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Paying tribute to “The Garinagu” in Belize

Of the many cultures and ethnic groups that make up the identity of Belize, none is more synonymous to November than the Garinagu/Garifuna culture. An annual celebration held in Belize on November 19th, a public and bank holiday, signals their prominence and arrival to our southern shores; almost 4 centuries ago. This holiday is known as the Garifuna Settle Day in Belize. Here are a few facts focusing on this unique culture and people that share part of our identity as a country. History of the Garifuna More than four centuries ago, the British began importing slaves from Africa to work on plantations in the Caribbean. Over time, these people began intermarrying with local Carib and Arawak natives, developing a new culture called the Garifuna. After rebelling against the British, the Garifuna were pursued throughout the Caribbean. First landing on the island of Roatan (part of modern Honduras) where they adopted cassava into their diet, the Garifuna eventually arrived on the shores of Belize on November 19, 1802, establishing themselves in villages such as Barranco, Seine Bight, Dangriga, Hopkins and Punta Gorda. The unique Garifuna Culture While Garinagus are known as skilled crafters and talented painters, there biggest contribution has […]

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Meet our Housekeeper Juana, making your vacation spotless!

Have you ever wondered how it is possible to get the freshness that fills your suite making you and your family feel so relaxed? Or the bed sheets and linens at Banyan Bay Suites’ so pressed and perfect? It makes us wonder, does the Housekeeping department have a secret? This month, we will feature our eldest and veteran housekeeper, Juana Nunez, to learn more about her integral role and her recipe for the ultimate cleanliness. “Juanita”, as affectionately known, hails from El Salvador and joined the resort team as a cleaner back in 2003, soon after relocating from her birth country. Since then, Juana has grown into a very integral part of our housekeeping team, bringing with her attention to detail and a desire to motivate others to work every day. “When I started my career, we (the resort) only had 6 rooms total and presently we have close to 30. We have a great team, I enjoy the challenging aspects and the physical nature of helping to maintain the properties for the guests”, exclaimed Juana when asked about her tenure and role. Juana’s day-to-day tasks include; ensuring that all her tasks are dealt with effectively and efficiently. She uses […]

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A celebration of Tourism Success – BTB’s 16th Annual National Tourism Awards

Industry Stakeholders from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye were once again top winners and stars in this year’s 16th Annual Belize Tourism Board National Tourism Awards. The Gala event which was well-attended by 300+ esteemed guests from all over the country, took center stage on Saturday, October 20th at Caribbean Motors in Belize City. Designed to honor and acknowledge industry partners in the Tourism Sector for their excellence in hospitality and service, the National awards is a major event that recognizes the year’s best tourism products, services, and employees in the industry. Out of twenty awards given for the night, five went to businesses and individuals from Ambergris Caye. Below is a recap of the winner circle. The images are copyrighted as that of the Belize Tourism Board. Snagging the top award for Hospitality was the Belize Chocolate factory, a chocolate making company which opened in 2012 and currently boasts two location in San Pedro and Caye Caulker. Grand Caribe Beach Resort took the Tourism Award for Top Performing Hotels in Belize The Private Island, Cayo Espanto won the tourism award for Small Accommodation of the year President of the San Pedro Tour Guide Association, Billy Leslie, with the tourism award […]

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Banyan Bay’s The Market Pt. 4 harvests community support!

Saturday last, saw the 4th installment of ‘The Market’, organized by Banyan Bay Suites as part of their community involvement program. Over a dozen booths were set to welcome the trickling of patrons during a 3 hour bargain sale. Patrons took advantage of great deals on organically made products, yummy finger foods, hand-made local jewelry, sauces & spices, body scrubs and even exotic sushi deals. Did you make our picture vault? Here are images of this and past Markets! ** Save the date; October 27th, 2018 is our next edition of The Market!  

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Meet Miriam – A Jill of All Trades

At Banyan Bay Suites, we are justifiably proud of our fantastic team who all work hard to make sure every guest has a wonderful experience at our beautiful tropical resort on Ambergris Caye. One such personality is Miriam Salazar who is this month’s staff highlight and a member of our team that will make your stay a memorable one. Since relocating from Orange Walk Town in 1996, Miriam has integrated herself and served in the tourism and hospitality sector for over 12 years. Salazar climbed her way up from her first position as Front desk clerk to Front desk supervisor in just one year. She held this front-line position for nine years where she recounts many wonderful memories with guests and people she has served. In 2015, Miriam was given the housekeeping supervisor portfolio where she oversaw a team of 10 housekeepers and diligently carried out those responsibilities, proving once again that she is reliable, and a driving force for the company. When asked what motivates her on a daily basis, Miriam expressed, “knowing that our guests truly enjoyed their stay, rave about us and return year after year, makes it worthwhile for me.” In early 2018, Miriam was promoted […]

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Harvest success at Banyan Bay’s Farmers Market. Part 2 this SATURDAY!

