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The Forensic Audit Report of the Sandals Whitehouse hotel has concluded, based on six points of comparison, that the four-star property in Westmoreland, was of superior design, construction and finishing detail, when compared to two flagship hotels in the Sandals hotel line.
Using the French Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos and Beaches Negril as a benchmark, the audit team concluded that, “Sandals Whitehouse far surpasses the other [two] hotels in their overall design, detailing and standards of specifications”.
Firstly, “the design of the swimming pools, hardscrapping and landscaping at Sandals Whitehouse are more elaborate and is of a higher level of finishes than those at Beaches Turks and Caicos,” said the report, which was tabled by Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (Sept.5).
Secondly, the report noted, “the pool deck at Sandals Whitehouse is finished with an elaborate Italian porcelain tile finish,” unlike those at the benchmark hotels, which were finished with lower quality tiles.
Thirdly, “the restaurants and back-of-house facilities at Sandals Whitehouse are much larger, more elaborate, and the specifications are far greater than those at Beaches Turks and Caicos.”
The fourth point of comparison is that of the interior design of the rooms, and the Forensic Audit details that “the departure lounge at Sandals Whitehouse is of a higher standard than those at Beaches Turks and Caicos”. Furthermore, Sandals Whitehouse rooms have balconies, a feature not found at Beaches Turks and Caicos.
Further comparing building details on the hotel properties, the report stated that all three properties have porte cocheres, which are large covered entrance porches through which vehicles can drive. However, the “porte cochere at Sandals Whitehouse is much more expansive, ornate and with more elaborate detailing than that at Beaches Negril.
In addition, the document said, “the exterior mouldings at Sandals Whitehouse are of coral stone while those at Beaches Turks and Caicos are fabricated using concrete,” while the “corridor ceilings at Beaches Turks and Caicos are not rendered,” unlike those at Sandals Whitehouse.
Based on these comparisons, the report concluded that “on the whole, levels of specifications and finishes at Sandals Whitehouse are far more elaborate than that exhibited at the French Village, Turks and Caicos”.
The report further detailed that Sandals Whitehouse, which is a 400-room, all-inclusive hotel on 16 hectares (40 acres) of land, would be of a higher value than French Village, “which consists of 157 rooms in six, two and three storey blocks.designed with a very distinctive style of French architecture” and Beaches Negril in Westmoreland, a 210-unit facility on some 4.8 hectares (12 acres) of land.