We’re winding down on the last of what is 2019 and as we look to ring in a New Year 2020, it now seems like the right time to reflect back on the year that was; a particularly eventful year for our resort property. Here’s a look back at the events that shaped another amazing year for Banyan Bay Suites.
Suite Upgrades and Remodeling (Alaia Belize Transformation) – With the official debut of Alaia Belize in December 2020, the transformation phase of Banyan Bay Suite commenced and is currently in full swing. Each suite is being meticulously remodeled to match the standards set forth by the Marriott International brand. Full transition into the Marriott brand may very well be complete by November 2020 for Alaia Belize’s debut in December 2020. Positioned right on the water’s edge, Alaia Belize’s oceanfront location and luxury beach villas make it Ambergris Caye’s best property investment option. It offers an outstanding opportunity to be part of a 5-star residential resort that combines cutting-edge design and its unique location south of Town.
New resort events added – This year we stepped up our game and added some new daily activities and events to enhance our guest vacation experience. For Wellness minded guests, we’ve added Yoga, Pilates and Water Aerobics classes at a small cost, for your enjoyment. We’ve also added a fun activity for the entire family; sip and paint. Guests get to meet at Pier every Friday and tap into their artistic skills with a guided painting session with a local artist and best of all, you get to take home your masterpiece. Held on the first weekend of each month, our market days are designed to bring local vendors and artists under one roof and attract the support from the local community.
Pier bans single use plastic – In April after the Government of Belize passed legislation to ban the use, importation and sale of single-use plastics, Pier 366 was quick to jump on the bandwagon of this green crusade and transitioned from using plastics to paper/biodegradable based products. Continuing to attract guests is our priority as we seek to enhance our sustainable credentials and continue to be an environmentally friendly dining destination.
Pier Gourmet Pizza House – Making its debut with classics such as Americana, Prosciutto, Vegetarian, summer and Margherita pies, these have been a hit with our patrons and guests looking for delicious bites by the seaside. Our pizzas are made using our homemade dough which is prepared in the artisan style the old fashioned way and bake them on a fire brick oven! Opens daily from 5 to 9pm!
Alaia Foundation’s first 5k Run and Half Marathon – Our first run consisted of over 130 runners from all over Belize and as far as the United States of America. The event spearheaded by the Alaia Foundation raised funds to help in providing financial, educational, medical and environmental support to disenfranchised families in San Pedro Town. The second annual Marathon is scheduled for April 5th, 2020, so get your running legs ready!
BTIA Tourism Expo – The 13th Edition of the Belize Tourism Expo (BETEX) which kicked off May 8th in Placencia, culminated in grand fashion on Monday, May 13th, in Ambergris Caye. This year’s Roadshow styled business expo saw tourism professionals meet with 30 local and international travel agents and wholesalers to experience Belize firsthand. These travelers had the opportunity to learn more about the country’s top attractions, accommodations, and visitor services currently on offer. Aimed at selling Belize as a top travel destination, it was paramount that Banyan Bay Suites, Grand Colony Island Villas and Alaia Belize were represented. The travel show ended with a mixer hosted at the beach area of Pier 366.
Belize Sailing Center – Our on-site sailing center (Belize Sailing Center) makes your vacation a little more pleasurable with its complimentary usage of paddleboards and ocean kayaks for all of our guests. The shop also offers hobie cat rentals and sailing lesson services to the general public. This facility is located at open lot next to the resort, on the beach. Opening Hours are dependent on sea/wind conditions*
Beach reclamation & Boom installation– Belize was hit severely by the Sargasso phenomenon in 2019 and beaches all across the countries coastlines were most affected. This prompted a swift course of action for remedial works on our beaches. A multi-million dollar investment was made to reclaim the properties’ sprawling 1000ft beach area and the successful installation of the country’s first and largest Sargasso Boom was installed along our properties coastline.
What to look forward to in 2020?
The much anticipated debut of Alaia Belize – an Autograph collection under the Marriott International brand. This Autograph collection hotel in San Pedro will be one of the largest master-planned waterfront resorts and residential properties spanning over 20 acres and the first in San Pedro to sit on more than 1,000 feet of beach. Residents will have access to an exclusive beach club, a rooftop suspended pool, a full-service spa, a fitness center, a kids club, a dive ship and an art gallery. The property will feature 56 two-bedroom condominiums and eight oceanfront villas.
And it’s only just begun!
Thank you for allowing us to continue to be a part of your most special occasions, from anniversaries and birthdays to family reunions and weddings. We couldn’t have done it without YOU, our amazing community of travelers/guests. 2020… come at us, we’re ready!