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Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2014

This is our second year representing Belize in Wine Spectator Magazine with an Award of Excellence for restaurant wine lists.

We have climate-controlled cellars for 4,000 bottles of wine. We research food-friendly affordable wines from all over the world, and import our own top choices, creating a wine list with plenty of selection between US $30 and US $60 per bottle, with a few moderately priced selections up to US $150 per bottle. Our wine list is also supplemented by some excellent importers/distributors in Belize, including Wine Divine of San Pedro and Premium Wines & Spirits of Belize City.

 

Those judges just loved Placencia this year.

John and Ellen accepting the award for Belize’s “Restaurant of the Year”

My goodness, this is something we certainly didn’t expect. The Belize Tourism Board awarded the Bistro Belize’s “Restaurant of the Year” for the 2nd time. We can think of a whole lot of restaurants that deserve an award like this too, but we were lucky enough to be chosen again.

The 2012 awards presentation happened May 18th, 2013, out on a private island about an hour off the coast of Belize. Awards were presented in 9 categories, and Placencia businesses won 7 of them! That’s a big boost to our collective ego down here in the South.

Congratulations to the other winners as well.

- MAYA BEACH HOTEL BISTRO – Restaurant of the Year

- PLACENCIA VILLAGE – Destination of the Year

- PLACENCIA TOURISM CENTER – Hospitality Award

- PLACENCIA LOBSTERFEST – Major Festival of the Year

- TOUR OPERATOR OF THE YEAR – Splash Dive Center

- SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR – Singing Sands Inn

- FRONTLINE PERSON OF THE YEAR – Natalie (Chabil Mar)

A non-Placencia winner got the major trophy for Hotel of the Year, but that’s OK. They earned it! Chabil Mar was a close runner up, though! And we’re happy for Jerome who used to live in Placencia and work for Avadon Divers (Also awarded “Tour Operator of the Year” the last time)

- HOTEL OF THE YEAR – San Ignacio Resort Hotel

- TOUR GUIDE OF THE YEAR – Jerome Williams


But it’s a good thing we’re better at cooking than we are at speech making…check out the YouTube clip:

Interview with John and Ellen @ the Bistro

The ride out to the caye on the catamaran was a lot of fun. Here’s one quick shot of John & Ellen before they got all nervous.

The Placencia winners of this year’s Tourism Awards.

Thanks to the San Pedro Sun for this photo!

To our fabulous employees, THANKS VERY MUCH!!! To our amazing, regular customers, THANKS VERY MUCH!!! To our supportive and happy hotel guests, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! And to the Belize Tourism Board, people on the committee, and those who depend on tourism for a living, we truly appreciate the honor and we promise to do our best to create sustained interest in Belize.

Channel 5′s Report

Channel 7′s Report

And this was a nice photo from Ambergris Today.

Look how windy it was! John managed to keep his hair in place, but Ellen got a new do.

 

BTB-NTA WINNERS SEAL - RESTAURANT

Valentine Wine & Dine 2013

50 diners X 9 courses = 450 plates of food + 450 half glasses of wine = ± 1800 visits to the table by waiters. The Bistro staff performed marvelously, putting together what most repeat Wine & Diners called the best-ever. Chefs Mary Kay Bader and John Lee, and FOH manager Ellen Lee, spent a month working on ideas, tasting, and adjusting recipes. Then, they repeatedly selected and tried wines with each dish until complementary relationships were discovered. The final menu was published just one day before the event, but by then all seats had already been reserved.

 

Another “Fodor’s Choice” award for 2012

MAYA BEACH HOTEL BISTRO EARNS FODOR’S CHOICE 2012 DISTINCTION FROM FODOR’S TRAVEL

CITY, STATE – DATEFodor’s, the leading name in travel guides for over 75 years, today announced that the Maya Beach Hotel Bistro has been recognized as a 2012 Fodor’s Choice selection. This distinction designates the Bistro as a leader in its field for service, quality, and value in the 2012 year.

The editors and experts of Fodor’s have been selecting only the top fifteen percent of their listed properties and activities as Fodor’s Choice award recipients since 1988. Every year, Fodor’s writers experience, examine and evaluate thousands of hotels, restaurants and attractions in their travels across the globe. While every business included in a Fodor’s guide is deemed worth a traveler’s time, only those offering a truly remarkable experience are given the Fodor’s Choice designation.

