In 2007, Benjamin Loomis travelled Central America in search of the most spectacular undiscovered location for his first resort property. After ‘ambling’ upon Isla Palenque, a wild jungle island, he set up his sustainable resort, Amble. Since then, the company has acquired a second location in Belize, and they continue searching the world for remarkable places to share with travellers looking for something more than a run-of-the-mill vacation.
Amble aims to create distinguished gateways to spectacular sites with unique guest experiences; never merely buildings. Their resorts are the best of both ecotourism lodging and luxury hotels, where an Amble Resort bridges the gap between the overly rustic options of current eco-resorts, the unpredictability of smaller establishments, and the mass-production of major luxury hotel chains, giving an entirely new experience.
They cater to the sophisticated traveller who still has a backpacker’s spirit; or what the National Geographic has termed a ‘geotourist’. Travellers who seek luxurious lodging and services to make time spent travelling worthwhile, yet hope to return home with unique and intimate stories about the destination they visited.
In 2010 Amble’s Isla Palenque resort won the ASLA Award for Excellence in Resort Planning. Sustainability is in fact Amble’s very foundation, where the company believes sustainability isn’t just about recycling, but that it is in fact a whole life cycle that includes the local inhabitants. Amble Resorts protects their island properties from uncontrolled development.
At Isla Palenque, less than 5% of the island’s 400 acres will be built upon – including all buildings and roads – and 220 of its acres is protected as a private forest preserve. Benjamin, now director of the business, makes sure everyone involved with Isla Palenque – from the builders to the employees to the guests – sees themselves as caretakers of the island, an ethos at the heart of Amble Resorts.
For more details please visit http://www.amble.com/.