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Sandals Resorts International, parent company of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Antigua that will see the building of a new Beaches resort in the Eastern Caribbean country. Beaches Antigua, which will be built on the site of the company’s existing Grand Pineapple Beach Resort in Long Bay will boast one- to four-bed rooms and suites, up to 12 restaurants, conferencing facilities and a range of unique features that include a waterpark, cinema, Xbox Play Lounge and BMX track.

Sandals Resorts International Chairman, Gordon “Butch” Stewart (pictured) commented, “As a country, Antigua is very dear to our hearts because it was the first place we went when we ventured outside of Jamaica in 1991. This particular deal has been a long time coming — we’ve been discussing it for over three years — but it is well worth the wait. Antigua is a stunning country and we’ve enjoyed no end of pleasure operating here. It’s often said that there’s 365 beaches in Antigua, now there’s another!”

The newly announced property will become the fifth Beaches resort in the Jamaican-based company’s portfolio along with Beaches Barbados, which is set to break ground mid-2014.

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