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We’re OPEN! Mahogany Bay Resort and Beach Club Opens as First Luxury Brand in Belize

“ONE plus ONE equals THREE.” This was the goal behind Mahogany Bay Village from the start. Before ever setting foot in Belize back in 2004, developer and CEO, Beth Clifford asked the question: “Could we partner with a country to build the next NEXT traveler destination in the world?” When two forces collide to synergistically become greater than the sum of their parts — that is the result of Mahogany Bay Village’s partnership with the country of Belize. This warm December morning, Mahogany Bay Resort and Beach Club, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, celebrated its highly-anticipated official opening. The village was abuzz with local and international press, Belize government officials, and Hilton executives for the resort’s inauguration. Mahogany Bay Resort represents Hilton’s first property in Belize, as well as the very first luxury brand to establish itself in the young Caribbean country.

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Sports Illustrated Shoots 2018 Swimsuit Issue in Belize

Six lucky Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models arrived in Belize this week for a very special photo shoot. Earlier in 2017, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit held their first-ever open casting call for swimsuit models. Over 5,000 women answered the Instagram open call by creating and submitting their own casting video for the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swim Search. An initial 35 aspiring models were invited to NYC for an interview and photo shoot. After another set of eliminations, the top six beauties now claim the grand prize — a four-day photo shoot in paradise at Mahogany Bay Resort and Beach Club, Ambergris Caye, Belize. The resulting images will debut SI’s first swim and activewear fashion line appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2018. From these six, one fortunate lady will be selected as the winner and earn a place as an SI Swimsuit 2019 rookie!

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Awards & Accolades of Top Caribbean Island — Ambergris Caye, Belize

Belize has been increasingly highlighted in recent years in an ongoing list of accolades naming the small country and its “crown jewel’ of Ambergris Caye as one of the best places to invest, relocate, and retire outside of the United States. Belize is a small former British colony just south of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico that boasts an endearing turquoise Caribbean coastline dotted with approximately 200 tiny islands or “cayes.” The largest of these is Ambergris Caye, which is both home to one of the country’s largest international “expat” populations and the main draw for tourists arriving in Belize — around 70% of them spend some if not all of their time on “La Isla Bonita.”

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JYOTO Japanese Sushi Bar Debuts at Mahogany Bay Village in Belize

The most exciting new restaurant on Ambergris Caye has celebrated its official opening! We’ve been gushing about JYOTO Japanese Restaurant and master sushi chef Toshiya Tsujimoto since his team first signed on with Mahogany Bay Village in November 2016. After a custom 4500 sq ft build of the sushi restaurant, and importation of some of the finest appliances specific to a Japanese kitchen, the time has come! Toshiya has hired and trained his Belizean staff in the art of Japanese service and food handling safety and they are ready to serve you! Opening hours are everyday except Tuesday, from 11 – 2 for lunch, and 430 – 930 for dinner.

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Sous Chef Cooks with Soul at Mahogany Bay’s “Shaken” Restaurant

Alejandro Rodriguez, 27, is an original San Pedrano. He is the oldest of seven children, and at age 13 he started working as a dishwasher at a local bar & grill to help support his family. One day the cook didn’t show up for work, so the owner asked Alex if he would like to help prep food in the kitchen — and well, the rest is history!

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Mahogany Bay Village Receives the TIME INC. Stamp of Approval

(NEW YORK, NY and BIRMINGHAM, AL, AUGUST 29, 2017)— Today Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) Coastal Living brand announces that Mahogany Bay Village in San Pedro, Belize is the latest licensee to join the Coastal Living Community program. Coastal Living Communities are curated groups of residences in seaside towns and neighborhoods, and other Coastal Living Communities include Hook Mill Estates in East Hampton Village, New York and Habersham in Beaufort, South Carolina.

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Faces of Mahogany Bay Village: Meet Dennis Connolly

Dennis Connolly brings to Mahogany Bay Village over 30 years of experience in commercial development and project management. In his diverse career, Dennis has been responsible for managing the development of major retail centers, office buildings, residential, and hotel properties in the United States and abroad.

His responsibility at Mahogany Bay Village is in the procurement of all village FF&E — fixtures, furnishings, and equipment — as well as to leading the teams from both construction and operations to a successful hotel opening.

