US$100-m investment Sandals to begin Dragon Bay reconstruction this year

Sandals Resorts International says it will this year start reproduction of the old Dragon Bay inn in Portland, changing it into a 157-suite six-star boutique family resort at a cost of US$100 million.

“That will be our twelfth inn interest in Jamaica,” Sandals Deputy Chairman and CEO Adam Stewart told visitors going to last Friday’s notable of a US$50-million lodging and BMW/MINI complex in St Andrew, initiated by Sandals, ATL, Marriott International and BMW.

“It won’t be a Beaches or Sandals. It will be a shiny new brand,” said Stewart, whose father Gordon is the originator and executive of Sandals and Beaches Resorts and the ATL Group, which incorporates this daily paper.

“This has been a long lasting dream for my father specifically,” said the more youthful Stewart whose father yesterday applauded him for “making an extraordinary, incredible showing with regards to in driving the [ATL Group’s] engine auto division”.

“Mythical beast Bay has been quite a while in coming. The reason we’re doing it is a guarantee made by the leader and Minister [Daryl] Vaz to make the Ian Fleming International Airport genuinely available to business stream flying machine. That was the dedication that we required, to make Portland available, and consistent with our oath, now that that venture is going on, Dragon Bay will happen,” the more youthful Stewart said.

The Sandals assemble formally procured Dragon Bay Beach Resort on March 22, 2002 from the previous proprietors Albert Abela Corporation and SSI Cayman Limited.

Be that as it may, poor streets and the deficiency of the Ken Jones Aerodrome have brought about Sandals setting a hang on building up the property. The senior Stewart had since a long time ago contended that the poor framework in the ward was contradictory with the quality item that is made arrangements for Dragon Bay.

Throughout the years, the Government got the fundamental street driving from Ocho Rios to Portland settled. At that point in 2009 the Boscobel Aerodrome in St Mary was redesigned and renamed the Ian Fleming International Airport.

Notwithstanding, the runway required growing to permit littler business planes to utilize the air terminal, a move that industry experts contend would drive more traveler activity to Portland, St Mary and Ocho Rios.

Last September, the Government declared that the runway would be extended, a choice that has discovered support with the senior Stewart, who had since quite a while ago contended that greater territorial stream flying machine of in the vicinity of 55 and 100 seats, for example, flown by American Airlines, Air Canada, USAIR, JetBlue, and Delta, require at least 5,700 to 6,000 feet of runway, contrasted with the current 4,780 feet at Ian Fleming.

Recently, he told the Jamaica Observer that “with the new airplane terminal arranged at Boscobel to take streams, our arrangements are currently in rapid”.

He said the Dragon Bay resort will give up to 800 occupations in the development stage and a little more than 500 stable situations when it is up and running.

Stewart and his group extend that the resort’s visitors and staff will expend more than 2,000 dinners day by day, in this manner nearby ranchers will profit as they will be incorporated into the lodging’s linkages obtaining program.

The resort, he called attention to, will likewise give salary creating chances to transport administrators, visit organizations, and fascination proprietors.

“In that part of the world, which is recently wonderful, we would want to offer countless, between rafting on the Rio Grande, Nonsuch Caves, the numerous shopping visits and the various land and water attractions,” the senior Stewart said.

“A ton of Jamaicans know about the old Dragon Bay. It’s a valuable site, unrivaled anyplace on the planet,” Stewart said. “We truly think it will convey a tremendous measure of advantage to the locale and we are hoping to add a couple extravagance manors to the property.”

He said the new inn “will be novel inside and out” and brought up that “Shoes has driven the comprehensive business with a great many innovations that have been a money box for focused brands”.

He indicated a not insignificant rundown of advancements, among them swim-up bars, swim-up rooms, claim to fame eateries and wrap-around swim-up pool bars.

“Going as far back as the mid 80s we were the first in this side of the equator to place hairdryers in the inn rooms,” Stewart said. “Advancements will be a vital part of Dragon Bay. It will be the presentation of a shiny new idea.”

Included Stewart: “Mythical serpent Bay will be the pride of Portland and the stay for every single future depend on come to Portland. This is Sandals Resorts’ most lovely land and it will be our best work ever.”

Source: Jamaica Observer