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Title: Portofino – An “Exceptional” Beach Resort“

Portofino Resort, located on North Ambergris, defines itself as one of the finest  establishments in Ambergris Caye.
With eight beach cabañas and three top Suites,  you can be certain that the view from your room is the very best that Belize has to  offer. Unobstructed, pristine and simply gorgeous views are just one of the many  attractions at Portofino.
Aside from thatched palapa rooms and suites, and a new swimming pool, Portofino  has many packages from which you can choose from; all carefully designed to not  only meet your needs, but make your vacation memorable.
You can be certain that the staff at Portofino will  keep you occupied with the many tours, dives, and expeditions. However, since 2003, there has been yet another  attraction at Portofino and this one has kept many faithful  patrons returning to its beaches.
Portofino Restaurant is among one of the newer restaurants on the  island receiving rave reviews.
With his Euro Caribbean  Fusion Cuisine, Chef Ermito Patt has an eight year culinary background and has learned from the best.
With his various training, courses and love for the culinary arts, Patt hosts a background in French and Italian cuisine that, when coupled with our Caribbean influence and Latin spiciness, makes for an unforgettable meal. “I incorporate my local touch in  every meal,” he explains, “Here on the  island we have the luxury of finding the freshest produce, meats and seafood. This makes for ‘exceptional’ meals.”
Maybe it is the fresh products, or Patt’s extensive training; maybe it’s the friendly, professional staff or wonderful ambience; whatever the case may be, Portofino Restaurant certainly lives up to its self title “exceptional”. Their menus are extensive, and now proudly include a Vegetarian’s Menu. Whether you choose to have a romantic dinner or a family get together, Portofino is still somewhere you want to go during the day. Visit Portofino anytime before 4:00 p.m. and taste their exquisite soups, salads, finger food favorites, seafood, meat and poultry. The dishes are too many to list and all have their own distinctive goodness to them. The ‘Above the Cut’ Salad is sub par – a combination of shrimp and scallops, sautéed and tossed with garden vegetables, and complemented with their very own margarita vinaigrette; the Tres Cocos Shrimp are spectacular – succulent, juicy, coconut dipped, fried shrimp; chicken steak and fries. Many, many are the choices, and all are just as great.
Portofino, however, is known for their exquisitely elaborate, yet pleasant dinners. The choices are again extensive and the twinkling stars, cool Caribbean breezes and a friendly staff make for a  treasured experience. Wherever you choose to sit, you can be certain that your Caribbean view will be the best. Whether it may be on the terrace, balcony or main dining area, all can be accommodated to fit your needs. Making your night most enjoyable is their experienced staff. Manager Marlon Castro and/or host Steve DeMaio meet you as you arrive at  Portofino.
Dinner can be something small but is even more pleasurable when you indulge yourself with Chef Patt’s and his wonderful assistants’ delectable meals.  Appetizers are just a taste of all that you are in store for. The Blue Beef – tenderloins sautéed in blue cheese, the Shrimp Cocktail, the Seafood Panache – wow! That is all that you can utter after taking a nibble off of these freshly baked garlic toast rounds that are deliciously topped with Portofino’s baked Caribbean seafood mousse. The Coconut Caribbean Newburg is just as superb – made with coconut cream and served in freshly baked pastry shells, these traditional shrimps and scallop Newburg definitely has the taste of the Tropics.

If you are not absolutely stuffed from your appetizer, then move on to the second course. One of Portofino Restaurant’s top selling dishes is the Lobster a la Ritz, and believe us, once you try it, you’ll see why people love it so much. Having performed at the Ritz Carlton, this dish is a delightful blend of shrimp and lobster cream sauce served in a luxurious bed of linguine and to make it more sinful, it is topped with sautéed lobster which has been flambéed in fine whiskey. Just as their menu defines it, this dish is very rich, elegant and decadent. The Pineapple Picante Pork Tenderloin, a sweet taste of the tropics derived from the fresh pineapple married so beautifully with lime cilantro marinated pork medallions and the spicy flavor from our Latin influences. Served with fluffy coconut rice, this dish is exquisite. The Penne Pollo Alfredo and Seafood Platter are also succulent dinner choices but Portofino Restaurant’s menu is so grand that naming and tasting all is such an appetizing challenge. A must have has to be a dish that was so popular on its occasional special nights that guests wanted the meal available every day. They demanded to have the Spider Crab-laced Snapper included in the Dinner Menu and one can see why the delectable combination of Blue
Caribbean Spider Crab rolled with snapper fillet, and massed by a tomato cream glace is a true hit at Portofino Restaurant.
Dinner moves on with the third sinful dessert course. Come on, you saved space didn’t you? Because if you did, you are in for a treat because Chef “Chocoholic” Patt has been in the kitchen whipping up his chocolate favorite as well as his other sweet goodies. Imagine chocolate fudge cake lying on a bed of chocolate glace…. yummm! And that is not all; this is laced with creme de cacao and served with vanilla ice cream. Now you have room for dessert, don’t you! Try their Bananas Foster, a rich blend of banana, caramel sauce, ice cream, and chocolat syrup – yes, this is New Orleans Classic has been whipped up and shaped Portofino Style. Other goodies include Rum Caramel Apple – apples sautéed in butter, cinnamon, sugar and dark rum sauce, served over vanilla custard; and the Frozen Tropical Tundra – their mile high, frozen key lime pie. When the weather is hot, Portofino Restaurant’s pie is not! A refreshing happy ending.
Whether you visit Portofino for their lavish rooms and accommodations, to take a drink and enjoy their beaches and views, to taste their scrumptious lunches or to pamper yourself with Chef Patt’s dinner selection, Portofino won’t let you down. If you are a tourist visiting our beautiful country, experience Portofino Restaurant for another memory added to your list. Your friendly front desk staff can arrange a pick up at your hotel. If you are local and have a special night coming up or you would simply like to try something different, then try Portofino for lunch or dinner or a lazy afternoon drive. Management and the Portofino staff welcome you with open arms. Tourists and locals are all invited to visit this “Exceptional” Beach Resort in Belize..
For futher information, kindly call 220-5096 or visit their website at www.portofinobelize.com

