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at Matachica Resort

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... they provide bug spray and mosquito coils. Don't leave your room without it and also do a mosquito check the night before....
... but by the owner of the hotel as well! Arriving at our room, the casitas overlooked the ocean and the room was...
... to kayak to. Saw a ton of marine life there. Luna room was beautiful with great AC. I've never felt so relaxed...
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Hello! Room question. We plan to stay in a SeaBreeze either bungalow or casita. Is there much of a difference? We won't really spend a lot of time in the room, right?
Answer from Gaia-Matachica
Mar 2021 |
The main difference between the room categories is the size. From a design perspective, this allows the Casita to include a...
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phil wrote a review Nov 2021
Sacramento, California5 contributions8 helpful votes
After staying at the sister resort, Gaia, Matachica is more a normal beach resort feel. The staff are extremely friendly but you don't feel as much of a 1:1 as you do with Gaia, likely because there are more guests onsite and more activities to do offsite. But this does not take away from the resort at all.

The food is slightly more expensive than elsewhere on the island, but nice when you don't want to travel for food.  Jordi was our server most of the time, he was great and extremely friendly. 

The staff onsite were all very nice, notably Joe. I would chat with him daily. 
Tons of mosquitos, but they provide bug spray and mosquito coils. Don't leave your room without it and also do a mosquito check the night before. The bug nets worked, I think. We stayed at the beach front cabana, which had much less mosquitos than the interior but still some. 

We stayed 6 nights, but would have been happy with 4 nights. Applying bug spray and sunblock everytime you go outside is exhausting, but that's the price of a beach vacation... the beach and the pier are very nice and you could easily spend a few das lounging around them. 

The accommodations are also very nice, except there doesn't seem to be any cold water. Its warm or hot... warm or hot are not the best options when you are sun burned.

Based on the above, this would be a 5 star experience for me.

So why 3 stars instead of 5? Unfortunately the owner showed up for the last few days of our stay.  I was casually fishing from their dock, and he instructed one of his staff to tell me not to fish.  The next day, he then proceeds to ask me how the fishing has been.... seriously?  don't pretend to be a nice guy when you are not. Needless to say, spending thousands of dollars at your resorts and not being allowed to fish from the dock is at a minimum, aggravating.  Absolutely ruined my last few days and the reason i will not be coming back.  For folks that are saying he can do whatever he wants because its his dock, the BELIZE LAW IS THAT ALL DOCKS ARE PUBLIC FROM 6AM-6PM. Odd he thinks he is above the law, and to one of his guests nonetheless. Its also noteworthy that NONE of the guests had any problems with me fishing, but were rather interested in watching me catch unique belize fishes and would ask me about it often.  I understand if my fishing was a safety risk, dirtied the dock, scared fish away from the dock for snorkelers but I was none of the above.  i kept my distance from other guests (wasn't fly fishing either),  practiced catch and release, and didn't dirty the dock at all.  If the owner hadn't shown up, this would be a 5 star review and i would return annually. He put a damper on my whole vacation.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: The owner is an anti-fisherman. If you like to fish while on vacation, choose a different resort.
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Response from DANIEL LIGHTER, Owner at Matachica Resort
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks so much for your review and I am so glad that your experience with us was as positive as you have expressed. I am puzzled though with regards to your reference to my interaction with you. While another guest or perhaps a member of my staff might have met you, it was certainly not me! I had no such conversation with anyone and was quite taken by surprise by your message. Having said that, indeed we do ask that our guests use our designated fishing pier rather than the pier used by our guests to relax, read, sleep and enjoy the sun. While fishing for those who participate is lots of fun, others are oftentimes disturbed with the smell, mess, hooks, interference with quiet snorkeling and at times the excitement of the catch. It was for that reason that we set up a perfect spot on the northern pier, where fishermen/women can fish and then use our fish counter to prepare their catch for dinner. I'm so sorry about the confusion and while your interaction was not with me, and while we do very much encourage fishing on property, it is best done elsewhere than on our main guest lounge pier. I deeply regret that this interaction spoiled what seems like an otherwise wonderful holiday with us and hope that you offer us another chance to visit. Daniel Lighter, Owner
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Michael Haltman wrote a review Nov 2021
Plainview, New York8 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and I arrived by private boat after a beautiful plane ride over the country, to a great reception not only by resort staff, but by the owner of the hotel as well!

Arriving at our room, the casitas overlooked the ocean and the room was designed for life in Belize and, in addition, was incredibly luxurious and comfortable.

Whether we were kayaking, swimming with the sharks, jet skiing, taking a beautiful boat ride, walk on the beach or just relaxing by the pool, the staff is phenomenal and knew my name and my wife's name the 1st day.

The menu had wide variety and you can tell that a great deal of thought went into it.

For anyone looking for a place to relax and enjoy time with the one that you love, Matachica indeed is a vacation in paradise and we would very highly recommend it!
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Date of stay: November 2021
Room Tip: Go there ready to relax and have a great time!
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carmannm2 wrote a review Oct 2021
Chicago, Illinois1 contribution
Honeymoon for active early 30's couple. 7 days mid October 2021.

Pros:
Staff was very friendly and helpful. Accommodated our request. Taco the dog was great too!

Grounds were clean/gorgeous. Very private and relaxing. Beach was clean, staff cleaned sargassum 2x per day. Area off dock to jump in with no seaweed that worked great for us. Eagle rays and dolphins feed around the dock in the am. Location by reef was amazing/easy to kayak to. Saw a ton of marine life there.

Luna room was beautiful with great AC.

