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Proud Of Patricia!

We're Celebrating The Woman At The Helm Of Ocean Hotels Barbados

This International Women’s Day 2022 at Ocean Hotels Barbados, as our island and three wonderful resorts return to a ‘new normal’, we’re reminded of the importance that women continue to play in the global Travel & Tourism industry. 

In March 2019, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) reported that with almost twice as many female employers than other sectors, Tourism provides women with “more opportunities for workforce participation, leadership, entrepreneurship and empowerment than many other sectors, particularly in developing countries.”

In Barbados, we’re proud every day of all the women who drive our country forward, whether on the tourism front lines of our white sand beaches, in the rarified halls of international power, or across multimedia channels as a universal image influencer.

And at Ocean Hotels Barbados, we’re particularly proud of Patricia Affonso-Dass, our CEO and Group General Manager, whose title doesn’t begin to cover the many hats she wears everyday in her role. 

A self-described “true product of the Caribbean”, Patricia was born in Dominica but left at the age of 2 and lived in Trinidad and Antigua before moving to Guyana where she grew up; she has lived in Barbados since August 1998.

Studying Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University in Florida, she gained a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours, and her subsequent career in the tourism industry ranges from management positions in Guyana and Barbados with hotels and resorts, touristic attractions and leisure properties, to leading the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association as President. 

In September 2009, Patricia joined Ocean Hotels Barbados as Group General Manager, and according to a recent interview with Hertelier.com, “she’s helped the brand become a leader on the island…”

On her journey with us, Patricia was involved in the completion and opening of the original Ocean Two, oversaw the full renovation and expansion of Sea Breeze Beach House, managed a $2.8M upgrade and renovation of South Beach Hotel, and most recently turned her focus to the reimagining and recreation of Ocean Two into O2 Beach Club & Spa, which opened last November to popular acclaim.

Patricia Affonso-Dass has been interviewed many times, always sharing her point of view with honesty and Caribbean pride. For International Women’s Day 2022, Ocean Hotels Barbados Group celebrates our unique and amazing CEO & General Manager through her own words.

 

Island Life…

There are so many reasons to choose Barbados. The first thing people think about are the amazing beaches. To my mind, the sea; the colours of blue are just unbelievable. There's an unending variety of fabulous food – everything from roadside barbecues to cliff-side caviar. You have a ton of amazing activities — golf, scuba diving and all the rest of it. Easy transport around the island, whether you're renting a car, scooter or taxi, or taking the Caribbean version of the hop-on, hop-off bus. It's an easy place to get to. It's an easy place to visit and there's so much to do.

~ Virgin Holidays Insider Blog

Work Life…

My favorite aspect of my current role is the ability to craft and design what the future of our business looks like.  I love the business development aspect equally as well as the people development aspect.  As we grow, change, and develop the business, we create opportunities for our teams to grow, change and develop also. 

~ Hertelier.com

Caribbean Life…

My connection with CHTA has spanned my entire career. The professional support network as well as the exposure that it has provided me has been invaluable to me professionally.  As a Caribbean person, I have always had a very regional and collaborative approach. My role as President of CHTA really helped to strengthen my belief that while we are the most tourism-dependent region in the world, we are also the most desirable, resilient, creative, and genuinely hospitable. There is no place else like the Caribbean!

~ Hertelier.com

 

Life Lessons…

I think that the biggest personal lesson that I learned coming out of the pandemic is that I am much stronger and more resilient than I believed.  I have always been a creative thinker, but the pandemic forced me to really look at our operation in a completely different way and that has given rise to a number of initiatives that I believe will continue to serve us well long after this is behind us. 

~ Hertelier.com

Happy International Women’s Day To All Women, Everywhere!

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O2's Grand Opening

On December 14, Ocean Hotels Barbados threw a glittering party to celebrate the opening of our new resort.

And what a wonderful evening it was, as we welcomed the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley, to cut the ribbon at the official opening of O2 Beach Club & Spa, along with a host of VIPs, friends, supporters and team members.

Proceedings were started by a blessing of the resort by three local clergy members, and guests were treated to a taste of the luxury hospitality they can expect at O2.

From colour-coordinated cocktails to deliciously artistic canapés and miniature desserts, the culinary team excelled themselves on this very special night, and the setting could not have been more beautiful, draped with festive decor and lights.

Looking spectacular in her cerise ball gown, CEO and Group General Manager, Patricia Affonso-Dass spoke to the audience of the journey which took under two years from ground-breaking to opening.

With five star luxury, exquisite restaurants, a reputation for genuine hospitality, and an entrancing stretch of white sand beach, O2 Beach Club & Spa promises to bring a new level of experience to the south coast of Barbados.

As Patricia later expressed: "Thank you to those who were able to join us for the glittering event. Your presence and participation brought our beautiful hotel to life. To our friends who couldn't be here, we missed your company and look forward to your continued support. We hope that you'll visit with us in the near future to experience our warm hospitality." 

She also thanked the entire O2 Beach Club & Spa team led by General Manager Elisabeth Alleyne, without whom the amazing event would not have been possible.

Please click to enjoy our Opening Night Gallery. We look forward to welcoming you very soon to the amazing O2 Beach Club & Spa.

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A New Look And Logo

O2 Beach Club & Spa Introduces Vibrant New Branding

Modern sophistication arrives this Winter on the south coast of Barbados with the launch of O2 Beach Club & Spa, an exclusive yet inviting haven of chic accommodations, gourmet cuisine, and upscale experiences. 

