Ocean club

Belize Ocean Club at Placencia renews its name and guest offerings, introducing Umaya Resort & Adventures

“The new Umaya experience offers what our customers are looking for in Belize – a sense of belonging and connection to the local community, its history and its raw, untouched beauty,” says Robert Van EerdeCEO of STEM®.

Among the first phase of investments on the property are local Mayan carvings and crafts upon arrival and in common areas; the restyling of certain hotel suites; an organic garden; and new Mayan-influenced programming ranging from Mayan massages to two new dining options. A new dive center is also under development.

The first of the new dining options, The Clubhouse, is a farm-to-table restaurant facing the lagoon with sunset mountain views. It offers cuisine rooted in the Mayan and Garifuna traditions of Belize. FYAH, named after the local dialect for fire, features dishes cooked on an open-flame grill, with seating options on the deck and barefoot in the sand for a selection of parrillada and tandoor food.

The resort team has prioritized conservation and sustainability, implementing several efforts to promote eco-consciousness, including an on-site organic garden and free-range chickens, which allows guests to revel in delicious cuisine incorporating freshly picked ingredients harvested just a few meters away. Among the multitude of produce, customers can find tropical fruits, native herbs, and staple vegetables, all used to prepare amazing meals that also educate customers even more about local Belizean dishes and food culture.

Effective with the rebranding, the hotel has added to the decor with various locally sourced materials used to outfit common areas and furnish some restyled suites, not only reducing the properties’ carbon footprint, but maintaining the unique rustic look of Placencia. Local woods found on the property include Santa Maria, Mahogany and Cabbage Bar.

With the largest living coral reef off its shores, Umaya Resort & Adventures emphasizes diving experiences, including the establishment of an on-site diving certification program. The management team has also created unique new excursions for adventure travelers – both at sea and in the nearby jungles and Mayan ruins of Belize.

In addition to off-site excursions, Umaya Resort & Adventures has launched a variety of weekly cultural and gastronomic events such as Beer & Curry Night, serving original Indian dishes prepared by Chef Subu from Chennai as well as Best of Belizeshowcasing local Garifuna cuisine and music.

Umaya Resort & Adventures is an all-suite, full-service boutique resort that spans Maya Beach in Placencia, a lush 18-mile-long peninsula in the south Belize. With 60 luxury room options, a spa, beach and lagoon restaurants, and some of the largest pools and event spaces on the peninsula. It is strategically located for easy access to jungle and ocean adventures, close to the Western Hemisphere’s largest barrier reef and the country’s vast network of protected areas and parks.

STEM® Hotels is an international “TRUE” boutique hotel management company. Founded in 2011 by Robert Van Eerde support and guide the small independent hotel market through effective management. Clients include Hotel Astor, Red Wall Garden Hotel, Time Tunnel Designer Hotel, Sofu Hotel, The Emperor, Savoy Hotel Miami Beach, Adria Hotel London, SOHO Beach House Miami, Pelican Hotel Miami, Manor House Nevis and El Ganzo, Cape San JoseSouq Waqif Boutique Hotels Qatar.