Bevan Springer (26544)

BARBADOS (Oct. 31) – Following years of complex negotiations, the Jamaica-based Sandals Resorts has completed a major agreement with Barbados.

Sandals Resorts International (SRI), parent company of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, will lock arms with the Barbados government and open two resorts in the country.

The agreement between SRI and the government of the Barbados will see the Caribbean’s leading resort company rebrand the former Couples Resort in St. Lawrence Gap as a Sandals Resort.

In addition, a new Beaches Resort is planned and will be built on the site of the former Almond Beach Village in St. Peter.

According to Sandals Resorts Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart, the 10-acre former Couples property will honor all existing commitments with guests who had booked to stay at Couples up until Nov. 6.

Stewart commented: “We are delighted to announce the opening of not one, but two of our first-ever resorts in this wonderful country of Barbados. Barbados and its people are so rich in culture, charm and personality, and [Barbados] has been one of the leaders in Caribbean tourism for decades. We have been in discussions to bring our award-winning brands to this country for some time and are thrilled that negotiations have now been successfully concluded.

“In the former Couples Resort, I strongly believe that we have acquired one of the most beautiful properties in the entire island, and we cannot wait to bring the full ‘Luxury Included’ experience here.”

The colorful Jamaican entrepreneur noted: “We have been voted the world’s best time and time again … and we promise to give the people of Barbados a resort to be proud of.”

The resort will offer a selection of 280 luxury accommodations that range from beachfront suites to exquisite rooms situated in the resort’s lush tropical garden.

A program of enhancements will be launched in order to “Sandalize” the property immediately.

In addition to the opening of Sandals Barbados, SRI also announced that an agreement has been reached with the government regarding the building of a brand new Beaches Resort in St. Peter, which will have significant economic impact on the area.