Mata Rocks Resort
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Our first tour that was scheduled at a reasonable hour-10:30 am :) was a nice 3hr snorkelling trip only 5 mins out. Our first stop was "south channel" where I found it difficult to adjust to snorkelling after only diving. Oh the revelation that when you dive down you have to come up pretty soon as the snorkel is made redundant pretty fast.. Nonetheless it took a couple of tries to sink in. We saw massive 50cm puffer fish, lured ...
... holds up her cold breakfast and says "Somehow this does not shock me anymore." In fact, we would have been shocked if it was warm. We've been broken in. We board a bus at ladyville ( the ratio of women to men is insane here, possible after a war or British Invasion where the males are the first to go) and head to the next leg. Leon (captain 2) asks who is going zip lining and who is going to the Zoo. Faye and I are the only ones going. I automatically feel bad for Leon as ...
... We rest here, observing, for as long as we can manage, before our guide coaxes us away from a scene that will remain imprinted on my mind forever. My 32nd year, spent in the deep with creatures so beautiful they almost made me cry. And that was before we got stuck into the rum, and beer, and fish, and cake, and reggae,and pole dancing, and salsa. The fish didn't quite get my tears but a raucous night with new friends certainly did. Happy bloody birthday ...
... first there are a couple of sing rays but after a short while there are 14 around us! One quite large one. Apparently there is normally some small basking sharks but they are not around, they have not seen them for a few days. We weren’t complaining. The Rays were fantastic. What an experience.
Art takes us to another part of the reef and we have 45mins snorkelling on our own. Almost as good as the Phillipines. We get back at 4.45pm and watch the sun go ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMata Rocks Resort San Pedro
They have everything we need. The room is wonderful. Large and clean. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. You instantly feel welcome. We like that it is a small hotel. Very laid back on the beach and at the pool area.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mata Rocks Resort San Pedro
Mata Rocks - rocks!
KUDOS to Liz and Terry! Just returned from an eight night stay at Mata Rocks and I cannot say enough great things about this little resort. If you are looking for a clean, quiet place to stay, with great service and where everyone knows your name, then this is the place for you! All of the staff went out of their way to help or provide us with anything we needed. They serve free continental breakfast on the beach and the view with your coffee is amazing. They do not have a restaurant, but they have a book of menus from many of the restaurants and they will order it and have it delivered for a $5.00 cab fee. And when you don't feel like leaving the squirrel bar this is great! Out of all of our island travels, we felt like this was our own little place...we will definitely return to Mata Rocks!
27th Dec 2005 to 1st Jan 2006
We stayed at Mata Rocks in their Junior Suite and found the room to be spacious and clean. The only problems we found was the shower had very little pressure and occasionally a slight odour from the sink.
The room was equipped with a kings sized bed, satellite TV, air conditioning and a balcony looking out to the beach. The staff were always courteous.
We mainly used bikes (free of charge) to travel back and forth to town, although it would have been nice to bring the bikes back later than the curfew time of 6pm. When travelling on the bikes, sunglasses helped to reduce the dust from the sandy roads, also a bit of a bumpy ride (Approx 1½ miles to town).
We took a day trip with Seaduced, taking us to see the Manatees and on various snorkel locations. We thoroughly enjoyed the excursion and would highly recommend both the company and trip.
Our Scuba Diving experience could have been better. As novices and only several dives experience, we found the Dive Masters could have been more supportive and informative prior to our dives. This seemed to be common with both Amigos Del Ma and the Blue Hole, though we did find plenty of different types of fish (including nurse sharks) and rays to see.
Nobody mentioned the wind
As the other reviewers noted, this is a very clean and well maintained resort. It is very small and intimate. The staff is friendly and very helpful. The pool is very small and shallow and best left to kids. The beach bar had a very limited menu. They only served hotdogs and sandwiches for lunch. There are a lot of excellent places eat a short walk away.
I was surprised with the stiff winds that put a damper on the water activities for several days during our stay. We were there for seven days so we lost two days for water sports. I do like to snorkel and wind kicked up the sand so much that visibility was zero. Talking to the local staff, the winds are not uncommon and it could have been worse.
If you do like to snorkel both the Shark Ray Alley and the Mexico Rocks excursions are fantastic.
