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March 1, 2014

SANDALS RESORTS RAMPS UP THE ROMANCE WITH NEW OFFERINGS

~ Expanded Wedding Options and New Red Lane® Spa Treatment for Couples ~

 

 

 

Just in time for February, the most romantic month of the year, Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts are sharing exciting updates for couples to wed. Brides and grooms now have the option to choose from 14 fabric options in 2014 with the debut of four elegant linen colors. Shades of gold shimmer, silver shimmer, chocolate brown and red are new additions to the WeddingMoons® color palette, offering couples the chance to add some sparkle and color to their big celebration. Additionally, WeddingMoons® are getting a little sweeter with the addition of a fourth wedding cake flavor, red velvet. Couples can now choose between tropical Caribbean fruit cake, classic vanilla, chocolate, and the all-new red velvet during their exclusive cake tasting upon arrival at the resort. 

 

In addition, the Red Lane® Spa is launching a renewed ‘Scents of Love’ Couples Massage (60 minutes, $250 per couple or 90 minutes, $360 per couple). Couples can rekindle the flame of love, as Red Lane® Spa takes them on an aromatic journey to romance and deep connection. To begin, the spa relaxation specialist will guide couples in selecting a soy candle aroma that appeals to their senses, ranging from lemongrass and guava to the subtle essences of an ocean breeze. Once in the privacy of the treatment room, couples will be guided through a romantic candle lighting ritual. As the couple lights each other’s candle from a burning Unity Taper, they will have a moment to offer their special someone a wish, a thought or a blessing. As the flames warm the wax of the candle, this melted wax turns into a beautiful aromatic massage oil that their relaxation specialist will use throughout the service. This warmed massage oil represents the warmth of the love shared between two. At the end of the journey, the couple is invited to take each of their candles home as a keepsake of their time shared together at Red Lane® Spa.

 

For additional details on the Red Lane® Spa visit www.sandals.com/RedLane or www.beaches.com/RedLane. To book a Luxury Included® Vacation or WeddingMoon® at Sandals Resorts or Beaches Resorts, visit www.sandals.com and www.beaches.com

 

 

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Happy Holidays from Sandals and Beaches Resorts
December 19, 2013

We wish you a very festive season from all of us at Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Resorts.

 

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SANDALS RESORTS HOSTS HARD HAT TOUR WITH PRIME MINISTER AT SANDALS LASOURCE GRENADA RESORT & SPA
July 29, 2013

~ Sandals Resorts Prepares for December Opening and Offers Exclusive Booking Specials for Sandals Select Reward Members ~

L-R) General Manager of Sandals LaSource Grenada, Peter Fraser; Project Manager for Sandals Resorts International, Terence Des Vignes; Prime Minister of Grenada, the Dr. the Right Hon. Keith Mitchell; and Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart

As anticipation grows for the opening of Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, and Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International, along with senior members of the Sandals Resorts management team, hosted a luncheon and hard hat tour to showcase the progress of this new addition to the resort company’s portfolio to the Prime Minister of Grenada, the Dr. the Right Hon. Keith Mitchell. Many of the island’s other government officials also attended including Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Hon. Alexandra Otway-Noel, along with prominent members of the local business community.

Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Hon. Alexandra Otway-Noel

While at the resort, Grenada’s government was given an update on the country’s first Luxury Included® Sandals Resort slated to open December 12, 2013. The Sandals Resorts team shared details about the future of the company in Grenada, as well as the opportunities its investment creates for farming, tourism, arts and crafts, employment, airlift and more. During the luncheon, Adam Stewart also presented images of the resort’s latest renderings.

To honor past guests of Sandals Resorts that look forward to experiencing this all-new resort in Grenada, an exclusive offer for Sandals Select Reward Members has been extended. Those who book a minimum five-night stay in any room category from now until August 15, 2013 for travel through December 26, 2014 at Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa are eligible to receive triple value on their existing points for immediate redemption. Sandals Select Reward Members can enter code MAYTP13 when booking a new reservation and triple the amount of redemption points that will be applied, offering a value of up to $750 off of their new booking. Blackout dates and certain restrictions apply.  

Situated on 17 acres of stunning land along the pristine Pink Gin Beach, Sandals LaSource Grenada will offer guests the highest level of luxury with an unprecedented look and feel for the resort company’s portfolio. With Sandals’ most elaborate accommodations to date, nine global gourmet dining options with the brand’s very first steakhouse, and an expansive infinity pool, guests of Sandals LaSource Grenada will have a hard time deciding which they love discovering more, the new exotic destination of Grenada or Sandals’ latest lap of luxury. For more information, visit www.sandals.com/grenada or call 1-800-SANDALS.

 

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Featured Resort of the Month: Sandals Emerald Bay
July 10, 2013

At Sandals Emerald Bay the Sandals Experience starts upon arrival. Arrive at Georgetown International Airport (GTT), in Great Exuma, Bahamas, exit Customs and Immigration and just look for the Sandals Welcome Host. Climb aboard you air-conditioned bus and enjoy your brief 10-minute complimentary airport transfer to Sandals Emerald Bay. Once you arrive at the resort, you’ll be greeted like all Sandals guests, with a glass of champagne, a cold towel and a warm smile. 