Organizers are anticipating an even bigger and better Farmers Market this Saturday, September 15th from 10am to 1pm. Banyan Bay Suites hosted its first Farmers Market on September 1st to an ongoing crowd that topped out at least 75 at any given time. With 16 vendors/artisans and local artists in attendance, organizer Dianne Davison said that it is sure to be an ongoing event in the area. “The feedback and turnout was really great,” Davison said. “Some of our vendors are asking about the next one.”  There are so many people to thank for making this first ever farmer’s market come together. Thanks to the market organizers, our helpful friends, and all the wonderful customers who stopped by. ‘We were pretty anxious about our first market day, but all and all it was a raging success”, expressed Davison. BE SURE TO SAVE THE DATE! Banyan Bay Suites’ 2nd farmers Market is set for this Saturday, September 15th! We look forward to seeing you all there! Here are some pictures of our first farmers market:

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Banyan Bay Suites’ 1st Farmers Market set for Saturday, Sept. 1st!

Over a dozen artisans, vendors and local producers from across San Pedro Town have confirmed their participation in Banyan Bay Suites’ first ever, Farmers Market on Saturday, September 1st. Visitors can expect offers and discounted deals on sculptures, artisanal breads, jewelry, pickles, handmade bags, hummus, dips and other organic items. Organizers of the event are excited to bring together the community and allow visitors to purchase items that are not readily available on the island, at reasonable prices. While it promises to be a successful event, organizers are hoping to host this event on a bi-monthly basis. Entities participating include but not limited to; Jyoto Sushi House, Home Baked Bread, the Lunch Box Belize, Pier 366, Caye to the Heart, Lady Bug Plants, Le Foo frog Catering, etc. The Farmer’s Market is scheduled to begin at 10am and run until 1pm at the grounds of Banyan Bay’s conference center (opposite resort). You don’t want to miss out on this market – It’s FUN, FRESH & LOCAL!  

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Hotel Industry members equipped with basic CPR Training

Last week, personnel from the Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch (BRCSP)  facilitated a two-day CPR training and basic first aid workshop for members of the hotel industry. The objective was to ensure workplace health and safety. “if all employees become more safety aware, it will help with the number of accidents that would require immediate action to be taken, so we are literally equipping them to save lives,” expressed a Red Cross volunteer. Trainees now know exactly what’s in their first aid kits, how to use the contents, and the various ways to react in an emergency. In a beneficial way, it makes each trainee an unofficial health and safety risk manager. While the training also helped in improving employee morale, trainees conceded that having positive attitudes leads to positive results and that happiness and wellbeing of your employees will help you build a strong relationship; ultimately resulting in a better working environment. The Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch’s mission,  is to build the capacity of Ambergris Caye by holding First Aid courses monthly and quarterly blood drives. The sessions were held at the Banyan Bay Suites conference hall and included the participation of employees from Banyan Bay, Pier 366, and Grand Colony Island […]

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MEXICO’S AIRLINE TO OFFER SEASONAL NON-STOP FLIGHTS TO BELIZE ON WEEKENDS

Mexico’s Premier Global Airline, Aero Mexico announced today that travelers will now have access to two new seasonal non-stop flights to Belize. Aero Mexico’s flight 67 will make its debut run to Belize on Saturday, November 17th and will end seasonally on April 28th, 2019. A release from the Belize Tourism Board states that the flights will depart Mexico at 8:30 am and will arrive at the Phillip S. W. Goldson International Airport at 10:30 am. Flights from Belize will depart at 12:00 and arrive in Mexico at 2:25 pm. With Mexico’s International Airport being the second busiest airport by passenger traffic in Latin America, Banyan Bay’s Sales Manager, Almi Zul, expressed that, “The new AeroMexico flight route will add to the growing list of international flights into Belize and will offer our Mexican counterparts an opportunity to escape the cold weather of those months and enjoy the warm clime in Belize.” BTB’s Director of Tourism, Karen Bevans added that “the BTB is also dedicated to developing and implementing tourism programs that will help strengthen and grow the Belizean tourism industry; promote good destination stewardship; and instill high quality standards for accommodations.” Aeroméxico is a Mexican airline headquartered in Mexico […]

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What can you do at Banyan Bay on a Rainy Day?

June to November months in Belize are considered rainy season, as in any tropical country you can expect downpours at any given time or period and we usually recommend for you to be prepared for both. If you’ve booked your stay with us during this period, here is our little list of suggestions of activities to keep you going even in the worst of weather. Get a Spa Treatment – This is probably the most sought after activity on rainy days here at our resort, so we recommend for you to book your appointments early or a day in advance. Treat yourself to immaculate Swedish, Deep tissue, Hot Stone of reflexology therapies that will bring you back to your center. Exclusively for rainy days, K’in Spa offers 10% discount on any treatments. Simply ‘tear-off’ a tab found in the suite kit placed in your room and present it at the Spa’s reception. Relax, Rejuvenate, Refresh! Do your souvenir shopping at our gift shop – After your magical treatment at K’in Spa, you might want to check out the inventory at our lobby Gift Shop. Here, you will find mementos, trinkets, jewelry and a wide range of clothing and accessories. Did […]

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