I’m one of the people involved in The Phoenix, the resort currently being built on the old property of The Paradise Resort Hotel. First, I want to thank SIN for sharing the history of The Paradise and his kind words of encouragement for Jerry and the new project.
Since Jolene was asking about what's been happening with The Paradise, I thought I'd briefly explain what's going on.
As many of you might have heard, about 9 months ago Jerry McDermott and a small group of family and friends bought back The Paradise from the group they sold it to around 1990 or so—in recent years Jerry and his wife Linda and their daugher Kelly had wanted to bring the Resort they built and ran for so long back to prominence, and when the situation presented itself they jumped at the opportunity.
Because the island has changed a lot over the past 15 years, the McDermott’s and their partners thought a lot about the type of Resort they wanted to provide to vacationers in San Pedro.
What has arose from those discussions is the appropriately named “The Phoenix.” It will be a luxury resort when it opens sometime in 2006. If you’re in town and walk by on the beach you’ll see the construction underway that began in August. All of the residences will be condominiums, mostly 2 bedrooms floor plans, with a couple 3 bedroom plans and a couple 1 bedroom plans. The rooms will be spacious and nicely furnished, each with a large private veranda as well. The architecture was designed in a cool Central American/Mexican style. There’ll also be a couple pools, nice landscaping, exercise/fitness center, and restaurant and bar for guests and locals.
Most importantly, we’re going to try as hard as possible to provide great accommodations with the same spirit and hospitality that made the Paradise so successful.
I agree with a couple posts that The Paradise will be missed. I never stayed there myself but I've heard enough stories to feel like I have.
Hopefully, however, The Phoenix will help people create some new memories on Ambergris Caye.
I’d be happy to talk with anyone curious about our progress or interested in learning more about the project—just stop by our new office across from the fire station on pescador drive. I'm around most of the time.