Absolute blog: March 2012

Indigo opens!

27 March 12
Indigo Belize, Ambergris Caye, Mata Grande Area
AB is excited to announce the launch of Indigo, a fabulous collection of 15 luxurious beach homes in the North Beach area of Ambergris Caye. Designed by Carolina Hernandez and inspired by the design of Solaria Villas, Indigo features Carolina’s signature broad sweeping verandas, soaring tree trunk structures, curved lines and unobstructed views of the Belize Barrier Reef from every suite.
The suites feature local artworks, locally crafted hardwood furniture, gourmet kitchens, fine linens and 180 degree verandas, perfect for dining alfresco at sundown. With an exotic swimmers pool, lush gardens, an onsite gym, beach toys and a 5-star service package that includes grocery delivery, massages, fine wine and private chefs ……  you will find all you need for the perfect vacation.
Indigo Living Area, Belize, Ambergris Caye, Mata Grande Area
Indigo launches with 30% off the regular rates – pick from the Penthouse Suites for unrivalled vistas, the Beach Suites for instant access to the sand and ocean, or the Oasis Suites which surround the tropical pool. For more information check out Indigo on our Accommodation page

The Royal Round Up

7 March 12

Belize is still buzzing after partying this weekend with HRH Prince Harry of Wales, who arrived into the country on Friday for a couple of days as part of a Diamond Jubilee tour in honor of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who is celebrating 60 years on the throne. Here is a little round up of the highlights….

“When it became clear that I was to represent my grandmother in Belize, my heart leapt – for a good reason,” he said. “She remembers so fondly her visits to this beautiful realm and speaks of the warmth of welcome she received on her most recent visit in 1994. I’m only sorry she can’t make it and you’re stuck with me.” BBC News

Highlights of Prince Harry’s tour included meeting hundreds of Belizeans at a bloc party in the administrative capital Belmopan, where he rallied the party after a speech with the words “Unu come mek we go paati!” a native Kriol dialect and rough translation being ‘let us go party!’ With lively performances by Garifuna, Mestizo and Creole groups, he shook hands, talked to children, samples local delicacies including an exotic cocktail called Hibiscus Punch, made from coconut and white rum….. and of course the mandatory sampling of the local Belikin Beer of Belize.

Prince Harry also visited the ancient Maya Ruin of Xunantunich in the village of Succotz in the Cayo District, accessed via a hand cranked ferry over the Mopan River. Also known as the “Maiden of the Rock”, it is the second tallest Mayan ruin in Belize. It stands 130 feet high to give a panoramic view of the Cayo District, Guatemala and the Mopan River.

The prince proudly presented a special hand carved wooden canoe to the Belikin team competing in the 2012 Ruta Maya, a grueling multi-day canoe race traveling across the country. The dugout canoe was a beautifully crafted water vessel that included the special emblem of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Prince Harry explained that the best memory he is taking is of the people of Belize. “The welcome I received, it feels like I have been here for a week. The music, the people, the culture is incredible.” He said he is looking forward to visiting Belize on a vacation hopefully “not with all the cameras”.

Photos courtesy of the Belize Tourism Board

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Whether you want an action packed agenda in the water and the jungle, or simply spend some quality time in a hammock, Belize has something for all tastes and tempos.

Map of Belize, showing our 4 main regions
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