Hundreds of Jobs to be Created with Major Upgrade Coming for Sandals Grande Antigua

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Sandals Grande Antigua is to be expanded, starting in the first quarter of 2023.

Highly-placed sources tell ABS News Sandals Resorts International is to add new luxury accommodation to its Antigua property.

It will create about 400 jobs for tradesmen and others during the construction phase. Upon completion, it will create about 300 permanent jobs over time.

Construction is to start within the next three months, with completion set for 2025.

Prime Minister Hon. Gaston Browne has welcomed the news, saying it sends a strong message of confidence to the global market, regarding the country’s recovery from the pandemic.

He also lauds the planned enhancement project as very impressive, and says it will help soften the impact of the pandemic. Tourism Minister Hon. Charles Fernandez says this upgrade signals a boost to the country’s tourism package.

Minister Fernandez explains that in addition to the further enhancement of the country’s tourism product, employment in the construction and entertainment industry will receive major boost.

Sandals’ Executive Chairman, Adam Stewart is bullish on the prospects, saying the vision for Sandals Grande Antigua includes an exquisite transformation.

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    • Yes the same Sandals that Gaston and his labour people cussing Harold for giving tax waivers. The same Sandals that Gaston says he is going to give tax waivers for the construction. Listen to him on his radio station.
      This man Gaston cannot be trusted and he wants five more years to do what? Mash up the country and fix nothing. Remember he said he only talks millions.

      • @ Saying:

        The ABLP CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

        The ABLP was against the CIP
        Then the ABLP was FOR the ABLP

        The ABLP was against Sandals
        Now the ABLP loves Sandals

        ABLP: Bunch of hypocrites

    • No not cussed. He put them in their place. They should know he is not dunce as Lovell. Lovell allowed them to hold on to our Guest Levy and ABST as a tradeoff for advertisement concession. This robbed the Treasury of hundreds of millions of dollars over the period Harold was in control. But they have started to respect Gaston and relationships are back to Normal. Because they have come to understand that it is nothing personal. The PM just standing up for Antigua and Barbuda. We need more leaders like that in the Caribbean.

  1. I have heard this expansion includes OVER THE WATER BUNGALOWS!!! 🤢🤮 I understand the importance of upgrading Sandals property on beautiful Dickenson Bay. However, putting over the water bungalows is only going to improve the bottom line for Sandals and is going to do nothing for this very public beach.

    I also understand there is nothing anyone can do to stop this, if that is what Sandals corporation has decided. ENVIRONMENT BE DAMNED!!! The sad part is once the environment is gone it’s GONE FOREVER. 😢

  2. I do hope they are not given the okay. To build cottages over the waters at Dickenson Bay.That would surely defaced that beautiful beach,if permitted to be done.

  3. Halcyon?
    Will there be transparency regarding what additional benefits and waivers/concessions Sandals will receive from GB Govt?

  4. I live in the Dickenson Bay area, and I’m at that beach almost daily. There was a floating platform in front of Sandals on Dickenson Bay all summer long to at least the end of November that evidently was a testing rig to see if pylons could be constructed in the bay in order to build these proposed over-the-water bungalows. Sandals has been keeping the purpose of this platform very quiet. In fact, most of the vendors working there daily on the beach for decades are unaware of its true purpose.

    I feel Dickenson Bay beach and the view there, belongs to EVERYONE of Antigua, including Nationals and their future generations.

    Dickenson Bay DEFINITELY DOES NOT BELONG TO SANDALS CORP, but unfortunately Sandals, if allowed to build these bungalows is in effect stealing this beach from the people of Antigua forever. It is up to citizens of Antigua to get involved NOW to stop this. Please tell everyone you know. GET INVOLVED.

  5. I live in the Dickenson Bay area, and I’m at that beach almost daily. There was a floating platform in front of Sandals on Dickenson Bay all summer long to at least the end of November that evidently was a testing rig to see if pylons could be constructed in the bay in order to build these proposed over-the-water bungalows. Sandals has been keeping the purpose of this platform very quiet. In fact, most of the vendors working there daily on the beach for decades are unaware of its true purpose.

    I feel Dickenson Bay beach and the view there, belongs to EVERYONE of Antigua, including Nationals and their future generations.

    Dickenson Bay DEFINITELY DOES NOT BELONG TO SANDALS CORP, but unfortunately Sandals, if allowed to build these bungalows is in effect stealing this beach from the people of Antigua forever. It is up to citizens of Antigua to get involved NOW to stop this. Please tell everyone you know. GET INVOLVED.

  6. The problem I have with so-called environmentalists is that they always think it’s either their way or the highway. Perhaps many of you do not remember what the lands used to look like before Sandals developed it. It was bush and swamp. I have no vision whatsoever and could not understand why someone would spend so much money developing that swampland. I wish someone has pictures to show what was then and what is now. Had we listen to the environmentalist we would not have a Sandal Grand Antigua today. Then there were the Halcyon Heights Residents that took the developer to court because they feared that Sandals would have blocked their view. So they think they have some sort of patent on their view. Better they sue the clouds from blocking the sun. And here we go again. A developer want to improve its product and they have a problem with that. Well since you guys didn’t know we do have a department of Environment that has to give their blessings on any development. And the people that work in that department are all professionals. Some with a PhD behind their name. So, leave it up to them to make their comments and review the plans.

  7. Sidelines:I do think you are missing your vision and focus.Building those Villas over the water could be a way of preventing locals from utilizing that Beach to its fullest. I am for developments. Not those that uproot the mangroves from around the Island.Antigua is an Island with Tropical Storms and Hurricanes.Let Sandals replenish and refurbished Halcyon Cove Hotel as a part of their brand.Leave the damn Beaches for us to use.For if all of the Beaches are given up to build Hotels.Then what would be left for we the People. ABSOLUTELY,NOTHING !!

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