Pelican Reef Villas Resort
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Nothing needs to be said. Incredible stay.
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Das beste Hotel auf Ambergris Caye
Wir haben hier auf einer Angelreise übernachtet. Das Pelican Reef ist das mit Abstand beste Hotel auf Ambergis Caye. Unser Appartement hatte ein prachtvolles Dekor und war mit Marmor, Edelstahl und überall mit viel Holz ausgestattet. Die Swim-Up-Bar war der beste Ort, um Cocktails und gleichzeitig die Aussicht auf den Ozean genießen.
Die Angestellten im Pelican Reef gaben sich mehr als alle Mühe um dafür zu sorgen, dass wir uns gut amüsierten. Sie haben für uns sogar einen fantastischen Kapitän engagiert, der wusste, wo es viele Fische gab. Ich hätte mit den Unterkünften und Angestellten im Pelican Reef nicht zufriedener sein können. Wir freuen uns darauf bald wiederzukommen.
Best hotel on Ambergris Caye
We stayed at Pelican Reef while on a fishing trip. Pelican Reef is by far the best place to stay on Ambergris Caye. The unit we stayed in was decorated in grand style, with granite, stainless steel and fine wood throughout. The swim up pool bar was a favorite place to enjoy cocktails while enjoying the oceanfront view. The Pelicn Reef staff went out of their way to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. They even made fishing arrangements for us with a fantastic Captian who knew where the fish were. I could not be happier with the accommodations and staff at Pelican Reef. We are excited to return soon.
Would Not Stay Anywhere Else
We stayed at the Pelican Reef Villas Resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize, October 6-12, 2007, on the advice of some friends of ours who had stayed there before. Man, we are glad we did!
Belize is one of our favorite all-time vacation spots, and Ambergris Caye is the only spot we stay now.
It is the perfect blend of laid-back Belize (dirt roads, golf carts, open container laws, palapa bars on piers, open-air, beach-front cafes, care-free, island holiday attitude, sandy beaches, palm trees, and 80 degree water) with just enough development aimed at the travelers who can afford to treat themselves so they sleep in "just like home" luxury while spending their time out of bed dancing, bare-footed on the sand, at a completely casual, totally intoxicating island palapa bar.
It is the point of vacation to "get away from it all"; island living lets you do that just perfectly, thank you very much. But, the "special treat" of vacation - that truly makes it the perfect holiday - is when you spoil yourself with luxury accommodations while you are there.
Pelican Reef Villas Resort was the perfect spoiling part of our last trip to Belize.
It is not a sprawling 1,000 room resort; it is an intimate 22-room luxury condo building centered around a beautiful stone, paved courtyard containing a gorgeous pool, complete with swim-up bar stools at the "Cave Bar". Steps away from the pool is the beach; steps down the beach is the private pier that stretches out hundreds of feet into the ocean. At the end of that pier is a way-to-cute palapa (we spent several late nights, wine bottles in tow, under that palapa, dangling our feet in the wonderfully warm ocean, taking turns watching the stars above us and the colorful fish swimming underneath us).
We arrived in Belize on Saturday, October 6th and flew the Tropic Air short "skip" flight out to Ambergris Caye (definitely take the 15 minute flight instead of the 90 minute boat taxi ride!). We picked up our rented golf cart (make sure you book one of these; it changes your whole vacation) and headed down the winding "main road" to Pelican Reef.
The town is in the process of turning its dirt roads (there are very few cars on Ambergris Caye; most people get around via golf carts) into stone paved roads. This was a nice surprise this trip. The "town center" is a very busy place - full of great bars, shops, and places to eat. It is where you party at night. It is also a little too loud to stay there and none of the luxury resorts are in town; they are all either north or south of town (for the space, private beachfront, and peace and quiet).
Pelican Reef is a short golf cart ride south of town.
We were fortunate to have been able to book one of the Penthouse condo. The Penthouses are two-story, three-bedroom luxury condos. They look straight out on the ocean (over the beautiful pool courtyard and sandy beach). They are completely - and beautifully - furnished (vaulted ceilings, Mahogany wood, granite, top grain leather, and expensive appliances). We absolutely felt we were getting our money's worth.
The master bedroom in the Penthouse is the whole top floor, complete with a wall-to-ceiling window looking out at the beach, a king-sized bed, a truly luxurious bathroom with a huge Jacuzzi tub and an even bigger shower. The downstairs has a state-of the-art kitchen, a beautifully furnished living room, and two more bedrooms (each with their own bathroom). There is a balcony off both the living room and off the main downstairs bedroom. There is even a washer and dryer in the unit.