Modern sophistication arrives this Winter on the south coast of Barbados with the launch of O2 Beach Club & Spa, an exclusive yet inviting haven of chic accommodations, gourmet cuisine, and upscale experiences. 

In anticipation of the launch date approaching, Ocean Hotels Barbados unveils their new logo and branding for O2 Beach Club & Spa. 

The logo incorporates a large, handwritten O2, evoking the human quality and relaxed hospitality of Bajan culture, and a sense of lightness that connects back to oxygen - the elemental inspiration for the new resort. 

Inspired by the warmth and vibrancy of the island, the new colour palette is colourful but elegant, combining the gold tones of sunset and sand with hints of bold hibiscus and deep ocean.

The new-look website and social media platforms offer a glimpse of what it’s like to be a guest at O2 Beach Club & Spa, portraying understated elegance, relaxed sophistication, joyful discovery for the senses, and inspiration to travel to the beach.

The first of its kind in Barbados, O2 Beach Club & Spa is an all-inclusive escape in one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful locations, where guests are invited to completely unwind and find meaningful renewal with restorative amenities, or rev up and have some fun with entertaining experiences.  

At O2 Beach Club & Spa, the service mission is to encourage a true sense of individual wellbeing throughout every stay.

See for yourself at the new-look O2 Beach Club & Spa website, and at the same time why not sign up for our regular newsletters? There's a link at the bottom of every page.

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Experience Epicurean All-Inclusive

Savour The Difference At O2 Beach Club & Spa

Experience five-star dining "done differently", with options ranging from relaxed air-conditioned buffets and comfy coffee nooks, to barefoot barbecue on the beach and gourmet fine-dining on starlit rooftop decks. Everything is included so no wallet required!

O2 Beach Club's restaurants offer an international array of dining options and cuisines, featuring fresh local ingredients creatively prepared by our team of experienced chefs. You'll never tire of our ever-changing menus, and to accompany your dining, choose from a fabulous selection of Bajan and international cocktails, premium-branded alcohol, select wines and champagne.

We're not the only ones to be excited about the launch of O2 Beach Club & Spa. In July, the UK Sunday Telegraph featured us in their list of the UK's Top 20 Spots to holiday this Christmas. We hope you saw it, but if not, you can check our website's special rates for winter vacations and plan your perfect festive celebration in 2021.

Here's a sneek peak at some of our restaurants, and you can find the complete blog HERE.

Bluefin: Follow Your Nose!

Real "toes in the sand" dining, with a local and international menu that features the Caribbean's favourite cooking method - the barbecue grill. Lighter options such as shrimp bruschetta and homemade hummus served with hand-fried chips sit alongside authentic jerk chicken with 'festival', and our own Bajan classic 'fish cutter' sandwich. Cooked to order pizzas and flatbreads are great for the kids, and there's even a selection of freshly-made sushi, including the spicily well-named Caribbean Dynamite rolls.

Oasis: Tranquility & Treats

When it's time for a light breakfast or a breezy break from the beach - and perhaps a delicious sweet treat - you'll find an array of irresistible baked goods and specialist coffees at Oasis. Relax with afternoon tea or a tipsy cocktail and stay as long as you like - that's why we call it Oasis!

Brisa: Spanish for 'Breeze'

Experiencing tapas on the rooftop terrace of Brisa is definitely must-do dining at O2 Beach Club. Start with Gazpacho served in a martini glass and choose your way through an elaborate menu of classic tapas, some with a Bajan twist, then round off your evening with an incredible home-baked 'cake pop' from the chic dessert buffet. Open for sunset, the ocean breezes, stunning setting, photogenically delectable tapas and exquisite dessert creations, are sure to make you fall in love with Brisa.

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Enjoy The Suite Life

It's Truly Your Stay, Your Way

A new luxury all-inclusive resort is set to make its highly-anticipated debut on Barbados’ bustling southern coast this winter. O2 Beach Club & Spa is located on Dover Beach in the heart of popular St Lawrence Gap. The transformation of former Ocean Two Resort and Residences is the latest innovation of Ocean Hotels Barbados

Even though we haven't even opened our doors yet, the O2 Beach Club & Spa is already being called the coolest new beach club in Barbados.

We'll be offering 130 luxurious rooms and suites in three distinct 'Collections' of unique residence-style suites, that we believe truly represent O2's promise of 'your stay, your way'.

Read more about the Club, Luxury and Concierge Collections in July’s Beach Club Blog, including amazing amenities such as:

  • In-suite check-in and a bottle of champagne on arrival
  • Pre-stocked mini-bar including wine & cocktail essentials, restocked daily  
  • Premium nightly turndown service, including gourmet treats
  • Complimentary room service
  • Spa Credits
  • Exclusive 45 minute ‘Teach Me' lessons
  • Free game of Golf per person from November to April*
  • And UNLIMITED GOLF per person from May to October*

*Minimum stay of 5 nights    ** Supplement applies

We're not the only ones to be excited about the launch of O2 Beach Club & Spa. Carib Journal featured us in a wonderful story that hit the news in June, which we are pleased and proud to share with you.

So sign up and look out for the monthly O2 Beach Club Blog and stay in the loop about the latest South Coast luxury, all-inclusive experience from Ocean Hotels Barbados.

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