On Friday, the ninth annual Sandals Resort Prestige Awards were presented in a regal setting.
In honor of Sandals Barbados’ “kings and queens,” the Sandals Royal Barbados Ballroom was turned into an African castle.
The evening of African elegance, which had the theme “Ubuntu,” an African expression that means “I am because we are,” emphasized the great staff and their amazing service.
It was a fitting topic for the awards event as Carl Beviere, Regional Managing Director of Sandals Resort International, emphasized that the success of the widely acclaimed hotel is a result of the extraordinary efforts of their amazing team and distinctive service.
Renee Coppin, the chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), and Ian Gooding-Edghill, the minister of tourism, were among the audience members. In his opening remarks, Beviere praised all of the staff members for acting as admirable ambassadors and helping to restore Barbados’ tourism industry and social life following the inconvenience of COVID-19’s visit.
“We at Sandals are proud to be associated with the island and do our part to promote and provide employment opportunities for the people of Barbados in every sector of the resort.
“What makes tonight even more special is, there are no losers here, everyone is a winner and role model to their department and peers to emulate… “
After leaving COVID three years ago, I can declare with pride that we are back and better than ever. When I say that, I’m not just talking about Sandals Resorts; I’m talking about Barbados as a whole.
For our late chairman, Barbados has consistently been the crowning achievement. The island has long been distinguished and regarded as a desirable travel destination by tourists because of its beauty, its people, and its legacy.
We at Sandals are happy to be affiliated with the island and do all in our power to support and give Barbadians job opportunities in every area of the resort.
Their dedication has so far paid off, as every Barbadian has earned a Sandals Diamond Talent award from the program’s inception, setting the standard at the absolute highest level.
As the recipient of the prestigious Diamond Team Award, Dischawn Alleyne of the landscaping department was the talk of the awards event. Dwayne Carter of Stewarding received the Platinum Team Award, while Patricia Arthur of Wedding & Romance received the MVP Award.
The Haynesville Community Dancing Group’s rhythmic movements and sounds, as well as a well-chosen playlist by well-known DJ team Salt & Don, added to the occasion’s festive atmosphere.
Sandals Prestige Awardees:
|Employee Name||Department||Category Winner|
|Deidre King||Club Sandals||Mover & Shaker Award|
|George Johnson||Bars||Legendary Team Member Award|
|Ricky Rock||Engineering||Circle of Joy Award|
|Rhea Farley||Epix||Earth Guardian Award|
|Nakita Pollard||Loyalty & Travel||Foundation Sentinel Award|
|Makenson Medeus||Finance||Standing Ovation Award|
|Monique Chambers||Red Lane Spa||Money Maker Award|
|Adrian Alleyne||Front Office||Unsung Hero Award|
|Andrew Eastmond||Transportation||Unsung Hero Award|
|Cherie-Ann Alleyne||Gift Shop||Unsung Hero Award|
|Garry Pompey||Administration||Unsung Hero Award|
|Israel Phillips||Red Lane Spa||Unsung Hero Award|
|Kede Goodridge||Security||Unsung Hero Award|
|Marius Millington||Administration||Unsung Hero Award|
|Ricardo Chase||Laundry||Unsung Hero Award|
|Val Alleyne||Watersports||Unsung Hero Award|
|Ronnie Walkes||Housekeeping||Heart of House Award|
|Annette Gibson||Restaurant||Pace Setter Award|
|Lakesha Lewis||Island Routes||Island Routes Ambassador Award|
|Maureen Blackman||Kitchen||People’s Choice Award|
|Symantha Moaze||Kitchen||All Rounder Award|
|Patricia Arthur||Weddings & Romance||MVP Award|
|Housekeeping||Housekeeping||The A Team Award|
|Nakita Pollard||Loyalty & Travel||Dream Big Ambassador|
|Tamara Cumberbatch||Front Office||Dream Big Ambassador|
|Hidie Phillip-Bovell||Bars||Dream Big Ambassador|
|Sherice Maloney||Bars||Dream Big Ambassador|
|Dwayne Carter||Stewarding||Platinum Team Member Award|
|Dichawn Alleyne||Landscaping||Diamond Team Member Award|