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Groundbreaking on Sandals' Over-The-Water Suites to Begin August 15

By Joe Pike

As part of our coverage of the 30th annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace, Travel Agent’s Joe Pike chatted with Sandals Resorts CEO Adam Stewart and learned that groundbreaking on the company's over-the-water suites at Sandals Grande St. Lucian in St. Lucia will begin August 15.

Stewart told Travel Agent that he will be meeting this week with representatives of St. Lucia's new government administration since the original plans for the 26 suites were approved by the island's former administration.

"We have everything ready, we have all the plans," Stewart says. "Whenever a government changes hands, we need to get everything approved again. But it looks like there shouldn't be a problem."

Opening date for the 26 overwater suites at Sandals Grande St. Lucian resort is currently slated for February 2013. The Kokomo Island above-water bungalows will be three to four times the size of the average Caribbean hotel suite.

Each St. Lucia overwater bungalow will have a private sitting room, with doors that fold away. Glass in the floors will allow clients to see fish swimming in the water below.

In addition, the Sandals over-the-water suites will feature outdoor Jacuzzis and showers, as well as hammocks above the Caribbean Sea.

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