A mere 40 minutes by plane from South Florida, the 365 tiny islets and cays that comprise The Exumas feel as though they are a million miles away from anywhere. Deep within the pristine Bahamian Out Islands, their waters are revered the world over for their diving, fishing and yachting. Flights arrive into Georgetown Airport (GGT). The 365 unspoiled out islands of the Exumas – one for each day of the year – are the Jewels of the Bahamian archipelago.  The Exumas are considered to be the French Riviera of the Caribbean, its calm aquamarine bays and beautiful beaches rest just 130 miles southeast of Nassau, Bahamas.

Deep within the idyllic waters of the Exumas, Sandals Emerald Bay brings unprecedented luxury to the easy-going rhythms of the Bahamian Out Islands. Here, a privileged enclave is designed to ensure you will feel as if you are the only ones there, where service reigns supreme and Bahamian-style architecture of elegant villas and suites harmonize with nature. Secluded within 500 tropical acres along a pristine, mile-long beach, civilized pleasure coexist with exotic adventures, from three impressive pools - including a half-acre, zero-entry pool with dramatic fire pit in the middle. Play championship golf on aGreg Norman-designed course, voted one of the Caribbean's Best by Travel & Leisure Golf. Relax in the first-ever 16,000 sq. ft. Red Lane® Dermalogica concept spa.

Dont forget our exclusive butler service where your wish is our command. With the uncompromising attention of a personal butler trained to the highest standards by the elite Guild of Professional English Butlers, you will be pampered throughout your stay in extraordinary ways; From unpacking and packing your luggage, attending to your wardrobe, serving a glorious repast on your terrace, just to name a few, a Sandals Suite, complete with your own personal butler, is the ultimate indulgence.

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If escaping to an island surrounded by indescribable natural beauty, where the ocean glows with a different shade of turquoise each hour of the day, all within the privileged seclusion of the Bahamian Out Islands appeals to you, Sandals Emerald Bay resort is for you. Nestled along a one-mile stretch of unspoiled beach on Great Exuma, here you will enjoy romance and relaxation with spectacular accommodations, fantastic fine diningoptions, championship golf on a Greg Norman-designed course and a world-classdestination spa.

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SANDALS RESORTS INVITES ENGAGED COUPLES TO GET A ‘FIRST LOOK’ AT WEDDINGMOONS®
June 3, 2013

~ Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort Hosts Exclusive WeddingMoons® First Look Events Available for Booking Now ~

As the leader in destination weddings for over 30 years, Sandals Resorts is excited to hostWeddingMoons® First Look events at Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort. During these four-day/three-night packages, engaged couples can learn about theWeddingMoons® experience first-hand, and even receive a credit on a future booking at Sandals Resorts or Beaches Resorts, perfect for their upcoming wedding or honeymoon.

 

WeddingMoons® First Look events will take place September 7-10, 2013 and September 12-15, 2013, and can be booked starting May 8 through August 31, 2013. Rates for this special event are USD$999 per couple (valued at $3000) and guests can take advantage of up to 15% off airfare on American Airlines for travel during this time or book through their preferred Airline partner.

 

Participants will also receive a $500 credit for future bookings made between September 7, 2013 and March 31, 2014, valid for travel October 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.

 

Each WeddingMoons® First Look experience gives future brides and grooms a chance to sample the entire WeddingMoon® offerings with planned activities including:

  • wedding showcase with Sandals WeddingMoon® experts sharing the latest in wedding décor and tips on how to create the perfect customized wedding
  • A romantic honeymoon teaser that includes Sandals Resorts’ complimentary Honeymoon package
  • Complimentary unique excursions ideal for honeymoons provided through Island Routes Caribbean Adventures

 

In addition, event attendees will enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and long-distance calls (restrictions apply), and can partake in social networking events designed to exchange wedding and honeymoon ideas with Sandals experts and other couples. Guests are also invited to visit two additional Luxury Included® Resorts located nearby: Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club.

 

While immersing themselves in WeddingMoons® First Look event, couples can take advantage of all the Luxury Included® amenities found at Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort including superb accommodations with pristine beaches, the lively Ochi Beach Club, Discovery Dining options that span the globe at 15 gourmet restaurants, nine bars serving complimentary premium brand drinks and Beringer® wines, access to unlimited land and water sports including complimentary golf at Sandals Golf & Country Club, and more.

 

To participate in one of Sandals Resorts’ WeddingMoons® First Look events, guests may contact their favorite travel agent, call 1-800-545 8283, or visitwww.sandals.com/weddingmoons for more information.

