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5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize Cayes

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Karl R
Saint Charles, Missouri, United States
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Location, Pampered Service!”
Reviewed 1 February 2016 for a stay in January 2016
1
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This was our first trip to Belize. We came to know Casa Tortuga as a member of our party had stayed there some years prior and recommended it. Its a wonderful home with fantastic features. There are five bedrooms, four of which have their own baths. The Jungle Room suite has a fantastic bath with a round tower like ceiling, very unique. There is a second bedroom on the top floor as well as the kitchen dinning and living area with a large, somewhat impractical bar. Many of our meals were taken out on the upper veranda and enjoy a good trade wind breeze. On the ground level there are three additional bedrooms, each with their own bath and a short distance to the pool. Between these bedrooms is a sitting area and bar with a dorm size refrigerator. This came in handy as we frequently enjoyed the local Belikin Beer. A laundry room sits near this area too.

With respect to criticisms I only have two. The furnishing in the home are tired. Drawers were difficult to open, bed frames seemed unstable, the trim around my nightstand continually fell off, and the bedding itself, though comfortable, showed signs of wear as was evident by the swells in the mattresses. Secondly, the beach and ocean in front of the home, and up and down the beach was not suitable for swimming so if you were planning on sitting in a chair with your feet in the water, this is not the place. The view however was fantastic as you are sitting in the middle of your own coconut grove. Any ocean swimming we did, we did by chartering a boat that took us out to the reef.

That being said, the greatest thing about Casa Tortuga is the service. MARIA takes care of everything. From cooking fantastic meals to maintaining a spotless house. The rooms were cleaned everyday, the veranda, steps and pool area were mopped and the beach raked. There is a breadfruit tree in front of the home. Having never eaten breadfruit before, Maria agreed to cook some. A potato like food, I'd take it over French fries any day.

Some recommendations:
1) Bring mosquito spray!
2) Don't book any fishing trips, snorkeling/diving trips, out of area excursions, or rent golf carts prior to your arrival. Maria has a network of resources that I found would have saved us hundreds.
3) We opted to supply ourselves with beer direct from the distributor ( a 10 minute golf cart ride away). With this we found that for $6 USD a day the local ice house would deliver a 30 lb bag of ice direct to our coolers pool side. Do this!
4) No need to over pack. You can do your own laundry on site.

I don't know that I will return to Belize again. There are other destinations in the Caribbean that I like better, BUT if I return to San Pedro and have a need for a four to five bedroom home, THIS IS THE PLACE.

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Liked best: The staff and their service
Liked least: Furnishings
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
12 Feb 2016
"We are so happy you enjoyed your vacation at Casa Tortuga and that you were able to enjoy all of the unique features that make the property one of the most luxurious private homes on the island! We are thrilled that you also enjoyed Maria and the staff and we agree that no one can beat her cooking. Casa Tortuga is located on 250ft of beachfront featuring a natural beach that gradually meets the ocean, a portion of seawall and a dock. We hope you were able to use the deeper and wide area at the end of the dock for swimming. Having Carlos pick you up at our dock and take you on the 4 minute boat ride straight out to the reef to see the coral and fish is very convenient as well. Casa Tortuga is a very unique villa featuring antiques from France, Germany, Italy, India, Bali, Nepal and China. We have also used local woodworkers for our custom bamboo canopy beds and some tables. We thank you for letting us know that some of these peices are in need of attention and we will be fixing these problems. We love having the local handcrafted furniture outside as well as all of the custom cabinets, windows and doors to show off the beutiful work that is unique to Belize. The stained glass, chandeliers and canopy beds contribute to an authentic grand estate, a collection 25 years in the making, which we feel sets Casa Tortuga apart from some of the standard streamlined rooms you may find elsewhere. We do have feather bed toppers on the beds which do not lay flat but they are extra comfortable. All of the bedrooms enjoy modern amenities such as flat screened TVs and beautiful fresh linens. Exciting new additions have helped keep the villa fun for returning clients such as the 150 foot entrance wall with 12 foot tall gates, the large gazebo and the canopy beach bed to enjoy the stunning views. Sharing the beauty of Belize and Casa Tortuga Villa has been such a joy for us. Thank you again for sharing some highlights and insights of your vacation with our future guests! Warm regards, Peggy Mason
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Dr_boenie
San Diego, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Idyllic vacation in a beautiful setting!!!”
Reviewed 23 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015
2
people found this review helpful