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Surge in Caribbean Tourism Gives a Boost to Ambergris Caye, Belize

Historically, travel was a luxury good. In the 1950s, international arrivals worldwide totaled just 25 million. But today, with the rising middle class and more disposable income, travel is more accessible than it has ever been. At the end of 2015, the number of international arrivals surpassed 1.2 billion.

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San Pedro Lobsterfest 2017 — A Crustacean Celebration

The summer kicks off in Belize with the festival of all festivals: LOBSTER FEST! Rated Belize’s #1 festival, Lobster Fest is undoubtedly one of the liveliest celebrations for locals and travelers alike. Each year, celebrations take place in coastal locations all over the country in honor of the succulent seafood that holds a spot as one of Belize’s top five net exports.

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Best Yoga & Ayurvedic Wellness Spa in Belize Opens on Ambergris Caye

San Pedro’s newest yoga studio and spa, Science and Soul Wellness, celebrated their grand opening this past weekend at Mahogany Bay Village. It was an afternoon of fun, food, & festivities including complimentary massage, aerial yoga demonstrations, paddle board yoga in The Bay Club swimming pool, along with sangria and healthy appetizers to snack on from The Hive. There were even dance performances and a fashion show with poolside catwalk!

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Ambergris Caye’s 2017 Top Ten Experiences

As of January 1, 2017, Mahogany Bay Village has already added 28 individual homeowners to our family! With all of our new family members and residents, we are more often being asked for recommendations on the island and what’s new and hot in San Pedro. Here’s our take on the current top ten things to do, see, and eat on Ambergris Caye in 2017!

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Belize Boasts Record-Breaking Tourism in 2017 . . . AGAIN

Who knew that in the following century it would be these characteristics of obscurity and population scarcity that would play a central role in Belize’s BOOMING popularity!? The enigmatic reputation of the tropical lowlands and brilliant cayes that now comprise Belize has been around for centuries.

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Robert Kiyosaki and Real Estate Investors Visit Mahogany Bay Village

The Real Estate Guys are Robert Helms and Russell Gray, and their popular radio show has been on the air for two decades. In fact, Helms created the show in 1997, which was the same year that Kiyosaki wrote his New York Times Bestseller, Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

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Entrepreneurs Go All-In on Mahogany Bay Village, Part II.

Paulette Harwood and her partner Steven Rigo moved from Boston, Massachusetts to San Pedro, Belize on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2016. For many years Paulette has owned an acclaimed yoga teacher training school in Boston called Sacred Space Yoga School.

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Women in Leadership at Mahogany Bay Village

March 8th, 2017 is International Women’s Day — a day to celebrate the social, cultural, economic, and political achievements of women throughout the world. The campaign of 2017 is #BeBoldforChange, supporting a more inclusive and gender-equal workplace.

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Mahogany Bay Village Welcomes NFL Players to San Pedro, Belize

This week Mahogany Bay Village welcomed American NFL players Ray Crockett and Henry Melton (Denver Broncos) along with Terrell McClain (Dallas Cowboys) for a VIP preview of Mahogany Bay Village and a night in San Pedro Town. Ray Crockett played in the NFL for 14 years and is a two-time Super Bowl champion (Denver Broncos, 1998 – 1999).

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Shaken Sunset Bar Opens at The Great House

As Mahogany Bay Village nears its 2017 grand opening, many new businesses are rising to the occasion. Science & Soul Wellness yoga will open in their spacious loft in March, lunch shack The Hive opens around the same time, and artisanal bean-to-bar chocolatier Mahogany Chocolate is set to open April 1st.

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New Orleans to Ambergris Caye – The Origins of Mahogany Bay Architecture

The following guest blog post was written in first-person by Mahogany Bay Village architect and designer, Steve Mouzon, of the town planning and architectural design firm, Studio Sky. Learn the story behind MBV’s SmartDwellings, a design that originated to help rebuild New Orleans and the Mississippi Coast after Hurricane Katrina, and ended up being gorgeously reinterpreted for Mahogany Bay Resort a dozen years later.

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Coastal Living Lifestyle Weekend in Belize Gets Rave Reviews

We at Mahogany Bay Village are thrilled to report on the fantastic feedback we’ve been receiving from travelers who have attended one of our Coastal Living® Lifestyle Trips to Ambergris Caye since the program started in January 2017.

