Known for their leadership in Caribbean travel, Sandals will once again raise the bar among distinctive resort destinations with the introduction of the Luxury Included Vacation and a collection of luxury suites in Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia and the Bahamas. The new luxury experience at Sandals will feature unprecedented services and amenities including private plunge pools and Jacuzzis, exclusive dining options, and celebrated partnerships with celebrity designers Preston Bailey and Sylvia Weinstock, Rolls Royce; the London-based Guild of Professional English Butlers, Beringer Wines, Waterford Crystal and Red Lane Spa.
Perched on a west facing hilltop overlooking the sea in Antigua, Sandals Resorts’ new Mediterranean Village at the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa is the first all-suite property to welcome guests for the luxury included experience. The Mediterranean Village features 180 spacious suites in six room categories, all boasting spectacular ocean views and a Mediterranean flair.
“This is a defining moment for Sandals Resorts. We have moved beyond the all-inclusive category and the often maligned all-inclusive connotation,” says Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Sandals Resorts Chairman. “The opening of the Mediterranean Village signifies and celebrates a new direction for our 26-year-old company. We are a resort company dedicated to choice, style, service and uncompromising standards. With ever-more spectacular suites, uncompromising service, enhanced food & beverage, lavish spas, luxury amenities and our social conscious programs – no other Caribbean resort transforms vacation fantasies into memorable realities better than we do. We are the Luxury Included vacation.”
From the moment a guest steps out of their luxury transfer and into a Sandals Luxury Included resort they are transported by the commanding views of the ocean and beyond. Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts, envisioned a complete experience from arrival to departure for guests at each one of his unique Caribbean properties. Guests who select Sandals’ top suites are met upon arrival by their personal butler, who whisks them away to their lavish suite, and ensures that every whim is catered to throughout their stay. From retreating to your cliff-top sanctuary in St. Lucia to diving into your private plunge pool or relaxing in your two-story loft set within a coconut grove, Sandals encourages guests to interact with the surrounding nature without compromising luxury.
According to Chairman and Founder of Sandals Resorts, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, when guests of Sandals Resorts arrive at a resort, they look to find amenities and an aesthetic that exceeds that which they enjoy in their everyday lives. The look and feel of the new suites debuting this year at Sandals in Antigua, St. Lucia and Jamaica were developed with these design-savvy customers in mind.
“We’ve watched the luxury trend very carefully and have transformed the suites at Sandals – investing over $200 million in the last three years alone to meet these demands,” says Stewart. “Across the Sandals brand, suites comprise forty four percent of all room inventories, well above industry standard. As our company has evolved, so too has the Sandals Resorts customer.”
Every appointment and every last detail of these suites reflect a passion for luxury and romance that sets Sandals Resorts apart as a leader in the industry. Customary to the world’s finest resort and hotels, accommodation at all Sandals Resorts provide four-poster king size mahogany beds, ceiling fans, amenity kits, private baths and showers, CD clock radios, cable TV, coffee & tea makers and fully-stocked mini refrigerators. To this, Sandals has enhanced the layout of its resorts’ top category suites to deliver accommodations that are not only exotic in design, but also provide luxurious paradise and a fantasy-like atmosphere that guests look for in a Caribbean getaway.
Sandals Grande Antigua’s new Mediterranean Village, where suites in six categories feature palatial marble bathrooms with his and hers vanities and mosaic tiling, Jacuzzi tubs built for two with separate shower areas and overhead rain showers, additional living areas and large plasma televisions.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian, the resort’s new Rondoval Suites, circular cottages first introduced at Sandals Grande Antigua, offer guests 1,400 square feet of luxury, complete with a 50″ plasma television, separate sitting area with a sofa and desk, in-room Jacuzzi tub and separate shower area with glass mosaic tiling. Outside, on the suite’s private pool deck, two people in love can dip into their private outdoor Jacuzzi or sparkling plunge pool, complete with its own waterfall.
Sandals Regency in St. Lucia will debut six lavish Million Dollar Suites in late 2008. Each Mediterranean-style suite will combine 700 square feet of living space and 400 square feet of outdoor space to make one dramatic and very indulgent private villa. A spacious and welcoming living room with plush sofas and a 42″ plasma television will open to the outdoor terrace through plantation-style pocket doors offering full 180-degree views of the emerald isle.
Sandals Negril and Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica recently unveiled soothing new Swim-Up River Suites. These new suites are set upon a relaxing lazy river and pool. The ground floor of the Swim-Up River Suites at both resorts feature a secluded patio surround by lush Caribbean vegetation that opens onto the resorts’ lazy river where lovers can dip their toes into the soothing waterway. Indoors, the suites feature expansive living rooms complete with 42″ plasma televisions and separate bedroom areas with 37″ plasma televisions. Each extravagant suite is outfitted with custom furnishings and tropically inspired décor, with a spacious bedroom with a four-poster mahogany bed, a marvelous bathroom with marble and hand-cut mosaic tile accents, plus a Jacuzzi tub and his and her vanities.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Located on a pristine 13-mile stretch of the stunning white sand crystalline shores of Nassau’s world-renowned Cable Beach in The Bahamas. The resort offers luxurious accommodations in thirteen categories.
