A promising start: MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort

The first all-inclusive Resort developed by The Resort Group PLC on the then largely undiscovered Islands of Cape Verde, MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort has gone from strength to strength in the last seven years of operation. Opened in May 2011, with an impressive launch event that was attended by performing artists, celebrities, notable figures and dignitaries, the Resort has proven a key asset in The Group’s investment portfolio. 

As the holidaymakers began to fill the rooms, it became clear that MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort offered a Cape Verdean experience unlike any other. Named ‘Cape Verde’s Leading Hotel’ in the 2012 World Travel Awards, an award it continued to receive in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017, the Resort also received the coveted TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in 2013 and in 2014. Raising the profile of The Group itself, due to the roaring success of its first all-inclusive development, The Resort Group PLC received the Luxury Hotel Group of the Year 2016 from the industry-renowned Luxury Travels Awards.

Since its 2011 launch, the Resort has continued to grow and adapt to its loyal holidaymakers, ensuring that every guest is catered for with the utmost care and attention. The addition of Annatalia’s Boutique, as well as a further £1.5 million investment into Waterside, Spices, the new Champagne bar, Spa and offices, as well as IT systems, energy upgrades, new furniture, outdoor improvements and Bali beds for the beach – have supported the Resort in achieving its world-renowned success.

Not only recognised for its commitment to luxury, MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort has also received recognition for its extensive sustainability efforts, through the Travelife Gold Certification which tested the destination against some 163 sustainability criteria.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018

And it seems 2018 is going to be yet another positive period for the Resort, as MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort reveals it has entered The World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018 – a global organisation that provides luxury hotels with recognition for their world-class facilities and service excellence provided to guests. MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort has been entered for Luxury Family All-Inclusive Hotel, Luxury Beach Resort and Luxury Island Resort of the year which will be open for voting on 1 August 2018.

MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort: A Sustainable Approach To The Future

Speaking about the Resort’s success to Santiago Rodriguez, General Manager of MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort who has over 18 years’ experience in the Leisure & Tourism industry, we asked what it is about MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort, that makes it the success it is today.

Having worked all over the world, including South America, Europe and Africa, Rodriguez explained that it is Meliá Hotels International’s ‘passion for service and caring for people’ that really sets it apart from its competition. 

What motivates me every day and puts a smile on my face, is that my job is to help people to be a little happier.  Nobody goes on holiday to be angry or sad, that is why this work is so beautiful.

We generate experiences and memories that will stay with people for the rest of their lives.  We all know that when we remember our holidays, we smile and feel happier, and it helps us approach each day positively.’

When asked how MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort changed since it first opened in May 2011, Rodriguez described how not only the hotel has evolved, but also the grounds. ‘In 2011, it was like a modest garden and now it is an oasis with visually spectacular gardens’. He also discussed how professionally the Resort has evolved with a team of ‘highly qualified staff specialised in offering the best experience.’ 

With 7 years already under its belt, Rodriguez discussed what the vision was for the next 7 years at MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort, ‘The hotel is already a consolidated product in the market by almost 30% of repeaters. Our intention is to maintain our position in front of all the new projects.

And Santiago Rodriguez advice for those looking at a career in Hospitality?

Join a multinational company like Meliá Hotels International with partners as important as The Resort Group PLC, so you can grow and acquire the know-how experience needed to succeed.’

Please note that the World Luxury Hotel Awards website will only open for voting on 1 August 2018 12 am, therefore the voting poll will go live on this date. Voting closes Friday 31st August 2018 12 pm.