Sandals Resorts has announced that it will be expanding its family-oriented all-inclusive Beaches Resorts brand to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The agreement which was struck between the hotel group and the Vincentian government on Tuesday, making it the eight Caribbean island that Sandals has entered, and also its fourth Beaches Resorts property besides the two in Jamaica and one in Turks and Caicos. Rather than building a new hotel from scratch, Sandals will be taking over and completely renovating the now-defunct Buccament Bay Spa and Resort located on the south-western side of the main island.
In a release, Sandals International’s Founder and Chairman, Gordon “Butch” Stewart said that “investing in St. Vincent and its captivating people, was not only compelling, but a natural next step for continued expansion within the Eastern Caribbean. Beginning with our first entry in Saint Lucia many years ago and more recently Grenada and Barbados, we are champions of growth for the Eastern Caribbean, and it has remained at the forefront of our expansion strategy.”
The new project which has been a year in the making will employ about 800 people during the renovation and construction stages, while about 900 will be employed once the project is completed and opened to the public (even though things may change because of the pandemic).
The property which sits just in front of Buccament Bay is also adjacent to a lunch mountainside nature reserve. Future guests can expect about a 45 minute drive from the airport, while those venturing from the resort to Kingstown (the island’s capital) can do so in under 20 minutes.
[Featured Photo: Buccament Bay Resort]