Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Resort Set for December 2017 Opening on Caribbean Island of Ambergris Caye, Belize

SAN PEDRO, BZ. August 23, 2017 – The highly anticipated Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio – A Collection By Hilton, will begin welcoming guests in December 2017. The first luxury resort from a global brand to open in the country, Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club is being built from the ground up on the picturesque Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. Set on 60-acres and nestled in a grove of tropical foliage, the resort is designed for those seeking relaxed adventure. Offering 205 charming cottages and villa-style accommodations, the decor will reflect the destination’s authentic soul with colonial-style detailing, heirloom-quality furnishings and local, sustainably-harvested genuine Belizean hardwoods.

At the helm of this new luxurious Belizean experience is industry icon General Manager, Niklaus Leuenberger and veteran sales expert, Edward Donaldson as director of sales & marketing. With nearly 50 years of combined hospitality expertise, Leuenberger and Donaldson will spearhead the resorts December opening.

“This will be a one-of-a-kind, authentic, Belizean resort,” said Leuenberger. “Building a new property on an island as striking as Ambergris Caye has been a real labor of love. Every detail of the resort has been meticulously thought out - from the interior design to the selection of amenities, from the guestrooms to the public spaces. Local flavor has been infused throughout the entire resort, and we have worked hard to provide guests with what will be an exceptional product. I know I speak for the entire team, when I say we are eager for guests to experience Mahogany Bay when we officially open our doors at the end of this year.”

Over the course of 19 years, Leuenberger has served as General Manager for The Peninsula Hotels in Philippines, Hong Kong, and New York. He has a proven track record of bringing strong financial returns and continuous brand development to his hotels. Leuenberger was also Managing Director of The New York Palace Hotel, and most recently he held the position as Senior Vice President of Resort Operations of Baha Mar Casino & Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas.

Guests of Mahogany Bay will have full access to a wide array of amenities including the Bay Club with a grand pool and bar and the private, white sand Beach Club, just a short boat ride from the on-site marina. The property’s focal point will be a 22,000-square foot Great House featuring a signature restaurant and bar, 8,000-sq. ft. of event space, the largest in Belize, plus a wrap-around covered veranda.

A seasoned hospitality industry veteran with 30 years of global leisure and luxury sales experience, Ed Donaldson has worked with some of the world’s best-known hotel brands. Prior to joining the Mahogany Bay executive team, Donaldson was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ Tucker's Point in Bermuda. During his tenure there, he spearheaded strategic plans which led to a boost in occupancies. Donaldson accomplished this by capitalizing on, and expanding relationships with group and incentive travel suppliers. He also leveraged his expertise in digital marketing and SEO, public relations, and partnership opportunities to further broaden the hotel’s exposure.

“This is truly an innovative resort that will offer a groundbreaking approach to hospitality while embracing the warmth and spirit of Belize. It is wonderful to be a part of the team that is making this vision a reality,” said Donaldson. “We are already receiving exciting feedback about Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club within the marketplace, and from my many years of experience, I am confident that the resort will be very well received when we officially open our doors this winter.”

For more information please visit online at www.mahoganybayvillage.com.

About Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach ClubMichelle Abril

Slated to open Winter 2017, the rustic chic Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio – A Collection by Hilton™ is located on the stunning island of Ambergris Caye, Belize and designed for those seeking relaxed adventure. Nestled in a grove of tropical foliage, the resort will offer 205 charming cottage and villa-style accommodations that reflect the destination’s authentic spirit with colonial-style detailing, heirloom-quality furnishings and local sustainably-harvested genuine Belizean hardwoods. Offering a 360-degree travel experience, resort guests will have full access to a wide array of amenities including the Bay Club with a grand pool and bar and the private white sand Beach Club, just a short boat ride from the on-site marina. While nearby Mahogany Bay Village provides a selection of dining and drinking options, as well as shops, a marina and a concierge who can book excursions such as, paddle boarding, fishing and diving. The property’s focal point will be a 22,000-square foot Great House featuring a signature restaurant and bar, 8,000-sq. ft. of event space, plus a wrap-around covered veranda. Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club will be the first Hilton Worldwide property in Belize, as well as the first luxury resort from a global brand in the country. www.mahoganybayvillage.com/resort

Contact:
Michelle Abril
michelle@dndpr.com
(646) 393-4392

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