Reservations open for Sandals Dunn’s River in Jamaica : Travel Weekly
Reservations are now open for the completely redesigned Sandals Dunn’s River in Ocho Rios, which is expected to welcome guests beginning May 24, 2023.
The resort was formerly part of the Sandals brand, but had been operating for a few years as Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa.
Sandals acquired it for $30 million along with adjacent beachfront land in 2020.
The 260-room property is undergoing a top-to-bottom restoration with new amenities, accommodations, and culinary concepts.
The project is the last that Adam Stewart, executive chairman of Sandals, and his late father, Butch Stewart, founder of Sandals, have worked on together. Butch Stewart died in January 2021.
“It’s his latest masterpiece. He chose this spot over three decades ago for its white-sand shoreline, breezes, azure waters and proximity to the archetypal Dunn’s River Falls It will not only serve to breathe new excitement into a corner of Jamaica loved and cherished by so many, but has also set a new standard of luxury for tourism right here in our own backyard with a brand new resort. generation worthy of its nostalgic past,” said Adam Stewart.
Among the highlights: Tufa SkyPool Butler Suites, which will feature glass panels spanning the length of oceanfront balconies; the self-contained Coyaba Swim-Up Rondoval Butler Suites with private plunge pools and open-air rooftops with soaking tubs; and the Mammee Bay Beachfront Butler Suites with balconies and a nature-luxury concept.
New restaurant and bar concepts
The resort will feature 12 restaurants with 10 new-to-Sandals concepts, including L’Amande, fusing French and Jamaican dishes; Edessa, a Greek place; Banyu, with an Asian fusion menu; Zuka, a blend of Central and South American flavors, which debuted at Sandals Royal Curacao last month; and the soulful Jerk Shack serving sweet and peppery delights.
There will be nine bars. Dunn’s Rum Club will feature Jamaican craft cocktails, a curated list of sweet rums and Jamaican-style domino games. The Laughing Waters Beach Bar will have bed-style seating right on the sand.
The Ocarina rooftop bar, a first for Sandals in Jamaica, will marry spirits with sea breezes. The Lapidus Lounge pays homage to architect Morris Lapidus, who designed the resort when it was built as the Arawak Hotel in the 1950s.
The Blum Café will serve Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountain coffee, as well as nitro cold brew and island treats.
A cascading waterfall will greet guests upon arrival, with waters sourced from the resort’s river nature reserves. Jamaica’s largest swimming pool is designed to mimic the flow of the river. Featuring a glass panel edge, the pool will be leveled down to the sand and is one of five pools on site.
Adam Stewart said Ocho Rios “is where my dad grew up, where he first learned to fish and felt the breeze along the west-facing beach and where he saw for the first time the joy of the island on the faces of visitors”.
“Here along Jamaica’s North Coast, he witnessed a thriving tourism industry and realized how to please and serve a new Caribbean customer. Every touchpoint of the new Sandals Dunn’s River is designed to do that and more.”