The owner of the iconic Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston, Chris Issa, and his newly formed Crissa Hotels brand are gearing up to debut S Hotel Jamaica this month in Montego Bay.
Designed by Miami-based luxury design firm Antrobus Ramirez along with Jamaica-born designer Alison Antrobus and design partner Ruby Ramirez, the 120-room hotel’s lobby features a 25-ft. interior wall adorned with coral stone and a central “boardwalk” made from local Jatoba hardwood. Historical and cultural design elements are woven throughout, including artisanal weaving techniques that are used in unexpected applications. That includes the 20-ft. screens made with rattan cane panels and cut stone typically used in traditional Jamaican buildings, serving as inspiration and decorating the lobby walls.
Laden throughout the hotel are works of local lumber artist Tamara Harding, who used recycled wood from trees removed during the property’s construction. Local artists also contributed original works, including a hand-painted mural and a photomontage of the faces of Jamaica that can be seen in dining venues. A 14-ft. antique dining table made by Mr. T.T. Jackson, a famous furniture maker in the 1950s, also serves as a focal point.
The development also features several food and beverage outlets, a pool, sky deck, spa and a gym. Additionally, meeting and event space is available at the property.
Photo: Courtesy of Crissa Hotels