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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Laura Balis
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.

Tourists today have more and more destination choices thanks to the advancement of the tourism industry globally, but in particular, the Caribbean holds a stronger appeal than ever. The year of 2017 marked the seventh straight year of tourism growth in the Caribbean. In 2015, the Caribbean as a region experienced an unprecedented tourism growth of 7%, outperforming every other tourism region on the planet! Then in 2016, the same metric hit a benchmark of 29 million tourists for the first time.

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Laura Balis
San Pedro Lobsterfest 2017 — A Crustacean Celebration

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

Although June falls within San Pedro’s historic “slow season,” most locals will attest to the fact that the island has become a year-round destination, with different attractions and cultural events drawing visitors all throughout the year. In the summertime, one can expect balmy temperatures and higher than average rainfall, but also many more local and cultural events, not to mention up to 40% off on airfare and accommodations!

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

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

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Laura Balis
Ambergris Caye's 2017 Top Ten Experiences

Coming off of a record tourism AND home sales month in March 2017, we find ourselves gushing more than ever about just how wonderful it is to live in San Pedro, Belize. Since the beginning of the year we have already added 28 new individual homeowners to Mahogany Bay Village, and with all of our new family members and residents we are more often being asked about 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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Laura Balis
Belize Boasts Record-Breaking Tourism in 2017

"If the world had ends, (Belize) would certainly be one of them. It is not on the way from anywhere to anywhere else. It has no strategic value. It is all but uninhabited," wrote Aldous Huxley in Beyond the Mexique Bay in 1934. 

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. Spanish explorers were weary to come close to its miles of treacherous barrier reef and shallow waters after numerous shipwrecks, and the lure of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula was enough to distract conquistadors from venturing too far south.

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Laura Balis
Robert Kiyosaki and Investor Group Visit Mahogany Bay Village in Belize

On April 6, 2017 San Pedro welcomed Robert Kiyosaki and over 100 private investors, real estate authors, and personal finance educators for a tour of the new resort and residential development at Mahogany Bay Village on Ambergris Caye, Belize. The group was part of The Real Estate Guys™ 15th annual Investors’ Summit at Sea™. 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. This book has made Robert Kiyosaki the greatest selling personal finance author in history, with over 26 million copies sold!

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

This is the second part to MBV’s three-part series on the entrepreneurs who have opened up a business at Mahogany Bay Village in preparation for the Resort’s 2017 opening as a Curio Collection by Hilton. Please see Entrepreneurs Go All In, Part I. to read the story of the owners of Blue Bonefish Fly Shop and Mahogany Chocolate!

SCIENCE & SOUL WELLNESS

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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Laura Balis
Women in Leadership at Mahogany Bay Village

"The Question isn't who's going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."

— Ayn Rand

International Women’s Day is 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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Laura Balis
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).

These days, Ray Crockett is a real estate developer in Texas and California who specializes in helping younger athletes make wise long-term investment decisions with their wealth.

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Shaken Sunset Bar Opens at The Great House

Come celebrate Shaken pool bar’s grand opening at Mahogany Bay Village, Saturday February 25th for cocktail specials, good music, and yummy bites! 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 and artisanal bean-to-bar chocolatier Mahogany Chocolate are set to open April 1st. JYOTO Sushi is also looking at a March opening date. The Farm House Deli & General Store at Mahogany Bay is expected to open sometime in April.  

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Laura Balis
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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Laura Balis
Coastal Living Lifestyle Weekend in Belize Gets Rave Reviews

"I came thinking it was going to be purely a business trip . . . and left feeling like I had an incredible experience and it exceeded every expectation I could imagine having" 
— Elizabeth Harris, Coastal Living Lifestyle Weekend in Belize, January 29th, 2017.

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. But are there enough hotel rooms today on what was a sleepy fishing town just twenty years ago? Are our goods and services meeting the demand of an ever-discerning North American clientele?

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Laura Balis
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) visa is renowned for being one of the best in the world. In fact, in 2016 Ambergris Caye was highlighted as a Top Caribbean Retirement Spot by U.S. News & World Report.
Ambergris Caye is a 25 mile long, 3 mile wide island that runs alongside the stunning Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. San Pedro Town / Ambergris Caye attracts over 70% of all tourism that enters the country, and has a sizeable population of resident American and Canadian families, business owners, and retirees.

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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. Britney Travis moved to San Pedro, Belize at the beginning of 2016 to expand her US nonprofit work with women and children, a cause she has demonstrated a lifelong passion toward. During her planning trip to Belize in 2015, fate would have it that she met Beth Clifford, Mahogany Bay 

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Laura Balis
Mahogany Bay Village Exploration Center Opens in Downtown San Pedro

The brand new Mahogany Bay Village Exploration Center has opened in downtown San Pedro 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 businesses grand openings and upcoming events.

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Laura Balis
Top 17 Reasons to Invest in Belize Real Estate

What if you could own real estate in a luxury-branded resort / hotel 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?

The opportunity is now in Ambergris Caye, Belize — let us tell you why!

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Laura Balis
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!

The Farm House Deli produces some of the finest foods in Belize. Cured meats, artisanal cheeses, delightful desserts, 

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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.

The weekend at Mahogany Bay Village (MBV) featured a nice balance between investment presentation, real estate market research, and of course relaxation time at the beach 

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Laura Balis