And you'll still get a welcome cocktail.

By Cailey Rizzo
May 13, 2020
beachfront room at Sandals Royal Barbados
Credit: Sandals Royal Barbados

Sandals Resorts' new safety procedures include checking in with the help of their app — no front desk stop necessary.

Although a spokesperson confirmed to Travel + Leisure that there is no specific opening date, the companies "Platinum Protocols of Cleanliness," will be sure the comfort future guests with decreased person-to-person contact as well as maintain cleanliness at all of their locations.

“We're doing everything we can to offer peace of mind during a time that has been difficult for the entire world, and that is why we have continued to evolve our protocols to maintain an even safer, healthier stay,” Gordon "Butch" Stewart, Founder and Chairman of Sandals Resorts, said in a statement.

Throughout their 15 Sandals Resorts and three Beaches Resorts guests will be able to opt into a contactless check-in using the Sandals app, which will direct visitors directly to their room upon arrival. Inside their rooms, guests will find a welcome cocktail, a personal anti-bacterial hand towel, and in-room hand sanitizer.

Guests will also have their temperature taken when they arrive.

Highly frequented areas of the resorts will undergo inspection for cleaning and disinfecting three times a day. Rooms will also undergo a new level of disinfection with hospital grade-disinfectants and aerosol sprays. Air ducts will be sanitized before and after each arrival and carpeting will be sanitized each week and staff will use UV-LED lighting to inspect rooms for cleanliness.

Guests will also be encouraged to practice social distancing at resorts. There will be more airport transfers, allowing for fewer guests per vehicle. Check-in times between visitors, seating at restaurants, bars, and beaches will be staggered. Only one couple or family will be allowed in an elevator at a time.

Employees will undergo a temperature check before each shift and each resort will be staffed by a registered nurse and 24/7 on-call medical personnel.

"The moment the countries in which we operate open their doors, we will be the first out the gate to welcome back guests," the spokesperson told T+L.

Sandals is the latest hospitality company to implement new cleaning programs. In the last few weeks Marriott, Hyatt, and Hilton and have also released new protocols for keeping their hotels clean.