Sandals acquires Turks’ Veranda resort

Sandals Resorts International has announced the purchase of The Veranda Resort & Residences in Turks & Caicos, a luxury property featuring suites and villas with oceanfront views along Grace Bay. Gordon “Butch”Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts International, commented on the deep ties the Beaches brand has in Turks and the enthusiasm among the travel industry when this news was announced. “Agents are simply over the moon with this good news… From the earliest days, Beaches Resorts has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the TCI islands and our success is inexorably linked,”said Stewart. “Recognition of this partnership and a determined commitment by this government to conduct business in the most professional and highest international standards is a great example for the people of TCI and throughout the Caribbean.”The purchase will be an expansion of the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, which will now make even longer, the lengthiest stretch of Grace Bay beach, voted as the world’s best, and to be introduced as the five-star Key West Luxury Village on Dec. 17. The Key West Luxury Village will feature luxury accommodations in a variety of categories, including four-bedroom beach villas, three-bedroom beach villas, two- and one-bedroom suites and studios. In addition to the 16 restaurants currently on property, guests will now have access to four more restaurants through the expansion for a grand total of 20 dining options, as well as a number of other luxurious amenities. All reservations on record for The Veranda after Dec. 17 will be honoured by Beaches Turks & Caicos. (