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Sandals adding 900 new rooms

Published:Friday | April 23, 2021 | 12:18 AM
Sandals Dunn’s River.
Sandals Dunn’s River.


Two former Jewel properties are to be rebranded and repurposed as Sandals and Beaches resorts, with the Adam Stewart-led Jamaican group adding three new hotels to the country’s tourism roster.

One other hotel is to be built on lands adjacent to Sandals Dunn’s River, completing a multibillion-dollar investment.

Sandals declined to disclose the specific spend.

Stewart, Sandals Resorts International’s (SRI) executive chairman, said in a press statement on Thursday that he intended to transform the two Jamaican all-inclusive acquired last year– the former Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios and Jewel Runaway Bay Beach Resort & Waterpark, plus a prime parcel of beachfront land, into three distinct experiences.

The expansion plans to return one of Jamaica’s most storied resorts, the Dunn’s River property in Ocho Rios, to the Sandals family as Sandals Dunn’s River, the same moniker used when it was originally added to the portfolio in 1990.

“My father grew up on the beach in Ocho Rios and this hotel, the first of its kind when it was built in the 1950s, captured the era’s glamour and sparked his imagination. When it became available, we jumped at the chance to bring the hotel back into the Sandals fold,” said Stewart.

The new Sandals Dunn’s River, said Stewart, would receive a comprehensive renovation with the adjacent oceanfront land transformed into an additional brand-new resort: Sandals Royal Dunn’s River, a modern luxurious escape featuring approximately 250 lavish rooms and suites. Overall, the three resorts will add more than 900 rooms to the chain’s stock.

The sister hotels will operate very much like the concept SRI developed between Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados, offering generous exchange privileges between the two, giving guests tremendous and convenient dining and amenity options, said Stewart.

The Runaway Bay resort will also undergo extensive redevelopment to become Beaches Runaway Bay Resort, the third family-friendly Beaches Resort in Jamaica. At its completion, the hotel will feature an estimated 400 expansive one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom suites, designed with extended families in mind. Guests of

Beaches Runaway Bay also have access to Runaway Bay Golf Club and its par-72, 18-hole championship golf course.