I've traveled the world and this is one of the very best places to stay. The experience is great, the room was great, the value exceptional. The food and drinks in the restaurant were world-class. The beach was very well-maintained. Expats though they may be, the owners make you feel as though they really want to know you, in the true spirit of Belize.
The very personable, down-to-earth owners of the Maya Beach Hotel take pride in hosting guests and it makes a difference. They treat you with care, honesty and respect and anticipate every need without your having to ask. They're clearly not just in it to squeeze money out of you (a particularly drastic contrast with other places in the area...see below), they just want you to have a great experience. They also seem to have high expectations for their employees, while at the same time treating them with the respect they deserve - and it shows in the service.
I'm used to budget/backpacker-type travel, so I was a bit skeptical about the prices at first, but now I realize the value...you get A LOT and the quality of both the rooms and restaurant are exceptional. Wireless internet, all-day use of kayaks, snorkel gear, and bicycles - all free. (Contrast this with another place just down the street that offers "50% off of the use of kayaks for guests" - which is - after discount - the same price as one of the less expensive rooms at the Maya Beach Hotel where use of kayak is INCLUDED).
Our room was the Joya Upper. Two rooms with beautiful high ceilings, kitchen with mini refrigerator, separate private bath with hot water, air conditioner, private back balcony and very large, private front balcony with chairs and hammock that overlook the beach and sea. AMAZING deal for the price.
We realized Maya Beach Hotel was great, but we didn't appreciate what a deal it was until we stayed at the place down the street. For the SAME price as the Joya Upper, we got a small single room with NO kitchen or mini fridge or separate bathroom or beach/sea view AND the hot water didn't work (which is normally fine, but it was getting a bit chilly with the rainy season starting). On top that, they wanted to charge for use of wireless internet (who charges guests for internet anymore?), US$15 for laundry service (15 articles of clothing), US$60 for use of the kayak, and $25 per night for a portable air conditioner - which said it was included for free with the room (we showed them where it was stated and they still tried to argue, making us feel like jerks)! Their restaurant was very expensive, the food was terrible, and they offered very little actually Belizean food. Even the beach was littered with trash and sand fleas.
Note: we are not normally "complainers". I think the Maya Beach Hotel and Bistro just set the bar way too high! :) I wouldn't recommend trying anywhere else. We tried and tried, but came up disappointed each time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sitting on a pretty stretch of natural sand beach, the Maya Beach Hotel is a small mid-range beach resort for couples who need comfort, but not luxury. Our hotel rooms are air conditioned with queen beds, our king suites have king beds and kitchenettes and we also offer some beach house rentals in different price ranges. Our Bistro and swimming pool are a gathering place at the end of a day filled with snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, jungle hiking, spelunking, climbing Maya ruins, or just plain relaxing on the beach. The restaurant was also has also been awarded "Restaurant of the Year" twice by the Belize Tourism Board, and it remains a highlight of a stay here. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maya Beach Placencia
- Hotel Maya Beach