A sense of place is high on the agenda for many meeting attendees, and Sandals Resorts’ chosen tour provider has many immersive ways to achieve it.
Island Routes Caribbean Adventures offers tours of 11 Caribbean islands, including Sandals’ newest destinations, Grenada and Barbados. Attendees can explore local history and culture, cruise the offshore waters and taste the flavors of their island destinations. Enhancing the tours’ authenticity is the fact that, like Sandals Resorts, the company believes strongly in hiring local residents of the places where it operates.
“We always say we show you the real Caribbean,” says Island Routes Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Goswami. The company has been Sandals’ exclusive tour partner for the last five years. “People don’t want to just stay at the resort—they want to get out and experience where they are.”
A catamaran cruise is probably the most popular excursion for groups, she says. Island Routes’ catamarans typically accommodate up to 115 people, she says, and the setting and activities encourage friendly, sociable interaction. “You see the whole island, and it’s just a relaxing thing for a group to do.”
New tours include River Bumpkin Farm in Trelawny, Jamaica (accessible from Sandals properties in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios). The former sugar plantation is the base for eco-excursions such as biking, kayaking and tubing on the Martha Brae River.
City tours are always popular in Grenada, she says, as well as visits to Grand Etang—known as Monkey Island for all the primates living there.
Sandals Senior Vice President of Sales Gary Sadler recommends that attendees in Grenada take a tour of the island to taste its cultural flavors. Like some other Sandals locations, such as the Bahamas, Grenada is known for the relaxed sophistication imported by its first European visitors.
“Without question,” he says, “Grenada is a destination that offers excitement, intrigue and a rare sensory experience.”
Island Routes Caribbean Adventures operates in 11 destinations, which include Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, Grand Cayman, Dominican Republic, Saint Maarten, Grenada, Barbados, Aruba, and Nassau and Great Exuma, Bahamas.