Everything you need is included: linens, towels, kitchen appliances, dishes/silverware/utensils. There is even American cable television (there are 4 TV's in the unit, including in each bedroom).
From what we saw (we only saw a couple of other condos) all of the condos are three-bedroom, beautifully furnished places to stay - we would stay in any of them - but, we would highly recommend getting one of the Penthouse units if they are available.
[One note: one earlier review wisely pointed out that construction was underway on the new buildings when they were there. We can report that all construction was completely finished when we arrived.]
The first night there, we headed over to the nearby Sand Bar for some live music and island drinks until the wee hours of the morning; we then happily crashed in our way, way comfortable beds for some much deserved sleep after a day of traveling.
Morning came late (or, maybe we woke up late!), and we went downstairs to the Cave Bar to order some caffeine (Diet Coke for me; Coffee for my wife). We were so impressed that the bar was open and staffed (from 7am in the morning!) and that we could order anything we wanted (if they didn't have it, they went and got it!). We just ran a tab at the bar (no need to keep money when you are in the pool) and paid up at the end of our visit.
We headed across the street to "Joe's", a great little store and cafe, to stock up on some things we wanted to keep in our fridge (snacks, beer, and wine). They also have the best little breakfast there.
Pelican Reef does have kayaks available for guests, and so that afternoon we paddled out to the barrier reef for some snorkeling (the reef is that close of the beach).
The next 6 days went way, way too fast. We spent it tooling around in our golf cart, exploring every store, every bar, every restaurant on the island. Having the golf cart let us head over the "toll bridge" north of town - make sure you go over there; there are some great restaurants and bars to explore over there. And, no matter what - go check out the "Palapa Bar" - you could drink out there at the end of the Pier for hours (the tradition there is to sign your name with the date you were there).
We did take the taxi boat over to Caulker Caye for a day trip. That is a great little place aimed at the backpacker market. It has hostels and cheap accommodation (not where you want to stay if you are looking for a little more luxury in your stay), but it also has some wickedly wild bars and clubs filled with a very fun, young, crowd.
On October 12th, when it was time to go, we definitely did not want to leave (we had the same talk we have at the end of every great vacation: trying to talk ourselves into changing our plans and extending our stay, regardless of the cost or the need to go home!).
We are going back to Belize next year and we know this much already: we are going to stay at the Pelican Reef Villas Resort again. We can't imagine staying anywhere else now.
Points in Favor of Pelican Reef:
--South of town for quiet and privacy; close to town for the party;
--Small, intimate (22 rooms not 1,000+);
--Luxury accomodation (to U.S. standards of luxury);
--Perfect private beach and pier;
--Gorgeous courtyard, pool, and bar;
--Staffed bar at Pelican Reef; Store across the street;
--Kayaks to go snorkel the barrier reef (the reef is that close).
--Penthouses are perfect for 2 or 3 couples or a couple with children (2 stories, each bedroom with one bathroom - so you have your own space).
--Book the Tropic Air flight from Belize (15 minutes in air instead of 90 minutes by boat);
--Rent a golf cart for your stay (you get around so much easier);
--Go to "Sand Bar", "Palapa Bar", and the World Famous "Chicken Drop" (on Wednesday nights).
Best place on the Island
We've stayed in and visited several resorts on Ambergris Caye and Pelican Reef is by far the nicest.
The rooms are beautiful, the grounds are spectacular and the location is great - far enough away from town to be quiet and peaceful but still a short golf cart ride to downtown. There are Kayaks and bicycles available for guest to use.
If you're looking for a beautiful, upscale place to stay, this is it!
Das beste Hotel auf der Insel
Wir haben uns schon einige Resorts auf Ambergris Caye angeschaut und in einigen übernachtet und das Pelican Reef ist das mit Abstand Schönste. Die Zimmer sind wunderschön, das Gelände ist atemberaubend und die Lage ist toll - es ist weit genug von der Stadt entfernt um ruhig und friedlich zu sein, aber trotzdem kann man das Stadtzentrum schnell mit dem Golf Cart erreichen. Den Gästen stehen Kajaks und Fahrräder zur Verfügung. Falls Sie ein wunderschönes, gehobenes Hotel suchen, dann ist es das Richtige.
