Sandals Resorts International has confirmed the sale of Grand Pineapple Antigua to Elite Island Resorts for an undisclosed sum.

The 180-room resort located at Long Bay, Antigua will continue accepting bookings and will remain open.

The property will start operating under a new name and brand, Pineapple Beach Club, on June 1 under Elite Island Resorts’ ownership.

All staff will remain in place under the new management team.  

Guests with bookings made for arrivals to Grand Pineapple Antigua after May 30, 2016 will be fully protected at the agreed upon rates by Elite Island Resorts and its sales team, Sandals said.

Grand Pineapple Negril remains a part of the Sandals and will not be impacted by the sale.

Sandals is involved in “high-level” discussions to introduce the first Beaches Resorts to Antigua. The all-inclusive company also runs the Sandals Grande Antigua resort on the island.

Sandals chairman, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, said:  “We are very satisfied that our staff and loyal customers will be properly taken care of under the stewardship of Elite’s chairman, Rob Barrett.”