Crystal Paradise Resort
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Morning is morning. We do wake up things and make our way to breakfast. Tom and Loye, are, of course, already there. She is an old school Texas lady with enough of a bohemian side to land her in the jungle and he, we are certain, is still water running deep. As he finishes his breakfast he explains that he as an appointment with an elderly man with …
We wake up to the sound of exotic birds. The squawks, tweets and caws are multi-layered and wonderfully orchestrated. It's around 6:30 and we amble sleepy--eyed to the main area where breakfast is served. Tom and Loye are already there. So are the birds. Victor, the patriarch of the Crystal Paradise empire put fresh papaya out in the morning and …
The flight from Houston to Belize would be the only coach class portion of the trip and at two and half hours is the one we would have chosen. Uneventful flight overall. We landed at the Belize Airport, which, with its pull up staircases, limited gates and well worn customs area was promising. We were greeted outside by Andy, twenty eight, polite, …
Another 6am wake-up call – this is the norm now. The bird nerds and I started with some delicious coffee and a little bird watching while waiting for breakfast to be served. I could have done a little more of this since it was so relaxing and serene. After eating some scrambled eggs, strange fruit and fresh OJ, we explored the grounds for a …
So much for a relaxing vacation – our first wake-up call is at 6am so we can grab breakfast by 6:45. The meals are served under a giant palapa (thatched cover with open sides) overlooking the jungle. Also, the resort is well known for the birding tours so they would place mangoes on the balconies to attract a wide variety of flying creatures …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Crystal Paradise Resort San Ignacio
We stayed at the Crystal Paradis Resort from Dec. 19 to 24, 2005. It was definitely not up to the standards that I had expected from reading some of the other reviews on Tripadvisor. Firstly, the resort is very isolated. If you do not have a vehicle, you are very cut off from anything and completely dependent on the resort for a ride into town (unless you want to pay an expensive taxi fare) or to take part in any tours. In my opinion, the cabanas are very much below the standard I would have expected for the price. The plumbing is abysmal and the cabanas in general are very run down and not properly maintained. I have read a lot of reviews saying if you don't want to experience the culture then go to an all inclusive with North American standards. I have travelled extensively in third world countries and I am very experienced in living with third world standards and I have usually felt that I received value for money. However, I would rate Crystal Paradise Resort as very low value for money. They offer third world standards but charge first world prices. We stayed at three other hotels/resorts during our trip to Belize (The Great House in Belize City, Calico Jack's Resort in Placencia and the Mayan Princess in Ambergris Caye) and I believe they all offered value for money. This is the only one that I would recommend that you avoid.
We split up our vacation between the beach and the jungle, spending most of our time at the beach. The beach was nice, but it seemed like there was so much more to do inland. We regretted only spending a few days here and wished we had spent more time at Crystal Paradise.
My husband and I chose to do a jungle and sea package deal with Crystal Paradise. Son Eric picked us up at the airport, and the long bumpy drive was made ever so pleasant listening to stories of the Tut family and their life on Belize. We were given one of the newer thatched roof cabanas, and it was very comfy and pleasant, with new bathroom furnishings, and a nice porch with teak furniture and hammocks to relax in.
On our recent trip to Crystal Paradise, our family was very disappointed in the resort.
Crystal Paradise was a wonderful place to stay. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. I would go back any day!
A great Belize experience, what else can I say
Want to experience paradise in a beautiful setting? How about true Belizean hospitallity in the midst of a jocular host with his loving and sharing family? Do not wait another minute- book your reservations and live with the Tut family in the splendor of the Belize jungle like I did for a week.
We loved it here!
My family and I loved our stay at Crystal Paradise. The atmosphere was very laid back and homey. The home-cooked food was fantastic, the grounds are well kept, and the Tut family that runs the place was so great it was hard to say goodbye. We met a lot of cool people staying there, the family style dining and bar really encouraged a social atmosphere. We felt right at home. We will definitely go back there again next time we are in Belize.
A great belize vacation
I had a great time at crystal paradise resort in Belize. The resort offers many opportunities to watch birds, nice grounds and easy access to the surrounding birding destinations.
The accomodations were kept clean and has a lovely view of the river valley. During our stay we saw over 100 species of birds. We will use them for future trips to Belize. It was excellent and I would recommend it to any birder visiting belize to stay here. We recommend staying on a thatched cabana they are very spacious, has queen sized beds, private baths with hot showers and a nice hammock to hang out as we called it "hanging out"
The best hospitallity for our stay in belize
Waking up to the sounds of the birds chirping, making tortillas with the family in the kitchen, kayaking down the river and splashing like kids, horseback riding in the mist at dawn and falling asleep tired and smiling after seeing more stars than I've ever seen in my life...These are just the highlights of our stay with you all. We couldn't have asked for better hosts or more beautiful comfortable atmosphere. we love our valley view thgached cabanas overlooking the jungles uuuuuu. We will miss you all
Crystal Paradise was lacking in many areas. 1. Our room (non-thatched cabana) was next to the area they store and repair all the vehicles. We were awakened at 6 am with the noise of cars starting and diesel fumes coming in our room. We could hardly breathe. Our porch was used to store car seats, engine equipment, etc. 2. We told CP I was a vegetarian weeks before our arrival. They assured us they had vegetarian options. Their idea of a vegetarian option was giving me a bowl of canned kidney beans in addition to the regular meals served to everyone. 3. The tour we took with CP was 45 minutes late leaving and was not as good as the ones we later took with Mayan Expeditions in San Ignacio. If at all possible, stay somewhere else.