“The resort has been awarded recognition for its continuous community efforts and fundraising for various causes such as Oceana and hosts popular weekly beach cleanups to help keep Belize beautiful.”
When history, modern sophistication, Caribbean beaches, and a free happy hour come together in one place, we need little convincing to visit. Then you throw in The Phoenix resort’s prime location, pristine property, and “give where you live” philosophy, and we’re ready to relocate to the charming town of San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize.
The upscale resort sits where the historic Paradise Resort Hotel, Ambergris Caye’s second ever hotel, was originally built in 1970. Owners Jerry and Linda McDermott sold the property in 1991 before repurchasing in 2004. Today, the McDermotts’ daughter Kelly McDermott Kanabar, her husband Mukul Kanabar, and their business partner Mark Maggiotto have started from the ground up, turning the ever-favored thatched cabanas and beachfront bars into a high-end destination.
The Phoenix is island life meets luxury convenience. The staff is so warm and inviting you feel like you’re staying at your best friend’s house, and not a single detail has been missed. The award-winning resort was consciously constructed with a distinctive design utilizing local materials. Spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos boast fully equipped kitchens with local hardwood cabinetry, luxurious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, and living rooms featuring custom-made Belizean furniture. Guests are enticed by two saline pools, one of which is an infinity overlooking the Caribbean, as well as complimentary yoga classes and wine and chocolate tastings. The on-site Sol Spa offers organic, traditional Mayan influenced treatments, the highly rated on-site Red Ginger restaurant is ideal for a night out or a decadent night in with room service, and local water and mainland adventures abound, from scuba diving and sailing to touring Mayan ruins and zip-lining through the jungle.
What truly sets The Phoenix apart, however, is its community mentality and commitment to protecting and preserving the ocean and local marine resources. The resort has been awarded recognition for its continuous community efforts and fundraising for various causes such as Oceana and hosts popular weekly beach cleanups to help keep Belize beautiful.