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... carribean town, but is less commercial than cities on the more touristy islands. All the restaurants and bars looked locally owned and there weren't any Margaritaville style chains to be seen. There are mainly clothing shops, souvenir shops, bars, grocery stores and restaurants. We stopped in an art gallery filled with works by local artists, and in a chocolate shop to try some of their truffles. The main way to ...
... something and as the dives to the Blue Hole were extortionate, I went for an afternoon of snorkeling. The reef that we saw was the third longest in the world, coming in at 900km. The reef was amazing, I saw most of the fish that I saw scuba diving in Utila, but simply more of them. I even saw my favourite and strange Box Fish. I also nearly got knocked into some fire coral due to the strong current, but luckily avoided that ...
... We dived with Jacob (Dutch), Phillip (German) and Trevor (American) and ended up moving into Trevor's room and splitting the costs for a couple of nights. Bonus for us, Trevor works in biomechanics/rehabilitation - good find :) Killed the romance a tad but all good. We met a few good guys on the trip who we ended up seeing all the time, which led to nightly dinners and drinks, and planning activities and onward travels together. Beat (Swiss) was one of these great ...
... fishing line out the back of the boat. Then Nick yells from the front of the boat, dolphins. Dolphins all right. At least a pod of 10 of them. Apparently feeding on some poor fishermen's lobster traps. About 5 of the dolphins swim in front of the boat long enough for us to realize there is a baby dolphin with them and snap a few photos. Man how care free and sleek they look in the water, like nothing can catch them and nothing phases them. How I would love to jump in and ...
... and a couple of very slow and relaxed guards) we hopped on another short boat ride to get across to Caye Caulker. This is a small island on the mesoamerican barrier reef, which stretches from Mexico's Yucatan peninsula all the way down to Honduras. The Belize barrier reef accounts for 80% of this and is the second largest barrier reef in the world.
Arriving at Caye Caulker was like a dream. There are ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Victoria House San Pedro
A perfect honeymoon
We've just returned from our honeymoon at Victoria House and we had a fantastic time. Got to agree with the comments about the contrast of wealth on the island (and the bugs) but that's what you get on a island in Belize in the carribean.
The staff and service were superb and the quality of the food excellent (if a little samey). We went on the 7 night "Love package" and thought it very good value for money with all the trips and food included.
The Casita was of a high standard and the one we had had a veranda and a hammock. You don't get a phone or a TV but for us that was part of the appeal of the place. However, the hotel can provide a TV with a VCR if you can't do without for a night. You can find lots of games in the bar though.
San Pedro was OK and we both cycled in and took golf cart a few times. The place seemed to come alive later in the day when all the tour and dive boats get back.
We went on a 2 tank dive trip and the standard of the Divemaster was excellent. One of us also went on the intro dive and he really helped instill confidence.
The Hotel is definitely a place for couples and I'd think twice about taking kids as there's not much for them to do.
All in all, we'd recommend it without reservation.
PS: Don't forget the DEET bug spray (Really)
OK, but not great
Definitely the nicest place on the island - but I'm not sure that's saying much. Like most Carribean islands, on Ambergris Caye there is an extremely thin veneer of gloss and luxury over what is otherwise very much a third-world country. Once you step off the small, nicely manicured grounds of Victoria House, you're in a very poor place - and the contrast is stark.
We stayed in one of the one-room, individual casitas, and it was small, but pretty. Note that some casitas seem to be slightly larger and have their own hammocks on their front porches (ours only had two chairs).
The food at the hotel's restaurant, Palmilla, was adequate - but certainly nothing to write home about. We had much better food out in the jungle at Lamanai Outpost Lodge - and didn't have to pay an arm and a leg for it.
Note that Victoria House is about two miles south of the little main street area of San Pedro, where all the various tourist shops - and many of the other restaurants - are located. This is good and bad. Good because you're removed from the noise and less-attractive areas; bad because it's a hike if you want to leave the Victoria House grounds. We used the hotel's (free) bikes to get around during the day, but after 6pm you have to either rent one of the hotel's golf carts ($15 US per hour) or take a regular taxi or water taxi.
A final word of warning - we got absolutely eaten alive by some kind of as-yet-unidentified bugs our first day/night at Victoria House. We took an extended walk on the beaches between Victoria House and San Pedro in the evening, and we think perhaps the offenders are multitudes of sand fleas - or perhaps some kind of tiny ants back at Victoria House. In any event, although we never felt a single bug or bite, we woke up the following morning with our legs absolutely covered in bug bites. It's now four days later and we look like we've got smallpox. All of the tourist shops in San Pedro sell a product called "No-Itch" - so I'm assuming that our experience isn't unique. A word to the wise - wear Deet bugspray at all times - at least on your legs - even if you don't see bugs.
Bottom line on Victoria House is that it was perfectly fine, but not so extraordinary as to justify its prices (particularly at the restaurant).
Ideal location for our wedding
We returned from our second trip to the Victoria House last week :-( I can't tell you how HARD it was to leave! Our first visit was for our New Year's Eve wedding over the holiday season of 2003-4, and this past trip was to celebrate our 1st anniversary. We received a flower adorned bottle of chilled champagne and a happy anniversary note as an anniversary gift on the 31st - a gesture that endeared us even further to the amazing staff and management that we have come to know in the time we've spent there. We are so enchanted by Victoria House and Belize that we are already planning our next return trip (July?). I know that my husband and I are not the only people who share these sentiments. Our entire families and some friends of ours have joined us for both trips!
