Sandals To Open First Resort In Curaçao, Its Ninth Caribbean Destination
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Sandals Resorts International is expanding its resort portfolio with its very first property in Curaçao, marking the ninth Caribbean destination to have a Sandals property.
Formerly the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, the property will be completely transformed into a signature Sandals resort, a process set to begin in 2021.
"Each time we expand, we bring with us the full potential of our 40-years in hospitality," said Sandals Deputy Chairman, Adam Stewart.
"The new Sandals Curaçao embodies our philosophy of forward-thinking and looking through a new lens. It is a promise not only to our guests but to our team members for continued innovation. Curaçao is a place to be discovered, and we are so proud today to become part of this community.”
The new Sandals Curaçao will initially include 350 rooms and suites, with a further expansion planned in the coming years. Conceptual plans for the resort include adding key elements for the signature Sandals experience, including new pools, a variety of "5-Star Global Gourmet" dining options and newly constructed River Suites.
Guests will also have access to the neighbouring 18-hole Pete Dye championship golf course, two onsite marinas and 38,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the largest on the island.
According to Sandals, the new property is expected to have a U$40 million economic footprint and add more than 1,200 local jobs. It will employ approximately 800 new team members and 400 crafts and trades workers.
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