Jamaica Inn’s eco-achievements sparkle in its diamond year
Since 1950, Jamaica Inn has ranked among the top luxury hotels in the Caribbean. Nestled in Ocho Rios on one of the premier private beaches in Jamaica, intimate antique-appointed suites and cottages showcase enchanting views of the Caribbean Sea.
Green Globe recently recertified Jamaica Inn in acknowledgement of its commitment to sustainable management and best practices.
This year is Jamaica Inn’s 60th anniversary and the property has celebrated this landmark occasion with the launch of several new sustainability initiatives. The Jamaica Inn Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists with the ongoing preservation of the marine environs, is having marked success in addressing marine concerns. In addition to the ongoing Oracabessa Bay Turtle Project which monitors and protects nesting Hawksbill turtles and their hatchlings, the Foundation has also spearheaded efforts to establish marine reserves around Ocho Rios. Earlier this year, the White River Fish Sanctuary was proudly opened. Furthermore, Sanctuary Team Members recently transplanted over 200 Staghorn coral grown from nubs over nine months in a coral nursery. Guests can experience the colourful coral reefs, tropical fish and other Caribbean sea life by taking one of the Glass Bottom Boat Tours that have just started.
Best practices at the property also aim to highlight local experiences on the island. Guests can enjoy a guided tour of the local market or the onsite kitchen garden and landscaped grounds. Bird feeding and bird watching areas provide opportunities for nature lovers to get closer to native wildlife.
To reduce the environmental impact on surrounding areas, Jamaica Inn has expanded the number of composting areas on the property from one to four to assist with the management of landscaping foliage and control of seaweed debris on beaches. Other green measures introduced over the past year have included the collection of laundry grey water as well as rain run-off to irrigate the grounds, the introduction of a baling machine to compact recyclable waste and the use of organic mosquito control methods.
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