Sandals Commemorates Its Entry Into The Dutch Caribbean

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Sandals Resorts International (SRI) commemorated its venture into Curaçao during a special ribbon cutting ceremony held today at the newly opened Sandals Royal Curaçao – the 16th property in the Sandals Resorts portfolio. The resort officially opened to guests on June 1, 2022.

“Today marks a dream decades in the making as Sandals Resorts officially becomes part of the story of Curaçao,” said Adam Stewart, Executive Chairman of SRI. “It’s a great honor to now share this incredible destination with the world with its eclectic melting pot of culture, vibrance and stunning beauty. Today is also bittersweet as I wish my father and our late founder, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, could have been here to see this dream of our family’s become a reality.”

From experiential driven, off-site programming, to locally inspired resort experiences, to unique and impactful community and environmental development programs, the 351-room Sandals Royal Curaçao, and its unique approach to tourism, was saluted by attending dignitaries who recognized its progress and island impact so far.

The ceremony included remarks from industry leaders including Honourable Gilmar Pisas, Prime Minister of Curaçao; Executive Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Adam Stewart; CEO of Sandals Resorts International, Gebhard Rainer; Resort General Manager, Kevin Clarke; Executive Vice President of Sales at Unique Vacations, Inc., Gary Sadler; Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation, Heidi Clarke; Managing Director Caribbean, American Airlines, Christine Valls; and President of ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors), Zane Kerby.

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“The arrival of Sandals Royal Curaçao has a great impact in the continued development of our touristic product, giving us a great competitive advantage in our region,” said the Hon. Gilmar Pisas. “The most beautiful part of this process is our shared vision and the impact on our local people and economy long before the resort even opened its doors. The government of Curaçao is very pleased to welcome Sandals Royal Curaçao and together we look forward to providing travelers from around the world with great experiences that will have them extending their stays and coming back for years to come.”

Linking Sports and Sustainability to Empower the Island’s Youth

During his remarks, Stewart introduced the Sandals Foundation’s newly formed partnership with the Netherlands’ AFC Ajax soccer team to launch Future Goalsa program that turns fishing nets sourced from the ocean and recycled plastic waste into soccer goals for children. Expanding opportunities for locals through the power of youth sports, particularly the beloved game known locally as football, the landmark partnership kicks off at primary schools across Curaçao, where the program’s official launch was celebrated last month at MGR Niewindt College as students received the first set of Future Goals ahead of the resort’s opening. Attendees watched the official Future Goals video, with the Sandals Foundation’s Executive Director Heidi Clarke sharing more insight on the program.

Inside the New Sandals Royal Curaçao

  • Sandals Royal Curaçao is located within the exclusive, 3,000-acre Santa Barbara estate – just 15 miles from the Curaçao International Airport. Its signature, west-facing position on the southernmost part of the island authentically intertwines nature with the resort experience, while capturing one of the Caribbean’s most spectacular sunsets.
  • At the heart of the property, couples can bask under the sun at the brand’s first ever bi-level Dos Awa Infinity Pool, with views overlooking the Spanish Water and the rugged mountain landscape beyond.
  • With its admirable west-facing position, Sandals Royal Curaçao includes two new signature suite categories, the Awa Seaside Butler Bungalows and Kurason Island Poolside Butler Bungalows, complete with Tranquility Soaking Tubs, private pools, and butler service – plus perks for select suites, like access to sporty and stylish convertible MINI Coopers to drive while exploring the island.
  • From the Melemele Walkout Suites (Papiamentu for affectionate) to the Sunchi Beachfront Suites (meaning kiss), locally inspired accommodations include entirely new room categories, such as the Kurason Island Poolside Butler Bungalows and Awa Seaside Butler Bungalows, capturing the height of luxury and overlooking private lagoons and the Curaçaon coast.
  • Sandals Royal Curaçao boasts eleven culinary concepts, including eight restaurants – seven of which are new to the brand and only available at this resort – along with three beachside gourmet food trucks and 13 bars. A sampling of all-new concepts include Aolos, home to an open-air Mediterranean dining experience; Vincent, an homage to the famous Dutch painter with a robust European fusion menu; and Toteki food truck serving up traditional Curaçao fare.
  • Further immersing guests in the unique flavors of the island, Sandals Royal Curaçao offers the brand’s first-ever off-site dining program, Island Inclusive, which expands its all-inclusive dining options to eight partner restaurants around the destination. Valid on seven-night minimum stays, the program is available exclusively to guests who are booked in Butler suites, as well as Sandals Select Reward Members (Diamond, Pearl, Ambassadors Club), offering one $250 USD voucher to dine out at one of the eight partner restaurants, with off-site roundtrip transportation included.

Source: Sandals Resorts International

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  1. Sandals needs to talk about those 4 tourist who died in the emerald Bay, exuma Bahamas due to their there generator leak of carbon monoxide because they was trying to cut back on electricity and ended up endangering the lives of there guest I will never ever visit there again and the way there employees can’t receive tips that is just slavery!!!!

  2. Are the employees allowed to be unionized?
    Will the government of Curacao give them more than 24 million dollars?
    Just asking.

  3. Understanding the labor force within the hotel and tourism sector here in St. Lucia, i am firmly convince that the hotels are a predator on our labor force. No union representation is already a red light which the industry do not support and the Ministry of labor and Tourism are the 2 entities must be held responsible. This is why the late Derek walcott said once at the CARICOM head of state meeting.. i quote : “back in my home country our politicians are prostituting our tourism sector” what he meant was that Government find lands & security out of thin air to facility foreign investment under the disguised of tourism and granting them 15 years to thief from the people of his country. At that time Kenny was our PM. When kenny had right off the 42/44Million dollar death from Regency to Sandal, it was the birth of poverty for those who were depending on the tourist…bars, clubs, restaurants, souvenir shops, tours etc… you know how many collapse when he kenny allowed the hotels to go all inclusive? Who was the tourism minister at the same time … yall know or forget? PJP the same crook who is now the PM.

  4. Sandals again. Not surprise; we have others here bitching about them while others sees the need to have them in their tourism portfolio to boost their economy, especially in these troubled times. Not too many “other brands” are looking to venture in the region these days, only one or two have knock on St Lucia’s door, so I am grateful for Sandals Investments.


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