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Sandals names meetings partner

Sandals Resorts International has chosen Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) to represent its new Luxury Meetings & Incentives Collection, ALHI announced this week. The collection of all-inclusive resorts, which includes two Sandals-brand resorts in The Bahamas, will receive services from ALHI. 

Friday, August 16, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013

ALHIWASHINGTON, DC., August 2013 (ALHI) – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has been selected to represent Sandals Resorts International’s new “Luxury Meetings & Incentives Collection” which consists of 9 exceptional Luxury Included® resorts – eight under the Sandals Resorts brand and one under the Beaches Resorts brand — that specifically are designed and experienced to cater to the special needs of meeting and incentive groups. The Sandals Luxury Meetings & Incentives Collection consists of two resorts in the Bahamas, three in Jamaica, one in Turks & Caicos, one in Grenada, one in Antigua, and one in Saint Lucia. ALHI, the prestigious Global Sales Organization (GSO) that serves the North American meetings and incentive marketplace with its exclusive Membership of 150+ Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide, will now provide authorized and dedicated GSO services and sales support to planners and organizations seeking meetings and/or incentive/recognition programs at these impressive Caribbean resorts. These new ALHI Members account for ALHI’s first resorts in the beautiful Turks & Caicos, Grenada, Antigua, and Saint Lucia island destinations. The announcement was made jointly by ALHI President and CEO David Gabri, and Kevin Froemming, President of Unique Vacations Inc., an affiliate of the worldwide representatives of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, located in Miami, Florida. The specific agreement provides ALHI GSO services for the 9 “Luxury M&I Collection” for Sandals.

Resorts Located In The Bahamas, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Grenada, Antigua, & Saint Lucia Comprising the Sandals Luxury Meetings & Incentives Collection, and joining the ALHI (www.alhi.com) GSO system and portfolio, are:

  • St. John’s, Antigua — Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa
  • Great Exuma, Bahamas — Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas
  • Nassau, Bahamas — Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
  • St. George’s, Grenada — Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa
  • Ocho Rios, Jamaica — Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort & Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  • Whitehouse, Jamaica — Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa
  • Castries, St. Lucia — Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort
  • Providenciales, Turks & Caicos — Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa.

“We are so proud to be working with Sandals Resorts International and with these truly outstanding all-inclusive resorts in their Meetings & Incentives Collection,” said Gabri. “Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts have been long recognized as Caribbean experience master and memory-maker for individuals and groups alike, and also as a hospitality industry leader for years, with an exceptional reputation for providing first-class facilities in the right locations, and excellent resort amenities and service in the fabulous locations throughout the Caribbean region. We’re very pleased and proud to provide our ALHI Global Sales services and support for the nine resorts in the Sandals Luxury Meetings & Incentives Collection, which are perfect and unique venues for meetings and incentive programs of all types.”

Gabri added, “Combining ALHI’s nearly 30 years of luxury-level and upper-upper tier hotels and resorts experience and GSO services to the meetings and incentive marketplace, and these extraordinary resorts, are a wonderful pairing. Add in the attractiveness and increasing popularity of all-inclusive resorts for group programs, with the significant and growing demand for the Caribbean, and we are very excited about sharing the distinctive offerings of these exceptional resorts to best serve the needs of our valued clients.”

“Whether an organization is seeking to inspire, entertain or educate their attendees, the Sandals Luxury Meetings & Incentives Collection provides not merely better destinations but a truly differentiated experience,” said Froemming. “Each of our resorts is remarkably distinct, presenting an authentic sense of place yet all offer a rich and rare combination of exceptional resort amenities, modern meeting facilities, exotic outdoor venues, exhilarating recreational activities, and attentive, personalized service set amid a stunning island ambiance and the Caribbean’s finest beaches.” –

Gabri said, “Planners should contact their ALHI Global Sales professional to identify the resort or resorts that will best suit their group’s objectives, needs and desires. When considering planning a program into the Caribbean, ALHI is by far best-suited to serve planners with an amazing portfolio of resorts and a team ready to assist by providing expeditious sales service and in-depth knowledge of each resort. We are eager to help in identifying and selecting the right resort or resorts for your specific program with the many factors to consider, including the variety of wonderful cultural destination experiences, including French, Spanish, Dutch, and British, as well as meeting and function spaces, access insight, many outstanding sporting and golf options, water experiences, out island adventures, remarkable themed events, and more. So there is something to appeal to virtually most groups.”

