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Recommended Hotels and Resorts:
Placencia Peninsula

Some of the resorts and hotels on the Placencia Peninsula that we recommend based on the quality of their services, facilities and amenities within their specific rate class and commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism include:

VILLA 20 VIEW FROM VERANDAHChabil Mar Villas:  Chabil Mar Villas is located just north of Casa del Sol Villas (still within Placencia Village proper) and includes 22 seafront, seaview and partial seaview villas with a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom villas, some with sleeping lofts.  Chabil Mar amenities include a private dock, beach bar, two infinity seafront swimming pools, restaurant, and 24-hour concierge.  All villas include a washer and dryer, cable television, private verandah and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet connection.  Daily maid service and complimentary use of bikes and kayas included.

coco-plum-villas-2Coco Plum Villas:  Coco Plum Villas include a 3-bedroom/4-bath seafront villa with full kitchen, seafront pool, living/dining areas, seafront verandahs and decks and al fresco showers.   Also available are one and two bedroom seaview villas, each including full kitchen, living/dining area and seaview verandahs.  All villas include Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television and concierge services.  Coco Plum Villas are located north between Seine Bight Village and Maya Beach toward the northern end of the Placencia Peninsula.  (Not to be confused with the Villas at Coco Plum.)

maya-beach-hotelMaya  Beach Hotel:  Maya Beach Hotel is located in the Maya Beach community about 5 miles north of Seine Bight Village (about 10 miles north of Placencia Village) and offers simple, comfortable seafront and seaview rooms and rental houses in Maya Beach - - none far from Maya Beach Bistro, one of the best restaurants in Belize. 

Beautiful beach, pool, quiet residential like setting, great food, interesting community, assistance with tours and activities - what else can you ask for?

Miramar view from 2nd floor verandahMiramar Beach Apartments:  Located in a quiet location in Placencia Village just north of D'Tatch Beach Cafe, Miramar is within very easy walking distance to just about everything in Placencia Village.   One three bedroom/2 bath apartment is on the second floor of the 2-story seafront buildling with two seafront studio suites on the first floor.  Six 1-bedroom seaview apartments are just behind the front building, which is the converted beach house of a Belize City attorney and his family. 

All apartments have a full kitchen, a/c, private bath, hot and cold running water, verandah, Wi-Fi Internet access and cable television.  Daily maid service is provided and the apartments have a full-time on-site manager.

mirasolMirasol Beach Apartments:  Mirasol Beach Apartments are directly beachfront and located near the Placencia dock on the south end of the main village.  Two one-bedroom apartments downstairs, and a three-bedroom/two-bath apartment upstairs. 

All apartments include a/c, full kitchen, living/dining area, Wi-Fi Internet access, washer/dryer, cable television and seafront verandah.  The three apartments share one beachfront pool.  Very easy walking distance to the docks, restaurants, groceries stores, banks, beach bars and shops.  Self-catered.

 

One World CabanasOne World Apartments:  The One World Apartments are located between the main road through Placencia and the Placencia Sidewalk near Tutti Fruitti Ice Cream and the Purple Space Monkey.  One World offers well-maintained and clean studios and one and two-bedroom apartments.  All apartments have one bath, kitchen (one and two bedroom apartments have a full kitchen, the studios have efficiency kitchens - everything but an oven), living/dining area, verandah, hot and cold water, cable television, a/c and Wi-Fi Internet access. 

The beach is approximately a 2-minute walk from the apartments and grocery stores, banks, restaurants, and other services are just steps away.  Located in a very nice garden setting, with a small laundry area and on-site management.  Self-catering.

turtle-innTurtle Inn:  Turtle Inn, owned by Francis Ford Coppola, is a full service resort located north of Chabil Mar Villas and just outside of Placencia Villlage proper, so access to Placencia Village is most convenient by bike, taxi or golf cart, although the walk to Placencia from Turtle Inn is a very pleasant walk on the beach.  Lodging is in thatched cottages or two-bedroom/two-bath villas, both with screened seafront, seaview or gardenview verandahs.  No a/c, but a/c is not necessary except in May and July - November, and then only in the Gardenview Cottages and Villas.

Resort amenities include two seafront infinity swimming pools, beach bar, 3 restaurants, dive shop and small marina, and Placencia Lagoon-side spa.  Very good service and staff.

Recommended Hotels and Resorts:
Ambergris Caye

Some of the resorts and hotels on Ambergris Caye that we recommend based on the quality of their services, facilities and amenities, within their specific rate class, include:

Caribbean VillasCaribbean Villas is a small, well managed hotel  located south of San Pedro Town - about a 15 minute walk.

Caribbean Villas property includes a pool, beach bar, and, best of all, a bird sanctuary that is one of the few remaining pieces of littoral forest on Ambergris Caye. 

Hotel rooms are designed to catch the breeze to reduce the need for air conditioning, and water heating is supplemented by roof-top solar panels.

