The mountain town of Orocovis will become home to the future Nayara Toro Verde Hotel, a project that represents a $6 million investment and the arrival of the Nayara luxury hotel chain, exclusive until now to Costa Rica, the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. announced Tuesday.
During a news conference at the property, Jorge Jorge, CEO of Toro Verde, broke ground to initiate construction for a new luxury hotel that will comprise 60 cabins adjacent to the Toro Verde Adventure Park known for its zip lining and other eco-friendly tourism activities.
“In addition to the prestige that the construction of a Nayara hotel brings to our destination’s tourism industry, the project also represents an important initiative for the economic development of the mountain region and Puerto Rico, said Tourism Co. Executive Director Ingrid I. Rivera-Rocafort.
The first phase of the construction — comprising 20 luxury cabins, a lobby, common guest areas, and a swimming pool — will represent a $2.5 million investment and will create between 50 and 60 jobs. In its operational phase, the hotel will employ between 50 to 60 people.
A second phase will round out the property, as well as the projected $6 million investment. The hotel is expected to comply with all the Tourism Company’s requirements to be certified as an eco-tourism development, Rivera said.
“Toro Verde is a dream come true. Thanks to your support and our desire to always be innovators and stay on the cutting edge of the eco-tourism trends, we have joined forces with the Nayara flag, a world-renowned 5-star hotel chain with plenty of experience in providing unforgettable experiences to their guests,” Jorge said.
“These facilities in the Toro Verde mountains will bring a new perspective to the luxury and eco-tourism niche markets. I am positive that this is the beginning of another successful undertaking, one that will showcase the potential of our beautiful island to the world,” he said.
Tuesday’s hotel groundbreaking ceremony also included the inauguration of the Bull Maze Rope Course, a $200,000 structure that measures 60 feet by 60 feet and has 36 different adventures that include suspension bridges, canopies, obstacles, and rappelling lines. The rope course is the largest in America and has a capacity for 50 people per hour. The Bull Maze will be used mainly for team building dynamics and birthday celebrations, company officials said.