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Aimbridge Hospitality Set to Open The Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa
in Jamaica Following Renovation of the Former Sandals Dunn's River Resort




Dallas,Texas (August 11, 2010) – Leading hotel and real estate management company, Aimbridge  Hospitality, announced The Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa will begin taking guest reservations on August 10 for stays beginning on September 1. Located in Ocho Rios near the Dunn’s River Falls, the hotel is owned by Sagicor Pooled Investment Funds and managed by Aimbridge Hospitality and is the former Sandals Dunn's River Resort. The hotel is currently undergoing an extensive makeover, which will include new room products, bed linens, technology and pool furniture and is expected to reopen in fall 2010.
 
Minutes from Dunn’s River Falls, The Jewel is the perfect romantic getaway for couples, honeymooners and weddings. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the resort is all-inclusive, which incorporates all meals, premium liquor, pool concierge and water sports, and features six restaurants, five bars, two swimming pools, tennis courts, an executive golf course, a sport court, beach cabanas, updated fitness center and a gift shop. Relax at The Jewel’s full-service European Radiant Spa with eight treatment rooms, a whirlpool, sauna and a menu of services from facial to full-body, or treat yourself to a manicure at Polish, the hotel’s nail, hair and makeup salon.
 
Carol Bourke, the hotel's general manager, brings with her extensive hotel management experience in Jamaica and aims to maintain the excellent quality of service that the hotel has been noted for throughout the past twenty years.
 
“I am very excited to be named the hotel’s general manager and plan to create an ambiance for couples at The Jewel that cannot be matched at other properties in Jamaica,” said Bourke. “The exclusive features and services we’ve added at The Jewel are sure to exceed our guests’ expectations.”
 
There are three buildings, each with mountain and ocean-view rooms, with suites available. The Diamond Building features luxurious rooms with whirlpool tubs and balconies overlooking the lush mountain or onto the Caribbean and Dunn’s River Pool. When staying in the Diamond Building, guests can add Diamond Butler Service, which takes care of all arrangements, packing/unpacking, reservations and beach bungalows, and Diamond Concierge Service, which gives access to the desk concierge to handle needs including shopping trips, excursions and dining reservations. Honeymoon suites are also available in the Diamond Building, which offer additional space, and larger balconies overlooking the water.
 
The Sapphire Building features rooms with balconies looking back to the mountain or onto the Caribbean and the pools. The Emerald Lanai are mirror image two-story buildings with rooms opening to the garden or the ocean, and these rooms are the fastest way to get to the beach.
 
The Jewel will also offer a pool concierge to pamper and surprise the guests throughout the day with skewers of fresh fruit, misting of cool, eucalyptus-infused water, ice-cold face towels and many more surprises.  The pool concierges will greet the guests on lounge chairs around the pools and even swim right up to guests on floats with the same refreshing service. 
 
Other special features include romantic dive-in movies shown by the pool, candlelit dining on the pier, hand-made rum punches daily called “the gem of the day” and Jamaican-flavored rock candy as a nighttime turndown gift to remind guests of The Jewel.
 
“We are absolutely thrilled to manage such a noteworthy property, and we look forward to introducing everyone to Jamaica’s newest hotel, The Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa,” said Aimbridge Hospitality President and CEO Dave Johnson. “The Jewel will provide couples with everything they need for the ideal romantic vacation – fine dining, daily excursions, water sports and nightlife, all combined with exceptional service.”
 
There will be six restaurants for guests to dine throughout their stay at The Jewel:
  • Aquamarina Beach Bar & Grill will feature made-to-order sandwiches, burgers, wraps and a full bar right on the beach and open 24 hours daily.  This is a casual restaurant where shoes are optional.
  • Court Jesters Fire-Oven Pizza will offer customized pizza with a thin crust baked to perfection in the fire-oven.  Pizza is the ideal afternoon snack poolside or on the beach, and on Tuesdays, the pizza joint really hops with Caesar salads, antipasto and knots.
  • Platinum will serve continental cuisine in the most formal of The Jewel settings.  Expect surprising international options with white-glove service.
  • Moonstone by Dominic will feature the finest Italian dishes authentically created from both North and South Regions and an alfresco, Moonstone Pier option that overlooks the sea.
  • Coral Café will offer buffet breakfast and lunch, as well as table service in the evenings with local West Indies fare.
  • The Jade Samurai will serve teppanyaki-chop chop with tableside entertainment. The best way to start off this Japanese fare is with fresh sushi.
The Jewel bars include Sunken Treasure Swim-Up Bar at the pool, the Aquamarina Beach Bar & Grill on the beach, the twinkle-lit Emerald Tree Lounge, Boardwalk Bar where the Caribbean Sea meets the falls in the pool and Jasper’s Chillin’ Pool & Piano Bar by the pool. For more nighttime entertainment, guests can go to Bling! where they can enjoy live music, karaoke and dancing.
 
Guests can begin making reservations on August 10 for stays beginning on September 1 by calling (888) 529-5176 or visiting www.jewelresorts.com.
 
ABOUT AIMBRIDGE HOSPITALITY
Aimbridge Hospitality is one of the nation’s leading independent hotel investment and management firms with a proven track record for delivering superior returns for its strategic partners in a variety of markets and economic cycles. Aimbridge provides management, asset management, development, renovation and consulting services. Based in Dallas, Texas, Aimbridge currently owns and/or manages over 60 upscale, independent and branded hotels with nearly 11,000 rooms across the United States and the Caribbean, including such affiliations as Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites, DoubleTree, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Aloft, Hyatt, Wyndham and the Phoenix Inn Suites chain of hotels.  For more information on Aimbridge Hospitality, please visit www.aimbridgehospitality.com.


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Jenna Tuttle
MCA Public Relations
214.716.0103
jenna@kmccrory.com



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