Hotel amenities include a pool, beach bar, 300 foot dock and attentive service - a great little place to enjoy Ambergris Caye.  Moderate-low.   Contact us for more information about Caribbean Villas.

Beachfront CasitaMata Chica, Ambergris Caye's stylish, color-saturated and hippest resort spot, where the beautiful people meet to eat and greet.

Saturated color, vibrancy and taste dominate both the resort and Mambo's, the house restaurant, with its eclectic and dramatic menu and interior design.

Amenities at this upscale Belize beach resort include a 142-foot catamaran, splash pool, swimming off the pier, air conditioning, attentive service and beachside mini-spa (featuring a special sea salt and sea clay body mask massage).

And, make sure to try the jerk seared sea scallops in plaintain guacamole over a citrus beurre-blanc sauce at Mambo's.  Luxury.  Contact us for more information about Mata Chica.

The Palms - view from interiorThe Palms is a well-managed small Belize beach hotel located just past the southern edge of San Pedro Town, adjacent to Ramon's on the southern boundary of The Palms.

All suites are seafront, tastefully decorated with full kitchens, air conditioning, cable television, wireless Internet access and  seafront verandahs.  Suite options are either 1 bedroom/1 bath, 2 bedrooms/1.5 baths or 2 bedrooms/2 baths.

Very nice small pool with a jungle motif in a central courtyard, excellent service, and a staff very committed to environmental preservation and the sustainable development of Ambergris Caye.

Very conveniently located near local restaurants, shops and services.  Moderate.  Contact us for more information about The Palms.

The PhoenixThe Phoenix is a small (30 suite) luxury beachfront resort in the heart of San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye.

Amenities at The Phoenix include an excellent on-site restaurant (Red Ginger), on-site fitness center, complimentary use of WiFi, iPads, Kindles and Wiis to guests (subject to availabilty), a lap pool and a main pool which features two levels, with one level including a waterfall and pool bar.

Accommodations are in 1-3 bedroom suites, each with a seaview, private veranda, a/c, ceiling vans, living/dining area, full kitchen, cable television, DVD player, flat screen TV, and a Jacuzzi tub and king bed in the master suite.

The Phoenix is within very easy walking distance from local restaurants, shops, banks, grocery stores and other services. Moderate-upper.  Contact us for more information about The Phoenix.

PortofinoPortofino Beach Resort is located on North Ambergris Caye, not far from Mata Chica.

Portofino features luxury suites, treehouses, seaview cabanas and even a beach mansion, on a lovely stretch of beach with a nice pool and an excellent staff.

In addition to the pool, resort amenities include a very good on-premises restaurant, plus complimentary use of water toys such as kayaks.

Good value, nice beach, comfortable and well-decorated cabanas and suite, plus a good restaurant and pool - what more can you ask?

Moderate-upper.  Contact us for more information about Portofino.

ramonpoolcsmcutRamon's Village has a great beach resort location and laid-back beachfront resort ambiance laced with genuine Belizean hospitality best describes Ramon's.

Ramon's is one of San Pedro's largest resorts, with a wide variety of lodging to meet most tastes and budgets.  Resort lodging ranges from thatched cabanas, to Honeymoon Suites, Presidential Suites, and garden rooms.

Pool at Ramon's Village, San Pedro, BelizeResort amenities include an 80-foot lagoon-style pool, Pro 42 dive boat, the Purple Parrot Bar (great barbecue) and on-premises restaurant.

A great place for everything from a secluded honeymoon to an easy-going family vacation.  Plus, Ramon's is close enough to "downtown" San Pedro for easy trips into town for lunch or dinner, but far enough away to retain its unique island charm.

Moderate-upper.  Contact us for more information about Ramon's Village.

DSCF0119Sunbreeze Hotel and Sunbreeze Suites.  Sunbreeze Hotel is located at the southern end of San Pedro Town proper and Sunbreeze Suites is near the northern end of San Pedro Town proper.  Both are directly seafront.  

Amenities at Sunbreeze Hotel include a dive shop, excellent restaurant (Blue Water Grill) and large pool.  Premium rooms are seaview, deluxe rooms are partial seaview and standard rooms are gardenview.  All rooms include a/c, color television, private bath, exterior seating area/verandah.

Amenities at Sunbreeze Suites include pool and sundeck, patio bar, concierge services and private dock.  All suites are seafront with one bedroom, private seafront verandah, full kitchen, living/dining area with queen sized sofa bed, a/c, ceiling fans and cable television.  

Both Sunbreeze Hotel and Sunbreeze Suites are within very easy walking distance from local restaurants, shops, grocery stores, beach bars and other services.  Moderate.  Contact us for more information about Sunbreeze Hotel and Sunbreeze Suites.

victoria-house-infinity-suiteVictoria House is the grande dame of San Pedro Belize beach resorts.

