But over the years, the ViVA BELiZE Resorts have evolved from more rustic Adventure Camps to our most recent highly Awarded Full Service Resorts with all the comfort modern Travelers are looking for. Here are some of our Hotel Group Historic Milestones:

Jaguar Reef Lodge Opens

Jaguar Reef Lodge 1994

Jaguar Reef Lodge & Spa opened its doors in 1991 along the Central Coast of Southern Belize, near the culturally rich village of Hopkins.

Venture off the beaten path and immerse yourself in its beautiful beaches, friendly people and untamed nature.

Jaguar Reef Lodge – An Adventure traveler’s dream is born!

Caves Branch was built

Caves Branch being build

In 1995, several villagers from Armenia Village reported to David Hayles that a young Canadian, Ian Anderson, was camping around the Caves Branch River and taking people on amazing tours through the various caves located on David’s property.  After several reports, David decided that it was time to approach Ian and experience some of these cave adventures first hand.

Colonial Suites is open

Colonial Suites

David & Patricia Hayles are looking for land to build their private beach house. They explore beyond the Garifuna Village of Hopkins and find a beautiful colonial style beach house that they renovate and name it Colonial Suites. The Hayles open Colonial Suites with his Jaguar Reef Lodge team manage the property onsite.

Almond Beach Resort Opens

Almond Beach Opens

David & Patricia Hayles together with Charles & Pat Hayles (David’s father & Step mother) purchase the land next to Colonial Suites and develop beautiful Almond Beach Resort.

The Jaguar Reef Lodge team is again contracted to also manage this new resort for the Hayles Family. By now, the 3 resorts in Hopkins are under one management team.

“A Haven For Romance & Wellness”

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Almond Beach Resort opens "The Butterfly Spa"

Spa Services

In an effort to deliver top services and amenities to guests, the Butterfly Spa is built, making the ViVA BELiZE Resorts in Hopkins, the only resorts to feature a Full Service in-house SPA.

Belize Tree Houses Opens

Tree Houses

David Hayles and Ian Anderson develop and open the Belize Tree Houses, a boutique section of Caves Branch Jungle Lodge. The 10 Luxury Tree Houses provide a tranquil, hilltop jungle setting, with awe-inspiring views.

“Canopy Jungle Adventure”

Ella Baron create the Botanical Gardens at Caves Branch


Ella Baron & Ian Anderson create the first Botanical Garden with the largest collection of Orchids in Belize. The aim of the garden is to bring awareness to the general public about the beauty and importance of the flora and fauna in Belize.

Coffee Shop at Almond Beach Resort & Spa opens

Outdoor Coffee at Butterflies Coffee

Pat Hayles opens the first Coffee Shop at Almond Beach Resort & Spa. At any time of the day enjoy a coffee, latte, expresso or capuccino, made from the best shade grown coffee bought from the seven countries of Central America.

Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge Opens

Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge Belize Above

The first private residence and citrus farm of David & Patty Hayles is renovated and transformed into the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge. Within only three years time, this new flagship of ViVA BELiZE, will make it to the Top Belize Jungle Lodges, winning 6 National and 3 International TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards.

Ranked #1 Jungle Lodge in Belize since 2014.

“Grand Jungle Expedition”

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Artisan Cheese Making at Caves Branch

Ian Cheese

Artisan Cheese Making is initiated by Ian Anderson as a hobby. Ian is consistently producing up to 12 different types of cheeses and offers Artisanal Cheese Making Workshops at Caves Branch.

By Far, the best Cheese in Belize!

Villa Margarita Opens


Another beautiful David Hayles development is introduce to the market. This Belize Beach Resort will elevate your senses into an overdrive with caressing sea breezes, inviting turquoise waters and exotic sunrises and sunsets.

“A Tranquil Beach Hideaway”

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Villa Mirador Opens its Doors

Awaken to stunning sunrises and relax to the gentle sound of waves lapping onto the smooth sand at your doorstep. Enjoy the luxuries of Villa Mirador while surrounded by the pristine beaches Hopkins is renowned for.

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