Sandals Resorts International is adding three new luxury all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica to its growing inventory, though this time they will be conversions of existing properties.
According to SRI Executive Chairman Adam Stewart, Sandals will transform two resorts in Jamaica acquired last year—the former Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa (pictured above) in Ocho Rios and Jewel Runaway Bay Beach Resort & Waterpark plus a prime parcel of beachfront land adjacent to the Ocho Rios resort into three distinct experiences under the Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts brands.
Sandals’ expansion plans return one of Jamaica's most storied resorts, the Dunn's River property in Ocho Rios, back to the Sandals family as Sandals Dunn's River, the same name as when it was originally added to the portfolio in 1990.
"Sandals Dunn's River holds special meaning to our family because its history is the story of Jamaica's evolution as a travel powerhouse,” said Stewart. My father [the late Butch Stewart] grew up on the beach in Ocho Rios and this hotel, the first of its kind when it was built in the 1950s, captured the era's glamour and sparked his imagination. When it became available, we jumped at the chance to bring the hotel back into the Sandals fold.
Stewart said the new Sandals Dunn's River will receive a top-to-bottom renovation with the adjacent ocean-front land transformed into an additional brand-new resort with roughly 250 completely renovated rooms and suites. The sister hotels will operate very much like the concept SRI developed between Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados, offering guests exchange privileges between the two all-inclusive properties in Barbados.
The Runaway Bay resort, a famed Jamaican hotel located midway between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, will also undergo extensive redevelopment to become Beaches Runaway Bay Resort, the third family-friendly Beaches Resort in Jamaica. When it renovation is complete, the resort will feature roughly 400 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom suites designed with extended families in mind. Guests of Beaches Runaway Bay will also have access to Runaway Bay Golf Club and its par-72, 18-hole championship golf course.
"Jamaica will always play a critical part in our plans to grow and innovate Caribbean hospitality,” said Stewart. “There is tremendous opportunity here and a ripe moment, as leisure travelers are choosing to return to the places and brands that they know and trust.”
By James Shillinglaw, Insider Travel Report
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