San Pedro Polyclinic To Benefit From BBQ Fundraiser Hosted At Caribbean Villas Hotel

San Pedro, Ambergris Caye – November 17, 2017 – Caribbean Villas Hotel today announced plans to host a BBQ Fundraiser on December 10, 2017 to assist the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II.  Organizers of the event aim to raise $60,000 to assist with the purchasing of much needed medical equipment for the Polyclinic. The entire community is asked to come out and support this worthy cause.

San Pedro Polyclinic BBQ Fundraiser

Residents on the island agree that for many years, the Polyclinic has done its best to provide adequate health services to the island community despite the many limitations the institution continues to face. Since February 2015, the medical facility has been providing 24-hour service, focusing on emergencies during the night time. When the 24-hour services were inaugurated, Minister of Health, Pablo Marin stated that the Government of Belize was looking at areas to improve the health sector on the island, but since then, little has been done and the Polyclinic continues to rely on donations.

The high demand for the clinic’s services, combined with the need to properly dispose of its medical waste has prompted a few island residents to organize a massive fundraising event to better equip the facility. Organizers of the event include Melanie Paz, Peter Lawrence, Rebecca Arceo, and Ti Southwell. They were inspired after noting the good service the staff at the Polyclinic has been providing, which in many cases saved lives. “I was very ill at one time, about to die, but thanks to the doctors’ professional care I was quickly stabilized and then taken to Belize City,” says a past patient. “The staff is well trained and know what they are doing, but is clear that they need additional resources to operate even better.”

Arceo told The San Pedro Sun that this is the reason why the majority of the fundraiser will benefit the island medical facility. Some of the funds will be used to provide the staff with a Christmas bonus, in gratitude for the hard work they put in day after day. The purchasing of equipment, such as stretchers, is also another priority, given the fact that there are none available at island’s health center.

The acquisition of an incinerator is urgently needed as well to properly dispose of medical waste. Currently, the staff disposes of the waste by burying it or simply burning it in the open, south of town. Many residents have complained about this practice, which they believe can be harmful to both the environment and persons near the area where this practice is done. Polyclinic personnel who conduct the burning have indicated that this is the only method they are able to apply at the moment, and they try to be diligent so as to avoid any harm to the environment or people.

Mayor Daniel Guerrero has gone on record disagreeing with this method, but no solution has been put in place. “We know it is not the ideal method at the moment, but we have to work with that with have available. It is not in any budget, but when we get the incinerator, the situation will be alleviated,” said Guerrero. Organizers are hopeful that this goal can be possible if everyone works together, including the authorities. They call on the government to match the funds raised for the purchasing of the incinerator.

As for the remainder of the funds, the San Pedro Animal Foundation (SPAF) will use it to cover the fees that many pet owners on the island cannot afford. This will allow the facility to render its services to those pet lovers who at times find it difficult to cover their furry friends’ medical bills. According to the SPAF, they rely on the only full-time veterinarian on the island, who provides excellent services.

Island residents are encouraged to make monetary donations or provide prizes for the event’s silent auction. So far, several stakeholders have started to make monetary donations and prizes for the silent auction. Some of the prizes range from stays at luxurious resorts to electronic items and dinners at gorgeous restaurants. There will be a beach BBQ during the day of the fundraiser, and everyone is invited to come out and support the worthy cause.

Tickets for the BBQ can be purchased at Caribbean Villas, Pedro’s Inn, the Red Cross San Pedro Branch, Rotary Club, and from members of the San Pedro Lions Club. All proceeds will go towards this long-awaited project.

Anyone interested in making donations can do so by contacting Carla at Caribbean Villas at 226-2715 or via email helppolyclinic2017@gmail.com.

Source: San Pedro residents plan fundraising event for Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II

CARIBBEAN VILLAS HOTEL WINS 2017 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARD FOR HOTELS

Travelers' Choice Award - Best Bargain Hotel Ambergris Caye

Best Bargain Hotel – Ambergris Caye

San Pedro, Ambergris Caye – January 30, 2017 – Caribbean Villas Hotel today announced it has been recognized as a winner in the Bargain category of the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® awards for Hotels, ranking 6th out of the top 10 bargain hotels in Belize and 1st among Ambergris Caye Hotels in the same category.

“Our entire management and staff are thrilled that our little hotel has been recognized by TripAdvisor, especially after working so hard to provide travelers with the best value beachfront hotel accommodations in Belize,” said Felipe Sansores, general manager for Caribbean Villas Hotel. “This is quite an accomplishment for us and we are really happy for the recognition. I’d like to thank TripAdvisor for the award and the members of our staff who have worked hard for this achievement and last but not least, on behalf of the owners, management and staff of Caribbean Villas Hotel I would like to thank all our guests and especially those who took time out to write and post their reviews and opinions of us on TripAdvisor. Thank you all so much!”

When asked about Caribbean Villas’ winning strategy and their plans for the future, Sansores explained, “Well, we recognize that most travelers come to Belize and to Ambergris Caye in particular to enjoy the good life. You know, the island life–even if just for a few days. They come for relaxation too, yes but they mostly come to have fun in the sun, and for great adventures, of course! So it is part of our great mission here at Caribbean Villas to give travelers the best deal on beachfront hotel rooms so they can have more money to spend on great adventures during the day and come back to a quiet place in the evenings where they can truly relax with the sound of the reef and the cool Caribbean breeze. Then they can wake up the next day with plenty of energy for another full day of adventures. We believe that’s what a great Belize vacation is all about and we are so glad that we’ve been able to facilitate this for our guests in the past year. We look forward to continue doing so in 2017.”

In case you were wondering how TripAdvisor selects the winners of the Traveler’s Choice awards for hotels, we asked Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor to explain.

“TripAdvisor relies on the experiences and opinions of our travel community to determine the winners of the Travelers’ Choice awards for hotels,” said Messing. “In this 15th year of the awards we’ve highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe. Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance and Family. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice hotels winners are remarkable service, value, and quality. There’s no doubt that Travelers planning 2017 trips can find inspiration for some of the best places to book around the world from this diverse group of outstanding accommodations.”

Well there certainly seems to be no doubt in the minds of the Caribbean Villas Hotel staff who are now more motivated than ever to secure their place among that diverse group of outstanding accommodations.

To see TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions of Caribbean Villas Hotel go to https://goo.gl/gN95MF.

For all of the 2017 Travelers’ Choice Hotel winners, visit https://tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels.

Travelers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #travelerschoice

About Caribbean Villas Hotel

Caribbean Villas Hotel is a friendly ocean-side Ambergris Caye hotel with hotel amenities you would expect only from an expensive beach resort. Ideally located about a half-mile south of San Pedro Town, it’s considerably set apart to preserve tranquility yet just a 10-minute beach stroll away from the many quaint shops, restaurants, and bubbling nightlife in the town. It is fronted by 250 feet of private sandy beach and features comfortable oceanfront rooms and suites, 2 beachfront fresh-water swimming pools, a private 300-foot dock, boat parking, artificial reef and swimming area at dock end, a on-dock dive shop, a 2-story water slide at dock end, a dockside water trampoline, onsite concierge to help guests book activities with reputable operators and the friendly AMBER Beach Bar & Grill serving breakfast, lunch and tropical drinks all day long. And that’s not even half of it. Visit CaribbeanVillasHotel.com to learn more or to book your next great adventure in Belize.