Dear Travel partner,
With 2012 already proving to be a busy and exciting year, we want to take the time out to wish you all the best and to say thank you for being such an important part of Chaa Creek’s evolution from a small family farm on the banks of the Macal River to Belize’s premier ecoadventure destination. It’s no cliché to say that we couldn’t have done it without the efforts of hardworking industry partners such as yourself.
In September last year we celebrated both our own 30th birthday and Belize’s 30th Independence Day, and still find it hard to believe that three decades have passed since we first opened our doors to paying guests in the world’s newest nation.
From the humblest of beginnings Chaa Creek Cottages has grown into a 365 acre private nature reserve offering our signature range of exciting, educational adventures, expeditions and cultural experiences. Our Natural History Centre, Butterfly Farm, Conference Centre, Macal River Camp bungalows, Rainforest Medicine Trail, Organic Maya Farm, eco-friendly Hilltop Spa and swimming pool are linked by miles of beautiful jungle trails perfect for bird watching, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, or just strolling through a pristine rainforest. Our canoes remain the most popular way to explore the river and enjoy scenic excursions into San Ignacio Town.
As Chaa Creek grew, so did our awareness of how precious Belize’s unique ecosystem is, and this led to a commitment towards environmental and social responsibility that continues to guide us today. Our 135 staff members are proud to be part of a world recognised model for sustainable development that demonstrates how a resort can operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner without sacrificing luxury. We are also pleased that these efforts continued to be recognised within the tourism industry during 2011. Last year we added Belize Hotel of the Year for 2011 and recognition as one of Travel+Leisure Magazine’s top ten resorts for the entire Central and South American region to Chaa Creek’s long list of awards and industry recognition.
The Chaa Creek region has been a hub of Maya civilisation for thousands of years, and we are committed to keeping this rich Maya heritage alive while showcasing the archaeology, arts and other achievements of this fascinating culture. We are now internationally recognised for providing an authentic Maya experience, and already this year played host to leading Mayanist and author Dr Mark Van Stone as well as a team from National Geographic magazine. Throughout 2012 we will be offering unique Maya tours, presentations, events and activities, culminating in the grand Winter Solstice celebrations on December 21.
Our daily tours continue to offer easy access to Belize’s magnificent national parks and wilderness areas while our Reef and Rainforest vacation packages remain popular options for combining a Caribbean island getaway with a true rainforest and Maya experience.
We of course face the same challenges confronting everyone in our industry these days, but feel confident that with our unique offerings, continual focus on customer satisfaction, stunning location and a warm, friendly staff, Chaa Creek will continue to evolve throughout 2012. In sharp contrast to the apocalyptic scenarios generated by Hollywood blockbusters and internet pundits, we expect that 2012 will be a phenomenal year of growth culminating in a new beginning towards an even brighter future.
Yes, there is no doubt that 2012 is going to be an interesting year, and please keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook, our website and Belize Travel Blog. Or come experience 2012 first hand in the Heartland of the Maya and see for yourself what it is about Chaa Creek that results in such positive feedback from families, couples, singles and groups. We do hope to see you someday, and in the meantime wish you an exciting year full of peace, prosperity, and happiness.
Mick, Lucy, Bryony and Piers Fleming, and the staff of Chaa Creek