Sandals Resorts International (SRI) yesterday announced the signing of an agreement that will bring the award-winning company to Curaçao, a development that will create more than 1,000 jobs and which the owners say is “an investment in the future of Caribbean tourism”.
“Each time we expand, we bring with us the full potential of our 40 years in hospitality. The new Sandals Curaçao embodies our philosophy of forward-thinking and looking through a new lens. It is a promise not only to our guests but to our team members for continued innovation,” Adam Stewart, Sandals and Jamaica Observer deputy chairman said in a news release.
“Curaçao is a place to be discovered, and we are so proud today to become part of this community,” he added.
Sandals Curaçao, which will mark the ninth island destination for the brand in the Caribbean, will initially include 350 luxurious rooms and suites stretched along the Spanish Water Bay and the Caribbean Sea, with a further expansion planned in the coming years.
Formerly named Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, part of a broader 3,000-acre development, the resort will be completely “Sandalized”, a process set to begin in 2021, the Jamaican-owned resort company stated.
“Sandals Curaçao will bring the opulent resort innovations to the island, which have become synonymous with the world-renowned Sandals Resorts brand across the region. Conceptual plans for the resort include adding key elements for the signature Sandals experience, including new expansive pools, a variety of 5-Star Global Gourmet dining options and lavish accommodations, including magnificent newly constructed River Suites,” Sandals said.
“Guests will also have access to the neighbouring 18-hole Pete Dye championship golf course, two on-site marinas and 38,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the largest on the island.”