Sandals, Beaches Negril host girls in State-run facility on International Women’s Day
NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Fourteen teenagers from the Summerfield Child Care Facility expressed that one of their deepest desires has been to spend a day at a prominent hotel, to learn from employees, and experience what the hospitality industry offered to visitors.
Sandals and Beaches Negril got wind of this, and decided to add fuel to the passion of the teenagers by challenging them to the International Women’s Day theme ‘Be Bold For a Change,’ and go after that dream.
As part of the resort chain’s recent International Women’s Day celebrations, the girls, age 13-17, along with their chaperones were invited to a day of “edutainment” at Beaches Negril Resort and Spa.
All 14, according to manager at the Clarendon-based facility, Althea Baker, want to pursue a career in hospitality and tourism, with one already securing a spot at the Ebony Park Heart Academy to study Food and Beverage Supervision Level III.
Spearheaded by the resort’s regional public relations department, the girls received an entertaining welcome by managers and Sesame Street friends Grover and Cookie Monster, topped off by cold towels, refreshing welcome amenities and the lovely ambience of the resort’s Great Room. They were checked into the resort by the personable front office team and were given a wealth of information on the front of house and animations operations.
The youngsters were later taken on an information-laden tour of the lush 12-acre beachfront property making stops at key departments.
The resort piazza bar was the top hangout spot, as bartender Sileon James staged a show-tending event for the teenagers, pouring them tall glasses of various concoctions and answering their many questions. The girls also had the opportunity to interact with the food preparation team, which hosted the group to a food-carving demonstration and an interactive session.
They were shown that all work and no fun was not on the day’s agenda and went to unwind in the popular resort club Liquid at Beaches, took their turns in the X-Box Games Lounge and were treated to massages, exfoliation teasers and complimentary products courtesy of the Red Lane Spa.
Baker said the visit was more than she anticipated.
“I appreciated Beaches accommodating our ladies as part of their celebrations for International Women’s Day. The field trip accomplished all that we had hoped for, and more. The girls met with managers and team members who went all out; they wowed beyond expectation. The tour was so interactive and fun and this made the girls feel even more comfortable in their career choices,” she shared.
Surinder ‘Lucky’ Kahlon, general manager at Beaches Negril in his address to the girls charged them to embrace their roles as powerful females in society and encouraged them to continue working towards a successful career in the field.
According to one of the girls in the group, who has her sights set on a career as a dietician, “It was one of my best experiences, I just want to say a big thank you to everyone at Beaches for treating us to such a wonderful day.”
All the youngsters received individual school bags stacked with school supplies as a farewell gift courtesy of the resort’s charity arm, Sandals Foundation.