The Twin Brothers that Designed Belize’s Stunning Matachica Resort & Spa

by Khaila Gentle
“The Founders of a Cult Fashion Brand Designed This Luxury Resort in Belize” by Jared Paul Stern highlights Canadian duo Byron and Dexter Peart, who worked on the interior design of Matachica Resort & Spa on Ambergris Caye.

Matachica Resort and Spa, located five miles north of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye was designed with care and intention, “design with purpose” being the singular concept at the heart of it all. That’s what Matachica’s owner, Canadian lawyer turned hotelier Daniel Lighter told Maxim in a recently published article.

A boutique luxury resort, Matachia sits right on northern Ambergris Caye’s beachfront. Boldly colored thatch roofed casitas, 30 in total, dot the property, surrounded by swaying palms and winding, sandy pathways. Inside them, modern decor with a local twist – complete with playful pops of color – invites guests to fully immerse themselves in a tropical getaway.

Photo by Aaron Colussi / Matachica Resort & Spa

According to Byron and Dexter Peart, Matachica embodies a “redefined Belizean beach experience that honors craftsmanship, sustainability and functionality.” Lighter brought in the two designers to revamp the resort, notes Maxim. The twins founded their design shop and studio, GOODEE, in 2019, and Matachica was one of their first interior design projects.

Arguably the swankiest resort on Ambergris Caye, Matachica Resort & Spa excels at combining Belizean charm with modern opulence.”  – Oyster

Byron and Dexter Peart

Photo by Richmond Lam for Fashion Magazine

Montreal natives Byron and Dexter Peart believe in giving back and creating ladders of opportunity for others. The Canadian twins co-founded Want Les Essentiels, a high-end label focused on making stylish and minimalist clothes and accessories for travelers. Just a few years after selling their stake of the company, they founded GOODEE. Through the eco design brand the brothers, sons of Jamaican immigrants, are designing a kinder, smarter, more beautiful world.

Even in their own respective homes, the brothers make an effort to blend new technology with hints of their homeland, Jamaica.

“Jamaica is a country that does a lot of woodcarving, woodworking, and furniture production. We have vivid memories of the scent of mahogany growing up. These are the types of things that are in our own homes now: a balance of new technology and treasured items from the homeland,” they told Beside Media.

That philosophy certainly shines through in the thoughtfully designed Matachica, where modernity meets traditional Belizean flair. Want to see it for yourself? Book a stay at the adults-only Matachica Resort & Spa, here.

This article was adapted from a feature by Maxim magazine. Read the story on Byron and Dexter Peart and Belize’s Matachica Resort here.

Featured photo courtesy Matachica Resort & Spa

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