Chukka cops Ja­maica Best At­trac­tions award

Jamaica Gleaner - - HOSPITALITY JAMAICA -

CHUKKA EARNED the ac­co­lade as Ja­maica’s Best At­trac­tion at the Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica 2016 Awards cer­e­mony two Satur­days ago, ahead of con­tenders Kool Run­nings Ad­ven­ture Park and Jewel Run­away Bay Wa­ter Park.

Es­tab­lished in 1983, Chukka, at the time, of­fered horse­back rid­ing and swim­ming ac­tiv­i­ties at Chukka Cove in St Ann be­fore es­tab­lish­ing its sec­ond fa­cil­ity at Blue Hole in Sandy Bay, Hanover, years later.

Over the years, Chukka has ex­panded its of­fer­ings beyond horse­back rid­ing to be­come Ja­maica’s lead­ing na­ture-ad­ven­ture com­pany. It now of­fers a plethora of highly ac­claimed tours, which boast strict safety stan­dards, at lo­ca­tions in Mon­tego Bay, Ne­gril, Fal­mouth, Sandy Bay, and Ocho Rios. This has made it a first choice and a on­estop shop for the highly ac­tive and dar­ing and even for the mildly ad­ven­tur­ous.

Chukka’s prop­er­ties now in­clude the 2,000-acre Good Hope Es­tate Park in Trelawny, which is home to 16 build­ings of his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance, in­clud­ing a 16th-cen­tury great house. Sched­uled ac­tiv­i­ties at Good Hope in­clude, among other things, dune bug­gies, zip-lin­ing, horse­back rid­ing and car­riages, river tub­ing and kayaks, a chal­lenge course, a bird aviary, and a swim­ming pool. Vis­i­tors are also treated to a great house tour and Ap­ple­ton Rum tast­ing.

The Sandy Bay prop­erty continues to have horse­back rid­ing as its main­stay and sees guests being taken through sec­tions of the Hanover coun­try­side, visit­ing an 18th-cen­tury su­gar plan­ta­tion, and then, still astride the horses, rid­ing through the sea. A 4x4 sa­fari through sec­tions of Ja­maica’s in­te­rior is also an­other op­tion that is of­fered there.

Chukka’s tours pro­mote Ja­maica to vis­i­tors as being much more than sun, sea, and sand. Its ex­ten­sive list of tour pack­age com­bi­na­tions in­cludes what has been de­scribed as the epic Zi­pline Canopy at Mont­pe­lier Out­post; Jun­gle River Tub­ing; Best of the West Is­land Ex­pe­ri­ence; Best of the West Mo­torised; Zip, Tube, and ATV Quad Sa­fari; Zi­pline Horse­back; and Quad and Cliff Jump­ing, which are led by what vis­i­tors say are friendly and en­er­getic tour guides.

Other com­bos are the Jun­gle River Kayak Sa­fari; Mon­tego Bay white wa­ter raft­ing; Flight of the White Witch Zi­pline Ad­ven­ture; Blue Hole 4x4 Jeep Sa­fari; 4x4 Jeep Sa­fari and May­field Falls; and the Llan­dovery Amazing ATV and Cliff Jump­ing, which, ac­cord­ing to ac­counts given by vis­i­tors, amounts to “pure bliss”.

Hos­pi­tal­ity Per­son­al­ity of the Year 2014 Dr Ce­cil Corn­wall (left) presents the Best At­trac­tion award to Chukka’s Tay­lor Carmichael, Ro­mayne McNab, and John Byles.

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