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Entrepreneurs Go All-In on Mahogany Bay Village

With Belize tourism numbers going through the roof, one has to wonder how our crown jewel La Isla Bonita is keeping up. The Belize Tourism Board shows that overnight arrivals are up 44% in the past five years, with the vast majority heading straight for San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

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Belize Remains a Top Caribbean Retirement Hotspot in 2017

Thinking of making Belize your second or permanent home? There are many options for acquiring residency in Belize, but Belize’s QRP (Qualified Retirement Program) is renowned for being one of the best in the world. In fact, in 2016 Ambergris Caye was rated as a Top Caribbean Retirement Spot by U.S. News & World Report.

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Mahogany Bay Village Supports Goodwill in San Pedro Town

Ambergris Caye, Belize is more than a travel and retirement destination, it is a buzzing hive of ideas and community, known for coming together in times of need for the betterment of all. Most of San Pedro’s most important stories often go untold; here’s one about the good that’s blossoming on Belize’s gem, La Isla Bonita.

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Mahogany Bay Village Exploration Center Opens in Downtown San Pedro

The brand new Mahogany Bay Village Exploration Center has opened in downtown San Pedro, Belize in the SanCas Plaza just across from the Tropic Air airport baggage claim. The MBV Exploration Center is an extension of our on-site Welcome Center where you can learn about Mahogany Bay Village real estate, as well as get the scoop on all our newest village business grand openings and upcoming events.

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Top 17 Reasons to Invest in Belize Real Estate

What if you could own luxury real estate that generates nightly rental income? What if you could use your tropical getaway part-time to create memories of a lifetime for you and your family? Better yet, have you ever imagined relocating to a warm spot in the Caribbean to live up your retirement years?

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Belize’s Best Organic Grocery Store Moves to San Pedro

If you live in Belize, you’ve probably already heard that the finest gourmet deli in the country is soon expanding to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. We at Mahogany Bay Village are thrilled to be chosen as the newest location of owner Ian Anderson’s highly-acclaimed Farm House Deli. If you aren’t familiar with Belize’s most authentic Old-World style delicatessen, let us explain our enthusiasm!

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Mahogany Bay Village Hosts Coastal Living Lifestyle Trips

This weekend Mahogany Bay Village, Curio Collection by Hilton welcomed ten guests on a Coastal Living® Lifestyle Trip to Ambergris Caye, Belize. These lucky guests were among the very first to have the opportunity to stay at the brand new resort before their official grand opening in 2017.

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New Urbanism Debuts on Ambergris Caye

Mahogany Bay Village was thoughtfully designed based on the principles of New Urbanism — a nest of urban planning ideals that promote self-sustaining villages that are efficient, walkable, and filled with an array of small businesses and services.

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Mahogany Bay Village Gives Back to Belize

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Mahogany Bay Village Brings Farmers Markets to South Ambergris Caye

Mahogany Bay Village now hosts regular farmers markets at their 60-acre Curio Collection by Hilton resort on the south side of San Pedro Town. Starting January 14th, 2017, Mahogany Bay Market Day will be held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, from 11am – 2pm.

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Mahogany Bay Village Team Celebrates the Holidays

The team behind Mahogany Bay Village, Curio Collection by Hilton came together this week to celebrate our accomplishments and also join in the holiday spirit of our busy December 2016.

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Best New Sushi Restaurant in Belize Finds a Home on Ambergris Caye

Toshiya Tsujimoto believes he can bring people happiness and healing through sushi. And in November 2016 he moved from Japan to Belize to carry out his mission.

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The Story of Mahogany Bay Village

This is the story of what happens when two equally passionate yet diversely accomplished people – one a born educator – the other an entrepreneur – together set out with a bold ambition – to help people live better lives – really – seriously.

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Hilton Worldwide Announces its First Property in Belize with Curio – A Collection by Hilton

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.

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Inspiration Center Fundraiser Raises Over $100K

There were silent auctions up for bidding, and thanks to the generous attendees, many were bid to full value. Cash donations were plentiful, and at the end of the evening, after the final tally, over $100,000 was raised for The Inspiration Center.

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Belize Real Estate Discovery Trips With The Real Estate Guys

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. And even though we can talk a lot, words can’t describe the beauty and charm that is Belize.  The best way to understand this amazing Belize real estate market and all of its investing, lifestyle and personal financial opportunities is to experience it yourself – up close and personal!

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