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Couples Resorts is finalizing a deal to acquire a hotel in Barbados, making it the first Jamaican resort group to venture into that market. It’s also Couples’ first venture outside of its home market.
Couples chief executive officer, Glenn Lawrence, confirmed plans on Wednesday to purchase the 280-room Almond Casuarina Beach Club in the eastern Caribbean island.
The Almond Casuarina is Barbados’ second-largest resort. It boasts three restaurants, is approximately 4.5 miles from Bridgetown, and five miles from the Grantley Adams International Airport. It sits on approximately 9.725 acres or 423,639 square feet of predominantly flat land, and is set among a series of tropical gardens spread from the guest blocks to the reception areas.
Beginning June 1, the resort will be re-branded as a Couples resort.
Headquartered in Montego Bay, Couples owns and operates Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci, Couples Swept Away, and Couples Negril.
Almond Casuarina is located along the south coast of Barbados in the very popular resort/residential area of Dover on Maxwell Beach. The property is within walking distance of the St Lawrence Gap, an area known for its night-time entertainment.
Added a new page to JamaicaMania today featuring the smallest, most intimate Sandals Resort: the Sandals Carlyle in Montego Bay. This adults only all inclusive resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is housed in a petite-sized 52 room, three story building, with 4 categories of rooms wrapped around the pool courtyard. It offers:
- Close proximity to the popular Montego Bay ‘Hip Strip’, where you will find duty free shopping, restaurants, bars and clubs.
- 3 Restaurants and 2 Bars are located at this resort, however, there are 19 Dining options available to guests with the Stay at one and Play at 3 exchange policy.
- 24 Hour room service for all rooms
- Butler service available for our newly renovated, top category room, the Carlyle Club Ocean View Penthouse.
- Complimentary shuttle bus to nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Montego Bay, which are both within a 15 minute drive on the “Stay at one play at three” exchange program.
Arrival in Jamaica
A popular vacation spot, Montego Bay is Jamaica’s welcome mat with Sangster International Airport (MBJ) as its front door. Famous for its great beaches, local shops, clubs, restaurants and bars, Montego Bay is hot, hot, hot for travelers looking for authentic island adventure.
Upon exiting the Customs hall, you’ll proceed to the Sandals Lounge, which is conveniently located at Sangster International Airport. Your complimentary transfer to and from the resort will be arranged by Sandals. Climb aboard your bus and enjoy your included roundtrip airport transfer from Sangster International Airport to Sandals Carlyle. The journey takes less than 15 minutes, so sit back and enjoy the short ride.
The beaches in Jamaica are truly spectacular, from secluded private coves to Negril’s world-renowned seven-mile stretch of powdery white sand, all looking out onto the ultra-clear, turquoise waters of the Caribbean. So a couple could be forgiven for spending their entire heavenly Sandals vacation basking in the seductive warmth of the ever-present sunshine, while sipping exotic tropical drinks and gazing out at the endless expanse of aquamarine sea. But, truly, Sandals in Jamaica is so much more than just a beach, it’s the perfect couples only resort.
Stroll Montego Bay’s Gloucester Road and get a sense of Jamaica’s vibrant present as well as a picture of her colonial past. With quaint gingerbread architecture merging seamlessly with more modern structures, Montego Bay, Jamaica’s second-largest city, allows visitors to dive into the heart of a bustling, Caribbean town. Pause to marvel at the Georgian buildings or linger the afternoon away in a crafts market. Vivid colors, activity and laughter abound everywhere you turn in Montego Bay inviting you to soak in the warmth and join in the fun.
Located in popular Montego Bay, just minutes from Sangster International Airport, this 52-room hideaway may be the smallest Sandals in Jamaica, but it’s big on charm. With the quaint intimacy of a bed & breakfast, the resort boasts a staff that is warm and accommodating, happily delivering complimentary room service to all guests 24 hours a day. The penthouse-level rooms additionally enjoy butler service for the ultimate in personalized attention. The Carlyle’s easy-going hospitality encourages a social atmosphere when you’re in the mood – revolving around the courtyard pool – as well as a peaceful sense of tranquility whenever you prefer it, even on the beach.
