From new accommodation features and updates, to significant customer milestones and ambitious projects, 2018 has been another epic year here at Banyan Bay Suites. So, as we begin a new year, we’d like to take a moment and look back on all the things we’ve learned, experienced, and achieved together in the past 12 months.
Resort Upgrades complete – January 2018 saw the completion of our renovated suites and reception area. Each unit has seen cosmetic changes to its kitchen area, décor, ceilings, bathrooms and furniture arrangements. Adjoining the suites master bedroom is the bathroom which was a focal point of the renovations and upgrades. Bathrooms are now transformed into walk-in showers with a rain, hot and cold shower head. The resorts lobby was also transformed into a colorful and stylish waiting area with upbeat and trendy staff members welcoming you at the reception.
Installation of studio Gym – More and more travelers are fitness-conscious and the installation of our studio gym is perfect for workouts when on vacation. Designed for our in-house guests, this gym features strength equipment, elliptical, thread mills, kettle-bells, strength bands, stationary bike, free weights and yoga mats. Open daily and located at the lobby area, our gym is designed for use by our fit-fam guests.
Luxury K’in Spa – This new wellness space is located on the ground floor near the reception area. The philosophy integrated around this space and environment revolves around bringing each individual to the deepest state of relaxation, helping to release stress and tension build up to benefit your overall well being. Immerse yourself into the hands of our wellness professionals to ease your body, mind and soul to harmonize all aspects of the whole being. K’in Spa offers a wide variety of high quality therapeutic massages, facials, and body exfoliation treatments and is open daily to serve our guests and the public.
Weddings and Honeymoons – 2018 saw an upward trend in Honeymoon and wedding events for our resorts, and 2019 promises to be an even more spectacular year for newlyweds and honeymooners. With idyllic beachfront and tropical garden backdrops, our resort is the epitome for your intimate or lavish ceremony. We recommend booking your special day in advance at; firstname.lastname@example.org
Groundbreaking for Alaia Belize- Part of Marriott International’s exclusive Autograph Collection®, Alaia promises to be a modern luxury resort rooted in the spirit of Belize and infused with the essence of its inspiring setting on Ambergris Caye. Alaia Belize broke ground at the end of 2017 with a launch plan of five phases. The idyllic beachfront resort will feature a conversion of 35 units, 56 two-bedroom condominiums with lock off option and eight oceanfront villas, totaling 155 keys when completed in 2020. When completed, Alaia will boast world-class amenities, including a beach club exclusive to guests and residents, a rooftop suspended pool and lounge with spectacular ocean views, full service spa, fitness center, kids club, dive shop and live art gallery.
The Market – In September of this year, Banyan Bay Suites introduced its Farmer’s Market to the general populace, allowing for sale and trade of local services and products to the community. Since then, The Market, has grown leaps and bounds and continues to be an event growing in popularity across the island. Market attendees are delighted with a smorgasbord of food treats, organic products, local arts, drink specials, live music and community comradery. Our next Market is set for this Saturday, January 5th, 2019!
Hotel Staff Certification – This year also saw milestones for our staff’s personal development with their successful certification as guest service professionals. A total of 26 staff members of various hospitality levels received their professional certifications from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. Our General Manger Lee Espejo, was certified as a Hotel Administrator in an effort to elevate the standards of our hospitality services.
Sailing Center re-opens – This year also saw the re-opening of our water sports facility. Guests and the public are now privy to a center that offers daily Sailing lessons, Hobie Cat, stand-up paddleboards and ocean kayak rentals. The Sailing Center opens daily and houses the San Pedro Sailing Club for young sailors of San Pedro Town.
Kids Club debuts– Designed for our young guests and toddlers in mind, our newly installed Kids Club offers fun and entertaining activities throughout the day. Morning and afternoon sessions are available with tons of activities to keep the kids busy and entertained while mom and dad enjoy some time to themselves. The Kids Club features a ball pit, a tee-pee, engaging storytelling, building blocks, activity books, coloring books and is packed with toys. This facility opens daily and is exclusive for our in-house guests.
Notwithstanding the aforementioned, this year, we welcomed several long-standing repeat guests, first time holidaymakers, influential bloggers and established media professionals to our resort. The warm, friendly hospitality of our teams and the pure charm of the island has made the year memorable for our guests of all ages. From building lasting friendships, sharing smiles with guests and celebrating holidays, we have certainly exceeded expectations in 2018.
There is still more to come and we look forward to welcoming you in 2019!