Belize Ocean Club rebrands as Umaya Resort & Adventures

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Central America: Owners of the former Belize Ocean Club, along with hotel management company STEM, have announced Umaya Resort & Adventure as the new branded 60-room property.

Located in Placenia in southern Belize, Umaya will be rooted in Mayan culture. Among the first phase of investments are local Mayan sculptures and crafts featured in the common areas of the property.

A restyling of select hotel suites, an organic garden, and a new Mayan-influenced programming - from massages to two food-and-beverage options - also form part of the first investment phase, and locally sourced materials are used to reduce the property's carbon footprint.

The first of the new dining options, The Clubhouse, will feature a farm-to-table restaurant inspired by Belizean traditions.

FYAH, named from the local dialect for fire, presents food cooked over an open-flame frill, with both deck and barefoot seating options.

The management team has also created excursions for travellers wanting to explore both the sea and the nearby jungles, and are looking to create an on-site dive centre.

In addition to the excursions, the hotel has launched a variety of weekly cultural and gastronomic events such as Beer & Curry Night, serving original Indian dishes by chef Sobu from Chennai.

"The new Umaya experience offers what our guests are looking for in Belize - a sense of place and connection to the local community, its history and amazing raw, untouched beauty," said Robert van Eerde, CEO of STEM.

Clients of STEM Hotels, which was founded in 2011 by Robert Van Eerde, inclulde Hotel Astor, Red Wall Garden Hotel, Adria Hotel London, and Manor House Nevis to name a few.

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