Sandals Resorts has confirmed it will invest $US500 million to expand its offering in the Caribbean over the coming decade.
Chief executive, Adam Stewart, outlined the plans earlier, giving details of the new Sandals City resort in Kingston, Jamaica.
“The Sandals City resort is very much under development,” Stewart said of the 250-luxury-room resort to be built on five acres of land along Oxford Road in Kingston.
Plans are proceeding for the construction of a new off-shore village being built at Sandals Grande St Lucian, in the eastern Caribbean island.
Ground was broken at this development last week.
Some 150 luxury suites, including the Sandals’ signature over-the-water suites accommodation, are to be built.
“The whole over-the-water-suite concept is a vacation product which has never been done in the Caribbean, it has never been approved anywhere, and so we have been working with the governments trying to get the relevant environmental approvals,” Stewart told the Jamaica Observer.
Expansion plans – outlined as part of Sandals 30th anniversary celebrations - include the development Beaches brand with the construction of a 400-room resort at Whitehouse in Westmoreland, 100 private luxury suites at Beaches Negril and a 400-room resort at Bloody Bay in Negril.
Stewart added the designs were also being done for Beaches properties in St Lucia and Antigua.
Another of the company’s plans involves an off-shore island at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, where several over-the-water suites are also to be constructed.
Sandals has also enjoyed a glittering run of success at the renowned World Travel Awards in recent years, most notably being recognised as the Caribbean’s Leading All-Inclusive Company in 2010.
Also in the Caribbean today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Jamaica.
City.Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the City.Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.
Jamaica.Mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.
Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.
Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.
City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.