Sandals has begun work on a new section of its Sandals Royal Barbados resort, which is due to be completed later this year.

South Seas Village will be home to 66 new rooms, bringing the total room count at the all-inclusive resort to 338, and two pools.

It is due to open on July 1, with four room categories, including three Butler Level suites and one Club Level suite. All include ‘soaking tubs’.

Two new eateries are also due to be added to the resort. The addition of The Greenhouse Restaurant and Heart & Sol café will take the number of restaurants to nine.

Prices for a seven-night stay start at a South Seas Hideaway Crystal Lagoon Club Level Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub costs from £2,099 per adult, including return flights from Heathrow for dates between September 1 and October 14, 2021 including current discount deals.

“Sandals Royal Barbados is the ultimate indulgent resort for couples who are looking for top-of-the-line luxury,” said Adam Stewart, executive chairman of Sandals Resorts International. “We’ve added more suites, restaurants, and pools to elevate our options which further enhance the already incredible guest experience.”

Sandals has resorts on nine Caribbean islands including new developments in Curaçao and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The all-inclusive specialist reported a spike in sales through its UK tour operator, Unique Caribbean Holidays Ltd, over the weekend.

Spike in bookings

Bookings from Friday February 26-Sunday February 28 were up 95% against the previous weekend, and since Boris Johnson’s roadmap announcement last Monday.

Managing director Karl Thompson said: “2021 departures made up 38% of total bookings this weekend, up 181% on last weekend, showing that consumer confidence is growing.”

The most popular resorts booked over the weekend were Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, Jamaica, and Sandals Royal Barbados.

Thompson said both pay day and the prime minister’s announcement could have affected the spike in bookings.

He added: “Either way, these statistics are extremely encouraging. We’re now eagerly awaiting the update from the Government’s travel taskforce on April 12 which we hope will give us more details about how international travel can safely resume and whether the quarantine hotel model will be scrapped in the summer.”