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CLUB SANDALS: ENTRANCE INTO A VIP VACATION EXPERIENCE
May 24, 2013

~ Club Sandals Introduces Added Level of Exclusivity to Guests of Concierge and Butler Level Suites ~

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The beaches of the Caribbean provide the perfect backdrop to make any vacationer feel like a celebrity. Sandals Resorts is now providing a taste of the high-life, Sandals Style. Sandals Resorts invites guests to indulge in the new exclusive Club Sandals, the utmost luxurious and elite experience for guests of Concierge level suites in Jamaica.  From private check-ins and free Wi-Fi, to chic lounges with Kindles, this new club enhances the resort company’s concierge concept with new amenities and services.

“The demand for exclusivity in the luxury market is rapidly growing and Club Sandals offers its Concierge level guests fashionable and attentive service to enhance their Luxury Included® experience,” said Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International. “We believe in providing vacations filled with elegance, relaxation and exceptional service, and guests will find all of these elements in Club Sandals.”

For Concierge guests in Jamaica, the VIP experience begins the moment they arrive to any of the seven Sandals Resorts on the island.  Greeted upon arrival with a friendly smile and cool eucalyptus-infused towel, guests will be whisked away to the elegant Club Sandals Lounge for an expedited private check-in met with a refreshing signature beverage and tasty Caribbean treat.  In addition to a comfortable and tranquil atmosphere, the Club Sandals Lounge will also feature Kindles loaded with the most recent best sellers, high-definition flat screen TVs, docked iPads with resort information, soothing music, as well as access to theNew York Times fax for any country, serving as the perfect, secluded spot for guests to cool-off and unwind twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

As part of Club Sandals, guests will continue to be treated to an array of new benefits including: room service from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; lavish robes for lounging in suites; and in-room beverages restocked daily, ranging from liquor, wine and beer to juice and water.  Club Sandals’ guests will also receive complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as a free and unlimited long-distance calling to the U.S., Canada and to UK landlines, as well as local calls to Jamaican landlines, beginning June 20, 2013. These phone calls will be offered through an exclusive Sandals Resorts online application, compatible with any IOS, Android phone or tablet.

Throughout their stay, Club Sandals’ guests will have direct access to the Club Sandals Concierges, staff dedicated to serving the needs of Club Sandals members. Available throughout the day, the Club Sandals Concierges add personalized service that can truly make a difference to any Sandals Resorts vacation, from planning dining and spa reservations, to arranging exclusive Club Sandals activities like wine tastings, martini evenings and snorkeling excursions.

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SANDALS RESORTS CELEBRATES BOB MARLEY’S BIRTHDAY WITH RENOVATION OF REGGAE LEGEND’S RIDE
May 24, 2013

~ Music Legend’s Famous Land Rover Receives Refurbishment ~

 

L-R: Brent Murphy, General Manager for ITC, Regional Distributors for Land Rover; Adam Stewart, Chief Executive Officer for Sandals Resorts International and ATL Automotive; Mauro Frateschi, JLR Sales and Marketing Manager, Latin America and Caribbean for ITC; and Steve Rapley, Regional Sales and Marketing Manager for ITC

 

In honor of legendary musician Bob Marley’s birthday, February 6, 2013, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) is proud to announce its involvement in renovating Marley’s famous Land Rover, one of the world’s most iconic vehicles. Formally stationed at Marley’s home-turned-museum, the broken-down 1877 Series III Land Rover Defender has been handed over to ATL Automotive in Montego Bay, Sandals Resorts’ Jamaica-based sister company. Expert Land Rover Master Technicians at ATL Automotive are fully restoring the vehicle to perfectly match its original condition.

 

“It is a tremendous honor to help return such an extraordinary automobile to its former glory. This project has been a long time in the planning and we can’t wait to play our part in history,” said Adam Stewart, Chief Executive Officer for Sandals Resorts International and ATL Automotive. “There are few people in the world who Bob Marley hasn’t inspired through his music at some point, so it is only right that we ensure his legacy continues to inspire for many years to come.”

 

Marley was regularly seen driving his Land Rover around the streets of Kingston, the city that inspired such hits as ‘No Woman, No Cry’, ‘Three Little Birds’ and ‘I Shot the Sheriff’. This celebrated Land Rover was used to transport Marley’s famous band, The Wailers, and their equipment to gigs throughout Jamaica.

 

Once the renovation project is completed, the famed Land Rover will return to the public eye at The Bob Marley Museum, Kingston in Jamaica.  A time-lapse preview video of the restoration project can be seen on Sandals Resorts’ YouTube page.

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CANADIAN AGENTS SHINE BRIGHT AT 11th ANNUAL SANDALS TRAVEL AGENCY RECOGNITION (S.T.A.R.) AWARDS
December 21, 2012

An impressive Canadian delegation was among the 400 travel agents from North America and Latin America honoured during the 11th annual Sandals Travel Agency Recognition (S.T.A.R.) Awards held earlier this month at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island in Nassau.