So Close & So Special
Located off the shores of turquoise Caribbean waters in Great Exuma, Bahamas, Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas is a brand new resort off the Florida coast that offers a Bahamian-style luxury experience, and was purpose-built with groups in mind. The resort features 245 guest rooms and suites, and nearly 15,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes a 5,500-square-foot Grand ballroom. Secluded within 500 tropical acres along a pristine mile-long beach, the resort offers an on-site, Greg Norman-designed championship golf course (voted one of the Caribbean’s best by Travel & Leisure Golf); the 16,000-square-foot Red Lane® Spa; three pools (which includes a half-acre pool with a dramatic fire pit in the middle); a fitness center; tennis; seven restaurants; six full-service bars (including a swim-up pool bar and a piano bar); a 150-slip marina; and many land and water sports, including scuba diving. The resort is minutes from Georgetown International Airport, which is just a short plane ride from South Florida.

Originally the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s famed high-society Balmoral Club in the 1940s, the transformed the Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island in Nassau, Bahamas, is an oasis of European grandeur. The elegant resort, voted “Top Spa Resort” by Condé Nast Traveler readers, features 404 guest rooms and suites, and 12,490 square feet of meeting space. Located in Nassau along famed Cable Beach, the European-style, recently renovated resort with a true royal heritage is surrounded by white-sand beaches and crystal clear water. This sophisticated non-gaming resort offers the exquisite Red Lane® Spa, a chic beach club, water shuttle access to their nearby private offshore island (which is also ideal as an incredible theme event venue), 10 restaurants, seven pools with three swim-up bars, a fitness center, and an array of recreational options. The resort is just minutes from Nassau International Airport, which is just a short flight from the U.S. mainland.

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In addition to their membership in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, these all-inclusive resorts also become the newest additions to the “ALHI Beach & Island Collection” and “ALHI Passport Collection” offerings, and some in the “ALHI Golf Collection.” The “ALHI Beach & Island Collection” consists of ALHI’s Four- and Five-Diamond quality waterfront resorts in coastal destinations around the world, with 46 exceptional options. The “ALHI Passport Collection” consists of ALHI’s global destinations, with 33 outstanding properties. ALHI now features 11 unique specialty segments within its portfolio to make it easy for planners to identify the specific types of properties, destinations, venues, and/or cruise ships that will best suit their programs’ objectives and specific needs.

Meeting and Incentive professionals have chosen ALHI for nearly 30 years, for reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive/recognition programs. There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the ALHI GSO services, expertise, and account advocacy, as its members’ dues fund the Global Sales Organization to best serve planners with local professionals. ALHI’s dedicated GSO team of over 50 experienced sales executives and associates are eager to assist and guide your future programs with distinctive options like these with the new Sandals Luxury Meetings & Incentives Collection.

ALHI’s Member hotels and resorts include extraordinary Four- and Five-Diamond quality meeting, convention, and incentive resorts on land and sea, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic and landmark properties, island destinations, resorts with spas, properties in international destinations, and hotels with world-class gaming and entertainment.

With a worldwide portfolio of over 100,000 rooms and suites and more than 10 million square feet of meeting space, ALHI provides planners and their organizations experienced Global Sales services with diverse options among its outstanding worldwide member hotels and resorts which specialize in meetings and incentive programs. ALHI provides reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venues for programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500.

For a list of ALHI’s entire portfolio, visit ALHI’s website www.alhi.com, and preview details of ALHI’s membership, including easily useful information on the 11 defined specialty segments within the ALHI portfolio. On the website, planners can quickly see details of the properties’ meeting, accommodation, recreational and dining offerings, as well as destination information and “Luxury on Sale” value opportunities. A photo gallery, meeting floor plans and specs, and a location map for each property are also easily available.

ALHI has 17 professionally-staffed Global Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Northern California, Orlando, Philadelphia, Richmond, Savannah, Southern California, Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). Go to www.alhi.com to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

The Sandals Luxury Meetings & Incentives Collection offers a range of first-class facilities and excellent venues for groups of all sizes located in the most stunning destinations across the Caribbean. Within the collection, eight Luxury Included® Sandals Resorts and one Beaches Resort spanning six islands provide modern meeting facilities, exceptional resort amenities, adaptable outdoor venues, exhilarating land and water activities, and personalized service set amid a vibrant island ambiance and the Caribbean’s finest beaches. Whether looking to inspire, entertain or educate attendees, the Sandals Luxury Meetings & Incentives Collection provides a differentiated experience, and with so many options in the brand’s portfolio, there is a resort to best suit any group’s needs.

Contact any office for professional assistance and let ALHI help you identify distinctive opportunities to meet your objectives with your meetings, incentives, and conventions. For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI member properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2012-2013 Global Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities,” contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com .

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