As the 2014 Cannes Film Festival is starting to wind down, reports indicate the ultra-posh PuertoAzul Exclusive Resorts party was the place to be this year. Formal invitations to the May 21 bash, called "PuertoAzul Experience," went to noted celebrities like John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston, Andrea Bocelli and a long list of other Hollywood A-List celebrities and global socialites.
While the majority of international English-language media have been focused on the PuertoAzul attendees and who was wearing what, a few Italian and French media outlets became interested in topographical display board behind the fashion-studded gowns and what the "PuertoAzul Experience" actually was. Turns out, this party -- complete with posh amenities like 30 euro bottled water -- was the official launch party for PuertoAzul Resorts Belize, dubbed a "citadel of luxury."
Local Belize and international media (this Examiner included) were seemingly in the dark about the proposed project until social media posts appeared referencing a new luxury resort in Belize, along with photos of Belize's Minister of Tourism in attendance at the event. According to Italian media in attendance,
PuertoAzul will represent the excellence of Italian savoir-faire in Belize and host the Academy for Haute Cuisine, an amphitheater dedicated to Andrea Bocelli himself, and even have a racetrack for electric Formula One cars, bearing the name Ayrton Senna. Senna was a Brazilian race car driver who won three Formula One world championships and died in 1994 while leading the San Marino Grand Prix.
Event hosts and collaborators Domenico Giannini, President of PuertoAzul Exclusive Resorts & Hotels, and Oscar Generale, a well-known talent and show business product manager, explained the premise behind PuertoAzul Belize and its commitment to conservation efforts in Belize.
According to PuertoAzul's now-fully-launched website, the resort will be located on Northern Caye and Sandbore Caye, located within Belize's Lighthouse Reef. It will cater to the most discerning of luxury travelers, with amenities like a private jet, limousine driver, yacht or helicopter that can transport guests to the PuertoAzul Resort and Club House within minutes.
Exclusive experiences like yachting around the reef or chartering a sailboat (with or without a crew) are two of the options for guests who want to relax, while adrenaline junkies might want to book a survival course in the nature park or sign up for the golf academy.
PuertoAzul's Yacht Club is poised to compete with the most famous ports in the Mediterranean, featuring over 100 berths to receive exclusive PuertoAzul boats of large size. The exclusive club will offer top-notch amenities including shops "with the most prestigious brands, restaurants, clubs, and bars for every taste and palate." In addition, there are plans of hosting a fleet of sea planes with instructors for pilot courses or for guests to fly to remote areas. Deep sea fishing courses and sailing courses are on plan as well, along with organized regattas and other international events.
When it comes to accommodations, the self-proclaimed 7-star property will feature villas and suites, apartments, underwater suites and overwater bungalows and villas with private crossings amongst the mangroves with bird watching observation points.
PuertoAzul plans to build its own infrastructure including an international airport, fire brigade, police station, coast guard, ranger station, internal radio and television station and telecommunications center. Recreational facilities not mentioned already include a sports center, amusement park, nursery, fashion house and high-end shopping complexes.
PuertoAzul plans to include an area dedicated to local staff needs, featuring a Mediterranean inspired old town, complete with staff residences, shops, cafes and restaurants, arts and craft market, places of worship, vocational training schools for employees and international schools for children of staff.
To learn more about PuertoAzul Belize and its construction progress, please see Puerto Azul Holding's website.