Tourism Executive rescues former Almond Beach staff: Intimate southern resort places laid-off back to work
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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) 228-6955, eMail or Tweet them to learn more.