Green Globe announced recertification of the Rockhouse Hotel Negril, Jamaica.
Situated in the Caribbean Sea, Rockhouse Hotel’s objective is to responsibly and sustainably balance the interests of guests, the team, and the community in its daily operations, while actively protecting the environment and delivering exceptional service for an unforgettable vacation experience.
Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, said: “We are very pleased to recertify the Rockhouse since they continue to improve sustainability management across their operations. Their community support via the Rockhouse Foundation, the charitable arm of the hotel, is absolutely admirable. The foundation has invested over US$1 million in local public schools and libraries. In communities whose basic needs far outstrip available resources, nothing is more enduring than creating valuable learning environments for students and educators and supporting childrens’ physical growth and well-being.”
Since its inception in 2003, the Rockhouse Foundation’s largest project was to fully renovate and expand the Negril All Age and Basic Schools, as well as the Negril Library.
Besides giving back to the community, the boutique hotel’s credo is to always meet the needs of hotel guests. In addition, the Rockhouse values its team by making each member a partner in the hotel’s success, providing fair compensation, encouraging them to openly communicate, and providing training and opportunities for advancement.
Rockhouse Hotel Negril’s Environmental Manager, Jonnel Edwards, said: “Rockhouse is proud to have achieved the renewal of our Green Globe Certification. We are continually committed to improving our environmental performance. Highlights of this past year’s success include a decrease in overall utility usage, reduction in waste sent to landfill, and increased yield from compost. As we embark on the New Year, we look forward to continuing our dedication to environmentally-sound practices and our journey towards overall sustainability.”
ABOUT ROCKHOUSE HOTEL NEGRIL, JAMAICA:
Rockhouse is a magical place, combining natural beauty; strong architectural design; local materials and craftsmanship; excellent service; and a relaxed, fun, authentic Jamaican experience.
Rockhouse is a boutique hotel stretching across the cliffs of Pristine Cove. Nestled among eight acres of tropical lush gardens, thatched roofed villas are perched on the water’s edge. Guests swim in the sixty-foot horizon pool or take the stairs carved into the rock down to the cove for snorkeling on the reef.
The hotel has an interesting history – when its first room was built in 1972, it was one of the first hotels on Negril’s cliffs. Early guests included Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. In 1994, the property was purchased by a group of Australians who continue to reinvest in its evolution and expansion.
Hotel facilities include the hotel’s two award-winning restaurants led by Executive Chef Kevin Broderick, Jamaica Food Awards repeat “Chef of the Year” 2011 and 2010. A newly-constructed spa ( www.rockhousehotel.com/spa.php ) has a philosophy that is a simple, holistic approach to well-being, health, and happiness. Spa treatments are undertaken “on-the-rocks” in the cliff-edge Massage Cabana or at the eight-room garden spa. Yoga classes are offered daily overlooking the sea.
Rockhouse is a member of Design Hotels, an international lifestyle brand synonymous with distinctive architecture and interior design, balanced with functionality and exceptional service.
ABOUT GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION:
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA, and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com.