At Green Globe we like to think that our members, through sustainability, promote their “Greenhearts”. Greenhearts, like the native wood of Guyana which shares the same name, are strong and durable; creating amenity and wellbeing that lasts for generations to come.
At Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the resort team involves guests in marine conservation by linking with the Oracabessa community. There are educational benefits for the visitors, as well as involvement in community partnerships to assist in marine conservation.
Jamaica Inn General Manager, Kyle Mais, says, “We live on an island and depend on the sea for so many aspects of our way of life. Through a partnership with local fishermen, Jamaica Inn Foundation is aiding in the establishment of a fish sanctuary to protect our sea creatures, assist the fish population in recovering and planting coral to help rebuild the reefs. Our mission is 500 percent more fish biomass in 5 years.”
At Hermitage Bay in Antigua the creation and tending of organic produce gardens are a proud achievement. The aim is to ensure guests can be well through eating well. Guests are encouraged to tour the organic gardens, then journey further afield with farm tours to organic suppliers at the nearby Christian Valley. Hermitage Beach General Manager Rachel Browne says, “Eating healthy is not a fad, it is a way of life and is the gift we offer to all of our staff and guests. From our gardens’ fresh produce to the fresh seafood from local fisher-folk, we endeavor to keep wellness and well being the focal point of what we deliver.”
When we speak of wellness we also think about soothing the body and relaxing the mind. For the relaxation of the whole body, True Blue Bay, Grenada promotes the practice of centering and attaining oneness at the resort’s Yoga studio. More interesting then, is to be a part of “chocolate yoga” a feature of Grenada’s annual Chocolatefest, which is held in May. The production of chocolate is an important and growing industry for the country and to bring together exercise, relaxation and this organic produce is truly a unique and rewarding Grenadian experience.
As the tourism industry continues to grow across the Caribbean, Green Globe members and other sustainable businesses use the generosity of their Greenhearts, to promote wellness for people, and prosperity for community.