Tourism minister visits Sandals after reopening

Minister (center) at Bayside Restaurant

Antigua & Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism Charles “Max” Fernandez, paid a courtesy visit to the newly renovated Sandals Grande Antigua which re-opened to guests last week.

Joined by his Communications Officer Samoya Kirby and Ambassador Brian Gonsalves, Minister Fernandez was shown many of the enhancements including the new Redlane Salon, Bayside Restaurant, resurfaced tennis courts and saltwater intake system.

New Bayside Restaurant

Sandals Grande Antigua General Manager Gaurav Sindhi, who led the tour, showed the party a remodeled Redlane Fitness Centre and Salon which have been made more modern in their design. The Sandals tennis court, a favourite of guests and locals alike, has been resurfaced and met the approval of the minister.

Minister Fernandez was also shown the new saltwater intake system which feeds Sandals’ reverse osmosis plant and allows the hotel to provide consistent, potable water for its guests while lessening the burden on public water sources. When demand for water increases during high occupancies, the system is expected to provide at least 50 gallons per minute more water.

Redlane Salon

The party ended the tour at the completely transformed Bayside Restaurant which now boasts a new air-conditioned buffet set-up, new furnishings and a glass, see-through perimeter fence.

Sandals Grande Antigua closed in September for three months to undertake much needed maintenance and remodeling work. The 373-room resort opened up on Sunday, December 17th to excited guests.

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  1. Is that the minor facelift that the Prime Minister said they undertook, when they closed the resort out of spite? Once again, eggs all over the face of the “world boss”. The more facts that come out, the more it is clear that the dispute with Sandals had nothing to do with concessions, or the reduction in ABST payments. I’m left to wonder what is his real beef with the Sandals Group, which is so severe that he caused the abandonment of the Beaches Resort they were to construct.

  2. Go Samoya! Happy to see a young, intelligent “born and bred” Antiguan having a decent job in their own country. Wishing you all the best and more.

  3. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you!! We are happy to see Sandals back on track. We should judge companies based on their contributions to our economy and to society, as opposed to what the PM has to say. Sandals said they would reopen after 3 months for refurbishment and they did. We can’t say the same thing about Gaston Browne and all of the ground breaking that have gone nowhere in the past 3 years. The PM criticises Sandals but has yet been able to find another hotel that can rival Sandals in terms of the impact on the economy, human resource development or philanthropic initiatives. Butch Continues to put his money where his mouth is and we hope Gaston Browne will do the same!

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