Tuesday, June 14, 2016

An Update on Construction Progress and "Introducing the Gumbo Limbo Lounge"

Groove is in the Heart!

We are long overdue in showcasing the completion of our Gumbo Limbo Lounge as we have already had several guests enjoy this amazing space.  But we don't always do things in the correct order here at Leaning Palm Resort.  We like to mix it up.

For example we built our road after we had already hauled most of the building materials into the site.

But First an Update on Construction Progress:  

I have been busy attempting to convince folks to come visit us.  Marketing 101!  Well for me it is more like .01 but I get by with a little help from my marketing friends. Specifically Lisa who is the Yoda of Marketing - but a whole lot prettier (and taller)!  Thanks Lisa!

The rest of the crew continues to work on completing the resort.  Another example of doing things out of order.  Yes, we are now open and enjoying hosting some wonderful folks who have been generous with their precious vacation time and have been great "starter-guests".   We love them all!!!

While there is still a fair amount of work to be done before we can claim victory and say that we are done-done, we have created some wonderful spaces for our guests.

The restaurant, Wild Canes Bar & Grill is open, although there is still a punch list of items to tackle once things slow down a bit.

We have two bungalows available and both have turned out better than we expected.  

And introducing the Gumbo Limbo Lounge - Groove Is In the Heart!  

This space is a screened living area elevated off the ground into tree top level with 360 degree views of the Caribbean Sea and the jungle that is in our backyard.

It is a creative space with artwork displayed on locally sourced clay walls including a glass mosaic of a Gumbo Limbo tree.

A healing tree whose bark serves at the cure for the Poisonwood Tree as well as other skin ailments.  The spirit of the Gumbo Limbo tree is in the lounge and it is great place to heal the soul.

Play games with friends and family,

Read a book, 

Or just enjoy the views.

Regardless of how you spend your time in the lounge, you will leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated - So Book Your Belize Vacation Now!  And come see the Gumbo Limbo Lounge in Person - Groove is in the Heart!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Play Beachcomber Bingo at Leaning Palm Resort and Earn Discounts at Wild Canes Bar & Grill!

We caught up with a Leaning Palm Resort Representative to ask the brand new resort near Gales Point Manatee in Belize about their new game.  They have just introduced "Beachcomber Bingo" which you can play at their restaurant Wild Canes Bar and Grill.  Folks are already talking all about it! 

Here is what we learned:

Interviewer:  What is Beachcomber Bingo? 

LPR Representative:  Well, it is a game that our Leaning Palm Resort guests can play to earn discounts at our signature restaurant Wild Canes Bar & Grill.

Interviewer:  How does it work?

LPR Representative:  When guests check in for their stay at LPR they get to choose a Bingo Card.  During their stay as they walk the beach, they collect items on the bingo card.  If they complete a row or fill the entire card they receive money off their food and drinks at the restaurant.

Interviewer:  What kinds of items are on the bingo card?  

LPR Representative:  Good question.  Mostly plastic and other garbage that washes ashore; things like water bottles, tooth brushes, straws and sometimes very interesting things……..  So we took a creative approach and created a bingo card that includes items like:  A Water Bottle, A Toothbrush, A Straw.  But we also have squares that say, “Something Round”, “Something that is not on the card”, “A Child’s Toy”.  That allows for some creativity for the guest when playing the game.

Interviewer:  Are there a lot of items on the beach to collect? 

LPR Representative:  As with most beaches across the globe these days garbage washes ashore.  While we keep our beach and adjacent beaches clean, we can’t clean the entire shore line.  So unfortunately there is garbage still to be collected.  Beachcomber Bingo provides a fun way for our guests to participate in keeping beaches clean.

Interviewer:   Why would a guest want to collect garbage on their vacation?

LPR Representative:  Excellent question!  Turtles are the answer.  We are host to a popular breeding ground for sea turtles including the Loggerhead.  Sea Turtles face many challenges when breeding and nesting in a pile of plastic is one of them.  We know that LPR guests value nature as that is one of the reasons they choose to visit us.  We are located in a pristine environment with no crowds and are still lucky to have lots of wildlife – we even see Jaguars once in a while and see their footprints on a regular basis.  We know our guests will want to help us give our nesting sea turtles a clean nursery for the young sea turtles to start off in.  And we want to reward them for being good stewards of the planet.

Interviewer:  You have sea turtles?!

LPR Representative:  Yes, we do!  Green, Loggerhead and Hawksbill!  Turtle Season runs from May through October and we are already seeing turtle tracks on our beach.   We have a “Turtle Wake-Up Call” at LPR so guests who are interested in seeing the turtles nesting can get a wake-up call when a turtle is in the area.  Percy, our Night Watchman and all around great guy, walks the beach every night while tending to our camp fire and he keeps an eye out for nesting sea turtles.  We are also able to predict when a hatching might occur, so we can be on standby for that wonderful event.  

