Sandals reopens renovated Bahamas resort

Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and Offshore Island in the Bahamas has reopened for bookings and welcomed its first guests following a $55m revamp.

From today, travel agents can book clients into the all-inclusive resort in Nassau for 2022, 2023 and 2024.

The revamped 15-acre resort now has swim-up and club level suites, 13 restaurants including some new culinary concepts, three spas and can host a variety of wedding packages.

A Love Runner boat now connects it to a private island, Sandals Barefoot Cay, complete with a pool bar, jacuzzi and new restaurant. The revamped Coconut Grove beachfront lounge area offers live music and entertainment and food trucks.

Sandals executive chairman Adam Stewart said: “The new Sandals Royal Bahamian encompasses a new era in travel, inviting our guests in love to connect with the vibrant culture, natural wonders, and authentic traditions of the beautiful Bahamas – and in turn, reconnect with each other.

“We have a long history in the beloved Bahamas and it’s simply one of the most beautiful places on Planet Earth. It’s what lured our founder and my father, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, to this illustrious setting over 26 years ago.”

“We’ve added special elements throughout the resort to impart his legacy to the setting we’ve created here. Our new Butch’s Island Chop House restaurant and adjacent Mr. B’s bar, for example, both give a nautical nod to his love for the sea, and even his iconic blue and white striped shirts served as the aesthetic inspiration.”

An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on January 27 at the resort with leaders and dignitaries in attendance.

online Sandals Royal Bahamian Ribbon Cutting with Dignitaries

The prime minister of the Bahamas, Philp Davis, said: “I am extremely delighted to see the expansion of the Sandals brand and the reopening of the Royal Bahamian property. Not only does this translate into jobs for our people but it further diversifies our tourism product and hotel inventory as we are rebounding from this pandemic.”

The event also included the presentation of the 2021 Stewart Family Philanthropic Award to the Bahamas National Trust.  The trust aims to protect and restore over two million acres of land and sea, and the award celebrates stewards who embody a strong commitment of the wellbeing of the communities, families, and environments of the Caribbean.

Deposits for holidays at the resort start from £175 and full balances are due 71 days before departure.

Pictured (left to right): General manager of Sandals Royal Bahamian, Adrian Whitehead; deputy minister and minister of tourism, investment and aviation of the Bahamas,  Chester Cooper; prime minister of the Bahamas, Philip Davis; Sandals Resorts executive chairman, Adam Stewart; prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness and Sandals Resorts chief executive, Gebhard Rainer

Tribute:Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, 1941-2021

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