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Sandals marks grand opening in Saint Vincent & The Grenadines

  • Hotels
  •   03-28-2024  3:26 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Sandals marks grand opening in Saint Vincent & The Grenadines
Sandals Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is now open. (Sandals)
Pax Global Media

Sandals Saint Vincent and the Grenadines opened its doors Wednesday (March 27), welcoming its first guests to an experience brimming with island inspiration and "Sandals Firsts."

The opening marks Sandals' introduction to the Eastern Caribbean destination of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the brand’s 18th all-inclusive resort. 

Sandals Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has 301 rooms and suites across 50 acres and programming that celebrates the island’s botanical gardens. There's also a new restaurant, Buccan, a large-format style dining experience. 

From left: Left to right:  Jordan Samuda, Chief Administrative Officer, Sandals Resorts InternationaI; Terrence Des Vignes, Regional Project Director, Sandals Resorts International; Brett Castleman, General Manager, Sandals Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Gebhard Rainer, CEO, Sandals Resorts International; Hon. Camillo Gonsalves, Minister of Finance, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Her Excellency Susan Dougan, Governor General, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Adam Stewart, Executive Chairman, Sandals Resorts International; Dr The Hon Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Hon. Carlos James, Minister of Tourism, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Hon Orando Brewster, Minister of Mobilisation, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. (Sandals)

“With its dramatic blues and incredible beauty, the Caribbean sea was meant to be explored. But at more than a million square miles, it was also meant to be discovered,” said Adam Stewart, Executive Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, in a statement. “Sandals Saint Vincent unveils a little-known wonder we are proud to bring forward, not only for its show-stopping beauty but for the warmth and grace of its people. There is a joy here that pulses throughout and beyond 32 incredible islands. Sandals Saint Vincent was designed to honour that spirit, encouraging carefree exploration, pampered relaxation, and deep connection.”

Other highlights include a 300-foot linear pool that connects a flora-framed lobby terrace to the horizon. Along the way, cabanas and cocktails invite guests to loll the day away, with three other pools among lush vegetation.

Innovative and thoughtful touches extend across each of the resort’s rooms and suites, where guests are welcomed with a refreshing, in-room signature cocktail of rum and coconut water. 

A new concept for the brand, the Vincy Overwater Two-Story Villas will feature expansive spaces spanning two storeys above the sea, as well as dedicated villa perks including an exclusive table at Buccan. 

Beachfront Villas offer a retreat just steps from the sand; insideguests are met with warm neutrals, organic textures, locally-sourced volcanic materials and pops of cool blue to create a harmonious connection with the island's natural surroundings. 

Many of the resort’s suites also feature elevated amenities –  from a dedicated media room and private pool to a personal fitness room with exercise bikes, yoga mats and a library of fitness classes. 

The brand’s signature butler service adds an additional level of luxury, with butler-level room guests treated to memorable moments.

Stay, discover

At the heart of Sandals Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the destination itself – bold, bountiful and richly colourful – with opportunities for exploration infused into nearly every touchpoint. 

On site, guests will bask in guided kayak experiences to Buccament Bat Caves and bikes for winding throughout the resort’s gardens and trails surrounded by the destination’s natural flora. 

The centerpiece of the new Sandals Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, a 300-foot linear pool is dotted by cabanas and flanked by the calm, cobalt blue Caribbean beach – a sunny spot for pampered relaxation and a launching pad for island exploration. (Sandals)

Interactive classes and tastings highlight the region's agricultural heritage, from aloe vera to local fruit like mango and breadfruit, and at night, the essence of the island promises vibrant festivities, from sunset parties on the beach to rum sensory experiences and movies under the stars.

Off site, guests can discover waterfalls and volcanic black sand beaches, sail the clear blue seas and waving hello to abundant marine life below the surface via Sandals’ unlimited scuba diving program. 

Serenity also awaits at the Red Lane Spa, offering the soothing ambiance of flowing water and lush greenery, and treatments that harness the natural minerals found in volcanic sand to exfoliate and detoxify.

From Harvest to Hearth & Beyond

Eleven culinary concepts: Buccan is an immersive family-style, open-air culinary journey and the region’s first-ever solid fuel restaurant. The cooking style, done in local clay yabba pots, is a centerpiece of the experience, turning local cedar and sustainable sources like coconut husks into coal as chefs rely on ancient culinary techniques to create a menu highlighting local ‘Vincy’ ingredients with seasonal platters designed for sharing.

Scrimshaw taps into the island's abundant access to fresh seafood from its coveted location on the coastal shelf, starring curry conch fritters with a liquid centre; scallops with pickled, locally grown peanuts; and a vegan roasted pumpkin with lemongrass-tofu puree, spiced pumpkin seeds and red onion relish. 

A sophisticated cocktail menu carries the narrative with the Scrimshaw Martini, finished with a dash of MSG for a unique umami experience to accompany fresh seafood dishes; and the Gin Tonica, a botanical excursion in a glass adorned with citrus wheels, rosemary pimento vermouth, and lime.

Parisol is an open-air beach club and kitchen, invites guests to salute the morning sun with smoothies that incorporate the viral superfood, sea moss; naturally gluten-free cassava flour pancakes; and ‘Bakes’ with salted fish and guava jam. Day time bites are to be savored by the sea: from the tuna & charred cucumber aguachile to the snapper, skipjack, conch or lobster – served grilled, steamed or fried – accompanied by lemongrass rice and ginger cabbage slaw. 

Imoro, a Sandals First ‘grab-and-go’ concept, is named after the Arawak term for 'green,' serving up healthy, veggie-focused bowls.

Vincy evenings come alive after the stunning sunset. Vibing to the beat of a curated selection of hand-picked vinyls, Three Jewels rum bar celebrates a quintessentially local Caribbean spirit, with a selection of 32 rums inspired by the destination’s 32 islands within 32 miles; more than two-thirds of the menu hones in on Eastern Caribbean distilled rums – one of five  bars around the resort.

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