MONTEGO BAY (Feb. 6)—The Jamaica-based company Sandals Resorts International has announced that Sandals Barbados, its newest acquisition, will close its doors in the spring to undergo a facelift.
Starting on April 1, the renovation program will include the introduction of seven new gourmet restaurants, bringing the total to 10; complete refurbishment of the resort’s 280 existing rooms; and numerous other additions and enhancements.
“When we acquired this property in August, we knew we were buying great potential. Here was a lovely resort that could be transformed into something truly magical. The time has now come for the ‘Sandalization’ to start and drive forward into what is an exciting future for Sandals and Barbados as a destination. We cannot wait to reopen,” said Sandals Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart.
Every aspect of the resort is to undergo major revitalization, including all of the resort’s public areas, such as the hotel lobby. Complementing the addition of an exclusive Club Sandals lounge, departure lounge and an expanded Red Lane Spa, the resort’s new look will feature an exclusively designed wedding garden, Sandals’ signature swim-up pool bar, fire pits and a beachfront whirlpool. The resort will also launch a new attraction program that is expected to result in more of the all-inclusive guests venturing out to experience Barbados as a destination.
The launch of Sandals’ highly acclaimed Discovery Dining program will include the latest restaurant concepts, such as Butch’s Chophouse, French-style patisserie, Café de Paris, Soy Japanese sushi and Sandals’ first ever Indian restaurant. Two brand-new tennis courts, eight new elevators, state-of-the-art Wi-Fi capabilities and the introduction of Sandals’ Butler Elite program to Barbados for the first time will complete the renovation project. The hotel will reopen in December.
“The launch of Sandals LaSource Grenada has been one of the finest in the history of our company, not just in terms of the response from the international marketplace, but what we’ve managed to physically create there,” said Stewart. “The creativity and innovation of its design alone is exhilarating; it is a truly remarkable resort. It has only been open for six weeks, but we are now starting to see the true quality emerge. We now intend to create that kind of magic in Barbados.”