Mount Cinnamon is a property owned by the controversial Peter deSavary who came into the country as an investor during the 2003-08 period of the New National Party (NNP) of Dr. Keith Mitchell.
The property recently made headlines when female high court judge, Justice Margaret Mohammed delivered a multi-million dollar judgement against deSavary in a deal that went sour with an English couple that had invested in the resort.
The resort’s staff is said to have worked hard over the last few months to demonstrate their dedication and determination to ensure Mount Cinnamon has passed with flying colours the criteria set for the award.
In order to pass the organisation’s tough criteria, Mount Cinnamon has had to implement a number of eco initiatives to make sure the resort is contributing to the island’s sustainability.
To head this up, Jonnel Edwards, reservations manager, was appointed as environmental officer, a green team was formed too, ensuring a number of daily procedures were implemented.
For example all guestrooms and communal areas have energy-efficient light bulbs; manual energy monitoring of guest air-conditioning units; natural soaps used by the resort are locally handmade, and to conserve water and cut down on unnecessary detergents, guestroom linen is changed every third day and guests are asked to re-use their towels – unless otherwise requested. Glass and office paper is recycled.
The green team meet on a regular basis for community clean-ups of the surrounding areas of the resort and beach – this usually includes family and friends, rounded off with a beach cook-off – making it a true community event.
Besides Mount Edgecombe, the sister property, a 17th century working plantation to the north of the island, which supplies Mount Cinnamon’s kitchen with many traditional varieties of crops and fruits as well as spices, many ingredients are sourced locally from local farmers and fishermen.
An organic garden at Mount Cinnamon has been created too.
Commenting on the award, Mark Scott, said: “Besides the original initiatives which were adhered to in order to meet the Green Globe’s criteria, the Green Team have more ambitious goals in their midst which go far beyond the resort.
“The staff’s camaraderie and enthusiasm in striving to make the island more sustainable is quite contagious, the knock-on effect amongst family and friends has been really positive”, he added.