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Oct 2, 2018

B.T.B. Fam Trip: A Look at Cayo’s Top Resorts

Over the weekend media representatives were taken to Cayo to visit top tourist destinations as part of B.T.B.’s annual familiarization excursion. On Monday showed you the thrilling zip-lining and out of this world cave-tubing experiences that Cavetubing.bz offers. Today, News Five’s Hipolito Novelo takes a look at two top resorts in the Cayo District.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

As an annual event, the Belize Tourism Board hosted journalists and videographers from several media houses in Belize for a weekend of adventure and fact finding mission in the western part of the country. The aim of the weekend expedition was not only to for B.T.B. to build relations with the media, but also for the media to market Cayo’s top tourist destinations to locals.

 

Jocelle Stephen

Jocelle Stephen, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, B.T.B.

“Every region of the country there is something that is unique and diverse about Belize. Therefore we feel that it is necessary that we share not only with our international audience but also for our local tourism which is also vital to the economic well-being of tourism as a sector and contributor to GDP. We once again this year we’ve done the western as you mention. This year we thought it would be good for you to experience inland adventures.”

 

Our adventure began at the Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve with zip-lining and cave-tuning provided by Vitalino Reyes through his company Vital Nature and Mayan Tours or Cavetubing.bz.

From there we headed to one of Cayo’s most attractive and luxurious resorts.

 

Paulita Figueroa

Paulita Figueroa, Operations Manager, San Ignacio Resort Hotel

“Forty two years in business, B.T.B. awards; we have a couple of them under our belt especially in 2016 we got restaurant and hotel of the year.”

 

Established in 1967, the San Ignacio Resort Hotel boasts twenty-six rooms located on a seventeen acre private estate- a walking distance from San Ignacio Town. Over the years, San Ignacio Hotel has been honored with several recognitions, including Hotel of the year in 2016 and Hospitality Award in 2015 and Restaurant of the Year in 2016.

 

Paulita Figueroa

“An addition here at the San Ignacio Hotel is Chef Enrique Awe who has just joined us after being away for about seventeen years and he is back in San Ignacio here at our restaurant getting ready to serve up come incredible dishes.”

 

Enrique Awe

Enrique Awe, Executive Chef, San Ignacio Resort Hotel

“I am very happy to be home and hopefully using local ingredients with the international influences, inviting all the locals to come up and try the new food, specials and everything here with us.”

 

The going rate for one of the rooms is two hundred and thirty-eight Belize dollars from May to October. For the high season, the rates increase to about two hundred and seventy-eight dollars. It’s a resort fit for a queen.

 

Paulita Figueroa

Naturally Queen Elizabeth tops the list. She was here in 1994. It was one of the most incredible experiences that we had. We trained through the English military for about three and a half months, two times a week. She was only in the building for thirty six years so you can imagine what it was like. It was incredible though. One of the more modern things now is elopement. So we have a bride and a groom that would check in and they decide that they want to elope because they did not want to have the big, fancy wedding at their houses. So they come here and two people get married. So it is a new thing. They have a wedding cake, flowers and everything but they just decide that they want to elope on their own. We have big Belizean weddings as well too. I don’t think we have had a Belizean wedding that is under a hundred people. So we have big Belizean weddings, Christmas parties, and corporate events. It is definitely a nice place to be. We have a beautiful reception hall that can seat up to two hundred and fifty people so that is where we get most of our clients.”

 

And the clients keep coming back for the resort’s onsite medicinal trail, exquisite customer service and to support its green iguana conservation project.

 

We then hop back in our vans and headed to The Log Cab Inn Resort, located on mile sixty-eight on the George Price Highway. The Log Cab-Inn Resort is family owned and operated. The resort’s services are based on its concept of ‘Affordability, Comfort, and Tranquility”. General manager Garnett Lee describes it as…

 

Garnett Lee

Garnett Lee, General Manager, The Log Cab Inn Resort 

“…perfection. We have the beautiful forest around here. We have the beautiful log cabins with luxurious rooms inside. We are not a luxury resort but we try to give luxury service. The pool, we just did an extension of the pool. It was one small pool not it was a split level pool. We do great events here. A lot of different things at the Log Cab Inn for you.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“How is slow season treating the establishment?”

 

Garnett Lee

“We carter mostly to groups and we also do couples as well, honeymooners but Belizeans are our top priority when it comes to guest. The pool is open to the public so anyone could show up here and have a good time. Have break lunch and dinner. A lot of people come here and have a good time, from all parts of the country Belizeans and they stay overnight. Our rates are very competitive. So we try our best to keep that going. The slow season has been slow but we newver close. A lot of people close but we never close.”

 

For Belizeans, the specials range from one hundred and forty dollars to one hundred and seventy-five dollars a night for standard and deluxe cabins.

 

Garnett Lee

“Our rooms are very unique. The rooms are built by hand. All the cabins are logwood and we built here on the property. Our own guys built it. You can beat the view here and the greenery and the pristine jungle here. We have beautiful restaurant, really good. Our prices are really good. Our pool is a magnificent pool.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“How about customer service?”

 

Garnett Lee

“Customer service is on point.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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