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RESORTS INTERNATIONAL PURCHASES LASOURCE RESORT IN GRENADA
December 4, 2012

~ 14th Property Added to the Sandals Resorts Collection ~

 

Sandals Resorts International (SRI), parent company of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, is pleased to announce the purchase of LaSource Resort in Grenada for an undisclosed sum. The agreement to acquire the resort was successfully reached after ongoing discussions with the Government of Grenada and represents the brand’s first property in this Eastern Caribbean country.

 

Sandals Resorts Chairman, Gordon “Butch” Stewart commented, “After looking to expand here for more than a decade, we are delighted to confirm the acquisition of our first ever resort in Grenada and are incredibly proud to have found the perfect location to add to our brand.  We are confident that guests will continue to be impressed by our tradition of exceeding expectations through innovation and unwavering service, which has become our standard across the Sandals Resorts brand. We are eager to make our debut and share with guests not only the beauty of our new resort, but to share the beauty of Grenada, its culture and its people.”

 

The property, which is located on the exclusive Pink Gin Beach and surrounded by the azure waters of the Caribbean on three sides, will become Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa and will open following certain enhancements customary to the Sandals Resorts brand.  Once complete, the resort will have added nearly 100 rooms to offer a selection of 200 guestrooms, private cottages and bungalows, many of which will be concierge and butler-level suites, including the brand’s signature Rondoval suites. According to Stewart, each of the resort’s “magnificently-appointed” luxury accommodations will be “extremely spacious” and all will feature room service.

 

The resort’s enhancements will also include some of the brand’s signature dining establishments such as the beachfront Neptunes, the delectable gourmet pastries and coffee creations of Café de Paris, authentic Caribbean and Creole cuisine at Spices, and other popular restaurants with Japanese, Italian and French influences. Other amenities will include an expansive new infinity pool and swim-up bar; a fully-equipped fitness center, a full-service Red Lane® Spa, plus a number of entertainment lounges including a library and piano bar.

 

The newly announced property will be the fourteenth Sandals Resort in the Jamaican-based company’s portfolio.  Stewart credits the government of Grenada not only for their investment in the Sandals brand, but also for their effectiveness in bringing this partnership to fruition. “This has been nearly a 12-year search to grow our roots in the Spice Island. It is our distinct pleasure and honor to foster the expansion of tourism to this jewel in the Caribbean,” Stewart said. 

 

Further details regarding investment, expected launch date and other confirmed information will be released in the coming days.

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Take a Drink on us!
September 27, 2012

SANDALS RESORTS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH APPLETON ESTATE JAMAICA RUM

                                ~ Iconic Caribbean Brands Form Partnership ~

Sandals Resorts is pleased to announce the renewed partnership with Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, an iconic Jamaica product and internationally acclaimed rum brand.  Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum will once again be poured at all 17 Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts throughout the Caribbean further enhancing the Luxury Included® resort company’s five-star product offering as well as providing huge exposure to the rum brand via Sandals Resorts’ extensive guest and travel agent network.  To celebrate the partnership, during this fall’s Sandals Reunion Week, Sandals Select Guests will be treated to a Cocktail Unveiling party thrown by the resorts’ General Managers, an Appleton-themed menu at the Sandals Select Guest Gala Dinner, and a bottle of Appleton in their room.

“Sandals Resorts and Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum are two of the most well-known and successful brands ever to emerge from the region, and I’m delighted that we are able to join forces to offer the best of the Caribbean at our resorts,” said Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International. “While Sandals is a global brand, we remain a family business that is passionately committed to our country of Jamaica and the region as a whole, and therefore it’s great to see two local brands joining together to offer a true Caribbean experience and continue to exceed our guests’ expectations.

The partnership with Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum marks the end of Sandals Resorts’ two-year partnership with Demerara Distillers. “I would like to thank Demerara Distillers and their El Dorado brand for a successful two years, I and wish them all the best for the future,” said Stewart.

Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum is also delighted to renew their partnership with Sandals Resorts and showcase their award-winning range of Jamaican rums to Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts’ guests throughout the Caribbean. “It is very fitting that in our 50th year of independence, two of Jamaica’s most iconic brands are once again partnering to raise the bar and provide guests of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts with an exceptional drinking experience,” said Paul Henriques, Managing Director of J. Wray & Nephew Limited, producers of Appleton.

The Appleton Estate is the oldest sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica in continuous production and is located in the Nassau Valley in the parish of St. Elizabeth.  All Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums are produced exclusively on the Appleton Estate using time-honored traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation since 1749.  Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum is committed to the environment and to reducing its carbon footprint.  The Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum range is Jamaica’s leading premium rum and is available in over 60 countries around the world. 

 

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SANDALS RESORTS HOSTS “MORE QUALITY INCLUSIONS” CONVENTION FOR TRAVEL AGENTS
August 27, 2012

~ Travel Agents Learned About the Future of Sandals Resorts at the MORE Quality Inclusions Convention ~ 

                    

Sandals Resorts International CEO, Adam Stewart, thanks attending travel agents for their participation and loyalty.

