About Sandals Resorts International

Family-owned Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has transformed itself from one brand and one resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica to become one of the most well-known and award-winning hospitality companies in the world. With five brands and 24 properties in seven countries including Antigua, The Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Turks and Caicos, Sandals Resorts International is the undisputed leader of Caribbean vacation experiences and remains fiercely committed to the region, dedicating itself to innovative resort development that in the words of Chairman and Founder Gordon "Butch" Stewart, "exceed expectations" for guests, associates and the people who call the Caribbean home.

Chairman's Biography

Gordon "Butch" Stewart
Founder and Chairman,
Sandals Resorts

He's been called the "King of All-Inclusive Resorts," the "Cupid of the Caribbean," and the "Master of Marketing." While all descriptions are appropriate, none of them quite capture the full measure of Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, chairman and founder of Sandals Resorts International, parent company to Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts.

How could a simple phrase define a man who today controls what analysts estimate to be a billion dollar, privately-owned Jamaican-based Empire that includes 24 Caribbean resorts, Appliance Traders Ltd., and The Observer newspaper. All told, Butch Stewart spearheads two-dozen diverse companies that are collectively Jamaica's largest private sector group, the country's biggest foreign exchange earner, and its largest non-government employer.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, on July 6, 1941, he grew up along Jamaica's north coast, a tropical paradise boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, now home to seven Sandals Resorts, and three Beaches Resorts. But the origin of Stewart's business career as the leading entrepreneur in the Caribbean had nothing to do with the hotel or resort industries; rather it had everything to do with salesmanship and Stewart soon proved himself to be a master of the craft. Read More

After rising to the position of sales manager for the renowned Dutch-owned Curacoa Trading Company, Stewart left in 1968 to start Appliance Traders, Ltd. (ATL). Founded as an air-conditioner service and distribution company, ATL soon grew meteorically, adding refrigerators, freezers and other appliances. When the Jamaican government turned socialist in 1970 and demanded a limit on imports, Stewart met what at the time was the greatest challenge to his business savvy and resourcefulness by expanding into manufacturing. Today, ATL makes or sells everything from water pumps and electrical generators to cars and auto parts.

By 1980, the government returned to a more centrist approach to politics and business began to emphasize tourism. The first government-owned, "all-inclusive" resort opened in Ocho Rios and ATL was contracted to supply kitchen appliances and air conditioners. Stewart's unofficial motto, "We can do better," kicked into gear and led to his purchase of an old hotel on one of Montego Bay's largest beaches. Despite no hotel experience, Stewart approached this business with a simple philosophy he articulated many times: "The winning formula is to find out what people want, give it to them and, in doing so, exceed their expectations."

Seven months and $4 million in renovations later, Sandals Montego Bay opened, the flagship of the most popular award-winning, Luxury Included® resort chain in the world. Stewart has never laid claim to starting the all-inclusive concept, couples-only format; he has captured the title of "King of All-Inclusives" by continuously innovating and by steadfastly adhering to the "We can do it better" principle of pleasing his guests.

Where other so-called "all-inclusives" offered meals and rooms at a set rate, Sandals Resorts' prices covered gourmet dining options, premium brand drinks, gratuities, airport transfers, taxes and all land and watersport activities. The competition meals were buffet-style, so Stewart created the on-property specialty restaurants with high culinary standards and white-glove service. Sandals Resorts also was the first Caribbean hotel to offer Jacuzzis and satellite television service, the first with swim-up pool bars and the first to guarantee that every room is fitted with a king-size bed and a hair dryer.

Stewart's innovations changed the face of the all-inclusive format and established Sandals Resorts, and now Beaches Resorts, as the most successful brands in the category. His continued

Our Brands

For more than thirty years, Sandals has perfected the romantic resort experience for couples, earning a worldwide reputation as the place where "love is all you need" because everything else is taken care of.
There are 13 Luxury Included® Sandals Resorts located throughout the Caribbean including Jamaica, The Bahamas, Antigua and St. Lucia. Each offers stunning beachfront settings, luxurious accommodations and the many features that make the Sandals Luxury Included® experience. Having been named the Caribbean's Leading Hotel Brand at the World Travel Awards for 18 years in a row, Sandals Resorts is the recognized standard of romantic beach vacations.
The first Beaches Resort opened in 1997 and was a brand born from the insistent requests of couples who loved Sandals Resorts and wanted a similar experience to share with their families.
Now a truly beloved brand in the densely-packed family vacation market, having been voted the World's Leading Family All-Inclusive Resort for 14 years in a row, Beaches Resorts has established itself as the ultimate family-friendly all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean, offering an unforgettable vacation experience for guests of all ages.
Located in the Exumas chain in the Bahamas, the Fowl Cay Resort offers six private one-, two- and three-bedroom villas outfitted with casually elegant furnishings to complement the stunning surroundings.
At Fowl Cay everything is included in the price of your Villa, and then some. From meals and drinks to a dedicated golf cart, beach cruisers and even a motorboat for fishing or to explore neighboring beaches and cays. All villas are also equipped with a fully stocked kitchen, modern electronics, Molton Brown amenities and all the details of a true vacation beach home.

