Sandals Dunn’s River has been reconceptualized and fully renovated and, starting today (July 6), reservations are now open for arrivals beginning May 24, 2023.
Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has unveiled what’s next for the resort as it makes its return to the Sandals portfolio – from first-of-its-kind suite designs, to exclusive restaurant concepts and bars, to new ways to experience Jamaica’s natural wonders.
Beloved by couples since its initial addition to the company’s portfolio in 1991, all-inclusive Sandals Dunn’s River will return as a “brand new resort, reclaiming its edge as the pinnacle of Sandals luxury.”
The 260-room property is undergoing a top-to-bottom restoration – designed to embrace the essence of Jamaica, its curving rivers, lush forests, and majestic banyan trees – with amenities, accommodations and culinary concepts.
“Today is marked with very special intention, as we accept reservations for Sandals Dunn’s River in honour of our founder and my late father, Gordon “Butch” Stewart’s birthday – just a small homage to him that we know will make him smile,” said Adam Stewart, executive chairman of SRI.
“This was an extraordinary project and the last I worked on with him as his final masterpiece. He handpicked this location more than three decades ago for its white-sand coastline, cool breeze, azure waters and its close proximity to the destination’s archetypical falls. It will not only serve to breathe new excitement into a corner of Jamaica loved and cherished by so many, but it will set a new standard of luxury for tourism right here in our backyard with a next-generation resort worthy of its nostalgic past.”
Taking luxury to new heights
Among the expanded suite concepts includes the brand-new Tufa SkyPool Butler Suites, which will feature glass panels spanning the length of oceanfront balconies, for a cascading infinity effect clear to the Caribbean Sea.
At the Coyaba Swim-Up Rondoval Butler Suites with Private Pools, Sandals’ iconic, standalone villas are reimagined with open-air rooftops featuring private soaking tubs, sun-lounging areas and privileged views of the surrounding flora.
Luxurious Mammee Bay Beachfront Butler Suites will be equipped with spacious balconies overlooking the ocean, with gold fixtures and green accents speckled throughout the resort’s various unique accommodations for a nature-meets-luxury effect.
More on the menu
Culinary offerings at Sandals Dunn’s River will now include 12 Global Gourmet restaurants – with ten concepts entirely new to Sandals.
L’Amande, for example, will serve French delicacy and Jamaican fare in a chic setting.
A Greek concept, Edessa, is where the Caribbean and Aegean seas will meet, named for the ancient city of abundant waters.
From Thailand to Japan, the Asian-fusion menu at Banyu will offer a blend of cultures all in a single dish.
Beloved staples, old and new, will satisfy cravings and please palates – from the Central and South American flavours at Zuka, which debuted first at Sandals Royal Curaçao, to the rustic yet soulful Jerk Shack and its traditional sweet and peppery delights.
There will be nine bars, including Dunn’s Rum Club, where the island’s signature libation will be shaken and stirred into authentic Jamaican craft cocktails expertly mixed with locally-sourced ingredients like coconut and sorrel-smoked rum.
A first-of-its-kind experience, guests will enjoy an expertly curated list of rums while trying their hand at a game of Jamaican-rules dominoes, where the best out of six wins.
The Laughing Waters beach bar will offer bed-style seating for a effervescent experience right on the sand, with a jovial name and sparkling champagne cocktails to match.
A ‘Sandals First’ in Jamaica, the rooftop bar, Ocarina, will pair spirits with the gentle sea breeze, while the chic Lapidus Lounge pays homage to renowned architect Morris Lapidus who designed the resort when it was first built as the Arawak Hotel in the 1950s.
Inspired by Jamaica’s quintessential Blue Mountains, where the beans are harvested and roasted exclusively for the resort, guests can experience a fresh cup of pour-over coffee at BLŪM café, along with Japanese-style and nitro cold and island-inspired treats.
Where fresh water flows
Cascading waters collected from Dunn’s River Falls will greet guests upon arrival, with all water features sourced from the natural reserves of the rivers throughout the resort.
Jamaica’s largest pool – designed to mimic the flow of the river – makes its way back into the Sandals Resorts fold.
Featuring a glass panel edge, the pool will be levelled to the sand for a water-meets-sand-meets-ocean effect, and is one of five pools.
The Red Lane Spa will debut as one of the “most luxurious” for the brand with the sound of flowing water from Dunn’s River and Roaring Waters River cascading into the spa’s pools against an ethereal backdrop.
Moments away, at Dunn’s River Falls, guests will absorb the natural abundance of the Earth and experience a place where love flows naturally, forming natural connections and bringing the Sandals Dunn’s River experience full circle.
"Ocho Rios is the place where my father grew up, where he first learned to fish and felt the breeze blow along the West-facing beach and where he first saw the pure joy of the island on the faces of visitors,” said Stewart.
“Here along Jamaica’s North Coast, he witnessed a blossoming tourism industry and became aware of how to please and serve a new Caribbean customer. Every touchpoint at the new Sandals Dunn’s River is designed to do that and more.”
Guests can get to know the other corners of Jamaica through the brand’s “Stay at One, Play at All Sandals” exchange program and check out additional Sandals Resorts in the area with complimentary transfers to Sandals Ochi Beach Resort located nearby.