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Reviewed 9 March 2020

We stayed for 3 nights at the beginning of a 4 week trip to Belize & Mexico. We stayed in Pomegranate, a lovely room with excellent lay-out; super large bathroom with space for all luggage/clothing- meaning the bedroom and seating area could be kept free of clutter. I think the room was described as being 60 feet to the waters edge- which was pretty accurate. A lovely swimming pool and terrace. We made the choice to stay here on basis of the strong comments regarding the resort's restaurant- and we were not disappointed- some of the best food acroos ouir 4 week trip. Travelling from the UK we used Matachica in order to "get over jet lag", but we did take the snorkelling trip to shark ray alley- and this is an absolute must- we swam with nurse sharks (so many my wife could hardly enter the water), rays, and had that unforgettable moment when a loggerhead turtle swims right beside you for a couple of minutes- magical. I find it easy to recommend Matachica- great cocktails too.

Room tip: All rooms are within a short distance of the water's edge- and there is seating at the water's edge and at the beautiful pool area.
Date of stay: February 2020
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Burga Pattinson, Other at Matachica Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2020

Thank you very much for your visit to Matachica and for your review. It makes all of us very happy that we could provide the right start to your trip through Belize and Mexico, and we are also happy that you went on the trip to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley, one of the best snorkel destinations in the entire Caribbean. We all hope that your memories of this trip will make you smile often and will brighten your days when you need it most.

Burga Pattinson

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Reviewed 7 March 2020 via mobile

I cannot rave about this resort enough! It is incredible and so relaxing. There is literally nothing to worry about as anything you want or need is available in the moment. Want a chaise lounge on the beach, a boat to take you fishing or a fine bottle of wine on the outdoor terrace? They are all just waiting for you. The service is friendly and attentive. Staying here is a genuine break from the craziness of real life. I cannot recommend this place enough!

Date of stay: March 2020
Trip type: Travelled with family
2  Thank TravelMaven42
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Burga Pattinson, Other at Matachica Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2020

Thank you very much for your visit to Matachica and for your review. What a pleasure for all of us to know that we achieved our goal to create amazing memories for you! Mind you, we can only shine if you allow us to, and we are very grateful that you gave us this opportunity since it makes all of us enjoy our workdays when we see happy smiles.

Thank you again,
Burga Pattinson
for the entire Matachica Family

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Reviewed 3 March 2020

Matachica is the place! Absolutely beautiful, relaxing, romantic, and remote enough so you can enjoy the peace and quiet of Ambergris Caye. The thatched-roof casitas are inviting and very comfortable and be sure to enjoy the ambience of the outdoor bar and restaurant accompanied by the guitar and most hospitable staff. The pier is one of a kind where you can relax and enjoy the scenery and sunsets. The resort is close to San Pedro and Secret Beach is a short ride away on the available golf-carts or free bicycles. Many boat tours are offered but the one to the reef for snorkeling was most memorable!

Date of stay: February 2020
2  Thank Hiker_Gerry
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Burga Pattinson, Other at Matachica Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2020

Thank you very much for your stay at Matachica and for your review. All of us are glad that you enjoyed your stay and the relaxed vibe which is far away from hectic everyday life, and if you would like to get a little more action, as you rightly state, San Pedro as well as Secret Beach are within easy reach.

We all hope that we will get to welcome you back sometime in the future, and it would be our pleasure to also show you our sister property Gaia Riverlodge in the green heart of Belize.

Burga Pattinson
for the Matachica Family

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Reviewed 27 February 2020

This is a beautiful beach front resort on Ambergris Caye and is usually accessed by a 10 minute boat trip from San Pedro. The buildings are wonderful - a real tropical feel to them and the staff are generally very friendly and eager to please.
The resort will arrange various activities if requested, but it is a good place to relax and enjoy the soothing atmosphere. The facilities are adequate, with a good sized pool, a pool table and boules, but there is no gym here, although it does have a spa. Internet access was very good in both the cabanas and communal areas.
We got the strong impression that the target clientele are from the USA, which is to be expected for this region..
The site is on the beach and all pathways are sand (as you would expect!), with a selection of local wildlife roaming around - including various birds, iguanas and racoons.
The accommodation is well proportioned and spacious, with insect netting over all windows.
Restuarant and bar facilities are combined and the staff are generally very efficient and very friendly, but service can be on the slow side, especially for dinner. The quality of food is very good, with plenty of seafood being available. Prices are on the expensive side for Belize and this compounded by they being in US dollars, with a compulsory 12.5% sales tax and 15% service charge on top of the quoted prices.
During our stay here, we had issues with the room safe and one sink, both of which were promptly changed once we highlighted the issues. The safe would not work properly due to a faulty keypad and incorrect instructions, whilst the sink was cracked all around the base and it leaked. Based on overheard conversations in the restaurant, unfortunately we were not the only people to encounter these and similar issues, so maybe the complex is in need of some routine maintenance and updating, otherwise it could lose its glamour.

Date of stay: February 2020
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2  Thank TrevorCrichton
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Burga Pattinson, Other at Matachica Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2020

Thank you very much for choosing Matachica for your stay, and for your review. All of us are very happy that you enjoyed your visit, and we are also happy to confirm that while maintenance is a constant task for us, all rooms are being checked even more to ensure that the resort retains its beauty.

Thank you again for your comments, we all hope that we will get a chance to welcome you back sometime in the future to show that Matachica is still as beautiful as ever.

Burga Pattinson

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Reviewed 27 February 2020 via mobile

Matachica was honestly the best vacation we’ve had as a couple. The location and room was beautiful. The beach was amazingly well kept. The views were amazing and the pool was also great.

But IMO what sets this place apart is the staff which was the absolute best. Each and every person was friendly, helpful, and produced over the top service for our entire stay. If the owner or manager reads this your staff is the absolute BEST! Keep paying these people so that they are still around on our next trip :-)

This was the most serene and restful vacation we have ever had. The restaurant was also fantastic for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Kayak’s, Bikes, Paddleboards and more are all free and easy to use.

Lastly, we did the all day boat tour which included snorkeling with Barracudas, Sting Rays, Nurse Sharks and more, fishing for an hour or so (caught some snappers) , feeding them tarpons and eating on Caye Caulker. Our guide Chris was like everyone else at Matachica and was an amazing host and guide.

Thanks to everyone at Matachica for an amazing experience. We can’t wait to come back and bring friends!

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Burga Pattinson, Other at Matachica Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 February 2020

Thank you very much for your visit to Matachica and for your review which has been shared with the entire staff to show all of them that the love and personal attention that each one puts into their work does not go unnoticed.
Thank you again, all of us will be waiting for your return,

Burga Pattinson

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