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Sandals Resorts is heading to Curaçao. This will mark the ninth island destination for the brand in the Caribbean region, and the 16th Sandals Resort in the portfolio.

The new Sandals Curaçao will initially include 350 rooms and suites stretched along the Spanish Water Bay and the Caribbean Sea, with a further expansion planned in the coming years. Formerly the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, part of a broader 3,000-acre development, the resort will be completely “Sandalized,” a process set to begin in 2021.

Conceptual plans for the resort include adding key elements for the signature Sandals experience, including new expansive pools, a variety of 5-Star Global Gourmet dining options and lavish accommodations, including newly constructed River Suites. Guests will also have access to the neighboring 18-hole Pete Dye championship golf course, two onsite marinas and 38,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the largest on the island.

“Each time we expand, we bring with us the full potential of our 40-years in hospitality,” said Sandals Resorts International’s deputy chairman, in a press release statement. “The new Sandals Curaçao embodies our philosophy of forward-thinking and looking through a new lens. It is a promise not only to our guests but to our team members for continued innovation. Curaçao is a place to be discovered, and we are so proud today to become part of this community.”

World-famous for its vibrant culture, pristine beaches and coves, Curaçao boasts spectacular dive sites and exotic marine ecosystems. With year-round temperatures of 80 degrees, it’s touted as the “perfect anytime-escape.”

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