Resorts & Retreats Awards 2023

Resorts & Retreats Awards 2023 | 57 Spread over 154 acres of an 18th century sugar plantation, Mount Irvine Bay Resort (Mount Irvine) is an award-winning luxuriously appointed boutique hotel featuring 80 rooms and providing an authentic experience to its guests. We find out more as the establishment celebrates a win in this year’s Resort and Retreat Awards 2023. Best Luxury Modern Seaside Resort 2023 - Trinidad And Tobago to offer a level of customer service that is quite unlike anything else in Tobago. As a family-run resort, all guests are treated as if they are members of the extended family and this ensures that the resort gets a lot of repeat business. Jacqueline explains that travellers today are seeking more authentic experiences in new destinations and want to become more involved with local culture and customs. “Increasingly, people are turning away from crowded all-inclusive resorts in favour of more personalised services and a range of experiences,” she states. “We facilitate this by promoting local tours and organising activities and events only available at our resort, such as our open air movie nights for guests. People are keen to eat local so our menus feature as much local produce as possible; much of it grown on the property. “We’re innovative and focus on offering new and different experiences for our guests through our weekly, monthly, and annual events, such as Jazz on the Beach and our New Year’s Eve parties.” The internal culture is also very family-orientated at Mount Irvine, with a lot of the team being recruited from the local area, and living on-site. Through its relationships with local and international hospitality schools the resort welcomes students and interns from all over the globe. Recently, in recognition of it stellar services provided to clients, Mount Irvine was crowned with the prestigious title of Best Luxury Modern Seaside Resort 2023 – Trinidad and Tobago. A very worthy accolade indeed. Now, as the future beckons, Jacqueline tells us that there are plans in the pipeline to upgrade the rooms and facilities in order to offer an even greater range of authentic experiences to its loyal customer base, all whilst taking care of the beautiful environment surrounding the resort. “Our beach bar and restaurant is being completely renovated and will be relaunched later this year. Plus, we are actively looking at ways to improve our environmental practices with a focus on reducing waste and recycling.” Contact: Jacqueline Yorke-Westcott Company: Mount Irvine Bay Resort Web Address: s an independent and family-run enterprise, which has been in operation for more than 50 years, Mount Irvine Bay Resort is certainly luxurious. Boasting one of the largest pools in Tobago, with a swim up bar and restaurant overlooking the stunning jewel that is the Caribbean Sea, the entire complex has all been built around an original sugar mill which was erected in the 1840s. The resort’s golf course is rated one of the most scenic in the world. Many of the original sugar plantation features are incorporated in the resort layout, notably on the beach where the bar and restaurant are built off the foundations of the original sugar depot. Mount Irvine has four restaurants and five bars, each offering a different culinary experience, although it specialises in local dishes with an international twist. The beach restaurant is one of only a few on the island and located directly on the beach, and al fresco dining is encouraged wherever possible. The resort’s spa, sauna, and gym are located inside the old sugar factory with the spa boasting treatments using local ingredients and focusing on wellness and well-being. The resort also offers yoga as an activity for guests to help them unwind, relax, and connect with the beauty around them. With an extensive indoor and outdoor event space, highly sought after for conferences, events, and weddings, the resort is known for its complete wedding packages. The resort’s beach ceremonies are ideal for those who wish to wed on one of Tobago’s most beautiful beaches, mere metres from a vibrant coral reef. “Our vision is to be the premier resort in Trinidad and Tobago and a leading Caribbean hospitality provider,” says Jacqueline Yorke-Westcott. “Whilst all the time upholding our mission to satisfy and delight our guests by exceeding expectations and delivering a superior hospitality experience through exceptional service, attention to details, and maintenance of a top quality product.” As the oldest hotel on Tobago, as well as the only one with such a rich history, Mount Irvine has built its services around its legacy and aims A