We didn’t win one of the eight coveted awards handed out by the Belize Tourism Board this year, but we were nominated in two categories (“Restaurant of the Year” and “Hotel of the Year”). Winning “Restaurant of the Year” twice in the past really made us proud, and now we have something to work toward again. Congratulations to our friends at San Ignacio Resort Hotel, Splash Dive Center and Vanilla Hills Lodge, and all the other winners too. Next year? Who knows? Like they say, it was an honor just to be nominated.
Maya Beach Hotel has won a 2016 Traveler’s Choice Award from TripAdvisor! We were named #2 in the Best Bargain Hotels – Belize category. Special thanks to all of our guests who have taken the time to review us online.
For the 14th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe. Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Luxury, Service and Small Hotels. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.
“We are thrilled to be one of the handful of resorts in Placencia that have received Traveler’s Choice awards,” says Ellen Lee, a Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro owner.
Maya Beach Hotel also won Traveler’s Choice Awards in 2012 and 2013, including being named on Central America’s Top Small Hotels list.
“We congratulate the properties that have won Travelers’ Choice Hotel awards,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “As travelers consider where to book their next trip, they should be sure to check out these award-winners that have already delighted millions of members of the TripAdvisor community.”
Placencia, Belize – 17 January 2013 – Maya Beach Hotel today announced that it was chosen as a winner in three categories of TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice® awards.
Now in its eleventh year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.
“It sure is nice when our hard working Belizean employees receive kudos for their good work,” said Ellen Larson Lee, who owns and operates the Maya Beach Hotel along with her husband John Lee.
Maya Beach Hotel made the following Top 25 lists on TripAdvisor for 2013:
Top 25 small hotels in Central America
Top 25 small hotels in Belize
Top 25 hotels for service in Belize
“TripAdvisor is once again thrilled to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels with the help of more than 75 million reviews and opinions from travelers around the globe,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “From the best bargain hotels to top luxury properties, outstanding service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travelers’ Choice winners.”
To see 2013 Travelers’ Choice winners, go to http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cSmall-g291958#25
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!