I've never felt so relaxed actually. I've never seen my husband sleep for more than 6-7 hours, and he slept for 10+ hours 3 times this trip!!

Food was AMAZING. 12/10 on food. I still dream of the chicken sandwich and fresh pastries.

Cons:
Mosquitos, we will not be back during rainy season, we both left with a full body of bug bites. Guests are given unlimited bug spray, but it only does so much.

Lack of room service.

Lack of value = no golf cart rentals include despite high cost of resort, could you include just 1 full day or 2 half days?; Drinks were incredibly weak for $15 (after tax and tip) cost. We watched them make drinks and only 1/2 shot in each. That was disappointing.

Summary: We will be back to Matachica for our 10 year anniversary, but will plan the trip for winter, when mosquitos are not out.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Teresa D wrote a review Aug 2021
California7 contributions2 helpful votes
After a long pandemic season, my boyfriend and I were desperate for a real vacation and a break from the US. I'm so glad we opted for Belize and beautiful Matachica. We followed their advice and took the 15 minute flight to the resort, and it was peaceful, smooth, and gorgeous. (Highly recommended!) We were then whisked to the resort by boat and greeted with warmth, smiles, and excellent cocktails! One of our goals in booking travel was to have plenty of space between ourselves and the other guests, and Matachica does this by default. All the beautiful casita suites are independent and private, and the beautiful pier has private lounging decks. What was probably built to feel romantic (this is a popular honeymoon spot for a reason!) works just as well for social distancing.

And now for the common concerns:

SEAGRASS: Yes, it's a thing. No, it's not a dealbreaker. There are staff members constantly raking, shoveling, and carting it far away. That said, if you are dreaming of walking from white sand to turquoise water, it isn't happening on this side of the peninsula at all. Best bet, rent a golf cart and get yourself to the Secret Beach.

GETTING AROUND: Bite the bullet and rent a golf cart and get to know the island's bumpy dirt roads. Spend some time eating your way through San Pedro (fry jacks, lobster curry, salbutes, blackened fish, and jerk chicken should all be on your list!) You'll also need a golf cart to get to the Secret Beach. No seagrass, great restaurants, gorgeous beach/ocean.

COVID: Belize, and San Pedro in particular, take Covid very seriously. You will be expected to wear a mask at all times unless you are in the ocean or a pool. For real. Plan well and bring your comfiest masks. Check to see if there's a curfew, because if you're caught out past it there's a hefty fine. You will need to show proof of vaccine or recent negative test results to enter the country and a negative test result to leave. This can be done right at Matachica for US $75 (they take Venmo and cash).

FOOD: The Food in Belize is fantastic and the resort is no exception. I'm still dreaming of their flight of tacos with a grilled piña colada. Be prepared, though. Belize is a bit pricy and it's easy for a couple to spend $100 a day on food and drinks at the resort, the Secret Beach, or the popular spots in town.

ACTIVITIES: The resort provides complimentary kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and snorkeling gear. The concierge's suggestions are spot-on and might include excursions to Mayan ruins, SCUBA diving adventures, sailing, and more. And no trip to San Pedro is complete without snorkeling or diving in Hol Chan.

The resort encourages guests to split their time between the beach and the jungle, where they have a sister property, and I would probably do that next time. It's a small peninsula, so it doesn't take long to check off most of Ambergris Caye's most popular offerings.

BUGS: None! I don't know how it's possible, but I didn't see a single mosquito.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Background music is constant, not just at Matachica, but throughout the Caye. Unfortunately, it is not music that blends into the background well. Adele covers and washed up pop hits were on a constant, irritating loop. But that's much better than some of the things we heard outside of Matachica (Scorpions, Bon Jovi, and Bruce Springsteen just sound weird in the tropics!). There are too many great and setting-appropriate playlists so easily available for this to be such a miss.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Room Tip: There's not a bad room on the grounds!
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DavidLavely wrote a review Aug 2021
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The property was beautiful and well maintained. When your guest rooms face due east on a beach, you should consider room darkening blinds so guest and sleep past sun rise. Also, drying rack in the room for bathing suits and towels would be useful to improve the overall look of the property.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Answer from Gaia-Matachica
Mar 2021 |
The main difference between the room categories is the size. From a design perspective, this allows the Casita to include a modest seating area with a couch, coffee table and chaise. If you are an active party who will spend most of your time on tours, visiting town, etc...then the Bungalow would be a great option. However, if you plan on spending much time on the resort, taking advantage of the onsite amenities, the Casita will provide a more spacious home-base. Hope this helps :)
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Answer from sandyjc0213
Oct 2016 |
Hi Mike, I hope that I've posted a photo from our Reef View Suite ... We did have a glimpse of the ocean from our room, and also had lush vegetation all around. If you will be disappointed not being directly on the water, the Reef View may not be for you; however, my husband and I enjoyed feeling more secluded while still being steps from the beach. The room itself was spacious and comfortable. Best wishes
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Answer from TrekTeam
Sep 2016 |
I agree completely with ccoutlaw. No worries!
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Answer from LKH222
Oct 2016 |
Hi- I stayed in the Luna suite with a private hot tub- highly recommend it! its right on the water
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Answer from burgapat
Jul 2016 |
Dear Samantha, There are a number of stores that sell liquor and beer in San Pedro Town, and you can of course bring your purchases to your room. Please note, that there are no refrigerators in the rooms, but you can get ice at the bar. We also want to make you aware that while it is no problem at all to consume your personal beverages in your room or on your private terrace, it is not possible to bring personal beverages to the public areas including pool terrace, beach, lobby, restaurant and bar.
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