San­dals in­vests al­most EC$60 mil­lion de­vel­op­ing prop­er­ties in Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional con­tin­ues to in­vest in Saint Lu­cia 22 years af­ter its ar­rival here.

The world-renowned ho­tel brand op­er­ates 800 luxury suites and rooms with three ho­tels on the is­land and, ac­cord­ing to Chair­man Gor­don ‘Butch’ Ste­wart, Saint Lu­cia con­tin­ues to be an im­por­tant des­ti­na­tion to the con­tin­ued growth of the San­dals Re­sorts chain, re­main­ing a favourite among thou­sands of re­turn­ing guests to San­dals Re­sorts. In a re­cent com­ment on the mat­ter the Chair­man said, “Over the years we have had enor­mous ex­pan­sion in the con­fig­u­ra­tion of our prop­er­ties but gen­er­ally we do not say any­thing.

“It has be­come vi­tal for Saint Lu­cia to know how im­por­tant tourism is to us and what we have done to make the in­dus­try work here.”

Ac­cord­ing to the ho­tel ty­coon, San­dals Re­sorts has in­vested over US$22 mil­lion up­grad­ing the prop­er­ties here.

“We have done tremen­dous ex­pan­sions in all of our re­sorts in Saint Lu­cia with over US$22 mil­lion in the last five years be­ing spent to achieve th­ese up­grades,” the award-win­ning hote­lier said.

San­dals has played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the evo­lu­tion of Saint Lu­cia’s tourism prod­uct, hav­ing in­vested heav­ily in both prop­erty devel­op­ment and mar­ket­ing ef­forts of the des­ti­na­tion over the past two decades.

San­dals Re­gency La Toc Golf Re­sort & Spa, the first of the three prop­er­ties in Saint Lu­cia, in­vested more than US$6.786 mil­lion in the past five years hav­ing only re­cently un­der­gone a ma­jor over­haul with all eight of its Pi­ton Wa­ter’s Edge suites com­plet­ing ren­o­va­tion. The US$950,000 up­grades boast new in­door and out­door bath­rooms com­plete with an ex­te­rior tub with nat­u­ral wood ac­cents and an in­te­rior glass shower, as well as new van­i­ties, fur­nish­ing and fab­rics. Th­ese se­cluded two-storey vil­las also fea­ture new fur­nish­ings and floor­ing, in­te­grat­ing the warmth and view of the ocean.

“Saint Lu­cia re­mains close to our hearts. We came here in 1992 and it was one of the best in­vest­ment de­ci­sions in the his­tory of the com­pany. Our team mem­bers here are among the best – a con­sid­er­able num­ber of whom have grown with us from the be­gin­ning,” the San­dals Chair­man said.

The prop­erty has also in­vested heav­ily in the full re­fur­bish­ment of its blue suites spend­ing a stag­ger­ing US$1,568,000 on this project. But what has seen the bulk of the in­vest­ment would un­doubt­edly be the US$1,768,000 spent on the full up­grade of the prop­erty’s Hon­ey­moon Hide­away suites. Re­gency La Toc went fur­ther to in­vest mil­lions more over the past years in the up­grade of its Bluff suites over­look­ing the Coubaril Bay com­plete with fur­ni­ture, van­ity, bar and soft fur­nish­ings. Its Bluff two-storey vil­las and sev­eral other sec­tions of the prop­erty have also seen mas­sive up­grade.

A US$276,000 A/C in­verter pro­gramme at Re­gency La Toc was ex­e­cuted in keep­ing with the prop­erty’s green en­ergy pro­gramme. A state-of-the-art US$160,000 so­lar pool heat­ing sys­tem, among other things, com­ple­mented this.

Dining was not left out as Re­gency La Toc un­der­took a mas­sive US$230,000 ex­pan­sion of its Ja­panese restau­rant, Ki­monos to in­clude the sushi bar – Soy. The popular Pav­il­ion Restau­rant, along with the But­ler Suites and Red Lane Spa have all re­ceived up­grades of al­most US$200,000 com­bined. The new San­dals’ sig­na­ture fire pits and teak chaise lounges cost the prop­erty a com­bined to­tal of al­most US$200,000.

“There is a cer­tain joy in watch­ing our prop­er­ties in Saint Lu­cia evolve. Even as we ex­pand into other ter­ri­to­ries, it is im­por­tant for us to keep im­prov­ing the prod­uct at the des­ti­na­tions that have been with us from the be­gin­ning,” the San­dals Chair­man said.

At San­dals Hal­cyon Beach Re­sort, the in­tro­duc­tion of the Soy and Ki­monos Restau­rant was re­al­ized in 2013. This saw the erec­tion of new fa­cil­i­ties and an in­crease in staff com­ple­ment at the prop­erty. To­day, San­dals Hal­cyon boasts four spe­cialty restau­rants.

Also in 2013, the prop­erty in­stalled four of San­dals Re­sorts’ new sig­na­ture fire pits scat­tered through­out the prop­erty’s lush fo­liage and sur­rounded by com­fort­ably weath­er­proof loungers.

Concierge guests have also re­al­ized an up­grade in their ex­pe­ri­ence with the new and stylish Club San­dals Lounge – a place blended with re­mark­able ameni­ties that com­pletely re­de­fine gen­uine hos­pi­tal­ity and al­low guests to en­joy oneon-one ser­vice and com­plete re­lax­ation in com­fort. This fa­cil­ity is avail­able at all three San­dals prop­er­ties in Saint Lu­cia.

For San­dals Grande Saint Lu­cian Spa & Beach Re­sort, SRI has ap­proved at least 40 ma­jor up­grades over the past five years.

San­dals Grande has also in­vested con­sid­er­ably in the con­struc­tion of a new ware­house with the use of Saint Lu­cian con­trac­tors. Con­sid­er­able in­vest­ments have also been made in the im­prove­ment and up­grade of staff ac­com­mo­da­tion and ameni­ties.

Adding to th­ese im­prove­ments and amount­ing to sev­eral mil­lion US dol­lars, the prop­erty is poised for works on a ma­jor ex­pan­sion to begin in the com­ing months.

San­dals Re­sorts re­mains com­mit­ted to the growth and devel­op­ment of the Saint Lu­cian tourism prod­uct and has taken ac­tive steps in en­sur­ing that that prod­uct re­ceives the best and most con­sis­tent con­tri­bu­tion. The com­pany, which con­tin­ues to be the lead­ing eco­nomic driver in Saint Lu­cia, has in its em­ploy some 1,300 peo­ple across its three prop­er­ties, all of whom are rec­og­nized an­nu­ally.

The al­ways popular San­dals Re­sorts con­tin­ues to in­vest in St Lu­cia.

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