Maya Beach Hotel
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We spent two nights in Placencia and it was a very relaxed affair where we enjoyed the luxury of a pillow, shower and a loo that you could actually flush loo paper down. Placencia is at the southern tip of a long, narrow, sandy peninsula. We opted to stay north of the peninsula at Maya beach, reputedly one of the best Placencia has to offer. Not …
Up early and went for a walk but about 10 minutes into it it started to pour. got coffee and juice and returned to the hotel. Checked out of hotel and went back to King Cassava to watch football with our new friend Evan until the bus came. Met a nice couple heading to Dangriga also so when we arrived we left Tom at the bus station and again went looking for drugs (legal, of course). Being a Sunday, nothing was open and ...
Wow-- the day is not yet finished. I have already managed to go for a really nice stroll in the morning and then went for my first two dives for my open water certification. There was a nice little nurse shark greeting us at the bottom. I completely enjoyed the dives (darned ...
This morning Derrick and I got up early to setup the local literature booth for 7am. The booth was nice...quite a few people stop by take the literature and will let you read them a scripture. Then around 9 Lindsey and I did some calls in downtown Placencia. Lindsey has two calls that have turned into Bible studies using the "Listen to God" and "Good News Brochure". Three times today while out in service ...
... which I am absolutely gutted about, but I guess it’ll have to be one of those experiences that I’ll have to describe to everyone I meet in detail instead so they can appreciate it too, a bit like my hole in one story.
After some lunch and snorkelling in the ‘holding’ reef we headed out for our 2nd dive but unfortunately didn’t see any more sharks. We did see a large Remora which is one of the fish that lives on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Maya Beach Hotel Placencia
My boyfriend, Chad, and I stayed at Maya Beach the end of June earlier this year. Placencia was our first stop in Belize, and couldn't have enjoyed our stay more at Maya Beach. The staff and owners are low-key and go out of their way to create a memorable experience. Service is top-notch, the owners turn out unbelievable food and drinks. Conch ceviche at sunset, fruity afternoon rum drinks at the bar, and intimate candlelit dinners with an oceanview are a couple of the MANY reasons to stay at Maya Beach. Our room, the Coconut Room, was spotless and comfortable, with a semi-private deck on the beach. There is a small reef within kayakable distance from the hotel, and the town is charming- however not within walking distance. We definitely enjoyed the secluded and peaceful setting- what more can a traveler ask for? Thanks for an amazing time John & Ellen!!! We dream of returning soon...
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! The rooms are nice and clean, the location fabulous, the staff genuinely interested in making your stay special and the food is off the chart. While there take the kayaks to False Caye for some snorkeling and relax in the hammocks. You'll never want to leave!
This is the kind of place you wonder if you should reccommend to others for fear it will become so popular getting a reservation will be impossible on a return visit. The staff is exceptional- the owners, delightful! They are friendly, attentive and caring. The accomodations are simple, comfortable and exceptionally clean.
What an excellent time!
We very much enjoyed the staff and location of Maya Beach. I would definitely recommend the Coconut room as it has the best view (and a more than sufficient A/C). Ellen did a great job getting us set up on excellent tours and John and the staff producted wonderful food. In our opinion, Maya Beach is probably the best value in the area.
The owners Ellen and John were so accomadating. The food, 5 star gourmet! The staff, so enjoyable and pleasant to sit and talk with, and so professional and friendly. We hated to leave our new friends! The living room/library area was so cozy, relaxing. We read a few books, while the kids were on the computers. Kayaked a mile to False Isand and snorkled, and took the monkey river tour (arranged by Ellen.) Biked on the bumpy dirt roads, drank Pina Colada's at the bar and enjoyed the bartender's Garafuna flair, the Mayan staff and the spirit of the place. If you want Belize, peace and quiet, beautiful beach and pier cabana with hammocks...slow down and stay here! It was awsome!
Great Dining; Personal Service; For Travelers By Travelers
Best Restaurant in the Area-Never wanted to leave it!
Awesome Bar and Menu (Making their drinks at home now)
Friendly Atmosphere, Free Kayacks for your own snorkeling adventure.
A fun hotel in harmony with local culture and nature. Not a Ritz-Carlton but more like a grown up youth hostel where you'll meet interesting people, dine like a king (inexpensively). Run by an ex-corporate couple from Denver who really know cuisine, drinks, and travel. They make you comfortable and show you around Belize. John and Ellen (the owners) know everyone in the area and can arrange pretty much everything.
Good culture, beach, and tours....but far enough from the clutter and tin roofs in Placencia...We will return!
Fantastic palce to stay!
Maya Beach Hotel is fantastic! The owners, Ellen and John are very welcoming and helpful. The accommodation is comfortable and the food excellent... best on the peninsula. Really recommend the honey and coconut ribs and the five onion shrimp dish, which has a robust tomato sauce, but all the food was excellent. The beach is really clean, quiet and unspoilt....amazing sunrises! We stayed at a few places on the Placencia peninsula and this was definitely the best. Can't wait to visit again! Don't look any further ....just book it!
Stayed at the Maya Beach Hotel for 10 days in February. Would highly recommend it to those looking for a small place with clean, comfortable rooms just steps from the water. The rates are reasonable and it's in an area that is laid-back even by Belizean standards. Don't stay here for the ameneties - there was no TV or phone in the room, no pool, no spa, no coconut bowling or crab races for entertainment. We are fans of local guesthouses and small hotels, and this one fit us perfectly.
We didn't book a room here because we wanted to have satellite TV, and they didn't have it, so we stayed at a nearby B&B in Maya Beach. Had dinner here once and the food was EXCELLENT! Service was a bit slow, as it is at all places in the general area, but it was worth waiting for. The salsa was the freshest I've ever tasted (even in the States or Mexico), and the food portions were the largest of all the places we ate during our 1 week stay. Good variety on the menu, but limited wine selections. Don't know if they'll send a car to pick you up if you have meal reservations as we were within short walking distance. Reservations highly recommended as they can seat only 30 at the tables, 6 at the bar. Casual to ultra casual attire and prices moderate to slightly high but worth every penny.
This little beauty is a real treat.
The owners are friendly and keen to make sure you have a good time. The setting is picture-perfect Caribbean paradise, probably the best beach in Placencia.
The hammocks provide a comfortable respite from a hard day of snorkelling, kayaking, beachcombing and eating icecream.
The restaurant should be opening in October '04. The food we had for breakfast was delicious.
It's your choice to get away from the world or remain part of it. The hotel is equipped with internet access that you can just as easily ignore......