MONTEGO BAY — Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has announced Sandals Barbados is set to temporarily close its doors on April 1, 2014 to undergo an enhancement program similar to that of the recently-opened Sandals LaSource Grenada.
The wide-ranging renovations will include the introduction of seven new gourmet restaurants bringing the total to 10, total refurbishment of the resort’s 280 existing rooms as well as a numerous other additions and enhancements that will offer Sandals guests the newest levels of the Luxury Included experience in line with Barbados’ reputation as one of the region’s most sought after destinations.
Sandals Resorts’ Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart said that “when we acquired this property in August 2013, 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 ‘Sandalisation’ to start and drive forward into what is an exciting future for Sandals and Barbados as a destination. We cannot wait to reopen.”
As well as the addition of a Club Sandals lounge, departure lounge and an expanded Red Lane Spa, the new look resort will feature an exclusively-designed wedding garden, Sandals signature swim up pool bar, fire pits and a magnificent beachfront whirlpool. The resort will also launch a new attraction program that is expected to see more and more guests venture out to experience Barbados as a destination.
There will also be the launch of Sandals Resorts’ highly-acclaimed Discovery Dining program that will now include new restaurant concepts such Butch’s Chophouse, a French-style patisserie Café de Paris, ‘Soy’ Japanese sushi bar and Sandals first ever Indian restaurant. Additionally, newly-installed kitchens will help to deliver the highest level of Sandals service.
Two brand new tennis courts, eight new elevators, state-of-the-art WiFi capabilities, brand new back-of-house facilities and the introduction of Sandals English Guild-trained butlers to Barbados for the first time are also planned.
“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. 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 here in Barbados,” Stewart said.
Guests can relocate their existing booking to any of the other Sandals resorts, Beaches resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach resorts in Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas or Turks and Caicos, excluding Sandals Emerald Bay and Sandals LaSource Grenada, including any associated airfare change fees, subject to availability.