Created by Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records (whose long list of clients has included Bon Jovi and Mariah Carey), Island Outpost consists of five hotels dotted around Jamaica and one in the Bahamas. In Jamaica, there is Jake’s, GoldenEye, GeeJam, The Caves, and Strawberry Hill, each one distinctive and even award-winning in its own right. The properties range from a boutique hotel in the Blue Mountains to larger properties, but never too large, on the beach. Other than the many and diverse projects Island Outpost is involved in, it also manages the former home of Noel Coward as a museum and rents out the villa once lived in by James Bond creator Ian Fleming.
A WEALTH OF LODGES
Island ACTS, as its name suggests – Assisting Communities Towards Strength – is an umbrella organization Blackwell (see video below) started to support education, health care, and community development projects among the poorest and neediest people on the island.
One of the projects focuses on sustainable development in Oracabessa, a town near GoldenEye. It concerns itself with anything from dispute settlement to promoting music and dance, from advancing sport to agriculture.
Highly successful too is BREDS, started in Treasure Beach by Jake’s GM Jason Henzel (whose family is famous in Jamaica), has added computer rooms and canteens to schools, keeps the beach clean, and has started numerous sports programs, to only mention a few of their among other things.
At Patrepant, Island Outpost has an organic market garden that provides produce to its properties, all of which use almost only local fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish in their kitchens.