Recently, Sirenian Bay owners Brian and Brenda were interviewed by Linsey Stevens of TravelAwaits about the journey that led them from running a busy company in the USA to building and operating a first-class resort in laid-back Placencia, Belize.
“The Montgomerys hadn’t done much travel until five or six years ago, and they didn’t have career experience in hospitality,” writes Stevens. “For those reasons, it’s hard to believe they designed and operate such a stunning property. But they attribute their success, at least in part, to the balance of their personalities.”
In fact, when Brian and Brenda first arrived in Belize, a resort was the furthest thing from their minds. When they bought their beachfront block of land, writes Stevens, “their sole goal…was to build a single-family home for the two of them and their two boys, plus other friends and family who might come to visit from time to time.”
But we all know how that went. That one block of land and house turned into several more, and Brian and Brenda had gone from ex-pats to resort owners. In addition to Sirenian Bay, they own the tour company Captain Jak’s – as well as a five-acre island off the Placencia coast that will extend the Sirenian Bay experience.
Sirenian Bay is now “part of the Placencia community,” writes Stevens, adding, “in addition to its crystalline pools, butler and concierge services, outdoor showers, and high-end finishing touches, the resort operates the only local trolley, which around the holidays serves as a Polar Express of sorts, shuttling local kiddos to see Santa at Sirenian’s take on the North Pole.”
Stevens also touches on the ways that Brian and Brenda, together with Sirenian Bay, are able to give back to the local community.
“Sirenian Bay also has the only professional mini-golf course in Belize, which the Montgomerys have kept affordable to ensure locals can play. Beyond the jobs they’ve created at Sirenian Bay, [Brian and Brenda] maintain involvement in Placencia and a number of nearby fishing villages, hosting four youth soccer teams, two basketball teams, fundraisers, and an annual backpack drive.”
The team at Sirenian Bay would like to thank to Linsey for taking the time to feature Sirenian Bay in in TravelAwaits. You can read the full piece here, and if you’re curious about experiencing the destination that made Linsey and her team “reconsider just where a Caribbean getaway can take you”, get in touch!