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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June 22, 2012


~ 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






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