Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has pushed the reopening of Sandals Emerald Bay back to February 1, 2021, according to the company’s website, while the opening of Sandals Royal Bahamian is still slated for the end of January 2021.
The Exuma property was scheduled to reopen on November 1, following its short-lived July reopening.
Sandals’ 2021 Bahamas openings will mean Emerald Bay and Royal Bahamian will be the last of the Caribbean chain’s resorts to open.
Sandals’ reason for the delayed opening remains as it was last month, with the company telling Guardian Business that its reopening decisions are being guided by demand, the country’s border openings and its travel restrictions.
“We continue to monitor the situation closely to inform decisions as we look to reopen in the shortest possible time, to welcome back our valued team members and guests,” Sandals stated.
According to the website, all but four of Sandals’ properties are still closed, including Royal Bahamian and Emerald Bay. Its Halcyon Beach property in St. Lucia is slated to open mid-January and its Ochi property on November 1. SRI has already opened its super-exclusive Fowl Cay private island property in the Exumas.
Sandals closed its Emerald Bay resort at the end of July, when the government brought back restrictive travel measures following the July 1 opening of the tourism sector after COVID-19 cases began to resurge in the country.
Despite changes to the quarantine protocols for visitors and locals entering the country on November 1, the company has remained steadfast in its reasons for delaying its opening.
It joins cruise lines in their continual opening reassessments. Several cruise lines have pushed their restart dates into December, with the bulk of their itineraries beginning much later in 2021.