Best Relaxing place in Belize
I headed to San Pedro, Belize with my boyfrend for some relaxation and fun in the sun. We rented a 3 bedroom condo from Pelican Reef Villas that was fantastic. They have a very friendly staff and a gorgeous and quiet view of the ocean. Its a short golf cart ride from town with a great pool, beachfront and pier to hang out at! I'd recommend to stay there in a heart beat! They'll even set up all your tours and activities that you want to do while on the island!
Beautiful Rooms, Great Service, but Beware Billing Charges...
We recently stayed at the Pelican Reef with a large group (our group booked ten of the hotel's villa suites) and the experience for the most part was fantastic. These are rented condos, and they are beautifully furnished and gorgeous. The service is terrific, the staff is super friendly, and the beach and pier are great. Lori (the owner?) was very helpful with booking excursions, and very friendly. Our only complaint was the billing. The hotel had a 45 day cancellation policy, which we did not understand when we booked the room. Therefore, when we missed our flight, we were not pleased that we had to pay $400 for the room night. In addition, when we checked out, there were several rooms who were upset at the lack of billing transparency. If you stay there, I would request that daily room bills be sent to your room so there are no hard feelings when it is time to end your vacation. Overall, I would recommend this hotel to anyone with those considerations...
Paradise at Pelican Reef Villas
Pelican Reef Villas was more than you could ever dream of. Not only were the villas absolutely beautiful and very clean but the property was breathtaking. From the long pier with a reef underneath so you can snorkel right off the pier (very convenient!) and the white beaches to the infinity pool with the swim up bar, it is a beautiful place and I would recommend Pelican Reed to anyone. We will definitely stay there when we travel to Ambergris Caye!!!
Best Kept Secret in San Pedro
The Pelican Reef Villas are awesome. It is located on the southside but you can rent a golf cart and drive to the town. I highly recommend renting a golf cart though. The roads are rough and messy after it rains. If you travel here in October, I recommend bringing a rain coat. The villas are beautifully decorated and we had a first floor villa which opened right out onto the beach. Great view! The bar and pool are a great place to hang out. The pier is very nice to snorkel around/under. The staff is very helpful and friendly. Lori is great! She arranged all of our excursions. She gave us recommendations about which excursions to do and where to eat. We loved it so much that we are already talking about going back. To us, there is no other place to stay in San Pedro. Warning: there is construction underway right now at the property. They are adding two additional units to the front of the property. This did not distract us but it may some people.
When we first saw this resort in the process of construction, we felt it was one of the nicest accomodations near San Pedro. We returned for Christmas and New Years this year and stayed in the unit which we just recently bought. It is not well known yet, but I have no doubt it will be soon. Classy, great pool and bar, very well done.
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... the Conch Cevice as a starter and after one of the best Fish Currys ever and a whole fish that was also really good.
After such a long time of spending in Mexico and eating tacos, burritos, tortas and other stuff with tortillas we felt so well treated with this delicious meal that we had to slow down ourselves and enjoy. What a great start in Belize!
The next day after we finished organising ...
... at the split is where everyone hangs out sunbathing, swimming and drinking at the Lazy Lizard bar (and where Keith wrote the last blog post). We then returned to Sophie's to make a quick rum and diet coke to take out to sit on the dock for a gorgeous sunset. A great meal of lobster on the BBQ at Wish Willy's finished off an awesome day. The next day Keith went diving and I repeated the winning formula of going to the Split and reading Bridget ...
... time to stock up a new batteries for my head lamp. After sunset and dinner I headed out to explore the island, which was surprisingly quiet in the evening considering that Caye Caulker was supposedly one of the big places to be for New Years.
I wanted to end the year on a high, and so opted to take a very expensive snorkeling trip on New Years Eve. I thought it would also be a good way to get a group together for the celebrations of the night. The snorkeling itself ...
... selling chicken tamales for $2, so obviously have to try it to see what the fuss is all about. It's quite nice in the end. We made our way to the opposite end of the island and bathed in the cool water with more sun. Leesh and I are starting to get real bronze now after this non stop sun. It's a mint day but the wind is up making the water choppy. We found some lunch with some Belizean style meat and rice before changing rooms. We ...
... coming down thankfully Cara was there to stop her. Actually a couple of us slipped leaving everyone laughing. Next day, waking up early again, we got a couple more wicked stamps in our passport as we traveled to Guatemala for our sunrise tour rising at 2am to the the sound of the roaring heart of the jungle of Tikal yet again many steps but so worth it. James Elford was carefully climbing down the steps and was so proud of him self when we he was back on ...