From l-r: Sandals Resorts International’s CEO, Gebhard Rainer; Managing Director for the Eastern Caribbean, Winston Anderson; and Sandals Grande St. Lucian’s General Manager, Michael Nassiri

Sandals named Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand for 30th straight year at World Travel Awards

GROS-ISLET, SAINT LUCIA — Sandals Resorts International (SRI) won big at the 30th Annual World Travel Awards, taking home 13 awards including the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand’ for an incredible 30th consecutive year.

Taking place on Aug. 26 at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, the Awards’ ‘Caribbean & The Americas Gala Ceremony’ brought together top players in the travel and tourism industry as well as government officials and leaders. 

In addition to the top honour of being the region’s leading hotel brand, SRI celebrated its first wins as the ‘Leading Luxury All-Inclusive Resort’ and ‘Caribbean’s Leading New Resort’ for the all-new Sandals Dunn’s River, which opened its doors in May. The all-inclusive resort features unique room concepts completely new to the brand, such as the Coyaba Sky Villa Swim-Up Rondoval Suites and Tufa Terrace Skypool Suites. 

Marking another milestone, Sandals Royal Curaçao won ‘Curaçao’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort’ for the second year in a row, in recognition of its luxury suites and sprawling bungalows, MINI Cooper convertible access and cutting-edge Island Inclusive dining program.

“To be named the Caribbean’s leading hotel brand for the 30th consecutive year is such an honor and a testament to the incredible team members and valued guests that make up the Sandals family,” says Gebhard Rainer, CEO of Sandals Resorts International. “Authentic and exceptional Caribbean hospitality are at the center of all that we do, and we’re beyond proud to be hosting and recognizing the travel industry’s best trailblazers at our very own Sandals Grande St. Lucian.”

The 13 awards won under Sandals Resorts International’s portfolio are:

  • Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand 2023: Sandals Resorts International             
  • Caribbean’s Leading Luxury All-Inclusive Resort 2023: Sandals Dunn’s River, Jamaica
  • Caribbean’s Leading New Resort 2023: Sandals Dunn’s River, Jamaica            
  • Caribbean’s Most Romantic Resort 2023: Sandals Grande Antigua
  • Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort 2023: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, St. Lucia    
  • St Lucia’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2023: Sandals Grande St. Lucian           
  • Grenada’s Leading Resort 2023: Sandals Grenada  
  • Jamaica’s Leading Resort 2023: Sandals Montego Bay          
  • Bahamas’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2023: Sandals Royal Bahamian             
  • Caribbean’s Leading Resort 2023: Sandals Royal Barbados
  • Curaçao’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2023: Sandals Royal Curaçao
  • Jamaica’s Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort 2023: Beaches Negril  
  • Caribbean’s Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort 2023: Beaches Turks & Caicos

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