NASSAU, The Bahamas, Tuesday November 1, 2016 – Sandals Royal Bahamian has reopened its doors with a complement of nearly 500 staff members and guests in 75 rooms following a multimillion dollar makeover that began in mid-August and breathed new life into the historic property on Cable Beach.
It was the first time in 10 weeks that voices could be heard above the steady buzzing, throb and drone of jackhammers, concrete mixers and backhoes. In place of heavy equipment what greeted guests was a hotel with sparkling interiors and exteriors, including massive new pool decks and bright, contemporary furnishings, gutted and renovated villas, fresh paint and refinished wooden floors where royalty and celebrities of old had once danced the night away.
Hundreds of staffers had undergone training preparing for the soft opening originally scheduled for mid-October but delayed by about 10 days due to Hurricane Matthew.
According to Sandals Royal Bahamian General Manager Gary Williams, the reopening went smoothly, with the hotel welcoming its first guests, Mr. and Mrs. Blodgett from Nevada, at 7 a.m. last Tuesday.
“The Blodgetts have visited our various Sandals properties 28 times, with 20 being here at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort, so it was only fitting that they were our first guests,” he said, adding that the hotel expected to be at full occupancy by today.
During the renovations, hardly a square foot of the property escaped attention. Boilers and chillers were changed, two large pool decks were completely removed and replaced, ballrooms renovated, guest rooms re-done, several villas gutted and rebuilt, pathways and common areas re-created, new air conditioning installed, and more.
More than a dozen Bahamian companies were engaged to work on repairs that were so extensive the hotel had no option but to close.