Sandals plans three new hotels in Jamaica


All-inclusive specialist Sandals Resorts International plans to add three new hotels in Jamaica to its portfolio.

Two of the properties will be renovations of the former Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios and Jewel Runaway Bay Beach Resort & Waterpark, both of which were bought last year.

The third will be situated on a parcel of beachfront land adjacent to the Ocho Rios resort.

"Sandals Dunn's River holds special meaning to our family because its history is the story of Jamaica's evolution as a travel powerhouse.  My father grew up on the beach in Ocho Rios and this hotel, the first of its kind when it was built in the 1950s, captured the era's glamour and sparked his imagination.  When it became available, we jumped at the chance to bring the hotel back into the Sandals fold," Adam Stewart, executive chairman, said.

The two jewel resorts were bought from Playa Hotels & Resorts for $60 million in 2020.