The opening of the Explorer Building of Grand Baymen Gardens marks an historical milestone for Grand Baymen, ECI Development, and Belize. With construction beginning in June of 2016, the highly anticipated opening of the Explorer Building took place on Saturday, April 8th. The Explorer Building pays homage to the Scottish Baymen who came to explore Belize many centuries ago. These explorers discovered two of the most valuable natural resources of the country, mahogany and royal purple dye from logwood, which today continues to play an important role in Belize’s industries.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony kicked off with a speech by Grand Baymen’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Rachel Jensen, “Wow! What an exciting time to be a part of Grand Baymen by ECI. Our community has seen a transformative growth over the last few years, and today we welcome 10 new, incredible owners to the Baymen Gardens family. I'd like to give special thanks to John Morgan, ECI's VP of Construction, Daniel Camal, our General Contractor, and of course, to all the Explorer Building owners who have brought the Gardens vision to life.” Also recognized was Chief Financial Officer Greg Dunlop, Post-Sales Customer Relations Betsy Rosenlund, Property Consultant Christian Burns, and Property Manager Relmer Arceo.
Following the ceremony, guests were welcomed to the top floor of the Explorer Building for dinner, drinks, and a stunning sunset view from the building’s sprawling, rooftop veranda. Guests cheers-ed to the new addition of Grand Baymen Gardens with cold Belikins, homemade salsa, and the local mainstay: Sandbar pizza!
As the night wound down, guests awed over the building’s granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, handcrafted, custom-made Belizean hardwood furniture, and sturdy build of the units. Visitors shared stories of their favorite experiences from the Discover Belize Tour, an exclusive four-day tour of Ambergris Caye hosted by Grand Baymen. One guest recounted his excitement in spotting eels, stingrays, and sharks on their morning snorkeling trip. Another raved about the traditional Belizean food of stewed chicken, shrimp ceviche, Monte Cristo sandwiches, coleslaw, and rum punch.
Stories like this have become more and more common. As greater numbers of North Americans discover Belize, they are consistently shocked with the ease of currency exchange, common language, and direct-flight access to the small, Caribbean country. World-class diving, snorkeling, the Mayan ruins, and Caribbean beaches have led to an explosion of tourism in Belize. Year after year, Ambergris Caye has broken records for tourism in Belize and across the region. ECI Development and Grand Baymen are excited to welcome these new visitors to the many relocation and investment opportunities available in Belize. We look forward to our next project coming soon: The Fleet Building!