Montego Bay on November 1, a 124-room boutique hotel called the Oasis at Sunset.

The hotel adjoins the existing 306 Sunset Beach Resort Spa & Waterpark towers at the Montego Freeport.

The Oasis at Sunset is an upgrade of the former beach wing of the flagship Sunset Beach Resort Spa & Waterpark.

The Waterpark hotel will no longer feature its 'au naturale' or nude beach, effective November 1 when The Oasis at Sunset opens, according to Sunset Resorts Jamaica.

"This beach will be converted to a private beach with a discrete au naturale section exclusive to guests booked at The Oasis at Sunset."

The Oasis hotel project was first listed on the Jamaica Tourist Board's product development schedule in November 2009 as one of several resort upgrading projects to finalise in 2010.

Plans for the new rooms were approved by the building permit authorities in 2002. At that time, the proposed expansion was projected to cost in excess of J$1.1 billion.

When the Sunset Resort expansion was first contemplated, that property was the only major hotel in the Freeport area of Montego Bay, although other small condominiums and apartment complexes have been a feature of the area for years.

The larger complex on which both hotels sit has undergone several upgrades since the Hendrickson family bought the 15-year-old Seawind hotel from the Government in 1997 for a reported J$84 million.

Guests at the now completed facility are promised access to an exclusive lounge, library and premium bar. The hotel is targeted at singles, couples and family.

The other properties in the Sunset group are the 730-room Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort Spa & Conference Centre in Ocho Rios and the 85-room Sunset at the Palms Resort in Negril.

The new hotel, as indicated in a release issued to the Financial Gleaner, will offer unlimited access to a la carte restaurants, and feature club rooms, located next to gardens, club family room for families with kid-approved bunkbeds, club beachfront cabana facing the beach, and club ocean view junior suite.

Introductory room rates for the all-inclusive property starts US$255 per room per night, based on double occupancy and up to two children, from November 1 to December 23. Winter booking rates will be higher.