Orville

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Wedding & Romance AdTitle: Hot Tropic Honeymoons in Belize

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An Island honeymoon would not be complete without Beach front accommodations. Located on Ambergris Caye North of San Pedro, Portofino is a relaxing, romantic haven. Portofino sits on purportedly the most beautiful beach in the Island, yet the town, shopping and nightlife are just 15 minutes away by boat…”


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Donna and BuddyTitle: Here Comes the bride: To Ambergris Caye by Carla Hunt

“The largest of the more than 200 islands and islets that dot and dash the Caribbean coastline of Belize, Ambergris Caye is not only the country’s leading tourist draw but also its top pick site for destination weddings.
A lovely barefoot luxury atmosphere pervades at a solid core of stylish but low-key, tucked beneath the palms, beachfront resorts that host more and more weddings: where brides walk down a sandy aisle strewn with sea shells, palm leaves and tropical flowers; where couples opt for the ultimate in private nuptials with a sunset cruise ceremony at sea, where amour mixes easily with post-wedding activities, from swinging in a hammock to primetime scuba diving, from mainland rainforest excursions to nights out in the swinging little San Pedro Town.
During a recent stay on Ambergris Caye, I went to look at handful of hotels—and there are many more—that offer destination weddings.  I have to say that if I were getting married again (not an option, I have a neat husband), I might choose the Portofino Resort for an appropriate stay in their second-floor honeymoon suite (a.ka.) Royal Orchid Suite, whose 800 sq feet of space is beautifully appointed with an ‘Emperor’ bed, Jacuzzi, double sink bathroom with jungle rain shower, DVD, flat screen TV, Internet connection, plus a huge 225 sq ft balcony embracing Caribbean and lagoon views.
Owned and managed by a European couple, Sandra and Jan van Noord, one can understand the inn’s continental flare: Euro-Caribbean cuisine featured in its Portofino Restaurant, excellent service, welcoming atmosphere.  When browsing through the hotel’s weddings book, I found photos of an elegantly casual barefoot-on-the-beach ceremony, another couple stepping over the Japanese bridge leading to a dockside wedding, another nuptial held under the garden’s natural flower arch of bougainvillea and roses.  According to Sandra van Noord, 35 wedding guests is the maximum the hotel will cater to, and customized catering goes from assistance with marriage certificates to arranging minister, the photographer, flowers, live music, the meals, the cocktails and champagne.

Portofino has eight beach cabanas and three tree-top suites, all with air conditioning, ceiling fans, sea-facing picture windows, a mini-bar and Caribbean views, lies north of San Pedro Town.  New property is a four-bedroom mansion, perfect for visiting families.  The hotel lies north of San Pedro and maintains complimentary boat service several times daily to town.  Beyond its own lovely beach and dock, the hotel offers excursions to go diving (you can see the world’s second longest barrier reef from the hotel—1/2 miles off shore), fishing and expedition tours to the mainland.
A basic seven-night honeymoon package at Portofino includes accommodations in the honeymoon suite, daily breakfast in the restaurant or room service, a candlelight dinner on the first night with a bottle of wine, a one-day private beach barbecue with reef snorkeling and fishing, a full day jungle tour and visit to the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha, a massage for two, plus a tropical cocktail on arrival, a bottle of champagne in the room, fresh flowers daily, roundtrip air tickets Belize City – San Pedro, meeting at the airport and boat transfer to the hotel, free use of all water sports equipment, free use of the resort Internet computers.  In the low season, the cost is $3678, in the High Season $4095.

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Getting Married in Belize
Both parties must be in Belize at least three full days before applying for a marriage license.  (Under construction as we speak is a pending law to reduce this time requirement to one day only.)  Forms must be completed and notarized in the presence of a justice of the peace.  Forms must be presented with a photo copy of the front two pages of the passport and the page showing the date of entry.  If either party or both have been previously married, a certified final divorce decree(s) must be presented.  If either or both parties is a widow/widower, original copies of the death certificate(s) must be presented with other papers.  The marriage license fee is $100.  Hotels offering wedding services will be able to assist in making arrangements complete with accommodation of the happy couple and as family and friends in the wedding party.  Arrangements can also include someone licensed to perform the ceremony, catering, room service and decorations to a couple’s specifications.”.

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