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Published on : Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has expanded its Caribbean solutions for meeting and incentive programs with the addition of its first Member resort in Barbados. The all-new, all-inclusive, all-luxury Sandals Barbados – which is located on the pristine white sands of Dover Beach in St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados, and provides stunning views of the azure waters of the Caribbean — joins ALHI’s worldwide portfolio. Significantly, ALHI now offers the largest collection of Four- and Five-Diamond quality M&I resorts in the Bahamas, Bermuda and Caribbean region, with 27 resorts in 13 countries and territories, providing many enticing and diverse options off of the U.S. East and Southern coast. The ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) now represents the resort to North American meeting professionals, association executives, business executives, and incentive specialists interested in conducting meetings and/or incentive programs at the resort. The announcement was made by ALHI President Jim Schultenover.
Sandals Barbados becomes ALHI’s ninth extraordinary Sandals Resort within its exclusive portfolio, which all specialize in serving the upper-tier and luxury meetings and incentive marketplace. Among the options in ALHI’s Membership are: the impressive Sandals Grande Antigua on beautiful Dickenson Bay in Antigua; the spectacular 500-acre Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas’ sumptuous Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island; Sandals LaSource Grenada, situated on 17 acres of stunning land along pristine Pink Gin Beach in St. George’s, Grenada; the historic, all-butler Sandals Royal Plantation on a magnificent bluff in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; the 100-acre Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa, nestled within a 500-acre nature preserve on the South Coast of Jamaica; and Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, set on its own spectacular peninsula in Gros-Islet, St. Lucia.
Ideally located in the spirited St. Lawrence Gap area of Barbados – which is known for its great restaurants, lively nightlife, and fantastic shopping — Sandals Barbados is an all-new luxurious retreat that offers 280 guest rooms and suites in three unique villages. This includes new rooms with soaking tubs on balconies, butler suites, and new swim-up suites. The all-inclusive resort offers 3,000 square feet of meeting space (with eight conference and banquet rooms), as well as picturesque outdoor venues. Guests and groups enjoy unlimited land and water sports, which includes unlimited scuba diving, snorkeling, yoga, canoeing, and kayaking. The resort also features an expanded Red Lane Spa (services extra), Hobie Cats, a glass-bottom boat, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. In addition, the resort provides unlimited dining in 11 restaurants (which includes Sandals’ first-ever Indian restaurant), three pools, unlimited premium brand drinks, beautiful fire pits, state-of-the-art Wi-Fi capabilities, a beachfront pool bar, a signature swim-up pool bar, and live entertainment. The resort is convenient to Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA).
“Sandals Barbados is truly a Caribbean paradise, that is just perfect for executive retreats and incentive/recognition programs,” said Schultenover. “Featuring a stunning location, as well as first-class recreational amenities, accommodations, and service, it is a great addition to ALHI’s worldwide portfolio and distinctive Caribbean area options.”
In addition to its Membership in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, Sandals Barbados is also a new option in its “Bahamas, Bermuda & Caribbean Collection” specialty segment, which also features four resorts in the Bahamas, five resorts in Bermuda, two resorts in the Dominican Republic, four resorts in Jamaica, and four resorts in Mexico (two in Cancun and two in Quintana Roo). Plus, the collection also features extraordinary resorts in Antigua, Curacao, Grenada, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, and Turks & Caicos. Sandals Barbados also is an exciting new option in ALHI’s “Beach & Island Collection” and “Passport Collection” specialty segments.
ALHI (alhi.com) is the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the North American meetings and incentive (M&I) marketplace for its Membership of over 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide. In addition to the 115,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of function space in the hotel portfolio, ALHI also provides GSO “Alliance” sales services for 9 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs; and a worldwide Destination Management Company (DMC) offering program support from 100 service providers in over 65 countries. One call connects to an experienced ALHI GSO Sales Professional with advocacy and sales assistance for meetings, conventions, and incentive programs.
ALHI is a dues-funded organization, so there is no cost to the planning organization to access the GSO network with local professionals and ease and expertise of discussing viable options for your programs.
In addition, for ease of matching specific event criteria, ALHI provides very useful information on 12 defined “Specialty Segments” within the ALHI portfolio which makes it easy for planners to quickly identify site-specific solutions for their programs. These include the “Beach & Island Collection,” “Big Box Solutions,” “Level 5 Collection,” “City Solutions,” “Passport Collection,” “Golf Collection,” “Entertainment & Gaming Collection,” “U-200 Gems,” “Historic Collection,” “Mountain Collection,” “Ocean Line Collection,” and “Bahamas, Bermuda & Caribbean Collection.”