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#514418 - 06/15/16 01:32 PM Mahogany Bay Village partners with Hilton brand
Marty Offline
Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of the new Resort at Mahogany Bay Village to Curio – A Collection by Hilton™. When open, The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village, Curio Collection by Hilton will be the first Hilton Worldwide property in Belize, as well as the first luxury resort from a global brand in the country.

The rustic-chic resort destination is located in San Pedro, Belize on Ambergris Caye, about 15 miles from the mainland and 10 minutes from the San Pedro Airport. With 205 cottage and villa-style rooms, the resort sits on a 60-acre property featuring private residences, bay and beach clubs, a spa, meeting space and “The Village,” a vibrant public space.

“The opportunity to develop The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village came at an opportune time and with a well-matched partner,” said Juan Corvinos, managing director, development, Central America, Andean and Hispanic Caribbean regions, Hilton Worldwide. “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 and allow travelers to discover the true local flavor and spectacular natural beauty of Ambergris Caye and Belize.”

Guests of The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village will experience upscale accommodations and amenities grounded in the authentic spirit of the country. The Belizean-style villas will be made from local sustainably harvested hardwoods and feature lofty ceilings and artfully designed heirloom quality furniture. “The Village” will complement the downtown San Pedro area with a General Store, craft and farmer’s market, scuba and fishing operators, concierge and tour coordinator, hair/nail salon and much more. Guests will be able to try organic fresh vegetables harvested daily from Ambergreens, Belize’s first aquaponics farming venture, fantastic coffee at Rum and Bean, lunch at Taco Shack and local fare at the all-day restaurant, among many other food and beverage outlets.

The property will offer a 22,000 square foot Great House featuring three floors and 8,000 square feet of meeting and event space plus a wrap-around covered veranda. A specially-designated Bride’s Room will be designed as a dressing room for weddings, but will also double as a 12-seat private venue.

“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, Mahogany Bay Management, Ltd. “Combining the authentic local spirit of the Curio collection and the one-of-a-kind character of Belize, the resort will provide a unique guest experience and serve as the perfect base camp for our guests’ Belizean adventures.”

The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village will allow easy access to nearby restaurants, watersports, wildlife attractions and entertainment. White sand beaches, rainforests, zip lines and river caves are easily accessible from the resort’s location, while Mayan ruins, coral reefs and world class fishing are just moments away from the property.

Over 200 local restaurants on the Caye provide a diverse food adventure from local street fare to fine dining at Victoria House to Belizean fare at Elvi’s Kitchen.

The resort will prioritize the preservation of natural resources by using local materials and minimizing overall waste. It will maintain construction and operating standards so it will not impact the local coral reefs, and it will also employ smart architectural designs to increase airflow and reduce the need for air conditioning.

“With its luxury accommodations, beautiful location, environmentally-sustainable design and integration with the local community, we can’t wait to welcome guests to The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton. “By simultaneously reflecting the local culture and providing remarkable service, The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village will exemplify the Curio collection’s distinctive character.”

As part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village, Curio Collection by Hilton will participate in Hilton HHonors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 13 distinct hotel brands. Hilton HHonors Members always get an exclusive member rate, along with HHonors Points, free standard Wi-Fi, digital check-in and no booking fees only when they book directly through Hilton.

Hilton Worldwide currently has a portfolio of more than 90 hotels and resorts open and welcoming travelers in Latin America, including 14 properties in Central America. The company is actively pursuing additional Latin American growth opportunities and currently has a robust pipeline of more than 50 hotels throughout the region, including two Curio properties, in Honduras and Costa Rica.

#514608 - 06/16/16 05:01 AM Re: Mahogany Bay Village partners with Hilton brand [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Hilton Hotels Makes Entry Into Belize

The figures for tourist arrivals in Belize for this year are already looking good, and while the BTB expects these numbers to continue climbing, today the industry got a major injection of credibility with the addition of a major hotel brand. The Mahogany Bay Resort in South Ambergris Caye had linked up with the Hilton Group of hotels.  Now, it's not a super luxury brand like the Ritz Carlton or the Four Seasons, but Hilton is very major.

And Hilton's Curio collection is a perfect fit for the 60 acre property of Mahogany Bay and its 205 cottages. Emanuel Pech travelled to San Pedro for the grand unveiling of this partnership:

These colonial style villas are the hallmarks of the Mahogany Bay Village, in San Pedro. It is a project that began a few years ago, through developers Robert Helms and Berth Clifford with the idea to build a Belizean style resort.

Now today as the resort nears completion, the developers are partnering with renowned International hotel brand Hilton.

This hotel will be placed under Hilton's hotel collection Curio.  The announcement was made today inside the main building, which will soon become the lobby for this luxurious resort. 

Juan Corvinos- Managing Director Development, C. A. & Carib, Hilton
"This wonderful project will be soon the first Hilton worldwide property in Belize; our entry into the country under the Curio collection by Hilton Flag."

Hilton has over 52 million customers and the idea now is to bring some of that tourism traffic to Belize; certainly something to celebrate.

Hon. Manuel Heredia- Minister of Tourism
"With the sustainable tourism master plan we have been aiming to maintain in a not high rise fashion more boutique type but also being able to blend with one or two international brands and today we have witness the unveiling of Hilton through Curio which will be managing it in this particular Mahogany Bay Resort and I believe that it is something great for Belize today." 

Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton- Minister of State, Investment Trade and Commerce
"The fact that Hilton is here will open up I think many new doors for us in terms of attracting flagship properties to not only invest in Belize and operate in Belize but also to widen the landscape in terms of the market we can tap into. For example this facility will have conference facilities, will be well poised for special events, for meetings and incentives. These are markets that we're now tapping into right now and so it opens a whole new segment of economic activity for Belize and I think it's really a good day."

Juan Corvinos- Managing Director Development, C. A. & Carib, Hilton
"Everybody is going to be very excited about Belize. Some people might have never heard about Belize and they are going to be like we would like to go there, we would like to travel to Belize, we would like to explore it. Now it's up to us as the Belizeans to embrace those tourists like we currently do but in a bigger scale. So we need to be ready to great them, to help them and to just give them an outstanding experience so that they can come back."

Emanuel Pech
"We know Hilton specializes on four, five star hotels, is this the idea for this establishment?"

Juan Corvinos- Managing Director Development, C. A. & Carib, Hilton
"This is will be the luxury resort in Belize as the first hotel in the chain of Belize. We believe that this hotel can be positioned to be the greatest of them all which is outstanding. I'm sure there will be other hotels coming into the market in the near future but as the first international brand in Ambergris Caye; we're going to be able to benefit from showing people what this island is inside Belize and I think that we can we will be positioning this hotel as a four, five star hotel."

Beth Clifford – Developer, Mahogany Bay Village
"We look forward today to the future of this great partnership. A partnership of three, a partnership of the country of Belize, a partnership with Hilton Worldwide and a partnership with Mahogany Bay Village. We thank you and we look forward to the future eagerly."

The resort hopes to be fully opened by next year.

Mahogany Bay goes on to become Hilton's 21st hotel under the Curio- collection.

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#514621 - 06/16/16 07:54 AM Re: Mahogany Bay Village partners with Hilton brand [Re: Marty]
t42 Offline
McDonalds will be next!

#514686 - 06/16/16 09:03 PM Re: Mahogany Bay Village partners with Hilton brand [Re: Marty]
Edwardo Offline
Sad what is happening to what was such an unspoiled place. Going to turn into Cancun Yuk !


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