Jamaica is set for a transformation. There is a mood of optimism across the Caribbean yet Jamaica appears to be one island that is gaining more investment then others. This is none so apparent as in the proposed Harmony Cove development in Trelawny. Touted as ‘encompassing 1,400 acres of prime Jamaican North coast’ the development looks set to host two PGA calibre golf courses (yet will they be PGA certified?), and will be assisted by three major luxury hotel brands as well as three themed boutiques. So far there has been no mention of who these partners will be and so there was an air of excitement at this years Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC).
One of the major infrastructures of the resort which is hoping for celebrity endorsement will be the main marina which will have the capability to dock roughly 300 boats.
At present the project is in the pre-development stage and CHTIC was a means of pushing the machine forward in order to bring investors together. One spokesperson did comment on the fact that “the land has been acquired it is simply a matter of investors and planning coming together now.”
The main resort, The Aston Vale Resort, is geared to be one of the Caribbean’s most desirable locations with a press release detailing ‘it is designed to be the most elegant venue in Jamaica and ultimately the Caribbean. Having 225 deluxe suites and a handful of luxury villas.’ These properties will be of true 5-star and 5-diamond standard.
Speaking of the development chairman of Harmonisation Ltd Hon. Kingsly C. Thomas, O.J. said “This proposed 1,400-acre plus colony resort development is intended to offer a holiday experience that will be unparalleled in the Caribbean and even the world.”
Speaking to the Jamaican Observer last month Jamaica PM, P.J. Patterson said this new development will allow the industry “to capture a major spot at the top end of the international tourism market”.
From what Caribbean Travel News witnessed it would appear that some of the inspiration has been gleaned from the Dominican Republic’s Casa de Campo. Watch this space.