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Sandals to manage new Varadero resort.

Jamaica's Sandals Resorts International will manage the new 434-room Hotel Princesa del Mar in Varadero--bringing to three the number of resorts now being run by the all-inclusive chain in Cuba.

The five-star hotel came under Sandals management on Nov. 1, 2004, following the signing of a contract between Sandals and Gaviota, a hotel chain run by Cuba's armed forces.

"We are excited about this new development," Sandals director Dr. Jeffrey Pyne told the Jamaica Observer. "Our travel partners, particularly in Europe, the U.K. and Canada, have given tremendous support to our business in Cuba and we are thrilled to be able to include such a spectacular resort in our Cuban operations."

Of the 434 suites at Sandals Princesa del Mar, 360 are junior suites, 72 are full one-bedroom suites, and two are presidential suites.

Among the hotel's amenities are an outdoor pool, a nearby 18-hole golf course, four tennis courts, a sauna, a steamroom, eight jacuzzis, fitness facilities, onsite scuba diving, a spa and a range of water sports.

The resort also boasts eight gourmet specialty restaurants offering French, Italian, Japanese and Caribbean cuisine among others, and guests have access to 10 full-service bars, including a one-of-a kind cigar bar.

Sandals first brought its management expertise to Cuba in 1999, when it assumed control of the 350-room Beaches Varadero resort.

The group expanded its Cuban operations in September 2002 when it took over management of Sandals Royal Hicacos Resort & Spa.

Both Varadero resorts are managed by Sandals under an agreement with Cubanacan, another major Cuban hotel company.

In June, Jamaica's SuperClubs pulled the plug on two of its Cuban properties, less than a month after the Bush administration invoked a section of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act that penalizes those who do business in Cuba.

As a result, SuperClubs no longer manages the 480-room Breezes Holguin or the 436-room Grand Lido Varadero. It continues to manage three other hotels: Breezes Jibacoa, Breezes Varadero and Breezes Cayo Coco.

Details: Leo Lambert, Sandals Resorts International, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Tel: (876) 906-9380 or (876) 979-9130.
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Date:Jan 1, 2005
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