Tourism Executive rescues former Almond Beach staff: Intimate southern resort places laid-off back to work

Like to see how your meals are prepared? So do the energetic and friendly staff, if the meal is superb? Tweet it! twitter.com/SoCoBarbados

Like to see how your meals are prepared? So do the energetic and friendly staff, if the meal is superb? Tweet it! twitter.com/SoCoBarbados

Ralph Taylor has known nothing but Tourism for most of his over five decades on this planet, so it should be no surprise when from the ashes of Neal & Massy’s recent slash and burn exercise with the Almond Beach Resort in the island’s northern coast – where many employees were laid off, some claiming to not have received full Severance yet – that Ralph picked himself (and others) up and dusted himself off and began anew like the proverbial phoenix.

Looking for somewhere new for lunch or dinner? There's a 3 course fixed price specials, just $70 for lunch or $100 for dinner, including soothing seascapes to watch in air conditioned comfort and VAT. Call 228 6855 to reserve your spots.

Looking for somewhere new for lunch or dinner? There’s a 3 course fixed price specials, just $70 for lunch or $100 for dinner, including soothing seascapes to watch in air conditioned comfort and VAT. Call 228 6855 to reserve your spots.

Enter the former Sierra Beach Apartments, in the southern district of Hastings in the parish of Christ Church, which once was host to many an Irish visitor spending their summer in Barbados during the mid-80s to early 90s.

This family originates from Kenya, doing research and appreciating Ralph Taylor's expertise they made it their business to patronise SoCo and stayed in Barbados, enjoying good food, great company and a breathtaking ocean view.

This family originates from Kenya, doing research and appreciating Ralph Taylor’s expertise they made it their business to patronise SoCo and stayed in Barbados, enjoying good food, great company and a breathtaking ocean view.

After a slump from the first Gulf War then the abandonment from over-zealous safety due to 9/11, the facility was essentially derelict when Ralph Taylor came along and saw its former glory waiting to be restored. Thus SoCo Hotel like Ralph sprang from the ashes of Adversity!

iPhone savvy? SoCo is too, not only Free Wifi but a special port where you can plug in and play your own music!

iPhone savvy? SoCo is too, not only Free Wifi but a special port where you can plug in and play your own music!

SoCo Hotel is diagonally opposite to St Matthias Road and also facing Trident Insurance across the street, renovations led to SoCo Hotel which embraces a whole new vista on All Inclusive where Barbadians and Guests can bask in the ambiance.

For more onplacing a reservation, shoot an eMail to -  reservations@thesocohotel.com

For more on placing a reservation, shoot an eMail to – reservations@thesocohotel.com

Bajans are welcomed to come and host business breakfast or lunches and at night host Corporate events, while Guests can see what Barbadian life is like at a  personal level due to the compactness of the facility, since a similar framework at a larger resort would lean towards unwieldiness.

The hospitality guru pauses from his hactic agenda to answer queries from the svelte Roberta Dowell of Starcom Network.

The hospitality guru pauses from his hactic agenda to answer queries from the svelte Roberta Dowell of Starcom Network.

The charming home away from home has 24 rooms serviced by a staff complement which has 50% from the one-time Almond Beach facility (staff are approximately 40 in all). A Staycation special includes free WiFi and other amenities – you can call (246) 228-6955eMail or Tweet them to learn more.

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  1. Congratulations to Ralph Taylor and his team on this initiative. Wishing them every success for the future.

  2. If he is such a “hospitality guru”, why did Almond fail under his leadership when other resorts are still operating?

  3. Hi Sam;

    Almond was kept running even when Erskine Sandiford sold Heywoods and it became what we last knew it as… Have you heard of the Boston Matriculation? It means a business however long it runs needs to revise and regenerate every 30 years or perish – note I said Neal & Massy ‘slash and burn exercise‘ they chose not to replenish more funds into Almond, they also allowed DaCosta Mannings in Fontabelle to shut down and Brydens when sold to Ansa McAl was also gutted and sliced into unrecognisable parts… So if Ralph had gotten the funding necessary to push Almond into the 21st Century? I doubt SoCo would even be here now. As it is SoCo may well outlast any project Neal & Massy may set their hand to…

  4. We congratulate Ralph Taylor.
    He has always been a Go Getter.

  5. Having stayed at the So Co in Sept 2013 both my wife and I were very impressed by Mr Ralph Taylor’s management of the hotel.So much so that we have booked for two weeks in Oct this year.Well done to him and his team for a job well done.

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