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Grand opening of Melia Braco Village

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2016 | 1:11 PM
Jennifer McDonald, head of PICA, shares lens with Peter Bunting and his wife Anushca.
From left: Micheal McMorris, Dianne Belnavis, her husband Michael and Shahine Robinson.
From Left: Garth Wilkinson, mayor of Trelawny, Jennifer Griffiths and Noel Sloley Jr. in conversation.
Minister of Entertainment Wykeham McNeill in conversation with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
Alvaro Tejeda (right) shares a joke with Fenton Ferguson.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

Five minutes of fireworks, complemented by synchronised swimmers, signalled the start of new beginnings at Melia Braco Village in Trelawny on January 7.

The country's newest all-inclusive hotel had gone all out ensuring its impact was felt worldwide. Between the food and the Georgian architecture matched by models of the era, the incredibly rich baritone of Rory Baugh and the melody of soprano named Karen Smith, the village was alive.

After a US$23 million refurbishing, general manager of the National Investment Fund (NIF) owned resort, Dimitris Kosvogiannis stated, "Tonight, I deliver to you a boutique hotel that will mark new standards in the industry. A hotel with passion for service. A hotel where you are the journey, where no request is out of the question."

Kosvogiannis and his team presented a hotel made by Jamaicans, for Jamaicans and the world.

Modelled off the 'Jamaican Village' setting, with the Georgian architecture it is a replica of the nearby historic town of Falmouth.

Located next to the beach, the hotel is being touted as a small and intimate resort with big luxuries.

Melia Braco Village has two swimming pools overlooking the sea with a bar and five restaurants offering a wide variety of national and international cuisine. There is free Internet access throughout the hotel, a Kids' Club for fun and a Spa & Wellness Centre for unwinding.

The hotel was officially opened by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, members of her cabinet, Drs Wykeham McNeill and Fenton Ferguson, as well as regional vice president of the Melia Group, Alvaro Tejeda Schroder.

Melia Braco Village hosted its first guests on Christmas Eve.

Janet.slvera@gleanerjm.com