With ample environmental and cultural reverence built into every nook and cranny, the highly anticipated luxury resort, Eclipse at Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica officially opened its doors on March 1st.
Designed exclusively for the luxury traveler, the resort’s most anticipated suite demands $10,000 upwards, per night. The thoughtfully curated property built for discerning tastes, boasts 57 accommodations, two restaurants, three bars, a market cafe, a spa, an infinity-edge swimming pool, and a private beachfront with a natural swimming cove.
Still, hoopla aside, the resort was also constructed on a sturdy foundation of social and environmental consciousness.
Its founders are adamant – in keeping with the sway of the modern day, sophisticated traveler’s taste, the resort was designed to shun opulence and instead showcase the allure of its natural surroundings, local art and homegrown foods.
Resort guests step into a welcome area that is framed by a stunning Guango Tree – one of over 70 trees that were carefully replanted on the property. Meanwhile, the construction process worked carefully around other, already situated trees, to ensure they were kept alive and well during build-out. Another environmentally sensitive initiatives included the expansive restoration of a beach that had been lost through a development in the early 2000s.
According to the resort’s chairman, Guy Steuart III, the property is steadfast in its commitment to paying homage to the environment in which it’s settled. Not only does Eclipse grow its own herbs, spices and fruit, he says, but the architectural design is an ode to its natural ambience. “Everything is linear and low slung, and it gives you a sense of the topography. The peaks of the roofs are symbolic of the mountains behind us, and you always have a clear view of the sea and the horizon beyond,” Steuart told Travel + Leisure in an article published last month.
Similarly, as an ode to Jamaican culture, all art throughout the entire resort is locally made, and each ocean room has artwork from students of Jamaica’s Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts. “All our doors and windows are made in Kingston by a local company. Everything we hang on our walls is done locally,” Steuart noted to Travel + Leisure. “We have a rich history of artistry, music, and food in Jamaica, and it would be silly not to embrace it.” A massive piece by highly lauded Jamaican ceramist, David Pinto, is also a focal point in one of the resort’s several restaurants.
The Eclipse’s impressive commitment to developing an experience that holds both social and environmental responsibility, and commerce, in equal regard, is bound to cement its space as a true Caribbean treasure.