I can assure you that if you are planning a visit to Belize, you will be making a big mistake if you stay any other resort than the Victoria House.
If I had my trip to do over again to Ambergris Caye I would without a doubt stay at Victoria House again. Our Casita (number 1) was perfectly placed with a nice view of the beech and ocean. While the casita was not especially large, it was a nice size and the front patio with chair and hammock were treated as our living room. The restaurant was very good, and the bar was definitely above average. We used the resort for our activities, and I highly recommend it. We went fly-fishing for bonefish, reef fishing, and snorkeling. The pool was very laid back as well. One of my favorite things about Victoria House was that it never felt crowded. It has a large oceanfront, and you are guaranteed space if you are on their beech or pool. Quite a few of the guests were honeymooners like me who appreciated being close enough to San Predo but also did not want to be a in the heart of the action. I definitely recommend Victoria House and Belize.
Peace and quiet at the Victoria House
We just spent 6 nights at the Victoria House for my husband's 50th. Absolutely beautiful property, the best food on the island and the most friendly and helpful staff. Javier will arrange anything for you. My husband dove most days while I was a bit of a dive widow. I mostly stayed near the room and pool and read. Heaven!
A few suggestions: Request room 12, one of 2 Plantation Suites. Room 12 has a wrap around porch with chairs and chaise lounges overlooking the pool. The other suite had no outside seating. You can't swim much in the ocean off the property. Too much sea grass and there isn't much in town.
If it's peace and quiet your looking for this is the place.
Most beautiful place on the island
i just got back from ambergris caye last night and couldn't wait to write about how beautiful vicotria house was. it far exceeded my expectations. the person who wrote about the fumes must have been breathing them in too deep...i didn't have any experience like that in the 9 days we were there. and the food, was by far (with the restaurant capricorn) the best. even the bar menu had great food. the staff was very nice and the extra touches in my room (flowers and such) after a long day in the sun were really nice. we stayed in casita #10 steps from the beach. we did check out alot of other properties on the island and none even came close to victoria house. if you want menu specifics, room specifics, or hotel specifics, e mail me.
I do not know where to begin to express how truly remarkable a vacation at Victoria House is. Our romance with VH started five years ago, with our wedding. Javier and Janet created a true fairytale for us (and our 40+ guest). EVERYONE loved it, and many have returned. We have made an annual trip ever since. Olivia (now 2 1/2) has even made 3 trips down -- her first at fourth months of age. The facilities are wonderful, food incredible, and service unsurpassed. It is such a treat to be pampered by such a great staff. The hotel offers great day trips and we love the fishing with Leonardo.
I will say I was very disappointed in reading the "review" from the person from New York, which does not accurately reflect how spectacular VH is. The only warning I would make about the food is it is so delicous and creative that you will eat more than planned. With regard to the "safety" we have had more than 100 meals in the 5+ years we have been going and never had a problem. Even my two year old loves the food and has never had any problem. I will say that neither VH nor Belize are for those of you are seeking high rise, glizty more showy types of vacations. If you are looking for a romantic, a slower paced (but very elegant) vacation with a lot of nature thrown in, VH and Belize are perfect. I will be glad to give anyone additional details if you email me.
Time, especially vacation time with loved ones, is precious. You can't miss by spending your time at Victoria House. Our next trip is already booked -- 279 days and counting!
Best resort in Ambergris Caye - Sept 04
I spent hours if not days reviewing internet sites before our trip to Belize. We spent 5 night in the plantation suite at the Victoria House. I would highly recommend this resort for anyone willing to spend the money for the best. It was our 10 year anniversary - and this resort was the best on the Caye. Great property, very good rooms, great food, and very friendly staff. I really have a tough time with any of negative reviews - regarding the Vic House - very tough to complain about this property! I found out while we were there, that the property was rewarded with the resort of the year in that region - well deserved. We scoped out a few other resorts while we were there to compare - no comparison!
Just book it - you will not have any regrets!
Beware of food poisoning
The food in this hotel was sub-standard and to top it off, I got food poisoning. The surrounding beach was dirty and because the dock was adjacent to the pool and beach area, gasoline fumes inundate the pool and beach area. I read reviews on this hotel and was under the impression this was the nicest place to stay in Ambergris Caye. If that is truly the case, I think someone should open a new hotel on the island. It is too bad because the diving was amazing and the country has a lot to offer to tourists.
A Week In Paradise
I spent a week at Victoria House December 02 and cannot say enough great things about this property. I spent one night in a casita, then in the plantation rooms. Both were great, I really liked the casitas, they had gret views and a nice breeze. The property is beautiful with a nice pool and a great bar right on the beach. The food was by far the best that we had anywhere on the island, when I go back I will eat all of my meals at their restaurant. I did the all day manatee excursion with Sea-Rious Adventures and had an awesome time. We got to swim with the sting rays and snorkel. The staff at Victoria house was very attentive, any request that we had was immediately taken care of. I can't wait to go back for another relaxing week, definetely the nicest property on the island.