New look for SOS Children's Village
The SOS Children's Village in Rose Hall, St James, will go into the Christmas season and the new year with a spanking new look, thanks to the upgrading work undertaken there last weekend by Primary Residential Mortgage Incorporated (PRMI), a mortgage-lending group based in Utah, in the United States.
In addition to the facelift, the group also handed out early Christmas gifts to the children, who were highly appreciative of the kind gesture.
"The company and employees are delighted with this opportunity to share with the Jamaican children," said David Zitting, one of the owners of PRMI. "We hope to do much more as we see other needs which would help to address such as putting in solar energy."
The contact between PRMI and SOS was initiated by Amstar Destination Management Company (ADMC), which is based in Ironshore, Montego Bay. The company has had a long-standing interest in the well-being of the children's home, which is a charity-driven entity.
New Owner, New Name for Travaasa Austin Resort
Austin, Texas —Miraval Group, a New York-based wellness resort operator, has entered the Texas market with the recent acquisition of the Travaasa Austin Resort. The 70-room resort was purchased from a wholly owned subsidiary of Amstar Group, a real estate investment management company headquartered in Denver, Colo. Terms of the transaction remained undisclosed.
The new acquisition is part of Miraval’s national growth plan that also includes the Miraval Life in Balance Spa at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California and the redevelopment of the Cranwell resort in Lenox, Massachusetts
Miraval plans to redevelop the property—which is located at 13500 Farm to Market Road in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve—into a destination wellness resort. This will be the company’s first foray into the Texas and South markets. Se.t for completion in January 2019, the upgraded property will offer 120 rooms, an expanded main restaurant and an equine facility that will be integrated into the resort experience.