MONTEGO BAY—Sandals Resorts International has announced a new partnership with Marriott International to bring AC Hotels by Marriott, a modern, design-driven lifestyle brand, to the Caribbean. 

This partnership is the first between the two hospitality companies and the first time SRI will manage a brand it did not create. Construction for the new AC Hotel in Kingston, the partnership’s debut project, gets underway this month and the property is slated to open in winter 2019. 

According to SRI CEO and Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart, the AC Kingston will offer 220 rooms, a 10,000 square-foot-conference center and a full-service restaurant. Parking, often a challenge in Jamaica’s capital, will be plentiful with both valet and self-serve options, the company reports. 

Plans call for the AC Kingston to be the centerpiece of an expansive, mixed-use development, located on prime Kingston real estate. It has been designed to attract both a local and international audience. 

In addition to the new AC Kingston, development plans call for a state-of-the-art BMW showroom, a beauty and wellness salon, a car rental facility, and The Avenue, a promenade of indoor and outdoor event space and retail and dining outlets, including a fine-dining sushi and seafood restaurant and coffee bar.  The Avenue will begin at the entrance and carry straight through to the conference center, with staging areas along the way to accommodate planned and impromptu concerts. 

To help visitors explore Kingston and its surroundings, an outpost of Island Routes Caribbean Adventures, the Caribbean tour company Stewart founded, will be installed at the new development. “We are creating an experience that celebrates its location in style and that offers thoughtful, customer-driven service,” said Stewart. “So whether our guest spends time with us for business or pleasure or both, they will want to return.”