Sandals Reveals Renovation Schedule for Jamaican Resort


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Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has set a completion date for a Jamaican resort remodel for May 2023.

Sandals Dunn’s River returns to the brand’s portfolio after a complete overhaul and refurbishment. The resort will feature one-of-a-kind suite designs and exclusive restaurant and bar concepts.

Nature-luxury accommodation

First opened in 1991, the all-inclusive luxury resort is currently undergoing a comprehensive 260-room makeover, with designs embracing the essence of Jamaica. The all-new Tufa SkyPool Butler Suites will feature glass panels spanning the full length of the oceanfront balconies for a cascading infinity effect with unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea.

At Coyaba Swim-Up Rondoval Butler Suites with Private Pools, Sandals’ stand-alone villas are redesigned with expansive open-air rooftops featuring private soaking tubs, sunbathing areas, and privileged views of surrounding flora. The luxurious Mammee Bay Beachfront Butler Suites will feature spacious balconies directly overlooking the ocean, with gold fixtures and green accents that are speckled throughout resort accommodations for a nature-luxe effect.

More on the menu

The culinary offerings at Sandals Dunn’s River will include 12 international gourmet restaurants, with 10 entirely new concepts for Sandals. L’Amande will serve French specialties and Jamaican dishes in a chic setting, while the Greek concept Edessa is where Caribbean and Aegean influences meet.

From Thailand to Japan, Banyu’s Asian fusion menu will offer a mix of cultures in one dish. Central and South American flavors will be served at Zuka, which debuted at Sandals Royal Curacao, as well as the rustic yet soulful Jerk Shack, which will feature its traditional sweet and peppery delights.

By train

Nine on-site bars will each have a distinct identity. A one-of-a-kind experience, the hip and sophisticated Dunn’s Rum Club will serve up authentic Jamaican craft cocktails, while the Laughing Waters beach bar will offer bed-style seating.

A “Sandals First” in Jamaica, the rooftop bar, Ocarina, will pair spirits with the gentle sea breeze, while the chic Lapidus Lounge pays homage to famed architect Morris Lapidus, who designed the resort when it was first built in as the Arawak Hotel in the 1950s.

Inspired by the quintessential coffee bean plantations of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, patrons can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee at Blūm Cafe, along with Japanese-style and nitro cold brews.

water wonders

Cascading waters collected from the depths of Dunn’s River Falls will greet guests upon arrival, with all of the water features throughout the resort sourced from the rivers nature reserves. The resort has the largest swimming pool in Jamaica, designed to mimic the flow of the river. Featuring a glass panel edge, the pool will be leveled on the sand for a water-sand-meets-ocean effect. It is one of five pools on site.

The hotel will also house Jamaica’s largest swimming pool, with its design inspired by the natural curves of the Dunn’s River. Additionally, the Red Lane Spa at Sandals Dunn’s River will debut as one of the brand’s most luxurious, with the sound of running water from Dunn’s River and Roaring Waters River cascading into the spa’s pools.

From past to future

Executive Chairman of Sandals Adam Stuart said: “It was an amazing project and the last I worked on with our founder and my late father as his last masterpiece. He chose this place over three decades ago for its coastline white sands, cool breeze, azure waters and close proximity to the destination’s signature falls.It will not only serve to inject new excitement into a corner of Jamaica loved and cherished by so many, but it will establish a new luxury standard for tourism right here in our backyard with a next generation resort worthy of its nostalgic past.

The couples resort brand has further redevelopments planned at two of its St Lucia resorts, La Toc Regency Sandals and Halcyon Beach Sandalsto follow in the first and second quarters of 2023, respectively.


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