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Sandals’ $37 mil. Royal Bahamian redo will be envy of local hotels, says Stewart

A reimagined and redeveloped Sandals Royal Bahamian resort will reopen in November and welcome back 980 staff members to a property in high demand by loyal Sandals lovers, Sandals Resorts International’s Executive Chairman Adam Stewart said yesterday. Stewart added that the renovations to the hotel will cost about $37 million and employ up to 500 construction workers at the height of the redevelopment project.

He walked Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar and the media through the resort yesterday, pointing out the cosmetic changes underway and showing conceptual drawings of the new features to come.

Stewart contended that when Royal Bahamian reopens it will be the envy of hotels on New Providence, adding that bookings for the resort for the end of the year are already trending 25 to 30 percent higher than in 2019.

“When you see that kind of booking pace it says to you that we’re putting the wheels back on the bus and that’s exactly the reason we wanted to get ahead of the crowd,” said Stewart.

“This resort is going to be at the top of Sandals food chain and be an incredible product.” 

Stewart said he is confident the resort will be fully booked by the end of November. According to him, swim-up suites will be added to both of the resort’s towers and several new room categories not yet available at Royal Bahamian will be created.

He revealed that the property’s iconic Royal Theater will be razed to make room for a sandy oasis that will change the mood of the property, adding that myriad water features and “wow” features will be added to the property.

“We are blown away by the investment that’s taking place here… the reinvigoration and revitalization of this property and certainly when it comes back on stream in early November it will be much better, even greater than all of the other Sandals properties in the Caribbean,” said D’Aguilar.

“I’m thankful to the Sandals group for their continuing interest in The Bahamas and their continued investment in The Bahamas and I guess we’ll wait until November to come in here and be wowed.”

Sandals Royal Bahamian has been closed since the COVID-19 pandemic began to affect The Bahamas last March.

Stewart predicts that The Bahamas will have good visitor turnout this summer, pointing to the pent-up demand for travel as the catalyst.

“I think The Bahamas is the best-positioned of any island in The Caribbean due to its proximity and its sterling reputation over the years,” he said.

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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