A Beaches resort is to be built by Sandals in Antigua following a $125 million agreement with the island’s government.

Beaches Antigua will be built on the site of the company’s existing Grand Pineapple Resort in Long Bay.

The resort will include one to four-bedroom rooms and suites, up to 12 restaurants, conference facilities, a waterpark, cinema, Xbox Play Lounge and BMX track.

Further details about the expected launch date and other information will be released in the coming weeks, Sandals said.

The property will become the fifth Beaches resort in the Jamaica-based company’s portfolio along with Beaches Barbados, which is set to break ground in the middle of next year.

Sandals chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart (pictured) said: “As a country, Antigua is very dear to our hearts because it was the first place we went when we ventured outside of Jamaica in 1991.

“This particular deal has been a long time coming – we’ve been discussing it for over three years – but it is well worth the wait.

“Antigua is a stunning country and we’ve enjoyed no end of pleasure operating here. It’s often said that there’s 365 beaches in Antigua – now there’s another.”