“Grand Hotel” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Up bright (well as bright as I’m ever likely to be nowadays) and early this morning and out on the veranda – the western, lagoon facing one – with a mug of black coffee and my iPad by 05.15 hours.

I sat out there enjoying the tranquility and solitude for a couple of hours (or three mugs of coffee’s worth) before showering, shaving, taking care of the molars and dressing (and yes, I do it in that order) and setting off for breakfast. But it’s Tuesday you’re thinking –Estel’s Dine By the Sea isn’t open on Tuesday. And you’re right, but I wasn’t going there. I was going to Caribbean Villas Hotel


for one of these


And very good it was too.

Knowing that Rose and I have been invited to the Grand Opening


of the forty-eight room extension I took the opportunity to take a look at how things are progressing with just a week and a half to go.

I hadn’t noticed much when I was eating my breakfast but the place was a hotbed of activity ranging from wood being prepared in the woodshed



to making headboards for the beds


to working on the second swimming pool


Nice and close to the existing one.


Work on the dive shop underway.


And of course they’re still working on the new forty-eight room building.


What with the work that’s already been carried out like the


large palapa and the


beach-side deck in front of the



Oh, before I forget (as if) whilst I was eating my breakfast a staff meeting was going on and (not that I was eavesdropping – much) I can bring you the ‘hot off the press news’ that the new restaurant that will open on 15 November will be called Amber.

Seeing all the work that is going there is little doubt in my mind that the owners intend that it will be a grand hotel.

The headline for today’s edition is based on the album released in 1973 by Procul Harum which reached number 21 in the US Billboard Hot 200.


  1. kristina nadreau says:

    work schedule seems ambitious

    1. The schedule sees 24 of the 48 rooms completed for the Grand Opening on 7 November. The remainder are planned to be finished for Christmas bookings.

  2. That bar looks like a cool spot

    1. It is Lorenzo. You should try it.

      1. Yeah definitely. I’ll try to make it to SP in Dec or Jan.

  3. footballbat says:

    Thanks John.

    Love the palapa bar at Caribbean Villas Hotel, looks like a great place to spend an afternoon.
    Reminds me of Crazy Canucks or THE Palapa Bar

    1. When it’s finished it should have all you’d need for a great day on the beach.

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