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Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
Lee Issa's Couples Resorts has offered to buy John Issa's SuperClubs' Breezes Grand Negril.
The two hoteliers have confirmed in a release that they are both involved in firm negotiations concerning the 220-room resort, which has been under the SuperClubs umbrella for the last 25 years.
Both parties are expected to conclude the negotiations on or before November 30, 2012, says a joint statement posted on the Couples.com website.
Breezes Grand Negril is the only SuperClubs property left standing in Jamaica. The hotel chain continues to operate its flagship Hedonism II, which is also up for sale. The chain has two affiliated resorts - ROOMS Ocho Rios and Negril under its umbrella.
"During the negotiations, the operations of Breezes Grand Negril will continue normally and all forward bookings will be honoured up to and after November 30," the statement read in part.
The sale would allow Couples to increase accommodation at its neighbouring Couples Negril property as well as expanded land space of four acres. "In fact, Couples could add some 150 rooms, in addition to the 210 rooms that Breezes Grand Negril has," said a highly placed source at Couples.
Combined the acquisition would see Couples Negril having over 400 rooms to take to the tour operator and travel agent market.
Headquartered in Montego Bay, Couples Resorts owns and operates four properties in Jamaica - Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci, Couples Swept Away and Couples Negril.
Pioneered by Abe Issa, each Couples Resort is an unsurpassed model of the all-inclusive resorts concept, boldly designed with local inspiration to create a harmonic sense of nature and authentic Caribbean spirit.
For more than 33 years, Couples' signature statement speaks to a brand that has refined the Caribbean all-inclusive resort experience by providing superb service, exceptional dining experiences and exclusive value added inclusions.
SuperClubs operate Breezes Bahamas, Breezes Bœzios Resort & Spa in Brazil, Breezes Varadero, Breezes Jibacoa and Breezes Bella Costa in Cuba, as well as Hedonism II in Jamaica. SuperClubs also operate Negril Beach Villa.