Sandals Dunn’s River opens in Ocho Rios

i By May 26, 2023 No Comments

The all-new Sandals Dunn’s River opened this week on Jamaica’s north coast.

Featuring new culinary concepts and elevated suite designs, the 260-room property is the 17th resort in the Sandals Resorts portfolio.

Sandals Dunn’s River is located on a stretch of white sand beach, originally handpicked by Sandals Resorts International’s founder, the late Gordon “Butch” Stewart, when the first Sandals Dunn’s River debuted more than 30 years ago.

“Ocho Rios has been the backdrop of some of my family’s most pivotal moments, including along this very beach where my father grew up and turned a perhaps once unimaginable dream into one of the world’s most well-known hotel brands,” said Adam Stewart, executive chairman of Sandals Resorts International (SRI). “Today, we celebrate innovation and commitment to excellence as we unveil the next generation of Sandals Resorts in our home country of Jamaica. I cannot think of a better way to honor his legacy and acknowledge the incredible future of our brand than to welcome our very first guests to Sandals Dunn’s River.”

Coyoba Sky Rondoval Villas, Sandals Dunn's River, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Photo courtesy of Sandals Resorts International.

PHOTOS | (Top of post) Aerial view of the all-new Sandals Dunn’s River. (above) The Coyaba Sky Rondoval Villas featuring personalized butler service, swim-up pools, and rooftop terraces. Photos courtesy of Sandals Resorts International.

Accommodations at the property include:

  • Tufa Terrace SkyPool Butler Suites, which have glass-panel edge infinity pools spanning the length of balconies and are a first for the brand and any resort in the country;
  • Coyaba Sky Swim-up Rondoval Butler Suites with Private Pools, a thoughtful reimagination of Sandal’s standalone circular villas featuring open-air rooftops;
  • Mammee Bay Beachfront Butler Suites®, which offer large balconies overlooking the sea with privileged sunset views;
  • and Travertine Beachfront Club Level Rooms, which are named after the well-known Dunn’s River Falls’ giant, natural limestone steps.

Twelve restaurants and nine bars/lounges offer Sandals Dunn’s River guests a range of drink and dine options. They include:

  • Coffee outpost BLŪM is an ode to the island’s Blue Mountains and renowned coffee beans.
  • Dunn’s Rum Club offers the largest selection of rum in Jamaica and any other Sandals Resorts.
  • The Lapidus Lounge is an homage to Morris Lapidus, the famed architect who designed the site’s first resort – the Arawak Hotel – and whose designs epitomized 1960s Caribbean chic.
  • Hamani is an izakaya-inspired sushi restaurant.
  • Edessa blends Caribbean and Mediterranean flavors.
  • Banyu offers an Asian-fusion menu.
  • And the Jerk Shack serves up “jerked” meats and seafood infused with local allspice and scotch bonnet pepper.

Guests will also benefit from complimentary green fees at the nearby and newly refurbished Sandals Upton Estate Golf & Country Club, PADI-certified diving partners, rafting on the Martha Brae River on a 30-foot artisan-crafted bamboo raft, and more.

“Building extraordinary resorts that make it easy for guests to authentically experience our home countries and the people that bring these incredible places to life, is the world of Sandals Resorts. The Caribbean is wide and diverse and brimming with flavor and fun. There is so much to discover here and we want to bring our guests closer to it all,” said Stewart.