“We are here to stay and would love to share what we
have created with other individuals who have similar dreams”.
“When we decided to move to another country one of the top reasons was to find a
place that we could enjoy our goldens years,” says Sharon Maddison about her and
her husband, Bruce’s move to Placencia, Belize. “We were looking for a place that
was warm and good for our health, a place where we would meet new people that
are authentic and fun to be around.”
Having spent decades in Corporate Management in Calgary, Canada, Bruce and
Sharon were eager to open a boutique resort in a better climate. “I personally lost
who I was when I spent 30 years in the corporate world – I needed this change,”
“We decided to check out Belize because it was a British Commonwealth country
and, being from Canada, that made us comfortable. Knowing that the banking
system was stable and that it was English speaking were bonuses as well”.
They purchased the land their small beach resort is now on in 2013, after it had been
in foreclosure for five years. A quick trip back to Canada to tie up loose ends and
they drove to Houston, shipping their belongings (dogs included!) the rest of the
way to Belize. It took nine months of renovations to clean up the existing structures,
which would act as their primary rental units and add the restaurant. They opened
Mariposa Beach Resort on January 20th 2014.
After a successful 6 years in business, with one expansion under their belt, Bruce
and Sharon are now ready to expand again and are looking to share their dream
with others through selling fractional shares in their resort.
“I really hope that others find themselves like we have. No more rat race or
competing with the Jones. Having minimal materialistic things. Where it’s more
about family, good food and drink, adventure and appreciating raw nature of
things. I love that instead of saying ‘I wish we did’, we can now say “WE DID IT and
WE DON’T REGRET IT!”