 

On Thursday, August 16, I had the unique opportunity to be in Atlantic city, New Jersey, with more than 1100 travel agents at the most recent  2012 Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts “MORE Quality Inclusions” Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Top travel agents including Chairman’s Royal Club members, Certified Sandals Specialists and Preferred Sandals Agency owners, as well as soon-to-be certified agents, attended a series of conferences and special events where they learned more about the Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts products.

 

                                 

Sandals Resorts’ Director of Romance, Marsha-Ann Brown, educates travel agents on the new customizable “Your Wedding. Your Style.” program.

 

The exciting “MORE Quality Inclusions” convention included a full day of activities beyond a trade show and general information sessions. This year’s convention featured five break-out classes including specialized education in “Effective selling,” “Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours,” “Weddings and Honeymoons,” “Dining Options,” as well as “Group, Golf and Dive offerings.” The convention also featured a “Your Wedding. Your Style. ” fashion show presented by Marsha-Ann Brown bringing the new Sandals Destination Wedding Designer to life, along with a gourmet dinner with entertainment and several prize giveaways.

Mark your calendar for the upcoming convention in Toronto on October 18.

 

                                     

Unique Vacations Inc. Director of Industry Relations, Andre Wade, entertains a crowd of travel agents as the day’s events culminate with live music and dancing.

 

 These conventions and unveilings provide a unique opportunity for agents to interact with others who have been successful selling Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, and Grand Pineapple Resorts. Throughout each year, Sandals Resorts consistently rewards and educates its most loyal travel agents with training sessions, booking incentives and resort tours in Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Antigua, The Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos islands. Specialized travel agent programming includes the Certified Sandals Specialist program, Preferred Sandals Agency program and the Chairman’s Royal Club.

 

Sandals Resorts International continues to support the travel agent community as highlighted in the recent live interview from Atlanta, where CEO, Adam Stewart shared the impact agents are making in the travel industry during a live interview on Fox Business last week. To view the segment in full, click here to watch now.

 

Look forward to seeing you in Toronto.

 

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SANDALS RESORTS CELEBRATES FRESH AND HEALTHY FLAVORS OF SUMMER WITH PANERA BREAD’S EATSMARTS ONLINE
August 21, 2012

~ Grand Prize for Panera Bread Summer Sweepstakes is a Luxury Included® Vacation for Two at Sandals Resorts ~


 

Sandals Resorts is pleased to announce a new summer sweepstakes partnership with Panera Bread called Panera’s EatSmarts Online Gaming Campaign. This three-tier gaming campaign, including Spin-a-Meal or Food Swap and Drop, is hosted on the Panera Bread website and consists of educational games to teach Panera customers and MyPanera loyalty members how to make health-conscious decisions when dining at Panera Bread. Those who play and successfully complete the final level of the EatSmarts game will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing for a chance to win a Sandals Resorts Luxury Included® Caribbean Vacation for two.

As the Grand Prize, Sandals Resorts is featured on the Panera homepage, contest page, Facebook and Twitter pages, email-blasts to MyPanera Loyalty Members and more. As with all Luxury Included® Vacations, the winner and guest will enjoy superior accommodations, endless gourmet dining options, unlimited premium brand wine and spirits, nightly entertainment, watersports including snorkeling and scuba diving for certified divers and a myriad of other exclusive amenities.

Panera Bread bakery-cafes bring the tradition of freshly baked artisan bread to neighborhoods in cities throughout the country with 1,562 company-owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafes in 40 states. To learn more about the EatSmarts Online Gaming Campaign, or for a chance to win a trip to Sandals Resorts, visit http://www.panerabread.com/ through August 31, 2012.

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THE SANDALS FOUNDATION’S READING ROAD TRIP PROGRAM CELEBRATES A SUCCESSFUL YEAR
August 13, 2012

~ Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours Welcomes 1,500 Participants and Hands Over US$4,800 to Benefit Children in the Caribbean ~


Robby and Erin Stohlman, guests of Sandals Montego Bay, have their hands full with students from the Leanora Morris Basic School while on the Reading Road Trip in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

 

Over the past year, the Sandals Foundation’s Reading Road Trip program was met with great support, with more than 1,500 visitors participating in the program and raising over US$4,800 to benefit more than 400 students in the Caribbean. 

In 2011, Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours came on board with the Sandals Foundation by offering the Reading Road Trip as a two-hour excursion that takes guests of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resort into the community to visit one of the Foundation’s participating adopted schools in Saint Lucia, Antigua, The Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and Jamaica. The Reading Road Trip gives guests the opportunity to engage small groups of school children in active reading strategies. With this partnership, Island Routes Caribbean Tours is now a proud sponsor of the Sandals Foundation’s commitment to education.

