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2018 Year in Review

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, […]

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2018 Year in Review

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, […]

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Spread Christmas Cheer to less fortunate families in San Pedro!

  In a collaborative effort to improve the lives of underprivileged families and their children, Banyan Bay Suites and Grand Colony Island Villas, have joined in on the Merry Boxes Initiative, a project spearheaded by the Rotaract Club of Ambergris Caye. After its impressive debut last holiday season and its resounding success, the Rotaract saw it fit to continue spreading joy to families across San Pedro Town by donating supplies gathered from the community. Here is how it works: entities and businesses who join have placed a box and encouraging their staff members and the community to drop off their  non-perishable items to give to the families registered at Hope Haven – Belize. Last year, approximately 30 families received a care package from these humanitarian groups and this year’s aim is to double that figure or at least enrich the lives of 50 families. In addition to this protect, last year’s generosity saw a surplus of monetary donations which the club pledged and hosted 4 dinners for the families at Colleen’s Kitchen at San Pedro Food Bank this year. Club Member, Kyle Vasquez, expressed his gratitude towards each person and entity that have joined in on this worthy cause; “Your […]

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The Belize Blue Hole Underwater Expedition

The Great Blue Hole, a natural sinkhole and top 5 diving destination of the world, off the coast of Belize, held the international spotlight on Sunday for a two-hour ‘Live’ broadcast on Discovery Channel in a special segment called “Into the Blue Hole”. This incredible underwater expedition conducted under the auspices of a Vancouver-based submarine technology company Aquatica Submarines, Business magnate Richard Branson and grandson of the great Jacques Cousteau, Fabian Cousteau, highlighted thousands of years of history and a step closer into completing a comprehensive mapping of the entire cave system. Despite choppy sea conditions and battling 30 knot winds, the crew did not abort the mission and continued to take the plunge on December 1st, up to its full depth. Taking the descending plunge was a team comprised of Ocean Unite founder Richard Branson, and ocean conservationist Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the legendary Jacques, and Erika Bergman, the submersible’s pilot. As the crew ascended, the underwater ecosystem continued to completely change, revealing majestic cave formations cited as thousands of years old. With the vessel fully equipped with cameras and additional lighting, viewers got a firsthand look at what they uncovered. Despite any sights of marine life, the explorers […]

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Belize Spotlight; The Great Blue Hole Expedition

What lies beneath Belize’s and arguably the World’s largest sinkhole, the Great Blue Hole? That is what a marine contingent from Aquatica Submarines and British philanthropist, Richard Branson will unearth as they board two underwater submersible vehicles on this incredible two week underwater expedition scheduled to take place from Sunday, December 2nd, 2018. The upcoming submarine exploration of the Belize Blue Hole will be helmed by documentarian and conservationist Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of Jacque Cousteau. This underwater expedition will be a coordinated effort between the Branson-funded NGO Ocean Unite, Aquatica Submarines, and a team of scientists from the Roatan Institute of Deep Sea Exploration (RIDE). Aquatica has enlisted a team of scientists, explorers and filmmakers collect scientific data, focusing on a complete sonar scan of the interior. Branson, philanthropist and founder of Ocean Unite, said one purpose of the trip is to raise awareness of the need to protect the seas. Calling the Blue Hole “One of the ocean’s most magical wonders,” he went on to say, “We all share the common goal of conserving, protecting our beautiful global ocean.” Branson is hoping that his involvement in the project will generate awareness around ocean conservation, and is supporting the goal […]

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Aeromexico Airline adds new non-stop flight to Belize

Aeromexico’s new non-stop flight to and from Belize has just made it a lot more convenient for travelers needing a quick mini-vacation, meeting up with an associate or to attend a family’s special occasion. This new non-stop flight from Mexico’s Benito Juarez International Airport to the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport is available to passengers on Saturday and Sundays until April 28th, 2019, announced the Belize Tourism Board last week. After more than 11 years serving the region, Aeromexico has now become the only airline in Mexico to have a presence in all Central American countries including Honduras and Belize. The new route is operated with Embraer 190 airplanes that consists of 99 passenger seats, including 11 in Premier Class, Aeromexico’s Business Class cabin. Belize is now Aeromexico’s ninth destination in the Central American region and the 46th destination in their international route network that will help increase tourism in belize by providing connectivity from both countries.  Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia expressed at the inaugural flight ceremony that “these flight is the result of warm and exceptionally strong relations between our two countries and will open greater opportunities for Mexicans and Belizeans alike.” Belize is rapidly […]

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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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