Recently returned from 10 magnificent days at Casa Tortuga. The house itself is extremely comfortable with 5 spacious and beautifully furnished bedrooms each with its own on-suite bathroom. Four of the five bedrooms have a stunning view of the swimming pool and ocean. What truly made this vacation so memorable was Maria and her assistance Flor and Minda, who prepared three delicious meals every day. Every meal was beautifully prepared with a wonderful selection of fresh ingredients and delectable baked goods. There is no need to dine anywhere else, Maria really is the best Chef on the island! This truly was a memorable vacation, and I would highly recommend Casa Tortuga to anyone visiting Belize

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Mario6525
Cambria, California
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“FAMILY VACATION IN BELIZE”
Reviewed 18 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Like most vacation destinations, there are pluses and negatives. So let's get the negatives out of the way first. The villa is on the Mosquito coast which is appropriately named, especially when the off shore brezzes are not blowing. The villa has all the amenities you would expect but is a bit "tired" and in need of an upgrade to go 5 star. One of the disappointments for our younger set is that they could not swim in the ocean. Belize is fighting a battle against an ocean grass that is inundating the coastline and rotting in the sun. Fortunately, Casa Tortuga has a protected beach area as well as a wonderful swimming pool.......Try the pool volleyball for a really fun time. Everyone raves about Maria and her cooking skills and we would all agree that she made each meal a delicious and surprising delight. Thank you Maria!

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
28 Jun 2015
We are so happy you enjoyed Casa Tortuga and all of its amenities including, of course, Maria's fabulous cooking! Thank you for letting us know about the seaweed. This is a short and unique problem brought on by natural weather patterns and ocean currents and will move through quickly. We hope you were able to use the deeper and wide swimming area at the end of the dock. Having Carlos pick you up at our dock and take you on the 4 minute boat ride straight out to the reef, where all the fish and coral are, is very convenient as well.

Casa Tortuga is a very unique villa featuring antiques and treasures from around the world. The fountain in the pool is from Versailles. We have tables, stoneware, panels, carvings and artwork that we have brought from France, Germany, Italy, India, Bali, Nepal and China. The local woodworkers have handcrafted much of the furniture outside as well as all of the custom cabinets, windows and doors. The stained glass, chandeliers and canopy beds contribute to an authentic grand estate, a collection 25 years in the making, which we feel sets Casa Tortuga apart from some of the standard streamlined rooms you may find elsewhere. All of the bedrooms enjoy modern amenities such as flat screened TVs and beautiful fresh linens. Exciting new additions have helped keep the villa fun for returning clients such as the 150 foot entrance wall with 12 foot tall gates, the large beach gazebo and the king canopy beach bed draped in white.

Sharing the beauty of Belize and Casa Tortuga Villa has been such a joy for us. We hope your trip was filled with the adventures and fun you shared with your group. Thank you again.

Warm regards,
Peggy Mason
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Gloria S
Marion, Kansas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
Reviewed 15 February 2015 for a stay in January 2015
2
people found this review helpful

One of the most relaxing vacations ever. There are not enough words to praise Maria and her staff. They were so accommodating about any request. Would recommend flying from Belize City to San Pedro instead of the 2 hr water taxi ride. Well worth the extra expense.

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Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Corpus Christi, Texas
Reviewed 7 December 2014 for a stay in November 2014
3
people found this review helpful

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Liked best: Loved all of it. The meals were five star!
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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