“Give-back vacations have become so popular these days, with people wanting to do more during their vacation and feel like they’re a part of the community in which they’re vacationing,” said David L. Shields, General Manager of Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours. “No longer is a vacation in the Caribbean solely about sun, sea and sand, but also about exploring and making a difference in the lives of the people. The Reading Road Trip is our way of giving back to the communities we live in, and to the youngsters who will, one day, be the leaders of our Caribbean nations.”

Janet Briggs, Principal of the Culloden Early Childhood Institute in Westmoreland, Jamaica, said that the school has noticed a great improvement in the students’ literacy.  “I just completed the Ministry of Education assessment with them and I’m so pleased. Out of 33 students, 27 of them achieved mastery, which falls in the grade category of 80-100 percent. This is a definite improvement over the previous year and we credit the Reading Road Trip.”

Heidi Clarke, Director of Programs of the Sandals Foundation noted that the partnership with Island Routes Tours has been successful and the Foundation is looking forward to the start of the 2012-2013 school year, when the Reading Road Trip will resume.  “Island Routes Tours has been instrumental in making the Reading Road Trip possible and we are very grateful for their commitment to the Caribbean’s children. This literacy tour not only promotes education in a classroom setting, but cultural experiences that are beneficial to everyone involved,” Clarke said.

Reading Road Trip is offered every Thursday from 9am until 11am when schools are in session.  The cost is US$20 per person, which covers round-trip transportation and all supplies. Children 8-12 years of age can participate at no cost and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring along a favorite new or gently-used book to donate to the library of the school they visit. Guests interested in volunteering may sign up with Island Routes Tours via www.IslandRoutesTours.com, by calling 1-888-429-5478, or at an Island Routes Tours desk at any Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Beach Resort.

The Sandals Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was created to continue and to expand upon the philanthropic work that Sandals Resorts International has undertaken.  It is the culmination of three decades of dedication to playing a meaningful role in the lives of the communities where we operate across the Caribbean. The Sandals Foundation funds projects in three core areas: education, community and the environment.   One hundred percent of the monies contributed by the general public to the Sandals Foundation go directly to programs benefiting the Caribbean community. To learn more about the Sandals Foundation, visit online at www.sandalsfoundation.org.

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SANDALS RESORTS SHARES THE LOVE WITH NEW “LET’S GET TOGETHER” SOCIAL INCLUSIONS FOR GROUPS
July 30, 2012

~ Exclusive Inclusions Now Available For Groups of Five Rooms or More ~

 

Sandals Resorts is encouraging guests to get together and share a tropical vacation by offering an exciting lineup of extra social inclusions for groups traveling together. Groups who book a minimum three-night stay with five rooms or more in any room category and at any Sandals Resort (excluding Sandals Carlyle, Montego Bay, Jamaica) will receive exclusive group concessions and amenities as a part Sandals new “Let’s Get Together” offer.

 

“Let’s Get Together” participants will receive a private group check-in, a one hour cocktail reception with an open bar and hor d’oeuvres, one night of group dining, a complimentary 15 minute group portrait session and one 5x7 group photo per room, exclusive group activities, a surprise group gift, and a celebration cake.

 

 

 

For couples looking to get away together, the new Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort offers an array of amenities and features, including 15 dining options, the new Ochi Beach Club - Jamaica's most exciting beachfront spot featuring chic white cabanas, a grotto pool and direct access to Ocho Rios' most spectacular beach – and the exclusive Riviera Villas nestled along the lush mountainside where couples can enjoy an expansive patio and swimming pool.

As with all Luxury Included® Vacations, a stay at Sandals Resorts offers more quality inclusions than any other resort company on the planet with superior accommodations, endless gourmet dining options, unlimited premium brand wine and spirits, nightly entertainment, watersports including snorkeling and scuba diving for certified divers and a myriad of other exclusive amenities.

 

For more information about the “Let’s Get Together” Groups offer at Sandals Resorts, or to book a Luxury Included® Vacation, please visit www.sandals.com or call 1-800-SANDALS. 

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Sandals Select Rewards
July 24, 2012

In an effort to reward loyal returning guests, Sandals Select Members and past guests who book a minimum four-night stay at any Sandals Resort or Beaches Resort are now eligible to receive double value on their existing points for immediate redemption. Now through July 15, 2012, Sandals Select Members and returning guests can enter code SSDV12 when booking a new reservation to receive double value on points for up to 13,000 points ($650 value) per booking. This offer is combinable with other resort offers, such as savings up to 65%, air and instant credits and free nights. Travel is valid from now through December 20, 2013.

 

For example, a Sandals Select member or returning guest who would normally use 10,000 bonus points on their new booking to receive a discount of $250, will instead receive $500 off of their booking with this exclusive offer. Past guests who are not yet Sandals Select Rewards members can enroll now to receive double value on their enrollment bonus when they make new qualified bookings through July 15, 2012.

 

As with all Luxury Included® Vacations, a stay at Sandals Resorts or Beaches Resorts offers more quality inclusions than any other resort company on the planet with superior accommodations, endless gourmet dining options, unlimited premium brand wine and spirits, nightly entertainment, watersports including snorkeling and scuba diving for certified divers and a myriad of other exclusive amenities.