Exclusive Suite Concierge Service is available in nine categories including the Royal Windsor Beachfront One Bedroom Suite. These extravagant suites offer oceanfront views and exquisite furnishings, large master bedroom, substantial living room with private patio or balcony and decadent bathrooms complete with romantic Roman soaking tub and large vanity area. Guests staying in the Royal Windsor suites enjoy VIP Rolls Royce airport transfers, 24-hour room service and members only dining at Gordon’s on the Pier Restaurant.
Sandals Resorts has embarked in an exclusive partnership with the Guild of Professional English Butlers to become the only Caribbean resort member. The London-based Guild is renowned for its training of individuals worldwide for careers in Five Star hotels, Royal Palaces of Great Britain, Embassies in various capital cities and private households.
The Sandals Butlers, trained and certified by the Guild, take pride in knowing guests preferences prior to their arrival at the resort. They attend to guests’ every need including private in-suite check-in, unpacking and packing of clothing, providing specialized services such as drawing a scented bubble bath or even orchestrating in-suite gourmet dining on their private terrace
Sandals Cay Private Island
Just minutes from Sandals Royal Bahamian lies the exotic, tropical isle of Sandals Cay, the resort’s very own private offshore island. Pristine beaches of silky white sand await guests who want to sneak away from the main resort to spend some time exploring the natural Bahamian paradise. Two beaches offer two diverse settings for guests – one beach is the perfect hideaway for sunbathers and the other is a snorkeler’s paradise offering some of the most exquisite underwater displays in all the Caribbean. The island boasts its own restaurant, Café Goombay for authentic Bahamian cuisine, a freshwater pool complete with swim-up pool bar and a bubbly Jacuzzi. Ferries run every hour on the hour beginning at 10am. Private charters can also be arranged.
Red Lane® Spas
Red Lane® Spas, available at ten Sandals Resorts, combine traditional spa services with a distinctive Caribbean flair. As part of the new luxury included experience, guests can enjoy lavish spa treatments on the beach or in the privacy of their suite. Treatments utilize ingredients indigenous to the region, like Jamaica’s-own Blue Mountain coffee, exotic sweet Ortanique oranges, local honey and almonds, natural island cane sugar and other tropical delicacies in its therapies. Treatment venues can be tailored to personal preference from the beach and garden gazebos, to in-room services. In addition to pampering and wellness programs, Sandals Resorts provide guests with an extensive fitness center offering yoga and state-of-the-art equipment and personal training/nutrition counseling.
Gordon’s On The Pier
A fresh concept in custom-made cuisine, Gordon’s on the Pier is a brand new dining experience designed for guests of Sandals’ highest-level suites. With an emphasis on the freshest seafood, Gordon’s elevates the al fresco dining experience to new heights. Open at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island and Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, Gordon’s on the Pier is part of the luxury included dining experience exclusively available to Butler Service Level guests serving exceptional selections from international to seafood fare in a private atmosphere. The innovative menu complete with white glove service features fresh local ingredients and a variety of hand selected steaks. All other resort guests are invited to make a reservation (based on availability) and enjoy this impeccable world-class culinary experience at an additional cost.
Beyond the traditional, Sandals also offers guests several unique dining options, including the new ‘Water Dining’ experience at Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica, where guests can dip their toes in the Caribbean sea while partaking in a spectacular feast of local cuisine. In addition to 24-hour room service, private dining has become an increasingly popular option with guests selecting from pre-set menus or giving free reign to Sandals’ award-winning chefs. Candlelight beachfront dinners can be arranged on a private terrace, under a canopy on the beach or poolside. Additional gourmet adventures include market tours, cooking classes and “Vineyard Dinners,” inspired by Sandals’ fresh relationship with Beringer Wines and featuring multiple-course meals paired with extraordinary wines.
Preston Bailey Signature WeddingMoons®
Preston Bailey, the internationally celebrated event designer and wedding planner, partnered with Sandals Resorts to create Preston Bailey Signature WeddingMoons®, a selection of four exceptional wedding packages available exclusively at Sandals and Beaches Resorts through the WeddingMoons® program. Author of Design for Entertaining and Fantasy Weddings, Preston personally created one-of-a-kind events for celebrity clients such as Donald and Melania Trump, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Matt Lauer, Donna Karan and Oprah Winfrey, and now WeddingMoons® guests can enjoy a Preston Bailey wedding experience in the idyllic island setting of Sandals and Beaches Caribbean properties. The packages, offered as an enhancement to the standard WeddingMoons® program, include inspired settings for the ceremony, striking bouquets and flowers, elegant table décor and innovative keepsakes – all designed by Preston Bailey.
These offerings from Preston Bailey allow those seeking the perfect destination wedding, an increasingly popular trend, a higher level of choices for their special day. Each of the four packages – The Floral Elegance Collection ($1,700), The Water Lily Collection ($2,600), The Seascape Collection ($3,600) and The Crystal Collection ($5,000) – includes beautifully designed wedding settings and décor such as fresh contemporary floral screens or a tree filled with orchids, crystals and candlelight. Specialty wedding cakes designed by Sylvia Weinstock complement the exceptional designs and the beautiful surroundings. For the ultimate in luxury, Sandals Resorts and Preston Bailey are also developing one of the most lavish wedding experiences as the upper tier in package offerings which includes private jet, special location, a once-in-a-lifetime musical performance and more.