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Big Changes at Some Famous Caribbean Hotels

By November 19, 2012

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LaSource GrenadaA couple of the most well-known resorts in the Caribbean -- LaSource in Grenada and Jalousie Plantation in St. Lucia -- are undergoing some big changes.

Most jarring was the announcement last month that LaSource abruptly shut down last month due to "unforeseen circumstances." The hotel had been damaged in a hurricane in 2004 but reopened in 2008 and, since 2010, had been part of the Elite Island Resorts chain. However, Sandals resorts purchased LaSource in early November and plans to revive the property as an all-inclusive resort -- it's first in Grenada.

Sandals plans to expand the property on Pink Gin Beach to 200 guest rooms as part of a $100-million renovation project. The rechristened Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa could open as early as February 2013.

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Jalousie Plantation also has a new name: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort. The hotel was purchased by the Viceroy Hotel Group in 2008 and is getting rebranded now that its own $100-million renovation project is complete. New beach bungalows and a spa are among the major additions to the property, along with new restaurants and a kids club.

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