Casual elegance, stunning beach and excellent service keep Victoria House at the top of San Pedro's best beach resort options.

Lodging options range from Plantation Rooms to casitas to a 3-bedroom plantation house, with dining room, living room and kitchen, all opening onto oversized ocean front verandahs - and beautiful new Infinity Suites.

The secluded Rainforest Suite, just fifty feet away from the Caribbean, is a favorite of honeymooners featuring a wrap-around front verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors.

Luxury.  Contact us for more information about Victoria House.

Xanadu smallXanadu Island Resort, one of our favorite moderately priced San Pedro, Belize beach resorts, is in a wonderful location just about a mile south of San Pedro Town, within easy walking distance of local restaurants, bars and other attractions, yet far enough away from San Pedro to be quiet and private.

Xanadu offers all-suite beach resort accommodations (studios to 3-bedroom/3 bath) that include full kitchens, private tiled baths, a/c, ceiling fans, cable tv, telephones with private line, unlimited satellite internet access, private safes for valuables, hair dryers, beach towels, and large shaded decks overlooking the pool and/or ocean.

Private pier with palapa and swim platform at the end and freshwater pool, plus complimentary hammocks and chaise lounges, bicycles, kayaks and a small private nature reserve on the grounds of the resort.

Moderate.  Contact us for more information about Xanadu Island Resort.

 

 

Belize Hotels, Lodges and Resorts

Belize hotels, resorts, lodges and guesthouses are almost all small, locally owned and managed, and not part of any hotel chain.

While this means that Belize travelers won't be faced with cookie cutter hotel rooms,  making the right choice of a Belize hotel, resort, lodge or guesthouse can be more difficult when nothing is standardized.

Let Destinations Belize Help You Make the Right Belize Hotels and Resorts Decisions

Once we understand the kind of lodging you're looking for, we can offer you choices of Belize hotels, resorts and lodges that we think you'll enjoy.  (You also might want to take a look at our discussions about Belize beach hotels and resorts, and Belize jungle lodges included on our site.)

A Few Notes on Belize Hotels, Lodges and Resorts

  • All Inclusives:  Belize offers very few all-inclusive resorts with the exception of jungle lodges and resorts on small cayes (islands).  The reason is that most beach hotels and resorts are located in areas that offer travelers easy access to nearby local restaurants, shops and services.  No need to duplicate what is already available - and guests who patronize local businesses help spread the economic benefits of tourism further within local communities.

  • Hotel Licenses:   By law, all lodging facilities must be licensed by the Belize Tourism Board and charge hotel tax.  (Note:  hotel tax is scheduled to increase to 12.5% on 1 January 2013.)  The hotel tax funds the Belize Tourism Board, which inspects and licenses hotels, licenses tour guides and tour operators, and which markets Belize internationally.  If you are arranging your own lodging, and are interested in an apartment or condo that is not operated as part of a hotel or resort, please make sure the place where you are staying is licensed. If it is not, it is unfairly competing against local businesses.

  • Service Charges:   Service charges of 6 to 10% (sometimes more) are often charged by full service Belize resorts and lodges.  If you're not sure if a service charge is included, make sure to ask.  Also, the Belize Tourism Board requires that service charges actually be distributed to hotel staff.  (Note that service charges for Belize hotels are added to the price of the room only, not including the hotel tax.  However, Belize's sales tax (currently 12.5%) is assessed on service charges at restaurants and other businesses. For example, if a hotel room costs $100 and a 10% service charge is added, the total bill will be US$119 - US$100 + US$10 + US$9.  But, if your restaurant bill is US$100 and a 10% service charge is added, your total bill will be US$123.75 - US$100 + US$10 = US$110 + US$13.75 in tax.)

  • Amenities:  Air conditioning at Belize beach hotels and resorts is becoming more common, although still not standard, and some very upscale properties, such as Francis Ford Coppola's Turtle Inn, do not have a/c. However, a/c at a jungle lodge is still the exception rather than the rule, primarily because most jungle lodges are not on the grid, and must manufacture their own electricity. Fortunately, the jungle is most often quite cool at night, so a/c is usually not needed, especially from November through April, when a/c is usually not necessary at night anywhere in Belize - jungle or beach.  If you're very heat sensitive, though, and a/c is important, ask.  Swimming pools are also becoming more common at mid to upscale jungle lodges and beach resorts.  But, smaller places likely won't have swimming pools (very expensive to operate in Belize), and you're more likely to find swimming pools at the beach rather than in the jungle.

  • Internet access:   Internet access is available at most moderate and upscale Belize jungle and beach hotels, although some hotels still charge for it.  If you absolutely must have Internet access during your vacation, don't assume, ask first.

We hope the above information is helpful, and that you'll let us help you select the best Belize hotel, resort, guesthouse or lodge for your Belize vacation. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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