Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

X Fund Properties Limited and Aimbridge Hospitality Unveil Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa

MONTEGO BAY, JM. October 2, 2017 – X Fund Properties Limited and Aimbridge Hospitality announce the opening of Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa nestled on a private cove between Jamaica’s sprawling rolling hills and vibrant Caribbean Sea, a mere fifteen minutes from Sangster International Airport. The Jamaican owned all-inclusive resort exemplifies the island’s laidback ambiance paired with a myriad of premium amenities from a 30,000-square foot island villa-inspired Grande Spa to 12 epicurean marvels.

The new addition to the Jewel chain of resorts boasts three beachfront towers—Sabal, Silver and Sentry–and 11 expansive villas for a total of 217 fully-stocked, tastefully curated accommodation options. An assortment of dining offerings catering to discerning palates, personal butler service, 25,000 square feet of customizable meetings space, and an elaborate villa inspired spa sanctuary are only a few of the noteworthy offerings gracing this island escape.

“Driven by Jamaica’s deeply rooted tradition of hospitality and cultural vibrancy, we wanted to deliver a sophisticated travel experience that’s uniquely our own,” said Rohan Miller, CEO of Sagicor Real Estate X Fund Limited. “That said, we’ve tailored all touchpoints throughout our all-inclusive journey to provide elevated relaxation infused with local charm.”

Jewel Grande is managed by Aimbridge Hospitality, a long time operator for the Resort portfolio in both Jamaica and Orlando. President and CEO Dave Johnson adds, “It is an honor to launch one of the most exciting luxury all-inclusive resort openings in the Caribbean. This bespoke beachfront location provides the ideal backdrop for our distinctive and curated experiences that are personalized for all of our guests. Unparalleled hospitality is our inspiration with the new Jewel Grande,” added Johnson.

Grande Spa

Staying true to native Jamaican remedies and ingredients, the two story 30,000-square foot island villa-inspired Grande Spa boasts locally based Spa Rituals curated by Reggaelates founder and yoga instructor, Sienna Creasy. This wellness oasis houses Jamaica’s only Himalayan Salt Halotherapy Lounge and first Gharieni Quartz therapy massage table—best known to provide mental harmony, detoxification, and an immune system boost. The spa menu rounds out its offerings with facials, haircuts, make up, waxing, and more. As a family-friendly establishment, Grande Spa caters to kids and teens alike with a menu of natural facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, and braids. Spa goers can indulge in smoothies, tea, and healthy fare at the Grande Spa’s Ortanique Café & Juice Bar for pre or post treatment snacks. The neighboring fully-equipped fitness center offers personal training sessions, a sauna, steam room, and options to reenergize with an oceanfront view.

Food and Beverage

For true culinary diversity catering to taste buds of all ages and backgrounds, Jewel Grande Resort provides 12 culinary options from white table cloth fine-dining venues to casual eateries poolside, making scrumptious treats available to guests around the clock. International flavor profiles are abundant, and namesake restaurant Waves infuses the Mediterranean and Jamaica in the most inspired fresh seafood and beef dishes, and always a vegetarian option. Crickets Grill stays true to authentic Jamaican flavors with standout classics including beef patties and jerk chicken. A full beer, wine, and spirits program featuring top-shelf libations and hand-crafted cocktails are to be enjoyed at The Lobby Bar and Morgan’s Bar while guests can grab a sweet delicacy at The Sugar Cane Coffee & Ice Cream. Coming soon is the French-inspired Le Bouchon and Asian fusion Pierside Restaurant.

Meeting & Events

Featuring 25,000 square feet of versatile and impressive meeting space, Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa is the Caribbean’s newest meetings and conventions go-to. Conveniently located across from the Montego Bay Convention Centre, the world-class resort is ideal for corporate retreats, receptions, teambuilding events, breakouts, and more. Boasting complimentary resort-wide Wi-Fi and flexible space from mountain view ballrooms to ocean view terraces, all corporate needs are easily met by the resort’s team of on-site specialists.

For reservations and additional information, please visit www.jewelgrande.com or US/Canada call toll free 888-797-2735, direct 876-953-8000 or UK Sales +44(0) 844-846-4807.

About X Fund Properties Limited

X Fund Properties Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sagicor Real Estate X Fund Limited, a St.Lucian IBC and the largest publicly traded real estate investment company in Jamaica on the Jamaican Stock Exchange (JSE). The Company is an investor in the tourism market, through its ownership of the Hilton Rose Hall Beach Resort & Spa (Hilton Rose Hall) in Montego Bay and the DoubleTree by Hilton at the entrance of Universal Orlando (DoubleTree Orlando) in Florida.

About Aimbridge Hospitality

Aimbridge Hospitality is the nation’s largest independent hotel management firm with a proven track record for delivering superior returns for its strategic partners in a variety of markets and economic cycles. Aimbridge provides property management, asset management, development, renovation and consulting services. Based in Dallas, Texas and with offices in Chicago and Puerto Rico, Aimbridge currently owns and/or manages approximately 700 upscale, independent and branded hotels with more than 85,000 rooms across the United States and the Caribbean. For more information on Aimbridge Hospitality, please visit www.aimbridgehospitality.com.

Ashley Lagzial
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