Hotel Mockingbird Hill in Port Antonio, Jamaica is a very special, luxury, eco-chic, boutique hotel that has been created by innkeepers Jamaican Barbara Walker and Indian Shireen Aga who have been friends for many years.
Both have travelled extensively and had experienced the negative effects of tourism¬† that has not taken environmental and social responsibilities into consideration.
Best Hotel for the Environment 2010
Together Barbara & Shireen have demonstrated that a small property can achieve international recognition and provide a leadership role in the community as demonstrated by receiving Best Hotel for the Environment 2010 by Responsible Travel & Virgin Holidays. ¬†They were Jamaica’s first hotel to have a carbon offsetting programme both for their guests and themselves
Co-owner Barbara Walker is a widely exhibited artist.It is her goal to bring visitors into contact with the Jamaican arts, which she insists amount to much more than the popular reggae culture. Gallery Carriacou was built adjacent to the hotel to provide an inspiring insight into Jamaican art, exhibiting her own sculptures and paintings alongside works by other noted artists.
Co-owner Shireen Aga studied environmentally friendly tourism and hotel management in Bonn, Germany.She is also a qualified trainer. The hotel conducts seminars with its own staff and the staff of other hotels in the area, explaining not only the value of sound environmental policies in hotels but also of implementing what they learn in their own homes, expounding the long-term rewards, including financial savings.
The Mockingbirdees Team
Our great hotel team! From left to right, Nerine, Patrona, Junior, Mr Wynter, Dwayn, Rasta, Pump, Johnny
Out on a Staff Beach Day Lunch