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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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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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Meet our Accountant, Assir – The finance guy!

Assir Tzul, an Orange Walk Town native who relocated to San Pedro twenty-one years ago, has been Banyan Bay’s financial service veteran for over eighteen years and counting. Tzul, who started his tenure with the company as book keeper, propelled his status to become the company’s current senior accountant. With responsibility to oversee the Company’s hotel accounting and procurement; Tzul is highly skilled in internal audit and leads a team of financial professionals who handle all of the resort’s financial needs, including financial reporting, assessment billings and collections, and complete accounting services. In this August feature, we are excited to have him at the helm of all things financial and we thought you ought to know him a little better… 1. In your view, how has Banyan Bay evolved over the years? (then and now comparison) Answer: One of the biggest evolution has been the change that the social media and internet now play in almost every aspect of the travel industry.  The room pricing structure from what was the normal travel agent type based commission, to now more modern and innovative way of pricing rooms to increase occupancy. 2. What motivates you on a daily basis? Answer: To know […]

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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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COPA Airlines & Tropic Air commit to partnership for greater flyer access!

  Banyan Bay Suites, Ambergris Caye: Latin American countries will now have greater access for flights transiting from Panama to Belize thanks to a commercial interline agreement that was signed today between Copa Airlines and Tropic Air in Belize. At a Press Conference held at Sunbreeze Suites on Friday Morning, officials of both airline companies expressed their commitment to this partnership. Christophe Didier, Vice President of Global Sales for Copa Airlines stated, “We are excited to provide greater connectivity to our customers from 75 cities in the Americas offering the best regional on-time performance and service standards to all our customers.” This agreement, with immediate effect, will allow travelers to purchase their connecting flights in one ticket and receive boarding passes for all stops, at their first check-in. “We enthusiastically welcome airline connectivity from Panama into the traveling Belize market,” said Marketing officials at Banyan Bay Suites, a premier resort on Ambergris Caye. In September 2017, Tropic was admitted as a member of the Latin American Airlines Association (ALTA), after meeting its professional standards requirements. Copa Airlines offers passengers access to 64 destinations throughout the Americas and the Caribbean through its Hub of the Americas, Latin America´s premier hub, increasing […]

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‘Lobsta fi dayz’ – Festivals not miss in 2018!

Three of the most popular gastronomical summer events in Belize kicks off when the official lobster season opens in June – the San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Placencia Lobsterfests!  Organizers claim there will be big lobster and even bigger fun so save the dates for a triple dose of ‘lobsta fi dayz”; June 15 to 23rd (San Pedro, Ambergris Caye); June 22nd to 24th (Placencia) and culminates on June 29th to July 1st in Caye Caulker. There is so much lobster available during these events that prices for this treat are at their lowest. What to expect? – Lively entertainment, tons of yummy Lobster and a bevy of tasty libations! Each festival is unique but will have the same concept; there will be plenty of outdoor food booths that will be offering the lobster in every way imaginable, from lobster on the grill, to lobster thermidor, to lobster ceviche, kebabs, Lobster ice cream and even lobster chowder, just to name a few. What NOT to miss? At the San Pedro Lobsterfest, be sure to look out for the Ambergris Caye Rotary Club’s fundraiser called “Chairs for Charity”. As its name implies, festival goers wanting to skip the long lines during […]

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Minny – Restaurant Supervisor/Lead Server

Ten years ago, Minelia started her hospitality career as a pool server for Rico’s Bar and Grill at the Villas at Banyan Bay. A decade later, ‘Minny’ as affectionately known by her peers and patrons, is one of our longest serving member of staff and very much a popular personality in the hospitality industry. Today, Minny holds the position of Restaurant Supervisor, overseeing all the operations of the restaurant and acts as a guide and mentor to her team. We sat down with this passionate soul and learned a bit more on what makes her tick; here are her answers so you can get to know her better. Q: How many years have you been a part of this team? A: “I started as a pool and beach server in September 2008 and since then I have worked my way up the culinary ladder from server, to assistant supervisor to now Supervisor of an 11 member team.” Q: How do you keep motivated daily? A: “When you love what you do, you enjoy every day of it. I really have a passion for this field and while it can be challenging at times, it is also a very rewarding career.” […]

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Few days left! Southwest Airlines 2018 summer deals are “un-BELIZEable!

If you plan on scratching off “Belize” from your travel bucket list in 2018, most indications point that summer is a good a time to visit as any. And, with one-way airfares as low as $70US dollars with SouthWest Airlines as a limited offer, you simply can’t pass up on this deal; here’s why! For travel hounds with that Caribbean itch, a release from the Airline stated, “Fort Lauderdale-based travelers, for example, can fly to Costa Rica for $129, to Turks and Caicos for $59, and to Belize for only $59. To take advantage of the sale, head directly to Southwest’s promotions page, and search for results from your departure city.” Of note is that Southwest flights also connect to and from cities in the eastern half of the United States such as Baltimore, New York, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Denver Colorado and Washington DC. What to expect? Summer time in Belize means ample sunny days, soothing Caribbean breezes, unmatched diving and fishing expeditions and the perfect shady spot to take in the sights and sounds of Belize’s charm. Where to go? Of the many beautiful locales, attractions, and historic sites that Belize boasts, Ambergris Caye is considered the tourist mecca and premier […]

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Belize is the Perfect Honeymoon Destination
A Belize Wedding
International Women’s Day 2018 – Honoring Our Women Employees
Banyan Bay Donates to First Children’s Home on Ambergris Caye