Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Sandals outlines plans for new hotel, rejuvenation of golf course

Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon “Butch” Stewart over the weekend announced the expansion of his tourism business in St. Lucia that involves the purchase of the St. Lucia Golf and Country and the construction of another resort next to the Sandals Grande on the Pigeon Island Causeway.

Flanked by Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness and St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, Stewart at the launch of the new resort to be called Sandals LaSource St. Lucia, last Saturday said it will comprise a rooftop pool, enhanced entertainment and new restaurant concepts.

The groundbreaking for this all new resort, the fourth in the country, will be later this year with an anticipated completion date set for December 2019.

The resort will expand Sandals exclusive exchange programme of staying at one but playing at four and will introduce three new restaurant concepts to the Sandals brand, namely the American-inspired Tavern, the Greek restaurant Eros and an authentic noodle shop. It will be the first Sandals resort to have continuous winding river pools surrounding every room block all with unobstructed access to the main pool.

“We continue to be the innovation leader and the designs we reveal today are proof of that,” Stewart said.

When the resort debuts in the next two and a half years or so, it will introduce St. Lucia’s first rooftop infinity edge sky pool and jacuzzi offering 360-degree views of the island’s north coast. The resort will also offer two additional pools, including a 9,000 square foot, curved glass-fronted infinity edge pool featuring the signature Sandals Resorts swim-up pool bar, opening to a land-side bar and adjacent sunken fire pit lounge area.

Other notable additions to the new resort will be a brand new entertainment facility featuring a 4-lane bowling alley, games room, living room and bar.

Stewart notes that Sandals Resorts had re-imagined the way it delivers entertainment options to appeal to a new audience.

The resort will offer 330 suites and other acclaimed categories like the Over-the-Waters Bungalows. It will feature 10 restaurants including the aforementioned three new concepts, an expansive Red Lane Spa, wedding lounge, beauty salon and a well-appointed departure lounge with lockers and showers so guests can take full advantage of the resort up until the moment they depart.

Stewart announced his company’s purchase of the St. Lucia Golf and Country Club located in Cap Estate, the following day surrounded by top-level employees of the Sandals Brand.

He described the purchase as “a spur of the moment” thing telling reporters that it was important for the St. Lucian public to know what the company plans to do with the golf club.

“We do not plan to change too much in terms of access and the significance of the golf course. We plan to make the facilities better for the membership and those who use it. We plan to refurbish all what’s here and we plan to put in additional facilities,” Stewart said.

A swimming pool, a tennis court for families and a conference centre were some of the additional facilities mentioned.

The facility has an 18-hole golf course that Stewart said he wants to upgrade to a level where international championship matches can be played on.

He spoke of being in touch with Greg Norman, a professional golfer and world renowned golf course designer, to bring the course up to the level where major international golf tournaments can be held.

“What I want to get across is making the facility better for the St. Lucian community. The fact that we can bring the quality of the course up and hopefully up to international competition level augurs well for one and all,” Stewart said.

 “We know the basics of what we want to do so I really think we can do a job here that will benefit everybody in St. Lucia,” he added.

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