Archive for September, 2015

What’s all the rave in Placencia and beyond, Swan Villas! Here’s why you need to consider an investment in this unique Belizean income producing property today.

Swan Villas Placencia Belize


Less than 10 days away

Posted: September 24, 2015 by bernardbarbour in Expedition/Travel

The Rovers are packed and ready.We’re excited. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Join us October 2 – 4, 2015, for the second annual Overland Expo EAST, at the private Taylor Ranch near Asheville, North Carolina.




Ferry service to Cancun via Havana? Can it happen?

Posted: September 10, 2015 by bernardbarbour in Expedition/Travel

“We are also planning ferry service from the U.S. to Cancun, Riviera Maya and Progress in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. Service from the US to scheduled in begin in mid-2016. Specifics for this new service will be announced before the end of 2015.”
This is what it says on United Caribbean Ferry Cruise Lines website! We’ve been telling you dear readers about this possibility for some time now. Hopefully with the embargo lifted from Cuba, we’ll finally get a opportunity to sail with our expedition vehicles from Florida to the Yucatan via Cuba! Could a side expedition trip to Cuba be in the works? We’ll see!
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Swan Villas, Belize
Take a slice of the Blue Caribbean Coast of Belize, add award-winning architect, and your own passion for life into the mix and what you get is magic.  Swan Villas is an exceptional project conceived by two partners who determined to escape the grind of city life and create a lifestyle resort on the ocean. Montse and Rodolfo, a spirited young entrepreneurial couple, with 25 years’ experience in the world of finance, tourism, infrastructure, and construction, they fell in love with Belize on their first flight two years ago. After going through the cold Boston winters for three years, they decided to settle in Belize, and have accomplished building and developing Swan Villas.

The architect, Javier Senosiain, is known for his organic and unusual designs that integrate with nature.
Swan Villas, which he designed,  have risen like mythical sea creatures around the lagoon on the Placencia Peninsula. They are built of ferro-cement and could easily be mistaken for large works of art. In fact, each building is a villa consisting of three separate units: one two-bedroom apartment and two separate private studios, making a total of four bedrooms with their own bathrooms, two balconies, a patio and enough space for up to 10.

The round king size beds mirror the exterior design, studiously avoiding the angular in favour of smooth, eye-pleasing lines. Each unit has from full kitchen to kitchenette facilities, depending on size, living space and large terraces looking towards lush gardens and the ocean, some 75 yards away.

Most bathrooms have Jacuzzis and power showers, jetted bathtubs with aromatherapy and chromotherapy systems. This truly remarkable retreat has its own permaculture fruit and vegetable gardens and an infinity swimming pool.The owners are hands-on and provide a concierge service that is second to none.  Yoga classes, bike trips to Placencia, hiking through the jungle, to kayaking and even diving with Whale Sharks.

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If you simply want to relax, and watch exotic mammals and birds,  admire the inimitable sunset and views all the way to the Maya mountains, or take a stroll along the beach, you’d be left in peace to do just that.Each villa is built with a view of the pool and has beautiful vistas of the lagoon. Being available for rent (and attracting 5 star reviews), this is a development project that will potentially see further extension. Other villas, yet to be built, will be offered for purchase together with the adjoining land and gardens. They will be professionally managed when the owners are not in residence.
Swan Villas is an outstanding concept that captures the zeitgeist to perfection – integration with nature, organics and clean, active lifestyle whose full potential has yet to be achieved.  Belize is in Central America and still fairly sparsely populated. It is English-speaking  and a part of the Commonwealth.  Lifestyle is laid back and prices comparatively low.
For large families or groups of friends Swan Villas offers a truly special holiday experience.

Each Villa is for sale with attractive financing through Atlantic Bank Belize, and will be professionally managed. Swan Villas are a great investment opportunity, for those owner/investors who want a vacation rental, a wonderful place to come relax or explore, and a location in the Caribbean that can’t be beat.

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