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The new Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM
From left: Carol Menzel, director of tour operations, Playa Resorts, shares lens time with general manager of Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara, Carl Hendriks, and the hotel's director of sales, Mureen James, at a cocktail reception at the Rose Hall Great House on Tuesday night. Janet Silvera Photo
From left- New general manager at the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara, Carl Hendriks, and his executive team, Mureen James, Bettyann Brown, Silvia Sastre, Javier Ortiz, Vishal Vaswani and Carlos Fresco.
Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook (second right) is all smiles as Island Routes' David Shields (second left) gives him the low down on the happenings at Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara, while the Jamaica Tourist Board's Tony King (left) and Donnie Dawson (right) share in the conversation. Photos by Janet Silvera

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica's newest resorts, Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara, fêted tour operators and members of the international media on the grounds of the historic Rose Hall Great House on Tuesday evening, closing two days of the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX).

The two premier hotels are located on Montego Bay's renowned Rose Hall Plantation and are the culmination of an extensive $80-million recreation, renovation, and expansion to the former Ritz-Carlton.

This storied resort destination is being reinvented in a way that brings effortless indulgence to the all-inclusive vacation experience, and the executive team that will run the plant includes well known Jamaican hotelier Carl Hendriks, who was recently appointed general manager, Mureen James, director of sales, Bettyann Brown, human resources director, Silvia Sastre, who

holds the position as director of finance, and Javier Ortiz, executive chef.

Rounding off the top-brass team are Carlos Fresco, hotel manager, and Vishal Daswani, director of rooms.

The majority Jamaica-born team and their staff are responsible for showcasing the crème de la crème of the 621 luxury-suite resort, which boasts dramatic ocean and pool views.

The property spans 1,200 feet of private, pristine coastline on the turquoise Caribbean Sea.

"This reimagined property is poised to be the gem of the Caribbean, uniquely offering the seclusion of a beachfront hideaway with two separate beaches, a lush, green mountain backdrop, as well as a remarkable assortment of upscale amenities and personalised service - all delivered with its trademark, Service from the Heart," says Hendriks.