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Bamboo Beach Club - new hideaway for corporate Jamaica

Published:Sunday | December 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM
A section of Bamboo Beach Club.
A hostess at Bamboo Beach Club.
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Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer

It's more than just a chill spot. It's now a favourite outdoor entertainment venue, located in Prospect, just a few minutes outside the resort town of Ocho Rios.

Over the past year or so, Bamboo Beach Club has established itself as a favourite spot of tourists who visit the venue by the busloads, especially on ship days, to enjoy the food, pristine white-sand beach, and welcoming ambiance.

Of late, however, the venue has come in for more attention from local entities, with corporate Jamaica finding favour with the location.

An intimate and private setting, Bamboo Beach Club represents a new type of attraction that uses versatility as its springboard to attract clients.

All-inclusive weekend package

Earlier this year, the venue offered Jamaicans the revolutionary concept of an all-inclusive weekend package beach deal. Its all-inclusive offering includes local and international cuisine that satisfies the most discerning palates, live and recorded entertainment, water sports, massages, or alternatively, pure relaxation.

A favourite part of the package, quite expectedly, is the food, and chef Daneann Minto explains why the menu is extraordinary. "The menu at Bamboo Beach Club is really special because we cater to the needs of every client, whether they require local or international cuisine."

"The best-kept secret is available to all," said general manager Ilan Erlich. "We are offering a large beach property to Jamaicans to come in and enjoy."

Visits

And Jamaicans have been going to enjoy Bamboo Beach Club, making it a busy summer for the location.

From kids who attended the Thread Foundation Summer Camp earlier this year, who got complimentary passes thanks to the management at the beach, to corporate entities like GraceKennedy Remittance Services (GKRS) and Berger Paints from capital city, Kingston, which treated their staff to fun days.

Michelle Allen, CEO for GKRS, which treated approximately 400 of their employees from across the island to a fantastic fun day, was impressed with the venue.

"I think the venue is very nice; the beach seems very safe. It was very good working with the team from Bamboo Beach Club," Allen said.

During November, Bamboo Beach Club Restaurant, which serves local and international cuisine, took part in The Gleaner's Restaurant Week, further enhancing its status as a favourite eating place.