Summer Instant Savings
July 8, 2011

Guests booking last-minute travel to the Caribbean this summer are in luck as Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts announce the Summer Instant Savings Promotion. Guests staying at 12 Sandals Resorts and 3 Beaches Resorts for a 6-night minimum stay in ANY room category will receive $300 in instant savings. The Summer Instant Savings Promotion is combinable with all other consumer saving promotions, including up to 65% off sale, and is available for bookings made from July 8 – July 31, 2011 for travel from July 14 – August 31, 2011. The Summer Instant Savings Promotion is also bookable at Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau from July 12 – July 24 for travel July 14 – August 31. 

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 complete terms and conditions or for more information please call 1-800-545-8283.

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July 14, 2011

Were thrilled to share that, once again, Sandals Resorts was victorious in three of the top Baxter Travel Media Agents’ Choice Awards this year, as voted on by Canadian travel agents.  The winning categories included:

  • Favourite All-Inclusive - 12 years in row
  • Favourite Hotel Chain - 5 years in a row
  • Favourite Environmentally-Friendly Company - 4 years in a row

Please see a press release below with full details on these awards:


Voted “Favourite All-Inclusive”, “Favourite Hotel Chain” and “Favourite Environmentally-Friendly Company” by Canadian Travel Agents   

Toronto, Canada – There is no other resort company that has received the recognition from the Canadian travel agent community than Sandals Resorts International.  Once again, Canadian agents have overwhelmingly voted Sandals as their favourites in the 2011 Agents Choice Awards, the largest sampling of Canadian travel agent opinions. The resort company (including its sister brand, Beaches Resorts) was named by Canadian agents as their “Favourites” in three leading categories in the 12th annual Agents’ Choice Awards, including: “Favourite All Inclusive” for the twelfth year in a row, “Favourite Hotel Chain” for the fifth year running; and “Favourite Environmentally Friendly Company” for the fourth straight year. 

 “To win three prominent Agents Choice Awards is indeed an honour and something that we do not take lightly.  We strive every day to ensure that Canadian agents are equipped with the best and most sales and marketing tools available in the travel industry,” says Maureen Barnes-Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing, Canada, Unique Vacations Inc., worldwide representative of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts. “These awards are further testament to the support and trust that Canadian agents place in the Sandals brand.” 

This year, over 4,700 Canadian travel agents voted in 24 industry categories – marking an impressive 22% increase in voters from the previous year. The awards were launched in 2000 by Toronto-based Baxter Travel Media and its flagship publications, Canadian Travel Press and Travel Courier.  The annual Agents’ Choice Awards have become a landmark in the Canadian travel industry giving voice to agents who select their top three favourite travel suppliers in various categories with their votes weighted accordingly – three points for a first place vote, two for second and one for third.

 Sandals Resorts came out on top as “Favourite All-Inclusive”, just as they have done every year in this category since the Awards’ inception.  A convincing winner, Sandals received 5,713 points – more than double the number of second-place RIU which garnered 2,171 points and more than triple the number of third-place Bahia Principe which claimed 1,594 points. 

Canadian agents also reaffirmed that Sandals is viewed not only as an all-inclusive company but as one of the world’s leading hotel brands by selecting Sandals as their  “Favourite Hotel Chain”, with a total of 3,576 points – well ahead of the nearest competitor, Fairmont Hotels who scored 2,047 points. 

 Canadian agents have recognized Sandals for its environmental, educational and community outreach throughout the Caribbean region by choosing Sandals as their “Favourite Environmentally Friendly Company” for the fourth consecutive year, with a total of 2,948 points to claim top spot in this category.



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I Found Paradise!
July 21, 2011

Yesterday I had the opportunity to experience a taste of paradise in the beautiful Exuma, Bahamas! When you visit Exuma, if there is one thing you have to see, it is the Exuma Cays and this is exactly what I did! I went on the Island Routes Tour “ Exuma Cays Ocean Safari” and that experience will never be forgotten, the only word I can find to describe it would be “UNBELIEVABLE”.

We cruised in and out of 20 cays, we saw the endangered Bahamian rock Iguanas, we were privileged to see million dollar privately owned islands of celebrities, we snorkelled and actually saw sharks, we later  stopped by a virgin sandbar that left me speechless! This sandbar was in the middle of the ocean, we were actually able to set up an umbrella and just sit back while taking in all of the mesmerizing natural beauty that surrounded us; this experience for me will be something that I will never forget, I am actually still in awe!

Not a bad way to spend a days work, have I mentioned that I LOVE my job!




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July 28, 2011


Sandals Resorts International (SRI), parent company of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, has received numerous accolades for its comprehensive dive programming on some of the most pristine reefs in the Caribbean. Adding to the list, PADI has now recognized Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa as a PADI National Geographic Dive Center.  Sandals Negril is the second resort within the SRI portfolio to receive this honor, following in the footsteps of Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa.  PADI National Geographic Dive Center status is granted to Five Star Dive centers and resort facilities that excel in providing dive consumers with a full range of National Geographic Diver Education Programs, while actively promoting the benefits of environmental awareness and responsibility. Highly-trained dive instructors and impeccable customer service performance are also representative of this award.

The PADI National Geographic Diver program is a PADI certification course now available to guests of Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa who wish to become dive explorers, adventurers and conservationists.  National Geographic Diver participants will observe and explore life as an underwater scientist by studying Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Navigation, Coral Reef Conservation, Fish Identification, and underwater photography.  A supplement to PADI Open Water Certification, the program is a four-day intensive course that focuses on an exploration project, which includes identifying important aquatic plant and animal species and navigating by using a compass and natural references.  The price for the full course program at Sandals Negril, including PADI Open Water Diver certification and the National Geographic Diver Course, is $550 per person.   For guests who are already Open Water certified, the National Geographic Diver specialty program is $250.

Guests who are looking to become scuba certified while on resort but don’t wish to take the full National Geographic Diver program also have the option to obtain certification from the PADI or NAUI (the National Association of Underwater Instructors). Certification courses are available for a wide range of levels, from Scuba Diver all the way to Divemaster. Guests who wish to enjoy scuba diving at Sandals Resorts can expect the best equipment and instruction, including SCUBAPRO® BCDs & regulators, Newton Dive Boats, professional instruction, guided dives and a myriad of dive sites, including wrecks, reefs and walls. 

Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa features 222 luxurious rooms & suites and is located on Jamaica’s famous seven-mile beach. The resort is set amongst lush palm groves, powdery white sand beach and the calm aquamarine Caribbean Sea, and offers some of the best sunsets in the Caribbean, as well as a wide range of water sports to choose from.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-545-8283.


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