Our Values

Corporate Social Responsibility

When Gordon "Butch" Stewart opened his first resort, he had one very important mandate; the resort would be required to adopt a school in the community. Team members were to care for it and ensure that the facilities and students had what was needed to be successful. That was more than thirty years ago, and the beginning of a corporate commitment to community and a tradition of service that SRI has nurtured. "We have the resources, therefore the responsibility to act," says Stewart.

Today, every resort under the SRI banner is required to adopt schools and in some cases, entire communities to ensure that the messages of health, safety, environmental concern, community and opportunity are shared as much as possible. From helping to provide new computer labs and building additional classrooms to giving scholarships for academically bright but needy students and hosting career days – our resort teams continually provide mentorship and share their knowledge and resources with our Caribbean neighbors.

In 2007, Sandals Resorts earned the Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award for the Adopt-A-School program and the work in the Caribbean communities where Sandals Resorts International operates grows.

Our History

1981

Gordon "Butch" Stewart opens Sandals Montego Bay, the flagship resort, and begins the Sandals Resorts legacy.

1985

Sandals opens Carlyle on the Bay in Montego Bay, a small hideaway with a lot of charm now called Sandals Carlyle.

1986

Sandals Royal Caribbean opens becoming the only resort in Jamaica with its own private island.

1988

Sandals Negril opens its doors on Jamaica's largest stretch of the famous Seven-Mile Beach

1989

Sandals Ocho Rios, now Sandals Grande Riviera makes its debut in "Butch" Stewart's hometown showing another side of Jamaica.

1991

Antigua becomes the first destination outside of Jamaica to have a Sandals presence as the chain welcomes Sandals Antigua.

1992

Sandals adds golf to its game by acquiring Upton Golf Course in Ocho Rios, later renamed the Sandals Golf & Country Club.

1993

Sandals Regency La Toc debuts becoming the first Sandals resort on this simply beautiful island, bringing glamour and luxury to Saint Lucia.

1994

Sandals introduces Sandals Halcyon, a charming beach resort providing guests an intimate hideaway in Castries, Saint Lucia.

1996

Sandals Royal Bahamian opens in Nassau, Bahamas bringing European grandeur and royal elegance to its guests as well as a second private island.

1997

Sandals branches out into a natural extension and introduces its first family resort in its hometown of Jamaica as Beaches Negril opens its doors.

1997

Beaches Turks & Caicos opens in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos becoming the second family resort and a premier destination in "the last of the true exotics."

2001

Sandals Royal Plantation opens in Ocho Rios. Formerly the famous Plantation Inn, this intimate boutique property boasts all-butler, all-oceanfront suites.

2002

Beaches Ocho Rios opens, becoming Jamaica's newest destination for family fun and adventure.

2002

Sandals Grande St. Lucian opens. This resort is set on its own peninsula and offers breathtaking views of Rodney bay. It is the third Sandals resort in Saint Lucia.

2005

Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa opens becoming the first resort development on the unchartered south coast region of Jamaica.

2007

Fowl Cay Resort in the Exumas, Bahamas is added to the portfolio as a private island resort with six villas, a true escape.

2008

Your Jamaican Villas are added to the portfolio. A collection of the Stewart family's stunning private homes that offers an exclusive vacation experience in Jamaica.

2009

The Sandals Foundation is announced, the company's official philanthropic arm created to address issues affecting the Caribbean including community, education and the environment.

2010

Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas opens, bringing the Luxury Included® vacation concept to the Out Islands of the Bahamas.

2013

Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa bringing a new standard of luxury and amenities to this exotic, unspoiled hideaway.

2015

Sandals Barbados Resort opens in an island that is home to exotic locales, a rich history, and an extensive variety of sports and activities.

Our Awards

Why are we voted World's best year after year? Sandals Resorts International didn't invent the all-inclusive concept, but over the years we've perfected it.
For a decade, we have earned every resort award and accolade in the industry, placing Sandals leagues above any other all-inclusive resort. But the greatest reward of all is the high level of guest satisfaction we enjoy, with more than half of our guests having stayed with us before. Sandals is not only the World's Best in the eyes of the travel industry, but the best all-inclusive resort in the hearts of couples around the world.

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