You Will Always Find

Paradise Here

Our Story

Before there was The Phoenix Resort, there was The Paradise Hotel.

In 1970, Jerry and Linda McDermott built The Paradise Hotel, the second hotel on Ambergris Caye. It served as a memorable vacation getaway for many of the first visitors to the area, and its dockside bar was a popular hangout for locals.

Jerry and Linda sold The Paradise in 1991 and bought it back in 2004. In 2008, their daughter Kelly Kanabar, her husband Mukul Kanabar, and their business partner Mark Maggiotto opened The Phoenix Resort, offering an even more memorable Belize vacation experience to a new generation of visitors to Ambergris Caye.

From our humble beginnings under a thatch roof in a sleepy fishing village, to becoming the top resort in vibrant San Pedro, one thing that we will never change is the importance we place on great customer service.

Everyone knows happy employees provide better service. So we pay for high school and preschool for our staff’s children. We give them free membership to the gym or Crossfit. And we make sure that everyone on our staff earns better than a living wage and is recognized and rewarded for their hard work. The end result? Come stay with us and find out.

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