Sunday, October 22, 2017

Luxury goes to Belize by way of new Hilton resort

The perfect place for soft adventurers, nature lovers and sybarites

Patti Pietschmann

Belize rocks as one of the hottest vacationing destinations in the world.  And to add to its allure,
an exciting resort is about  to bring visitors more moments of Zen.

It's the  250-room Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio - a Collection By Hilton, opens on the Ambergris Caye, Belize this December. The 360ยบ lifestyle resort village was built from the ground-up and designed sybaritic adventurers. Nestled in a lush 60-acre tropical environment, the property also includes Mahogany Bay Village resort community and Mahogany Bay Townlet that houses an assortment of dining and drinking options, shops, a marina, and an activity concierge.

Decor designed to complement the area-- an array of cozy cottage and villa-style rooms that fill in spaces between groves of coconut palms and tropical foliage. are crafted with lofty ceilings all grounded with the warmth of local hardwoods., and outfitted with furnishings that reflect a modern take on the country's British Colonial heritage.
The theme reflects  a framed tent - a structure with minimal skin and an open plan to capture the cooling Caribbean cross breezes. With open-cavity walls and a novel tin-lined indoor/outdoor shower that lend an air of "glamping" to the guestrooms, the details, such as state-of-the-art Hansgrohe double shower heads, plush linens, and Malin and Goetz amenities are simply luxurious. Each of the buildings embrace the indigenous details of Caribbean living: open windows, high ceilings and spacious porches. Accommodations range from garden cottage, garden cottage with loft, lower and upper keeping suites and family cottages.

A 15,000 square-foot pool with private cabanas.  The most exclusive amenity of the property is the Beach Club-- 10-minutes by boat shuttle from the resort--with a private white sand beach where guests can enjoy the crystal-clear Caribbean water and relax with a full restaurant and bar, beach service, watersport activities, changing rooms, and full bathrooms. Luxurious day beds and hammocks strategically placed in the tranquil sea will be a hot spot for guests to lounge and relax.

Caribbean flavor: open windows, high ceilings and spacious porches. Accommodations range from garden cottage, garden cottage with loft, lower and upper keeping suites and family cottages.

Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club has been built using sustainably-harvested local materials including five different species of wood: Bullet Tree, Cabbage Bark, Caribbean Pine, Santa Maria, and, of course, Mahogany. The unique characteristics of these specialty woods gives the resort a timeless elegance and exceptional style.

Splashes of color compliment the aesthetic of Mahogany Bay Village's all-white exteriors. Furnishings we commissioned  from, a custom "primitive modern" collection that celebrates the natural woods of Belize. Each piece was purposely and specifically designed for the spot they occupy in guestrooms and public areas and are hand-hewn and possess the distressed quality of an heirloom. The collection of chairs, tables, dressers, nightstands and beds is available for retail purchase and international shipment.

Foodie tips--
authentic local cuisine is cooked at tje  Taco Shack which is a go-to spot for the best Belizean tacos around. Open for breakfast amd  lunch, the small outpost on property serves a taste of the delicious flavors of Belize. For a healthy, light option there is the Hive, which serves a menu of globally-inspired bowls using local Belizean produce and organic grains. Mahogany Chocolates is a bean-to-bar chocolatier that uses locally-sourced organic chocolate varieties and also offers private chocolate-making classes. JYOTO serves up the highest-grade sushi, sourcing fresh fish daily from local fisherman on Ambergris Caye, with an extensive tea and sake menu for pairing. Opening in 2018 is the Dirty Martini, a tapas bar featuring a selection of premier vodka and gins. 

Getting around--Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club is situated 1.5 miles south of San Pedro, the only town on Ambergris Caye, Belize's largest island and a mere 10 minutes from San Pedro Airport with 15-minute air connections to Belize's International airport available hourly, year-round.
For transportation around the expansive resort, Wheels! offers guests fun and easy options to maneuver throughout the property and across the island. Golf carts and pedal bikes are available for rent by the hour, day, week, or month.

Room rates-- start at $369 for garden cottage accommodations and all reservations include complimentary WiFi, continental breakfast and roundtrip transfers to San Pedro Airport. To book a reservation click here.