Sandals Resorts to open a new resort in Curacao
Sandals Resorts International has announced its plans to bring a luxurious, new Sandals Resort to the island of Curaçao.
This marks a brand-new island destination for the Sandals brand and Sandals’ ninth Caribbean island to call home. Formerly the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, part of a broader 3,000-acre development, the resort will undergo a process to become completely “Sandalized,” bringing the opulent resort innovations synonymous with the Sandals brand to this stunning location. Enhancements are set to begin in 2021, and the new Sandals Curaçao will initially include 350-luxurious rooms and suites with further phased expansions planned.
Conceptual plans for the resort include adding key elements for the signature Sandals experience, including new expansive pools, various 5-Star Global Gourmet dining options, and lavish accommodations, including magnificent newly constructed River Suites. Guests will also have access to the neighboring 18-hole Pete Dye championship golf course, two onsite marinas and 38,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the largest on the island.
World-famous for its vibrant culture, pristine beaches and coves, Curaçao also boasts spectacular dive sites and exotic marine ecosystems. With year-round temperatures of 80 degrees, it’s touted as the perfect anytime escape. The resort will have a positive immediate and long-term impact on the island and the people of Curaçao. In year one alone, it is expected to have an over $40 million economic footprint and an impressive track record on the creation of new employment. The resort alone will add over 1,200 local jobs comprised of 800 new team members and 400 local tradesmen and craftsmen. This will be followed by a positive economic ripple effect for the community extending to the local taxi and transportation sectors, wider supply chain, agriculture, increased airlift, and increased yearly tourism numbers – especially with the key US tourism market.
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