Two bars provide unlimited premium drinks including the circular Sunset Bar, which surrounds you in tropical gardens. This petite paradise with all its lovely landscaping was the very first resort named Small Green Hotel of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel Association. Three superb restaurants offer a variety to suit your discerning tastes while full exchange privileges at nearby Sandals multiply your dining and sporting options. Taking a stroll is a real adventure as the local shops and renowned bars and nightclubs of Montego Bay are a short walk away. Like everyone who stays here, Sandals Carlyle is sure to find a big place in your heart.
Why Choose this Resort?
If you’re looking for an intimate beachside Inn experience, one that gives you the feeling of a traditional bed & breakfast with room service, Sandals Carlyle is for you. Here, everyone knows your name and the attentive staff is famously friendly, all within walking distance of a “happening” downtown. Best of all, you can Stay at One and Play and Dine at two other Sandals Resorts nearby.
Stay at 1, Play at 3 in Montego Bay
Sandals’ exclusive exchange program lets you stay at one and play at all other Sandals Resorts in Jamaica. Since 3 of our resorts are in the Montego Bay area within minutes of each other, free roundtrip transfers are provided throughout the day, giving you the freedom to choose from as many as 18 different restaurants, plus expand other amenity choices as well from pools to bars. It’s like having multiple vacations in one!
• A petite-sized 52 room, three story building, with 4 categories of rooms wrapped around the pool courtyard, which truly enables this resort to deliver ‘larger than life’ service and an inimitable personalized welcome
• Close proximity to the popular Montego Bay ‘Hip Strip’, where you will find duty free shopping, restaurants, bars and clubs
• 3 Restaurants and 2 Bars are located at this resort, however, there are 19 Dining options available to guests with the Stay at One and Play at 3 exchange policy
• 24 Hour room service for all rooms
• Butler service available for our newly-renovated, top category room, the Carlyle Club Ocean View Penthouse
• Complimentary shuttle bus to nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Montego Bay, which are both within a 15 minute drive on the Stay at One Play at 3 exchange program
Visa & Passport Requirements
All travelers will require a valid passport. Please check for any other necessary visa or documentation requirements.
Caribbean temperatures are warm year-round. Daytime average: 82°F, 28°C. Nighttime average: 72°F, 22°C.
Resort casual by day, resort elegant by night. So while the sun is up, your shorts, tank tops, swim suits, short-sleeved shirts, sundresses and light slacks are the perfect attire. As the sun sets and you set out to enjoy the evening, proper attire is required (although elegant dress shorts are permitted in some restaurants).
Wi-Fi Coverage and Internet Access
Most public areas of this hotel, and all of the rooms, have Wi-Fi coverage for your convenience. Instant access to the Internet may be obtained by simply connecting to the network and charging the service to your room.
Safe Deposit Boxes
Safe deposit boxes are included in every room. Guests with jewelry and/or cash are advised to store all valuables in safe deposit boxes as Sandals cannot be held responsible.
If you arrive before check-in, we’ll hold your luggage so you can begin your vacation right away. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. If your flight departs later, you can also leave your luggage with us and spend as much time as possible beside the sea, soaking up the sun.
Tips and Gratuities
Tips and gratuities are strictly prohibited for all staff except personal butlers. In the event you wish to tip your butler, it will be greatly appreciated but under no circumstance will a tip be required or solicited.
Customizable Weddings – Your Wedding, Your Style
As the leader in destination weddings, Sandals ensures your wedding will be as special as your love for each other. Now, in an industry first, Sandals has paired with Martha Stewart Weddings to offer six signature wedding themes with true star power. Brides also have the option of customizing their wedding experience. Stay 6 nights or longer in any category and the Beautiful Beginnings wedding theme is Free!* Government Administrative fees will apply. There is an additional $600 charge for twilight weddings at any resort.
Tours & Excursions
The best way to experience Jamaica in full is to get up close and personal with it. There are tours available that range from completely exhilarating to delightfully sedate. No matter what your speed, you will gain insider insights and a whole new perspective on what this beautiful paradise has to offer.