SIDE NOTE:  Percy also serves dessert by the campfire after dinner every night – Coconut Cream Pie with Soursop Ice Cream for example.  Everyone loves Percy!

Interviewer:  Ok, so you have Belizean jungle life, dessert by the fire and a game that allows guests to participate in keeping the environment clean for sea turtles.   What does Leaning Palm Resort not have?

LPR Representative:  Crowds!  If you want to get truly off the beaten path and into pristine environments rich with life and authentic culture we are the place.  We can even put you on a caye in Belize where you will be pretty much by yourself for the day.  Snorkeling, fly fishing, sunbathing – all to yourself while keeping basic amenities in place like flushing toilets, picnic tables, great food and drinks, and a fast boat.   

Interviewer:   Where do I book?

LPR Representative:   We would love to see you at LPR and will cheer you on while you play Beachcomber Bingo!  You can learn more about our brand new resort in Belize and book your stay by visiting our web site at www.leaningpalmresort.com

Interviewer:   Thanks so much and I look forward to staying at Leaning Palm Resort!

LPR Representative:  We look forward to having you – Good Luck with Beachcomber Bingo!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sailing Camp in July 2016

If you follow us you know that we love M.J. Leslie, an extreme athlete and recent Kite-Boarding Record Setter.  While we love him for being such an amazing athlete we mostly love him because of his heart.  M.J. loves his sport(s) but he loves sharing it with others more.  

If you don't follow us, then let us catch you up.  We met M.J. when he "crash-landed" on the shores of Leaning Palm Resort 56 nautical miles from San Pedro, Belize.  

This is what M.J. looked like when we first saw him.  As you can see from the photo it looks like whatever this is - well it looks like it is in trouble.  

But M.J. was not in trouble at all.  After we all rushed out to rescue him he smiled and waved at us from the waves and said, "Hello!".  We soon learned that he was working to break a record to kite-board the Belizean coastline and after landing at Leaning Palm Resort had not only made a record, but soon ideas were forming.  

We fed M.J. breakfast, spent some time getting to know him and are now under the spell of his charms.  He spent some more time at Leaning Palm Resort and decided to make a mark in this part of Belize. Leaning Palm Resort will be partnering with MJ to host a sailing and drumming camp in the summer for the kids of Gales Point Manatee.

The camp will run for 6 days from July 4th to the 9th and in addition to spending the days sailing there will also be some other fun activities like Coconut Bowling, Sand Sculpture Contests, Beachcomber Bingo.....We are going to have some fun!!

Contact us at info@leaningpalmresort.com to learn how you can contribute to MJ's dream.

In his own words here is M.J.'s dream:  
" I fell in love with the pristine untouched beauty of the vast expanses of nature. It is the last place Belize remains untouched. The lush green tropical forest towers above the narrow sandy beaches where the little waves crash with energy every second as if power washing the shoreline. Hundreds of birds rule the sky! And watching them fly effortlessly above lush beach coastline with no man made structures for 20 mile stretches in either direction felt truly Jurassic. With the Mayan mountains hundreds of feet up into the western horizon. Looming behind the coastline like giants lying asleep. My adventure ended with the discovery of a passion that has been inside me for years. I was meant to kite to this place meet new friends and return to teach local kids the wind sports. Sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. I will be organizing, funding and doing a free week long sailing summer camp for kids in Gales Point, Manatee Belize this July. It will be hosted by my new friends at the Leaning Palm Resort Ken, Taunya and Nigel. Of course Mimi the pitbull too! Sail boats are being supplied by our Belize sailing center of San Pedro where I work. The name of the camp will be sail and sea summer camp and the slogan will be passion for the sea, wind and waves. In the months to come before summer is here. Nigel and I will attempt to refurbish a few forgotten small sail boats in the jungle in preparation of the camp. I plan on it being an anuall event. Love and support is already starting to pour in from around the country and the world. This is for the kids! I will teach them the gift I was born with, skills of the sea in hopes that they will teach me their natural skills with the Indeginous drums. The drumming circle is already built on site. Rite on the beach. Made by skilled hands from drift wood that washed on their shores. It can seat almost a dozen people and has a small rock lined fire place in the center. That's gona be where we spend our nights after long hot summer days sailing in the salty cool caribbean sea. Sunset drumming circles! Can't wait! Anyone that loves to have fun in nature is invited. Just message me at mjleslie50@yahoo.com for details. Peace!"