JAMAICA (March 3, 2005) – Island Outpost founder Chris Blackwell announces Jason Henzell as the new president for his collection of boutique properties in the Caribbean.
“Jason is the perfect person to preside over the collection of Island Outpost properties. He brings a continuation of the vision I have for Island Outpost, and a passion that evokes unparalleled inspiration,” said Blackwell.
Jason has played a significant role in assisting Island Outpost’s reputation as Jamaica’s chicest collection of boutique resorts, through his years as owner and general manager at the acclaimed Jake’s in Treasure Beach. At Jake's, guests and locals mingle cheerfully at this bohemian resort, which celebrates the beachcomber lifestyle. Twenty-three units (with 29 rooms) commune with the garden, sea and sky, near a secluded fishing village. Moroccan domes and arches bloom. Decks skim the waves. Shells, beads and colored glass glitter brightly from walls. Eclectic and exotic. Elemental and eccentric. Sensual and secluded. Adjectives fly fast and thick about Jake's, a mid-range resort that won't install telephones and TVs, but boasts a worldbeat music library, yoga meditation deck and, for guests who can't entirely unplug, complimentary internet service. The resort's restaurant continues to be a rallying point for islanders and guests alike. Local excursions include trips to YS Falls, mountain biking, herbal steam baths, river tours and manatee watching. A trip wouldn't be complete without a visit to the 'Pelican Bar', dubbed the coolest bar in the Caribbean by those in the know.
Prior to Jake’s, Jason worked at The Hyatt hotel, Cayman Islands returning to Jamaica in 1991 and became Jamaica’s youngest ever Jamaican Bank manager. Jason joined his mother in 1995 to become general manager of Jake’s. In 1993 he won hotelier of the year by Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association. In, 1998 Jason established BREDS –The Treasure Beach foundation, which has achieved remarkable results in its commitment to community development and, as an accolade to his good work, Jason was named an environmental ambassador in 2004.
Jason currently serves as a director of the Jamaican Tourist Board. The new Jake’s General Manager is Yvonne Clarke.
About Island Outpost
Island Outpost is a collection of distinct small hotels, located in Jamaica and The Bahamas. Created by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records and Palm Pictures, Island Outpost creates environments reminiscent of staying at a good friend’s home. For more information visit www.islandoutpost.com or call 1.800.OUTPOST (United States and Canada), 0800.OUTPOST1 (in the UK) and 1.876.960.8134 for all other countries.elementum quam.