Sandals Dunns River- Part 1

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CHARLOTTE – In this next series of articles, we are going to introduce you to a few of the most innovative new resorts for 2023. Some are available now, and some opening in 2023, but each one has something new and unique.


On the north coast of Jamaica, rivers meander through forests and rushing waterfalls wash over the landscape. In this secluded spot, filled with the Earth’s abundance, love flows naturally. Hand-picked by our Sandals founder for its pristine beach and its close distance to Jamaica’s spectacular natural wonder… Now, completely reimagined, Sandals Dunn’s River returns to the Sandals Family.

Located on the West Coast in Central Jamaica is the Birthplace of Sandals Founder Butch Stewart. His parents owned a boutique manor house located on the sandy beach of Ocho Rios Jamaica. This wonderful little town became home to several developments and a sea port for cruise ships. One of the most famous locations on the island was Dunns River Falls and several tourism companies including American Airlines, advertised pictures, then videos of one of Ocho Rios’s most famous landmarks, Dunns River Falls. As Butch began to take over the operations of the Hotel, he built one of the largest, Luxury, All-inclusive resorts in the world and named it Sandals Ocho Rios, or “Ochi” as it became known. At the same time he purchased several acres on land nearby and purchased a very famous Resort nearby. He changed part of that resort from a Las Vegas-style get away, to the most wonderful Family, Luxury, all-inclusive resort called Beaches Ocho Rios. At the same time he developed a Golf Course designed by one of the most famous golfers of the time and made access to that course available free to guests at both resorts.

Phil and Barbara Angelo own Leisure Travel Experts in Mint Hill, and are proud of a long term membership in the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce. Contact us at (980) 406-1650,

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