Jamaica, Thursday December 27, 2018 – The flagship property in the Sandals Resorts
International chain has been given a US$60-million makeover with added luxury
Sandals Montego Bay was the first property acquired by Gordon ‘Butch’
Stewart nearly four decades ago, in 1981, to kick off the hotel chain that is
now a regional brand, present across Jamaica and various Caribbean markets. The
property, which itself is 60 years old, was known as Bay Roc back then.
The upgrade – which Sandals Resorts Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart says
has transformed the chain’s oldest property into its ‘newest’ – included the
tearing down of basic hotel rooms and transforming them into suites.
The investment comes as the hotel group is fighting allegations of
sexual assault at its resorts. However, Prime Minister Andrew Holness not only
stood with the resort group as it unveiled the upgraded hotel last week, but
also lauded Sandals for its Jamaican and regional investments and the quality
of service to its guests. Sandals disputes the accusations.
The Sandals Montego Bay upgrade involved an additional 45 rooms, 21 of
which are spread across a three-storey building. Project director Nicky Feanny
said the construction was done 100 per cent by Jamaican teams of tradesmen and
builders, including Sign Craft; Boss Furniture in Kingston, which supplied the
beds and sofas; and Matahari, a company owned and operated by the Shelton
family in Montego Bay, which did the frames, vanities and dressers.
“We believe in supporting local businesses,” Feanny said.
Sandals Montego Bay now sports a row of suites tagged as ‘Millionaire’
that feature swim-up pools, which are a step away from the sea. They were
completed in six months and commissioned into service on December 21.
The hotel also features a new conference centre with the capacity to
accommodate 200 persons, new eateries and an overwater bar, and a
glass-panelled chapel on the sea. Along with the chapel, one of the more
pronounced changes at the property was the switch from buffet lines, that have
been a standard feature of the all-inclusive guest experience, to white-glove
service at the Oleander Restaurant.
Altogether, the hotel group operates some 193 restaurants across its multi-island chain of resorts. (Jamaica Gleaner)