Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa will shut “indefinitely” in January 2021, parent company Sandals Resorts International has confirmed.
In a statement, Sandals said the closure came as a result of “several critical and long-standing issues which have impacted operations” in recent years.
Recent reports in the local media have hinted at an ongoing dispute between Sandals and the Caribbean island’s government over its tax demands.
Sandals, in a separate release, states categorically it has always “observed, complied and met tax obligations”.
The 758-room resort, the island’s largest, will shut from September 3 to October 15 this year, and September 7 to October 22 in 2020. And as of January 2021, will close “for an indefinite period”.
“Guests travelling between now and January 2021 that are not impacted by these closures will receive the holiday experience that we have become known for,” said Sandals. “All features and facilities of the resort will be open and operating per usual.
“For impacted guests, we are committed to making this as seamless as possible by allowing them to change their travel dates to Beaches Turks & Caicos or travel on their original travel dates to one of our other locations in Jamaica, Beaches Negril or Beaches Ocho Rios, at no additional cost, including airfare change fees. Guests may also choose to travel to any of our 16 Sandals Resorts.
“The upcoming closures of Beaches Turks & Caicos are the result of several critical and long-standing issues which have impacted our operations over the past several years.
"We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers and look forward to welcoming them back soon.”