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onsitereview M AY 2 0 14 Accommodations include the Italian Oceanview 1 Bedroom Skypool Suite with Veranda Tranquility Soaking Tub. Sandals LaSource Resort & Spa, Grenada ed wetschler Can it be possible that the tender, buttery escargots at Sandals LaSource's Le Jardinier restaurant were better than those I've eaten at the home of a chef in Bordeaux? In the mountains of Andorra? Improbable, but at the risk of losing credibility with you, dear reader, I have to tell you, these escargots were the best I've ever eaten. And just think, Le Jardinier is not even this Sandals' signature restaurant. When Sandals' chairman Butch Stewart, and CEO Adam Stewart, cut the ribbon for their newest property on April 29, they declared that their goal had been to create a more luxurious experience than they'd done at any previous Sandals resort. They've succeeded, too: This 225-room complex on the former 17-acre LaSource resort is, in many ways, a new phenomenon. "I have been to Sandals LaSource twice since it opened, and I was even more impressed the second time," says Sarah Kline, president of Time for Travel, Ltd. And why is that? "It's sexy! From the moment you step into the open-air lobby-or living room, as they call it-you see comfy couches, swings, dark woods, and lighting that give this resort a more modern sexy feel than any other Sandals." Of course, the living room is hardly the only setting for lounging around. There are bars and pool decks (each with a different vibe), the beach, daybeds, a lazy river, evening bonfire circles, outdoor soaking tubs and/or plunge pools on room terraces, and a living room surrounded by a swimming pool. 20 room categories, simplified In addition, "Sandals is famous for its room categories, and this resort has a room for everyone," says Kline. "Just counting the butler suites, there's a wide range of options," adds Terri Flood, owner, Escapes Unlimited. But how can agents easily sort out 20 room categories? Here's the key: Pink Gin Village, one of three villages in the Sandals makeover, occupies the site of the original LaSource buildings. Its rooms are not the most opulent of the resort's options, but they're positioned right on, or almost on, the beach. Off-season rates start at $335 pp, with air credits up to $355; steer clients who want beachfront to the Pink Gin Beachfront Walkout Club Level Room with Tranquility Soaking Tub (from $435), or the Beachfront Honeymoon Club Level Suite (from $463). Sure, passersby might be able to see your clients relaxing in their terrace tub, but remember the wisdom of Oscar Wilde: Living well is the best revenge. The new, 5-story Italian Village offers especially elegant accommodations with, as Kline puts it, "some of the most impressive views in the Caribbean" as well as several room categories with plunge pools. "I love the modern design and clean lines of these and the other guest units," adds Flood. Rates start at $513 pp, but we encourage clients to consider the Italian Swim-up Bi-level 1 Bedroom Butler Suite, which has both a soaking tub and august 2014 41 41-42 CB SandalsOnsite.indd 41 7/23/14 12:02 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2014

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk Chic & New
Tour Talk FAMs to Latin America & Beyond
Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine
The Dish on Las Vegas
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Lanai, Hawaii
Double the Charm in Cancun
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun
Tour Operators Do the Talking
The Beat Goes on for Thai Tourism
A Love Affair with Puerto Rico & Four Grand Personalities
Punta Cana’s Melia Caribe Tropical—The Level
Sandals LaSource Resort & Spa, Grenada
On the Tracks in France
Antwerp Sparkles Like a Diamond
Southern Africa

Recommend August 2014