Burgeoning eco-resort development company Amble Resorts has acquired the 80-acre southern tip of the island known as Long Caye in Belize. The island sits on Lighthouse Reef, a remote coral atoll in the world’s second largest barrier reef system. Amble plans to create an ecologically responsible resort on Long Caye for those who crave privileged access to some of the Caribbean’s most spectacular natural sites.
A white-sand paradise, Long Caye’s singular proximity to premier diving makes it an ideal site for a world-class resort. Made famous by Jacques Cousteau, the Great Blue Hole is revered as one of the world’s must-see dive sites. At present, divers must travel two hours by boat to reach the site, often enduring rough crossings on the open sea. Once Amble’s resort on Long Caye is complete, guests will be able to stay mere minutes from the Great Blue Hole and two dozen other prime dive locations, including Half Moon Wall, the Aquarium and Cathedral.
The key to this resort’s success is Amble’s dedication to sustainability, a passion the company shares with the property’s former owner, Long Caye Belize. Blake Ross, director of Long Caye Belize, was not going to sell this rare parcel to just anyone, but Amble made the grade. “We are excited about our partnership with Amble Resorts – sustainability is at the heart of our shared mission,” says Ross. “The team at Long Caye has worked diligently over the years to preserve this pristine, unique eco-system. We know Amble will continue to do the same, while welcoming visitors who come to experience the paradise that is the Lighthouse Reef.” Ross is part of the small group that has owned Long Caye since 1968, and will maintain an interest in Amble’s resort project.
Long Caye is more than just a paradise for scuba divers; it offers a haven for nature-lovers and sun-worshippers as well. Bordered on one side by the Long Caye nature preserve and bird sanctuary, and on the other sides by more than two miles of sandy coastline, Amble’s property will provide customers a variety of outdoor pleasures. Over time, Amble will build approximately 30 hotel rooms and 100 vacation homes, in addition to creating everything a guest or homeowner needs for a luxurious island experience, including a spa, restaurant, and a superior menu of services.
Long Caye is Amble’s second acquisition. In 2008, the company purchased the spectacular 434-acre Isla Palenque in Panama; resort and vacation homes on Isla Palenque are currently in an early construction phase. Amble plans to implement the same ecologically-conscious approach on Long Caye that they have achieved on Isla Palenque. “‘Sustainability’ and ‘eco’ are a lot more than marketing buzz words to us,” says Amble President Benjamin Loomis. “They are inherent necessities for providing the sort of immersed-in-nature experience our customers seek.”
With the purchase of the Long Caye property, Amble demonstrates a knack for finding exceptionally privileged natural sites in emerging international travel markets. Says Loomis, “Long Caye and Isla Palenque are composed of very different ecosystems, but our goal is always the same: we want to preserve the pristine environments we discover so that others may enjoy them for generations.”
About Amble Resorts
Amble Resorts develops ecologically and culturally sensitive resorts and residences in places of spectacular natural beauty or cultural significance. By combining the best of new technology, ancient wisdom, meticulous planning, and inspired talent, we offer unprecedented luxury, redefined as meaningful connection – to the earth, other peoples, and each other. Those who want more out of travel, amble with us. http://www.amble.com