 

For more exclusive deals at Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, or to book your Luxury Included® Vacation today, please visit www.sandals.com/specials / www.beaches.com/specials, or call 1-800-SANDALS / 1-800-BEACHES.

 

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ALL ABOARD! BEACHES TURKS & CAICOS OFFERS TRAIN TRAVEL FOR KIDS
July 18, 2012

 

 

Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa is now offering guests a fun and unique way to explore the Providenciales resort – through an exciting train adventure! Visitors can get a lay of the land at the tropical resort via choo choo train, as they travel through the grand piazza of the Italian Village, the charming chateaus of the French Village, and the picturesque gardens of the Caribbean Village.

Children (and children at heart) can hop aboard and take in the beautiful scenery as they chug along.  Each section of the brightly-colored, custom-painted train has five comfortable seats for cruising across the winding pathways of the resort.

The train runs Monday through Friday and makes a stop at each village every 30 minutes. Guests can also join the party and ride the train during the resort’s popular Sesame Street ® Junkanoo parade.

Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa features a seamless blend of European charm and Caribbean flair, all the while providing guests with every luxury imaginable. This enchanting resort is designed to satisfy all the needs and desires of the modern day family with luxurious accommodations, sixteen specialty restaurants; premium brand beverages, including wines from Beringer Vineyards; a wide array of land and watersports, including snorkeling and SCUBA for certified divers, Pirate’s Island waterpark, airport transfers and even gratuities.  Additionally, as with all Beaches Resorts, the resort offers an XBOX® 360 Game Garage, exclusive Kids Camp with a full schedule of age-appropriate activities, as well as childcare provided by Certified Nannies. There is truly something for everyone at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa.

 

 

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A Clean Sweep!
July 7, 2012

A CLEAN SWEEP! SANDALS RESORTS, BEACHES RESORTS AND GRAND PINEAPPLE BEACH RESORTS ALL RECEIVE CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE FROM TRIPADVISOR 

 


 ~ Every Resort in the Company’s Portfolio Receives a 2012 Certificate of Excellence for Top Performance ~

 

All Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts and Fowl Cay Resort have recently been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.  This outstanding achievement is a testament to the ongoing commitment to excellence and superior service displayed throughout all of the company’s resort locations.  With an impressive total of 20 certificates, plus six previously-announced Traveler’s Choice Awards, this year’s top honors include:

 

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Montego Bay – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Carlyle Montego Bay, Jamaica – Travelers Choice Award & Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, Jamaica – Travelers Choice Award & Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Negril Beach & Resort Spa – Certificate of Excellence

Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa – Travelers Choice Award & Certificate of Excellence

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Emerald Bay Great Exuma, Bahamas – Certificate of Excellence

Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort – Certificate of Excellence
Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club – Travelers Choice Award and Certificate of Excellence Award

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa – Travelers Choice Award and Certificate of Excellence Award
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa – Travelers Choice Award & Certificate of Excellence
Beaches Sandy Bay Resort – Certificate of Excellence
Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua – Certificate of Excellence
Grand Pineapple Beach Negril – Certificate of Excellence
Fowl Cay Resort, Exumas, Bahamas – Certificate of Excellence

 

TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award honors hospitality excellence. The accolade is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. Travel Choice Award calculations are based on information submitted from over 20 million reviewers, which are presented in the form of top 10 and top 25 lists.

Cheers,

Gina

 

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THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION WEDDING PARTY
June 22, 2012

SANDALS RESORTS INVITES NYC-AREA CONSUMERS TO SAY “I DO” AT THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION WEDDING PARTY

~ Sandals Resorts Unveiled an All-New Wedding Concept with a Day of Authentic Caribbean Experiences, Spa Treatments and Surprise Honeymoon Giveaways ~

 

Sandals Resorts Chairman (left) Gordon “Butch” Stewart and CEO (right) Adam Stewart joined Bridal Expert and star of TLC’s hit show “Say Yes to the Dress” Randy Fenoli to host guests for the day in NYC’s Grand Central Terminal.

On June 14, 2012, Sandals Resorts kicked off this year’s wedding season with a star-studded, interactive bridal experience at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, hosted by special guest emcee, Randy Fenoli, star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and Randy to the Rescue. Sandals Resorts transformed Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall into a tropical paradise to celebrate the launch of Your Wedding. Your Style., Sandals Resorts’ all-new destination wedding concept that allows couples to personally style and execute their dream wedding at any Sandals Resort. Complete with Caribbean cocktails, island cuisine, spa pampering, virtual golf, and trip giveaways, nearly 1,000 vacation-seeking New Yorkers and brides-to-be gathered in Grand Central to “Say I Do” to Sandals Resorts.

Jumbotron Billboards in Times Square invited would-be “vacationers” to Grand Central Terminal to join in the fun.

