Fully Renovated Sandals Dunn's River Opens for Bookings to Mark Founder 'Butch' Stewart's Birthday

Sandals Dunn's River
Sandals Dunn's River

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has announced that Sandals Dunn’s River is now open for bookings for arrivals beginning 24MAY 2023.

Since its initial addition to the all-inclusive resort company’s portfolio in 1991, Sandals Dunn’s River will return following a renovation as a brand new resort, SRI said. The all-new 260-room Sandals Dunn’s River is undergoing a "top-to-bottom" restoration – designed to embrace the essence of Jamaica – with new innovative 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,” Stewart added.

Accommodation Highlights

Sandals Dunn’s River’s Tufa Terrace One Bedroom SkyPool Butler Suites feature balcony-length glass panel pools that overlook the Caribbean Sea
Sandals Dunn’s River’s Tufa Terrace One Bedroom SkyPool Butler Suites feature balcony-length glass panel pools that overlook the Caribbean Sea

A first look into the expanded suite concepts reveals the addition of 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 views of the surrounding flora. Mammee Bay Beachfront Butler Suites will be equipped with balconies directly overlooking the ocean waters, with gold fixtures and green accents speckled throughout the resort’s various accommodations for a "nature-meets-luxury" effect.

More on the Menu

L’Amande Restaurant at Sandals Dunn’s River
L’Amande Restaurant at Sandals Dunn’s River

Culinary offerings at Sandals Dunn’s River will now include 12 Global Gourmet restaurants – with ten concepts entirely new to Sandals. Infused with the classic cooking techniques, L’Amande will serve an mélange of French delicacy and Jamaican fare. 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. Guests can enjoy Central and South American flavors at Zuka, debuted first at Sandals Royal Curaçao, to the Jerk Shack and its traditional sweet and peppery delights.

Guests can visit nine bars, each with a distinct identity – including Dunn’s Rum Club, where the island’s signature libation will be shaken and stirred into authentic Jamaican craft cocktails mixed with locally-sourced ingredients like coconut and sorrel-smoked rum. A "first-of-its-kind" experience, guests can enjoy a curated list of smooth 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 located right on the sand, with sparkling champagne cocktails to match. A ‘Sandals First’ in Jamaica, the rooftop bar, Ocarina, will pair spirits with the 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 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 brew best enjoyed with island inspired treats.

Where the Fresh Water Flows

Cascading waters collected from the depths of the 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 leveled to the sand for a water-meets-sand-meets-ocean effect, and is one of five pools located on the property.

The Red Lane Spa at Sandals Dunn’s River 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.

Moments away, at one of Jamaica’s natural wonders – the honoured Dunn’s River Falls – guests can absorb the natural abundance of the Earth.

Fly Straight in and Experience All of Ocho Rios

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. Travellers can also land right in Ocho Rios with American Airlines’ brand-new service (beginning 05NOV 2022) from Miami on flight AA4007 with faster processing times, shorter lines, and private transfers before and after their vacation.

Special Savings

Guests booked at Sandals Dunn’s River now through 31AUG 2022 can receive a special Grand Opening Offer with instant credit savings of up to USD $605 off on stays of seven paid nights or longer. The offer is combinable with other Sandals’ saving promotions, for travel 24MAY 2023 through 31DEC 2025. Returning guests who are Sandals Select Reward Members can enjoy a complimentary Dunn’s River Catamaran Cruise for two.

For more information, visit Sandals' web site.

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