Sandals unveils St Vincent site

St Vincent and the Grenadines. Image © Ernie A. Stephens / Unsplash
Sandals Resorts International has revealed its latest 301-key development property planned for Saint Vincent and The Grenadines.

Sandals Saint Vincent and The Grenadines will be the ninth Caribbean destination and 18th Sandals Resort for the group when it opens on the island of Saint Vincent at the end of March 2024.

Brand firsts

The resort is situated on a 50-acre site, offering a new island experience for guests with two-storey overwater villas, meandering rivers, and other firsts for the brand.

Belonging to the lesser Antilles, neighbouring Saint Lucia and Grenada, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines is home to a collection of 32 islands and cays that offer exotic landscapes with natural delights.

Expansive accommodation

The resort will offer the portfolio’s most expansive suites to date, with two-bedroom butler villas spanning across the waterfront making their Sandals debut.

Interiors throughout feature special biophilic elements and local volcanic materials, and views intentionally framing the unique flora. Vincy overwater two-storey villas will feature an evolved design across two stories built directly atop the sea, complete with a rooftop outdoor lounge.

Select villas and suites throughout the resort will house dedicated space for movie nights in, and private fitness rooms with Technogym equipment, athletic programming, and an assortment of free weights.

Fresh dining

Dining at Sandals Saint Vincent and The Grenadines will bring the local agriculture forward across 16 food and beverage concepts. As the brand’s first communal-style restaurant, Buccan’s menu of seasonal platters meant for sharing will be complemented by an open kitchen. Imoro, an all-new grab-and-go concept named for the local indigenous word for ‘green’, will serve healthy bowls.

Local materials, playful patterns, and tropical plants will adorn Three Jewels, a rum bar inspired by the Saint Vincent and The Grenadines flag, serving Eastern Caribbean rums as well as new creations ranging from zero-proof to spirit-forward. Parisol, an open-air beach club and kitchen, will serve small plates near the water before transforming into a high-end evening destination for cocktails, music, and picturesque sunset views.

Water world

A focal point from the open-air lobby, a 300 ft linear pool appears to meet the horizon, flanked by cabanas and swim-up bar access. Other leisure facilities will include an adjacent crescent-shaped pool and Parisol’s double-crescent infinity-edge pool.

Built along the riverside, the sound of flowing water will surround Red Lane Spa cabanas to connect guests with the surrounding outdoors.

Two decades in the making

Adam Stewart, executive chairman of Sandals Resorts International, said: “This resort is a dream more than two decades in the making. From the moment we laid eyes on Vincy, as the locals lovingly call her, we felt this sense of magic and wonder and awe so palpable you could almost touch it.

“A true diamond of a place, she meets every possibility to deliver an exceptional experience worthy of her very site. Handpicked for its stunning location within an alluring west-facing valley, mere moments away from untouched cays, cliffside caves and coves, our guests will soon loll in the beauty of Sandals Saint Vincent and The Grenadines.”

Spreading Sandals

Elsewhere in the Caribbean, Sandals is planning to open Beaches Barbados in 2025. The 220-key property will include a 15,000 sq ft Red Lane Spa, four bars and five restaurants.

Furthermore, existing resort Sandals Regency La Toc in Castries on St Lucia is undergoing expansion. The first phase will see the introduction of a new Sandals Resorts innovation, a village consisting of Rondoval suites with seven properties featuring open air rooftop decks. The suites will be located adjacent to a golf course, with each having their own golf cart and featuring luxury amenities like butler service and dining and entertainment options. Later phases of expansion will see the launch of more spa facilities, new suite categories and a reenergised golf course.