In another 48 hours, a new owner takes charge of Amaryllis Beach Resort.
Local businessman Gordon Seale who operates Calypso Caribbean Resorts has bought the property from prominent hotelier Leif Brandel who owned the south coast property for 24 years.
In announcing his retirement from the local tourism industry, Brandel said he wanted Amaryllis’ legacy of success to continue well into the future. He said the time was right for him to move on, adding he was fortunate to have found a local, successful buyer who planned to invest heavily in upgrading the hotel.
“After 24 years of my leadership Amaryllis has been transformed from a 60-room hotel to a 145-room operation with an excellent international reputation. The time has come for me to move on and spend more time with my family. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the years, especially the staff of Amaryllis some of who have been with us from inception and of course my entire family and friends,” he said.
Amaryllis, which currently provides employment for around 100 persons, will officially change hands at the end of this month.
Brandel said arrangements with regard to matters of remuneration including severance payments, vacation, and payment in lieu of notice for staff had been well taken care of, adding that the new owner had also indicated a willingness to interview staff members who continued to serve well during the transition period.
“We have an undertaking that the new owner will immediately employ some staff members, mostly in the property department to facilitate upkeep of the resort during the refurbishment period. Other members of staff who are interested in taking up a position within the new company can apply for an interview,” he said.
Along with the Amaryllis, Calypso Caribbean Resorts INC will also take ownership of The Chattel Plaza which is owned by Amaryllis, and is home to several well-known businesses including 39-Steps Wine Bar, Coffee Bean, Zena Hairstyling Saloon, Silver Fox Slot Machine Arcade and Chateau Beuate.
Brandel said his focus would now switch to growing his European investment company, adding that both he and his family and friends would continue to support Barbados for many years to come.