‘Ja­maica’s Best in En­ter­tain­ment’, ‘Best in Cui­sine’

Jamaica Gleaner - - HOSPITALITY JAMAICA -

THE 35-YEAR-OLD He­do­nism II ho­tel stamped its au­thor­ity as the epi­cen­tre of en­ter­tain­ment in Ja­maica’s hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor when it was ac­corded ‘Ja­maica’s Best in En­ter­tain­ment’ ti­tle at the Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica 2016 Awards, two Satur­days ago.

Not only did the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned re­sort take back that award to Ne­gril, Hanover, but it also ce­mented it­self as a ma­jor cen­tre of gas­tron­omy, hav­ing copped the ‘Best in Cui­sine’ award, and was also a fi­nal­ist in the Best All-Inclusive Ho­tel (Un­der 300 rooms) cat­e­gory.

Lo­cated at Rut­land Point in Ne­gril, He­do­nism II has been widely ac­claimed as being one of the world’s top nud­ist re­sorts. The prop­erty was first opened in 1976 as Ne­gril Beach Vil­lage but was re­named He­do­nism II in 1981.

Over the decades, the re­sort has gar­nered one of the high­est re­peat guest rates in the world. A re­mark­able 60 per cent of its vis­i­tors are re­peat guests, at­trib­uted, to a large ex­tent, to the bonds guests form with each other and mem­bers of the ho­tel staff.

The re­sort de­scribes its en­ter­tain­ment as being at the heart of the prop­erty and a spe­cially de­signed com­bi­na­tion of se­duc­tion and sen­su­al­ity. En­ter­tain­ment at He­do­nism II is uniquely Ja­maican and fea­tures some of the is­land’s most ta­lented mu­si­cians, vo­cal­ists, and dancers, who per­form in some of the most out­landish cos­tumes, to the de­light of guests.

Ne­gril’s fame as a tourist des­ti­na­tion is pred­i­cated on seven miles of white-sand beach by day, but on live au­then­tic Ja­maica mu­sic by night, which is em­bod­ied in He­do­nism II’s use of a live band, which plays from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., six nights per week in its main ter­race din­ing room, and a bar pi­anist, who plays nightly be­tween the hours of 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

The cui­sine at He­do­nism II has got bet­ter with each pass­ing year, and the Best in Cui­sine award it re­ceived is tes­ta­ment to that. It boasts a beach grill; its new­est restau­rant, Flame, is a hotspot; so is the Pasta­fari Ital­ian restau­rant; Har­rysan, which of­fers Ja­panese cui­sine, and a buf­fet restau­rant with a wide-rang­ing list of Ja­maican and in­ter­na­tional dishes, all of which con­trib­ute to an amazing va­ca­tion for any vis­i­tor.

Gen­eral man­ager of He­do­nism II, Kevin Levee (left), and An­thony Miller, ex­ec­u­tive chef, pose with their ‘Best in Cui­sine’ award dur­ing the Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica Awards.

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