August 01, 2002
Meetings & Conventions: Incentive News

Belize Resorts Upgrade for Groups

Placencia Peninsula, off the southern coast of Belize, is but a slip of low-lying sandy terrain. Yet two new high-end boutique resorts are hoping to lure incentive groups to this up-and-coming corner of the Caribbean with a number of enticing enhancements.

The 32-room Inn at Robert’s Grove, which sits on 15 acres, added a second pool and a conference and banquet room capable of seating 70. By year’s end, the resort is scheduled to enlarge its open-air spa, add a full-service salon and unveil a private marina.

The nearby 18-villa Turtle Inn, owned by film director Francis Ford Coppola, has been completely restored (after being damaged by Hurricane Iris) and is scheduled to reopen in December.

The area already is well-established as a diving destination, and both properties have in-house tour operators who arrange boat tours of the nearby Monkey River, deep-sea fishing charters or excursions to inland Mayan ruins.

• Cheryl-Anne Sturken

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