Sandals Resorts International honoured at World Travel Awards’ special gala
Sandals Resorts International Executive Chairman Adam Stewart (right) and CEO Gebhard Rainer (left) accept the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality & Tourism Industry

Sandals Resorts International honoured at World Travel Awards’ special gala

MONTEGO BAY — Sandals Resorts International won big at the 29th Annual World Travel Awards Caribbean & The Americas Gala, which this year returned to an in-person format at Sandals Montego Bay.

The awards, which took place on Aug. 31, marked a full-circle celebration at Sandals’ first-ever property, which was also awarded ‘Jamaica’s Leading Resort 2022.’ In total, Sandals Resorts International (SRI), which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, took home 14 awards, including the coveted ‘Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand’ for the 29th year in a row. New pursuits, including Sandals’ first-ever resort in the Dutch Caribbean, Sandals Royal Curaçao, was awarded with ‘Curaçao’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort,’ while the reimagined Sandals Royal Bahamian, which debuted in January 2022, was named ‘Bahamas’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort.’

“It’s immensely gratifying, humbling and surreal to be celebrating the amazing strides we have made on this journey to immerse our beloved guests in the most beautiful corners of the Caribbean – and to be a part of those special moments that make travel so magical,” said Adam Stewart, Executive Chairman of SRI. “Forty years ago, my father had a dream that he made real right here, at Sandals Montego Bay, our first resort. Witnessing the evolution of our industry over the decades and what we have accomplished together, as one – now that deserves to be celebrated and for that we are all winners.”

A first-of-its-kind special award was also presented to SRI for its ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality & Tourism Industry.’ The tribute was a celebratory nod to the company’s influence on the industry throughout its 40-year-history, through programs like the ’40 for 40 Initiative’ and ‘Future Goals,’ a program that turns fishing nets sourced from the ocean and recycled plastic waste into soccer goals for children in Curaçao.

Sandals Resorts International honoured at World Travel Awards’ special gala

Sandals Resorts International at the 2022 World Travel Awards

“This recognition is nothing if not a testament to our Sandals Resorts family – our 15,000 team members – and the fierce passion, intention and genuine love we put into all we do,” added Stewart. “From moving the needle on the guest experience to sustaining a link between tourism and its power to transform lives, what we’ve built here goes far beyond a resort company. It’s the Sandals Resorts legacy.

“Tonight is proof that the challenges of yesterday should never define the possibilities of tomorrow. That is the essence of innovation, the idea that better is always within reach. And we have never been more excited for the future.”

The 14 awards that were won by Sandals Resorts International include the following:

  • Bahamas’ Leading All-Inclusive ResortSandals Royal Bahamian
  • Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon ResortSandals South Coast, Jamaica
  • Caribbean’s Leading Hotel BrandSandals Resorts International
  • Caribbean’s Leading Luxury All-Inclusive ResortSandals Grenada
  • Caribbean’s Leading ResortSandals Royal Barbados
  • Caribbean’s Most Romantic ResortSandals Grande Antigua
  • Caribbean’s Leading All-Inclusive Family ResortBeaches Turks & Caicos
  • Curaçao’s Leading All-Inclusive ResortSandals Royal Curaçao
  • Grenada’s Leading ResortSandals Grenada
  • Jamaica’s Leading All-Inclusive Family ResortBeaches Negril
  • Jamaica’s Leading ResortSandals Montego Bay
  • Outstanding Contribution to Caribbean Hospitality & Tourism: Sandals Resorts International
  • St Lucia’s Leading All-Inclusive ResortSandals Grande St. Lucian
  • St Lucia’s Leading ResortSandals Grande St. Lucian

Sandals Resorts’ sister company, Island Routes Caribbean Adventure, also won the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tour Operator’ award, recognized for its adventures across 13 destinations.


For more information on the World Travel Awards go to

To read Travelweek’s special 40th anniversary edition of Sandals Resorts International, click here.

Get travel news right to your inbox!