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Alaia Foundation’s inaugural Half Marathon and 10K Run/Walk a huge success!

The first edition of Alaia Foundation’s Half Marathon & 10K Run/Walk held last Saturday, April 6th 2019, was an overwhelming success with a record number of runners taking on both distances. Runners participating in the event hailed from all across the country of Belize and as far as Michigan, Canada, West Virginia and California. At the crack of dawn, spectators lined Banyan Bay Suites’ resort entrance to support this fantastic community event with over 133 runners competing on a picture perfect day. The event consisted of a 10km run/walk and 21km (half Marathon) distance on the principal streets of Ambergris Caye, with the largest number of participants running the 10km distance.  The event also garnered the support from an international official time keeper, Patrick Hamel of Club Spartan from St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Using advanced digital technology, each runner’s bib was equipped with a chip to calculate with accuracy the times of each runner. There were 5 age categories including Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, Over 50 and an overall winner in both distances. Placing first in the overall Half Marathon was Leon O’Brian with an incredible time of 1:19:17 and Radmon Smith with a time of 00:35:49 as the overall […]

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Beach and rainforest luxury package!

This seven-night combination travel package highlights two of Belize’s gems perfectly: four nights at Banyan Bay Suites beach resort on Ambergris Caye and three nights at the best country home in all of western Belize, Kukulkan Villa. While at the beach resort, guests will be pampered throughout their stay, and will enjoy but not limited to, snorkeling the Caribbean Sea, access to a golf cart, breakfasts daily, rejuvenating massages and immersion of the local island cuisine. This incredible suite offers 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Central Air, one spacious living room with a 42″ Plasma TV, equipped kitchenette and dedicated Wifi. Below are elements included in this beach package; * Flight from International Airport- San Pedro (One Way) * Accommodations for 4 nights * Daily Breakfasts at Pier 366 * Dinner at Pier 366 * Snorkeling Trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve * On-site Couples Massage * 24 Golf Cart rental *Flight from San Pedro – Municipal Airport *Pick-up from Municipal airport – to Villa (vehicle transport) The jungle part of your itinerary combines luxurious comforts in the middle of the rugged wilderness of Belize. Kukulkan Villa is uniquely perched on the foothills of Mopan River Valley and is a short […]

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Embark on an enchanting love journey on Ambergris Caye!

Are you looking to take your romance to the next level this Valentine’s Season? Why not head-off to one of Belize’s most treasured gems, Ambergris Caye? That’s a sure fire way to sweep your significant other off their feet! With February as an ideal month to travel for couples, this tiny Central American island off the coast of Belize is teeming with sexy adventures, and sultry beach escapades that is sure to bring you two closer. But where do you go and what do you do when you want to woo your significant other? We’ve put together five elements that are perfect guide for couples this valentine’s season. Discover Ambergris Caye – With just over a mile wide and twenty-five miles long, Ambergris Caye is the largest Caye of the over 200 cayes and atolls that dot the Belizean coastline. With its booming population of over twenty thousand islanders, this prime travel magnet is the hub for Belize’s tourism. The island boasts a fantastic marriage of immaculate cuisine choices, extra ordinary dive and snorkeling sites, world-class fishing and some of the best day tours few countries could offer. Ambergris Caye is known to swoon and charm even the most discerning […]

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Don’t stop “Belize-ing”

African natives, Gail and Jonathan Squires fell in love with Ambergris Caye in 1999 when they first visited Belize at ages 47 & 48 years, respectively. They stayed at the Villas at Banyan Bay and brought their son (then 11 years old) along for the visit. They recounted that back then, ‘the sleepy island was all dirt roads, unspoiled and pristine, foot traffic mostly, few organized tours, it was a true tropical escape; bar none.’ Fast-forward to twenty years later, the Squires made their return visit to Ambergris Caye, now the tourist mecca of Belize, accompanied by their youngest daughter, Ashley, age 36. But, what inspired their visit from the sunshine state of Florida, where they currently reside? According to the couple, the island’s laidback, welcoming charm and the warm hospitality of the people is what attracted them to Belize. The couple recounted that back then, Pier 366 was The Palapa where they had breakfasts each morning and the island was only developed up to Victoria House. With few tourists, organized tours, all dirt roads and few cars, it was the most perfect slice of paradise, expressed Jon, as we chatted around the dining table in their B1 Suite. While they […]

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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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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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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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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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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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The International Costa Maya Festival is set to draw in big crowds! #DealAlert

Already one of Ambergris Caye’s more anticipated annual events, the International Costa Maya Festival promises to go bigger than ever this summer in Belize. Set for August 2nd through to August 5th, this multicultural event highlights beauty, diverse backgrounds, culture, music, and food in a whole-some three-day celebration. So, if you are planning a visit to Belize in August, plan accordingly and catch this much anticipated event. Here are a few quick facts to brush up on your Costa Maya history; The Costa Maya International Festival actually had its origin as The San Pedro International Sea and Air Festival. This year will be the 27th edition since its inception in 1991 The festival was the brainchild of a few San Pedranos along with members of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, particularly Bruce and Victoria Collins. All eight Mundo Maya countries including; Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama participate. Beauty Delegates from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama will all be vying for the coveted title of Miss Costa Maya International on Friday, August 3rd. The current title holder for the crown is Belize’s very own Michelle Estrella Nuñez Master of ceremonies […]

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