Tasting the good life at Mayan Islands Resort grand opening

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Mayan Islands Resort has several of these pods around its pool and lounging area. The perfect setting for a group of friends.
Mayan Islands Resort has several of these pods around its pool and lounging area. The perfect setting for a group of friends, including Hasni and Sue enjoying a relaxing moment.

Word spread quickly among our friends that the Mayan Islands Resort was holding its grand opening this past Sunday and an invite quickly became the hottest ticket on Ambergris Caye.

To say the opening has been highly anticipated is a bit of a reach — it has been years in the making, after all — but it has been the subject of a great deal of curiosity and speculation.

For example, every time we set off  by boat for the back side of the island and pass close by the resort on the tip of the island’s western prong, it is the subject of much resort envy. 

Mayan Islands Resort has big sky going for it, wide open space for amazing cloud formations and sunsets.
Mayan Islands Resort has big sky going for it, wide open space for amazing cloud formations and sunsets.

“That place looks awesome.”

“I wouldn’t mind hanging around there”

“I wanna sit in one of those giant basket chairs by the pool and sip on a drink all day!”

That sort of thing.

Straight ahead is the grand palapa with a bar, dining area, lounging sets and a nice infinity swimming pool.
Straight ahead is the grand palapa with a bar, dining area, lounging sets and a nice infinity swimming pool.

From the water, Mayan Islands is enticing. Its clean, austere, almost Bauhaus-like architecture and stark white buildings, framing pools of blue and plush lounge chairs hold promise of leisurely days, baking in the sun.

It was more like a dingy drizzle when we took off from the old Sunset Bar’s dock for the 10 minute boat ride to the resort, but not enough to put a damper on our evening.

Mayan Islands Resort is a work of art in progress. It has, after all, a big canvas to fill — 500 acres, according to founder & CEO Scott Zeus Smith. Only a fraction of that is currently occupied by residences, a central restaurant, lounge and pool area and some nice landscaping.

Shotgun-style, one-bedroom cabanas that face back toward San Pedro.
Shotgun-style, one-bedroom cabanas that face back toward San Pedro.
Closeup of the one-bedroom "shotgun" cabanas at Mayan Islands Resort.
Closeup of the one-bedroom “shotgun” cabanas at Mayan Islands Resort.

But it is enough to see where Scott and his team are headed.

Already some of the units are rented for the coming High Season and as soon as local wedding planners scope out the spacious facilities, Mayan Islands will easily become a destination resort. It is completely self-contained and a short boat-ride to the rest.

The spacious cabanas on the west side come with their own infinity pool and gorgeous sunsets. They also have a decent view of Cayo Enpanto, the current high-end luxury resort standard-bearer for the island.  On the east side it is all sunrises and San Pedro. These slender but deep units are a modern and sleek take on the old Louisiana shotgun shacks, where there is an unobstructed flow from front to back, taking advantage of the constant Caribbean breeze.

Nice details abound at Mayan Islands Resort, like the water fixture over the bridge leading to the pool, bar and restaurant.
Nice details abound at Mayan Islands Resort, like the water fixture over the bridge leading to the pool, bar and restaurant.

Until ownership and occupancy build out, Mayan Islands Resort is making itself available to San Pedro residents and visitors for day trips, lunch and dinner dining in the Star Restaurant and for conventions and weddings. Call ahead for the details.They even have a boat that will shuttle parties to the remote site.

There was a lot of enthusiasm in our group for making Mayan Islands a stop on the way home after a day picnicking on the backside of the island, and even talk of a large group overnighter.

That is a sure sign that the Mayan Islands canvas is going to be a masterpiece.

More images from Mayan Islands Resort:

Part of our team of resident "hospitality experts"  evaluating the island's latest resort to open (l to r): Wayne, Linda, Marie, Steve, Sue and Adam.
Part of our team of resident “hospitality experts” evaluating the island’s latest resort to open (l to r): Wayne, Linda, Marie, Steve, Sue and Adam. In the back are Mary and Dion from the San Pedro Sun.
Hasni, Jackie, Scott, Adam and Dion inspect one of the 2,000 sq.ft., two-bedroom cabanas.
Hasni, Jackie, Scott, Adam and Dion inspect one of the 2,000 sq.ft., two-bedroom cabanas.
FounderCEO Scott Zeus Smith (in blue-green shirt) chats with guests at Mayan Islands Resort.
Founder/CEO Scott Zeus Smith (in blue-green shirt) chats with guests at Mayan Islands Resort.

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Pool and lounge area beside the grand palapa.
Pool and lounge area beside the grand palapa.
Kitchen of the large cabana.
Kitchen of the large cabana.
Master bedroom and the deck with private infinity pool off the west side of the large cabana.
Master bedroom and the deck with private infinity pool off the west side of the large cabana.

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Western side of the large cabanas, each with its own pool and deck facing the sunset.
Western side of the large cabanas, each with its own pool and deck facing the sunset.
Menu for the Star Restaurant at Mayan Islands Resort.
Menu for the Star Restaurant at Mayan Islands Resort.
Under the grand palapa at night as the rain begins to fall at Mayan Islands Resort.
Under the grand palapa at night as the rain begins to fall at Mayan Islands Resort.
We'll end where we began, in one of the basket pods that dot the lounge area at Mayan Islands Resort.
We’ll end where we began, in one of the basket pods that dot the lounge area at Mayan Islands Resort.

 

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7 thoughts on “Tasting the good life at Mayan Islands Resort grand opening

    johnhenryeast said:
    November 17, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Scott Zeus Smith bears an amazing resemblance to Scott Mallick.

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    Emily Smith said:
    November 17, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    The only thing I don’t like about it is the menu prices in USD. Other than that, looks like pure perfection!

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    Susan W. said:
    November 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Looks very nice!

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      SPmQQse said:
      November 17, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      it’ll look ”gone” after the next tide-rise/hurricane. at least, after that , …all the dredged material will be back to where it belongs.

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    Jack said:
    November 21, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    With all the plant material available it’s a shame that large trees where not brought in to give the place a more tropical feel or sand Burms made to give some depth, texture and a sense of discovery when wandering on property but like you said a canvas waiting to be filled

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    scott smith said:
    December 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you for all the positive comments!
    I and my whole team are working to build a great resort to help more people learn about the beauty of Belize!

    Happy Holidays!

    Scott Zeus Smith

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