Getting there: We stopped in Honduras and then proceded on to Belize city. From Belize city you travel a 30 minute flight with Maya Air on a 12 seater plane. The view was amazing and it almost felt like taking an excursion. The hotel is a 20 minute drive from Maya Air.
Hotel: Check in was extremely quick and we were welcomed with a rum punch! The accommodations were fabulous. We stayed in Room 158 which was on the third floor. We had a fridge, 32 inch TV, hair dryer, king bed and a balcony. There was a lighted make up mirror in the bathroom with a zoom. The hotel was extremely clean and always well maintained. The beds were firm which is just the way that we like them. All of the rooms were very different. The rooms beneath us on the 2nd floor were larger and had kitchens which no one actually used. The staff were very friendly and helpful and would go out of there way to assist you . The beach is very picturesque, but is loaded with jelly fish. Thankfully the infinity pool makes up for this. The loungers by the pool are very comfortable and plentiful. The sun is extremely hot. I normally tan easily and only use 15 sunblock. I used 30 sunblock and still burned. As the resort is small, you essentially get to meet all of the guests. Thankfully we had fabulous people from Canada the week that we attended and had a great time! There are many guests who also come from Texas!
Food: The main restaurant is at the end of the pier which was perfect as there was always a breeze. You could choose to sit inside or outside. You could always find something that you liked at all meals. For breakfast, they had an omlette station and usually the choice of several other options. Alternate days they had bacon which was fantastic. Always lots of fruit available at each meal. Fish was available at both lunch and dinner along with several other types of meat like pork, chicken and sometimes beef which was excellent. We are not picky eaters and we were happy with the food. The serving staff were always friendly and provided exceptional service. They have food by the pool bar in the middle of the afternoon - we had chicken fingers one day, chicken wings another, nachos etc. Look for the food in the shaded area attached to the pool bar as guaranteed you will be in the pool at this time. The A La Carte restaurant provided a menu. You could choose to sit inside or outside. The food was good, but the pier was much preferred atmoshphere
Bars: The bar staff was amazing. Arnold - creator of the "Bonnie" and "The Belezian Breeze" always could create a drink that met your needs and tasted delicious. Arnold was one of the kindest people we have ever met. Franco & Ferneine had smurf shooters and milky way shots. They were always entertaining and put on a good show! Ferneine could pour 4 shots at the same time! The bars however close at 10pm every night except Karaoke night on the pier on Fridays. This is worth attending as some of the staff have great voices.
Location: The hotel is located about 30 minutes outside of the town of Placencia. Taxi travel is expensive and costs $50US for a round trip. You can take a bus for $1US each way. There is a shuttle that travels to town which is free, but the time is different every day - it never worked out for us, but check at the desk before you head out. The town itself has multiple gift shops, grocery stores and a beach that you could swim at. We visited Barefoot Bar but missed Omar's which is highly recommended for local food.
Excursions: We rented a car from town and travelled on our own to Xanatunich ruins which takes about 2 1/2 hours by car. The highways have huge pedestrian crossings which are essentially speed humps which are much larger than a bump. You could be travelling down at 120km/hr and then have a warning that a hump is 100 yards away! Some of these humps are not even marked as signs have fallen down which makes night time travel dangerous! Xanatunich ruins are well worth seeing. We hired a guide that explained everything in great detail. To enter, you take a very short ferry ride across the river and then travel 1 mile up the hill to begin. The tour takes about 1 1/2 hours and is very hot with very little protection from the sun so wear a hat. Travelling through San Ignacio which is hilly with twin streets is beautiful - Fridays they have a market with local foods, local produce and some crafts. We also did Cave Tubing which wasn't exactly what we expected. April is the dry month and the river was moving very slowly so it was more of a lazy river ride where the majority of the time you were being pulled by your tour guide. However, our operator was great and explained many of the trees and their medicinal uses during our hike to start the tubing. They served a nice lunch of rice and beans with some chicken which was great. We did Monkey River which left from Placencia and travelled 45 minutes by boat to a small village. We did see some Howler Monkeys but they were very high up in the trees. Lots of interesting birds along the river way. We ate at Alice's Restaurant and had Snook fish which was delicious - a must try!
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- The Hotel Placencia
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