Sandals Resorts celebrated the reopening of Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau on Friday night (Nov. 18) with many travel trade partners and special guests on hand including Perry Christie, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Bahamas, Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica and Obediah Wilchcombe, Bahamas Minister of Tourism.
“On the 27th of November this month, my own father’s birthday, Sandals Resorts opened 35 years ago,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Sandals Resorts Chairman, addressing the crowd gathered for the festivities, which included a marching band and Junkanoo performers. “During those years, with the help of all our staff and the teamwork, it has been such an incredible ride. In the audience here today are so many friends, so many people that have been with us over the years. This celebration is a celebration for the reopening of Sandals Royal Bahamian. We had to close in order to carry out some pretty serious work, the results of which are magnificent. This resort has never been more beautiful.”
Following a reported $4 million makeover, renovations and updates to the property include a new boiler system and plumbing, new furniture and furnishings in rooms and common areas, and updates to the main pool area.
“Today we represent a team in the islands of the Bahamas, 1,500 Bahamian strong, US$85 million of economic impact every year, training and developing the people of the Bahamas to the absolute excellence of Sandals hospitality,” says Adam Stewart, Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts. “Tonight we celebrate, we celebrate our birthday, we celebrate the magic of Sandals Royal Bahamian, we celebrate the new team members, the talent that make this hotel and are going to continue to make this hotel the awesome hotel that it has been over the years into the future.”
Canadian representatives from Air Canada Vacations, WestJet and TravelBrands were also on hand for the reopening.
“I think this is definitely going to be an easy sell for us Canadians with the cold winter coming,” Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, Sun Markets at Air Canada Vacations told PressToday. “The product looks phenomenal, they’ve done a great job of cleaning it up and bringing it to the next level, and our customers are going to have an amazing experience here and love the product.”
Pictured at the reopening are (l-r) Adam Stewart and Gordon “Butch” Stewart.