Her­mosa Cove gets first hos­pi­tal­ity, tourism recog­ni­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - HOSPITALITY JAMAICA - Clau­dia Gard­ner Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica Writer

CLAY­TON AND Des Korver are still reel­ing with ex­cite­ment af­ter their Ocho Rios prop­erty, Her­mosa Cove, re­ceived its first ever hos­pi­tal­ity and tourism recog­ni­tion, which took place at the Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica Awards 2016 on Satur­day, November 19.

Her­mosa Cove copped the ‘Most Eclec­tic Award’, which was one of 15 be­stowed on some of the finest play­ers in the tourism sec­tor, in what was the sec­ond stag­ing of the bi­en­nial event at the Mon­tego Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in St James.

The winner of the Most Eclec­tic Award is pre­sented to a prop­erty which is small and less prom­i­nent, yet ex­traor­di­nar­ily beau­ti­ful and unique, with high stan­dards of op­er­a­tion that are sim­i­lar to larger, well-es­tab­lished prop­er­ties; one that of­fers ex­cep­tional cuisines, and has done ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to re­main sus­tain­able and to pre­serve the en­vi­ron­ment.

“The feel­ing is very emo­tional ... . My wife and I have been on a high for the past few days be­cause we have put so much pas­sion and love into build­ing this place, and from an artist’s point of view, to have some of your work recog­nised. It is very uniquely de­signed and all cus­tom-built. We left all the trees in­tact and en­sured we pre­served the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment,” Korver told Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica.

Her­mosa Cove con­sists of nine Caribbean-style bou­tique vil­las, which are po­si­tioned in a pri­vate gar­den, just a stone’s throw from the beach. It also of­fers, among an ar­ray of ameni­ties, two restau­rants, Christo­pher’s and The Bro­ken Rud­der Bar and Grille; triple cas­cad­ing pools, pri­vate pools, com­pli­men­tary snorkelling and kayak­ing, undis­turbed for­est trails which are home to sev­eral en­demic bird species, as well as spa pav­il­ion and yoga fa­cil­i­ties.

One of the re­mark­able things about the prop­erty is the ex­tent to which the own­ers made a con­certed ef­fort to pre­serve species’ habi­tats by con­serv­ing the gen­eral for­est cover and shrub­bery there, through, among other things, com­mis­sion­ing habi­tat sur­veys and ge­o­log­i­cal stud­ies.

De­spite the nat­u­ral beauty and unique­ness of the 12-acre prop­erty, which has been dubbed by many vis­i­tors as “breath­tak­ing” akin to “par­adise” and a “gor­geous es­tate”, it is the staff mem­bers whom Korver cred­its for its high ac­co­lades.

“You can build the biggest and most beau­ti­ful prop­erty, but it is the staff that ev­ery­thing be­gins and ends with,” he said. “When we showed the award to the staff – this award which is so beau­ti­ful, such a beau­ti­ful work of art – what I saw im­me­di­ately were the huge smiles on their faces.”

CONTRIBUTED

Deb and Clay­ton Korver, own­ers of Her­mosa Cove, ac­cept­ing their plaque from Go Ja­maica Travel’s Dave Chin-Tung (left).

One of the nine vil­las at Her­mosa Cove.

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