I do like to walk on the beach and found that walking in either direction was safe and interesting. It was an easy 40 minute walk to town on the beach and it was fun to walk from from beach bar to beach bar on the days it was too windy to hit the water.
Best Beach Bar
We just returned from our trip to San Pedro. We stayed at Mata Rocks for then entire 9 nights. The resort is very clean and the beach is well cared for. the only problem we had was that the sheets kept popping off at the corners. We woke up almost laying on the mattress in the morning. There is security on site 24 hours a day. The daytime guard is an awful nice guy named Egbert. We hope to see him this winter when he comes up to see his mom who lives 45 minutes from our home! He is a wealth of information. The "Squirrels Nest" beach bar is a lot of fun during happy hour, except we found that the drinks were very weak during those hours. Moniqua the resort travel coordinator arranged all of our trips. She is very nice. Grisselda who tends bar is also a sweetheart. The best food nearby is at Rico's down the beach a little, and in El Divino in Banana Beach next door. Other than that you have quite a walk into town. We were told not to walk the beach a night, but we did many times and had no trouble. Most resorts have security on duty. The people of San Pedro are all very nice. We feel like we made many new friends. We took the trip to Lamania and had a great day. Very Hot!!!
The snorkeling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley was great. Also at Mexico Rocks.
We can't wait to go back some day. We would maybe stay a little closer to town. Our resort had bikes but they had to be back by 6 p.m. and it gets dark at 5 this time of year.
My girlfriend and I stayed here over the Thanksgiving holiday and had a wonderful time. I tend to research destinations thorougly and knew that Mata Rocks was a good deal. It's not the Ritz but the rooms are clean and bright with all the basic amenities. The staff were helpful and kind from arrival to departure. Great location not too far from town and the free bikes make the trip quick if you want to go. Bar was a lot of fun and the girls working are a memorable part of the stay. Don't know if we'll hit Belize again next time but if we do I'd stay at Mata Rocks without hesitation.
Loved Every Minute
Mata Rocks is a small (17 rooms/suites) hotel that, as others have noted, is a very clean, very comfortable place. Our room had a queen sized bed along with a couch, sink and refrigerator in the "kitchenette", walk in shower, and excellent ocean views from the balcony accessible through a sliding glass door. The staff is very friendly and took care of everything we needed including booking excursions and getting us a golf cart rental which we used to drive around the island for some sight seeing. It's about a 40 minute leisurely walk from the hotel to the center of San Pedro down the beach (which we found safe too do at all hours of the day or night.) Or you can check out a bicycle from the hotel and peddle around as well. Bikes are free of charge and available up until 6 pm. Kudos to Terry and the others at Mata Rocks for making our first San Pedro vacation a memorable one.
Extremely nice hotel for the money
We stayed there in March 2004 and we had a wonderful experience. The hotel is very clear and well maintained, right on the beach and with friendly staff and very good atmosphere. It has a beautiful tiny swimming pool and a very nice bar where you could have drinks and some snacks (very tasty local hotdogs). The "downtown" it's 20 minute walk away on the beach or on a dusty road or it's $4-5 away by cab.
The only thing I could complain about was that the room we stayed in was facing east and because it didn't have very thick blinds the sun was waking us early in the morning but we had more time to be on the beach I guess.
Clean, fabulous staff, and great value.
The Mata Rocks was a great resort. We stayed for one week and had no complaints. It is close enough to town so it is not inconvenient to get into town. We biked into town and it took about 10 min. The resort is super clean and the rooms are as well. It is a great value for the island. The staff is perfect. Only one caveat: If you dont like small, intimate places this is not for you. Small beach, small pool, and close quarters with the other guests. Personally, I like it small. But just so you know.
Obviously it's not super duper luxury liek some of the places. BUt it is very beautiful and I would go back in a heart beat.
Mata Rocks Hotel
Clean, Clean, Clean property. Walk to town. Friendly and helpful staff. Small hotel with pool and bar. Rate includes continental breakfast and bikes.
My first choice for Ambergris Caye
I have recommended this hotel many times to friends and colleagues, and all who have stayed here have loved it. A smaller property, with friendly, helpful staff, nice pool and bar, and right on the beach. The Jr Suites are great value. Similar quality hotels on Ambergris Caye cost twice as much, and don't have as friendly an atmosphere. I already have my next trip planned for later this year, and can't wait! Highly recommended.