Maya Beach Hotel
Travel Blogs from Placencia
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 …
Today we went out in service in Seine Bight which is the poorer town in the territory. Almost every house you go to someone comes out and wants to ask questions. As you answer questions they ask more and more questions. It's awesome. Our car group started 4 studies today using the "Good News Brochure". Lindsey started two ...
... a distance. The unknown factor was how good (or bad) the surface
would be from there and for how far, and therefore how long it might take us to get to Finca Ixobel, our next intended overnight stop. As so often happens one gets fooled by the map and the GPS which cannot give any info on the nature of route, only the distances, and one can easily overestimate achievable average speeds accordingly. Sure enough the 40 odd kms along the first rough and twisty Ruta 5 was really slow ...
... we would be having breakfast soon! Which made me chuckle.
We had breakfast fairly swiftly and headed back out to search for the whale shark. Unfortunately my GoPro decided to start playing up and what would have been some amazing footage turned out to be very short 3 second clips. I did give my other camera to Kayley who was able to take some photos and videos for me, so thanks Kayley.
In the evening we did a night dive. It was quite ...
... road in which there were two Mennonite families waiting for the bus. The men had long bushy beards and wore dark bibs and braces, and straw boaters, and the women wore long dresses and big bonnets hiding their hair. They spoke a Germanic sounding language and a little research later suggested that they were probably of Prussian origin.
We reached Belmopan in just over an hour. Belmopan is actually the capital of Belize, established in 1961 ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
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......