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WHY IT RATES:The Sandals name alone is worth its weight in gold, so the second property in Barbados should be magnificent.-Rich Thomaselli, TravelPulse Senior Editor
Gordon "Butch" Stewart, Chairman of Luxury Included® all-inclusive resort leader Sandals Resorts International (SRI), has announced that Sandals Royal Barbados, the brand's second hotel on the island, is on schedule and will open in time for the upcoming winter season, unveiling a grand total of 502 rooms in Barbados.
"Sandals Royal Barbados is progressing as it should and will most certainly be open and ready to welcome its first guests, as promised, on December 20," said Stewart.
According to Stewart the new resort, which is adjacent to Sandals Barbados and located in the famed St. Lawrence Gap area on Dover Beach, is a "game-changer" for Sandals Resorts.
Sandals Royal Barbados will offer 222 concierge and butler-level suites, including the brand's signature Rondovals, Millionaire Butler Suites and Skypool Suites, along with an extensive Crystal Lagoon Pool Complex including Swim-Up Suites.
Exciting amenities will include the brand's very first gentlemen's only barber shop, a full-service 15,000 square foot Red Lane® Spa, four bars offering unlimited premium spirits and five signature dining establishments including French, Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisines, as well as new American and Asian-fusion concepts.
Anticipation is high with the opening of Sandals Royal Barbados this coming winter season, according to William 'Billy' Griffith, CEO of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI).
"An established brand such as Sandals inspires great confidence in Barbados as a destination as we promote our island's diverse, high caliber product offerings around the world. We are certain that this latest addition to our product profile will bring even more benefits to our tourism economy and we anticipate that this will augment our marketing efforts in all of our major source markets," Griffith said. "New developments like Sandals Royal Barbados will go a long way to keep our destination fresh and top-of-mind with potential holidaymakers, with the assurance that they will still have a safe and unforgettable holiday. Huge kudos to our friends at Sandals."
It will also introduce the brand's first-ever rooftop infinity pool, complete with the brand's famed La Parisienne French restaurant and a poolside bar, as well as an entertainment pavilion featuring a four-lane bowling alley, living room and game room that Stewart says were designed to foster on-demand entertainment, available as the customer wishes.
For guests in select top category suites, Sandals Royal Barbados will also introduce the additional pampering of chauffeured Rolls-Royce airport transfers. Also new to Sandals Resorts and debuting here, The Beach House Resort Shop, a new retail brand curated to bring together the elements of the Caribbean featuring sophisticated resort wear, home goods, local craft and provisions.
Vacations at this new resort start from $251 per person/per night. For more information, please visit Sandals' website.
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