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Beaches Resorts is headed to the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The fourth family-friendly resort in the portfolio — part of luxury all-inclusive resort leader Sandals Resorts International — joins the brand’s two Beaches locations in Ocho Rios and Negril in Jamaica, and the flagship resort in Turks & Caicos.
Voted World’s Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort Brand 22 years in a row by The World Travel Awards, Beaches Resorts is known for catering to families, including its exclusive partnership with Sesame Street. The newest property will allow families to explore the archipelago chain (known as the Jewels of the Caribbean), including several filming locations for the blockbuster “Pirates of The Caribbean” film series.
The new Beaches property will be in the footprint of the Buccament Bay Spa & Resort, which closed in 2016. Despite its picture-perfect location, the resort will undergo extensive renovations — what Sandals’ deputy chairman Adam Stewart calls “the Sandalization process” — before opening under the Beaches name with 330 to 350 one-, two-, three-, four- and possibly even five-bedroom suites.
While St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the eighth Caribbean nation to become home to a Sandals resort, it’s a new destination for the brand and marks the first Beaches resort in the Eastern Caribbean.
“This resort will accelerate the love affair we have had not just with the Caribbean, but specifically the Eastern Caribbean,” Stewart said. “The island is beyond extraordinary, and we are going to make sure the world knows everything it needs to know about the beauty of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
Beaches resorts are also certified autism centers, making them a popular choice for clients with a child or family member with autism.
“Adding another Beaches resort in St. Vincent only increases the brand’s popularity among travelers with autism and other special needs,” said Nicole Thibault, owner of Magical Storybook Travels in Fairport, N.Y., and a family travel and autism travel specialist. “Families with a child or family member with autism are starved for vacation options, because many destinations aren’t prepared to deal with the unique accommodations that are necessary for a traveler with a disability. This new resort gives them even more options when planning their next vacation.”
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