Hilton Property Planned for Belize’s San Pedro Resort District
PHOTO: Hilton’s Resort at Mahogany Bay Village will open in 2017 in Belize’s San Pedro resort district. (photo by Brian Major)
Belize’s small-but-growing resort town of San Pedro will gain a new 205-room hotel in 2017. The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village will open next year under Hilton Worldwide’s Curio Collection brand on Ambergis Caye, one of the country’s leading visitor destinations, the company announced Wednesday.
The 60-acre property will be located 15 miles from Belize’s mainland and minutes from the San Pedro Airport. Accommodations will feature cottage and villa-style rooms and include private residences, bay and beach clubs, a spa, meeting space and “The Village,” a social and activity center open to both guests and the public.
The resort’s planners are seeking to connect the property to the local community. The property’s Belizean-style villas will be fashioned from local, sustainably harvested hardwoods and feature high ceilings and heirloom-quality furniture, according to a Hilton statement. A 22,000 square foot Great House will feature three floors and 8,000 square feet of meeting and event space, framed by a wrap-around covered veranda.
The Village complex will “complement” downtown San Pedro said company officials, adding a general store, a craft and farmer’s market, scuba and fishing operators, concierge and tour coordinator services and a hair and nail salon to the popular district.
In a statement, Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officials called the resort launch “an important milestone for tourism development in Belize.” The project will fulfill objectives outlined in BTB’s 2012 National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan, including “the need to introduce additional globally-recognized brands within our product offering.”
Resort cuisine will include organic fresh vegetables harvested daily from Ambergreens, an innovative aquaponics farm. Other options will include Rum and Bean, a specialty coffee shop, and Taco Shack, a gourmet lunch eatery. An all-day restaurant will offer local favorites among many other food and beverage options.
A specially-designated bride’s room will serve as a dressing room for weddings and double as a 12-seat private venue.
Guests will also have close proximity to Ambergis Caye’s numerous restaurants as well as Belize’s diverse watersports, wildlife attractions and entertainment options, from Mayan ruins and coral reefs to zip lines and underground caves.
“The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village will be a borderless community that encourages travelers to get out and experience all that Belize has to offer,” said Beth Clifford, president of Mahogany Bay Management Ltd.
“Paired with Mahogany Bay’s hospitality expertise, eco-friendly practices and focus on supporting the local community, our first Hilton Worldwide property in Belize will elevate accommodation offerings in the country,” added Juan Corvinos, Hilton Worldwide’s director, development, Central America, Andean and Hispanic Caribbean regions.
“This resort will not only showcase our breathtaking scenery and hospitable spirit to thousands of travelers, but it will also offer 200 new jobs that will help continue to fuel economic opportunity in Belize,” said Manuel Heredia Jr., Belize’s tourism minister.
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