From augmented reality videos to Insta-Share™ photos, guests could capture their experience on video or film and share it with their family and friends.  Sandals culinary ambassador Walter Staib was on hand to give out tastes of island cuisine and Sandals’ signature hot sauces, and teams from the resort’s Red Lane Spa® and Dermalogica® revived visitors with mini-massages and skin mapping. 

Toasting his new TLC show, Randy to the Rescue, the event commenced with a live “Randy to the Rescue” experience where the famous gown guru met with consumers for one-on-one bridal gown consultations and photos. The first 100 lucky attendees also received autographed copies of Randy’s new book It's All About the Dress!

Bridal expert Randy Fenoli, giving one-on-one “Randy to the Rescue” consultations to guests

Additionally, in celebration of National Flag Day, Sandals Resorts partnered with the USO and invited military couples to join the festivities. Local military couples participated in the “ultimate bouquet toss,” where a sea of brides-to-be gathered before Randy to catch the bouquet for a chance to win their dream WeddingMoon®, as well as an elegant wedding dress and tuxedo from After Six Formalwear. Maria Yates, who traveled from Fort Dix, NJ with her husband Jason, a member of the U.S. Air Force, caught the bouquet and won the wedding of their dreams. To express Sandals’ sincere appreciation for the U.S. Military, Sandals’ Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart and CEO Adam Stewart took the stage and surprised all attending military couples with a well-deserved tropical honeymoon of their own.

During a special luncheon for travel agents and an evening cocktail party for members of the media, Sandals Resorts’ CEO Adam Stewart and Director of Romance Marsha-Ann Brown unveiled the new offerings and Sandals’ innovative, new online Destination Wedding Designer, an interactive planning tool that allows couples to design every aspect of their destination wedding.  The presentation also featured a surprise fashion show, where Sandals brought the online Destination Wedding Designer to life. Models sashayed down the runway in colorful gowns designed by Rubin Singer, with the dresses symbolizing the customizable design options available through Sandals’ carefully curated style galleries.

WeddingMoons®, the concept of celebrating your wedding and honeymoon in the same beautiful location, was first conceived and created by the family-owned Sandals Resorts, the leaders in Caribbean vacation experiences.  Throughout the company’s 30 year history, these celebrations have long been a staple occasion at each of the 14 Luxury Included® Caribbean resorts. Especially designed for two people in love, Sandals Resorts is an expert in setting the mood for undeniable romance and providing stunning settings for unforgettable moments. To learn more about Your Wedding. Your Style., and the online Sandals Destination Wedding Designer, please visit www.sandals.com/weddingmoons/.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Newest Resort In Jamaica : Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort
June 5, 2012

Message from our Senior Vice President of Sales, Gary C. Sadler

I’m thrilled to introduce to you Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica – the newest resort in Jamaica.   Certainly many of you will have known this resort as Sandals Ocho Rios, but the transformation has been of such a grand scale, the enhancements so impressive, we had to give it a new name.         

 

Three distinctive vacation experiences await your clients:  an oceanfront garden oasis called the Riviera Seaside, the hill-top Great House and Riviera Villas, and the hip new Ochi Beach Club. 

Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort is very close to my heart; my connection to the hotel is personal.  As you may know, I began my career at this hotel, and I’ll let you in on a little secret: it is by far my favorite resort.  And I remain absolutely amazed by the transformation the resort has undergone, especially on the Riviera side.

Who better to head up the $60 million expansion than General Manager Brian Roper, one of the resort’s first general managers.  He knew the resort best and had dreamed of what it could become.  Back then, I worked for Brian at this very resort and although he had many opportunities to fire me, I’m very glad he didn’t! Together we take great pride in this new resort and it is a pleasure for me to personally present it to you now – bigger and better than ever. 

I invite you to now take a journey through the photos below. You’ll see the resort like you’ve never seen it before.  

Already Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort has been named one of the top hotels in the Caribbean by Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards, and just recently TripAdvisor has awarded it a Certificate of Excellence. 

But you must experience it for yourself, the newest resort in Jamaica – the resort that offers more than any other in Jamaica.

 


 


Gary C. Sadler

Sr. Vice President of Sales

Unique Vacations, Inc.

Worldwide Representative of

Sandals Resorts • Beaches Resorts • Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts

 


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Say “I Do” To Something New
May 29, 2012

 

WeddingMoon® couples can now bring their wedding vision to life with the Sandals Destination Wedding Designer - an innovative online tool containing hundreds of images, in-depth information, and social capabilities that will help brides and grooms find inspiration, mix and match their favorite wedding elements, and ultimately “design” their dream wedding.

The designer tool allows each couple to create an online wedding profile where they can save an unlimited number of inspirations. Each inspiration will include a unique code that can later be referenced during their wedding consultation, and will assist in the process of easily booking their wedding. Couples will be able to save or print their inspirations, and will receive a confirmation email containing the details of their selections, pricing, and the unique reference code for that wedding inspiration.


Happy Planning!

Gina

 

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