Sandals Resorts International (SRI) is adding three new hotels to its Jamaica roster.
According to SRI executive chairman Adam Stewart, Sandals Resorts will transform two all-inclusive resorts it acquired last year—the former Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios and Jewel Runaway Bay Beach Resort & Waterpark. It will also develop a new resort on a prime parcel of beachfront land adjacent to the Ocho Rios resort.
The expansion plans return one of the island’s most storied resorts, the Dunn’s River property in Ocho Rios, back to the Sandals family. The resort will revert to the name it had when it was originally added to the portfolio in 1990—Sandals Dunn’s River.
“Sandals Dunn’s River holds special meaning to our family because its history is the story of Jamaica’s evolution as a travel powerhouse,” said Stewart. “My father grew up on the beach in Ocho Rios and this hotel, the first of its kind when it was built in the 1950s, captured the era’s glamour and sparked his imagination. When it became available, we jumped at the chance to bring the hotel back into the Sandals fold.”
He explained that the new Sandals Dunn’s River will receive a top-to-bottom renovation with the adjacent oceanfront land transformed into an additional brand-new 250-key resort—Sandals Royal Dunn’s River.
The sister hotels will operate very much like the concept SRI developed between Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados, offering generous exchange privileges between the two all-inclusive resorts.
The Runaway Bay resort, a well-known Jamaican property hotel located between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, will also undergo extensive redevelopment to become Beaches Runaway Bay Resort, the third family-friendly Beaches Resort in Jamaica.
When completed this hotel will feature an estimated 400 expansive one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom suites. Guests of the resort will have access to Runaway Bay Golf Club and its par 72, 18-hole championship golf course.