For more than 75 years Fodor’s has presented travelers with the very top recommendations from hidden-away restaurants to can’t-miss museums, to make sure they’re making the most of their travels. The 2012 Fodor’s Choice recipients are the best of the best, providing a remarkable experience in their price range or category.

As a 2012 Fodor’s Choice property Maya Beach Hotel will receive special recognition in the next Fodor’s guidebook to this area and on www.Fodors.com.

Maya Beach Hotel, and/or the Bistro, has received this designation each year since 2007.

About Fodor’s Travel

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Bistro mentioned in “The Cultureist” Magazine

Thanks to the friendly folks at Ka’ana resort in San Ignacio, a writer from The Cultureist Online Magazine mentioned the Bistro in a nice article about Belize. Here’s the link:

http://www.thecultureist.com/2012/08/06/guide-belizean-culture-kaana-resor/

By the subhead of the blurb about us, you can tell what Ka’ana’s owner Colin likes to do when he visits…not exactly how we position our Bistro but what the heck? If Colin comes here to get tipsy then more power to him!

Scruffy, but effective.

Chef John’s evening crew are cranking out beautiful food, despite their intimidating posture.

 

John’s kitchen colleagues, from the breakfast team to the night crew, are all dedicated to putting the best possible meal on your table, every time.  Our people come mainly from the  villages and towns of Seine Bight, Dangriga, Hopkins and Punta Gorda. You can tell how serious they are about their jobs because many of them spend days away from their families while on the job.

Dinner time!

A group of 35 isn’t the easiest thing to handle, especially in the high season…but we’re as ready as we’ll ever be.

Your group of 11 to 35 can be accommodated in the Bistro for an early seating at 5:30 PM, and with at least 2 weeks advance notice. While we’d like to be able to be more flexible, it’s just not possible with a small kitchen like ours. Groups of 6-10 can make reservations for either 5:30/6:00 or 8:00/8:30. Calling ahead is recommended at any time of year. The reservations number is 533-8040.

 

2012 Travelers’ Choice Award and Certificates of Excellence

Belizeans and the service industry go together like rice and beans. You don’t have to tell them to be friendly. So it’s no surprise that Belizean resorts dominated the Travelers’ Choice 2012 awards from TripAdvisor for Central America: Best Service. And guess what? Our little hotel placed #7 on that list. Yeah!

Next, a big thanks to everyone who has taken a moment of their time to rate the Bistro on TripAdvisor. Nothing makes us happier than making you happy!

The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

Besides the Bistro, the Maya Beach Hotel received the Certificate of Excellence 2012 for the hotel as well. Once again, THANK YOU!

 

Rated highly by our moms, and the country of Belize.

In June 2011, the Belize Tourism Board hosted its annual national Tourism Awards ceremony. The Maya Beach Hotel Bistro won “Restaurant of the Year!” John (chef/owner) and I (Ellen: shmoozer/owner) attended along with the finalists in the 5 other categories.  The tourism industry and BTB had decided winners in the categories of Hotel of the Year, Small Hotel of the Year, Tour Operator of the Year, Tour Guide of the Year, Front-line Person of the Year, and Restaurant of the Year. It was a formal event at the Old Belize facility in Belize City: tables beautifully decorated, red carpet entrance, the works! It felt like we were attending the Oscars.

We could hardly believe it when they announced the winner in our category. It was us! John and I looked at each other, both thinking “Did you hear what I heard?” We stumbled up the short flight of steps to the stage and under the hot lights made a lame acceptance speech, which we were completely unprepared for. That’s one part I wish we could do over!

All in all it was a great night, and since then we are still flattered and humbled that people would have recognized our little contribution in this way. The food in Belize is really terrific, and that award could have gone to so many other restaurants in Placencia or other places around the country.

By the way, Placencia won 3 of the 6 awards. We also won Tour Operator of the Year (Avadon Divers) and Front-line Person of the Year (Althea Schable at Chabil Mar). If you haven’t noticed yet, Placencia is the place to be!