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“Perfectly Peaceful Paradise”
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Belizean Dreams
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Hopkins
Certificate of Excellence
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
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“Perfectly Peaceful Paradise”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

Our family recently had an opportunity to explore Belize. We chose Belizan Dreams resort as our base station. We were not disappointed.

Hospitality is definitely their crowing achievement bejeweled with a lovely ocean and delicious food. We arrived earlier than expected due to Maya Island Air moving us to a different flight. No problem for this customer service orientated staff which worked to accommodate our unexpected arrival With smiles all around. Our pick up driver gave us a tour of Dangriga with a pass by their market before heading out.

Our villa was a two room ocean view and it was lovely. Our Family of 4 including our 11 and 9 year old were very perfectly accommodated. We often opened up our large sliding doors and let the ocean breeze refresh us. The beach is not a white tiny grains of sand beach, and there wasn't a wait staff walking up to take my order as I ocean worshipped. The beach is quite!! and I didn't have to share hardly at all and the bar? It is only steps away, so mosey up for a pinacaloda (kids love'em, alcohol free of course) or my favorite: a rum and coke. If you must eat with sand between your toes, no problem they will be more than happy to set up your table beach side. Then sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet of a NOT over crowded beach.

Our package included meals at restaurant so we ate there most days and four tours. We found the food to be delicious and the staff accommodating, right down to providing Good French fries when we just had to have them(they aren't McDonald's fries but they are good just ask my kids:-) and room service when we wanted a more intimate dining experience. This meant setting up our table and waiting on us in our room!:) so beach side or dining room French fry, Johnny cake, polenta or baklava it was all great!!Kudos to the chef and staff!!!

Our tours were great! Our guides were greater. They were knowledgable, very personable and made every effort to make sure we were safe and comfortable (providing, drinks, snacks and even stopping to pick an orange or two along the way)
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What's important for others travelers, that I think might help them decide if this is the right resort for them: The distance to tours or other "things to do" can be long.. The road to and through Hopkins is horrible. If your kids need entertaiment other than a pool , ocean, or a good book. It might not be your style. Mostly there were adults hence the peace and quiet. (obvioisly my ambiovert leans more introvert on vacation) There are of course power outages; they have a generator and we were told you should never notice the outages. We experienced 2 thirty minutes segments in our 7 day stay, apparently that was a fluke as the generator had a problem. Pick up your rental car upon arrival and avoid a return trip to Dangriga:) One thing I wish i had brought; a mask for sleeping. There were outdoor lights that shown in my room and I prefer no nights lights:-) but it didn't bother me too badly and no other family member noticed. The Internet service was good. I was able to down load books on my nook and browse Internet on iPad, including a video chat from my room. If I lived in a perfect world, I could have had this beach side.. Hehe.

I gave this 5 stars because I had a five star experience. We all slept well, ate well, and were treated like royalty.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

Our stay at Belizean Dreams was greeted by very accommodating staff members, hensel and Ian the general manager were very professional on handling our stay, and we had an amazing time.

The management company that handled the daily routine of Belizean Dreams made sure that we were kept within our needs, and that we had our tours scheduled and proceeded with care. Since we had one full day of tropical rain fall, the mgmt company even rescheduled our tours to make sure and confirm that we would have a pleasant journey. We stayed in Room 2301.

The rooms were well kept, simple but adequately organized. Not entirely contemporary however definitely suited the tastes of the local style, with a modern twist.

The in house breakfast were adequate but nothing to brag about. Yet, we would not recommend the lunch menu as the choices were too 'American' for a foreign location- we are those who prefer local cuisines when we travel to foreign lands, however for those who like American tastes, this might suit well.

we recommend chef rob's down at Parrot cove for dinners, and local tastes within Hopkin's Village (a bike ride away, and belizean dreams lend free bikes) which is well worth the 10min bike ride. Local tastes of which we enjoyed were Innies and Yugadah cafe, both of which only accept cash, so bring spare cash if you're planning to eat local as the resort is the only location that accepts credit.

Tours we went on:
+ Ziplining and Cave tubing: B+
Don't buy souvenirs here, as it is a tourist trap for all those cruiseship tourists who just arrive for the day in Belize. And, all prices are in USD at the Nohoch Che'en National Park. The caves were 'fun', but since I've done real caving before this exp was not eye opening, we heard that the ATM caves in Belize were the one that's worth more and the drive is approx the same from Hopkins.

+ Cockcomb National Park
Worth the small trek, but we heard that the Mayflower waterfall and trek was more magnificent.

Overall: A

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sonoma, California
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed here for a week, we had a great time. Everyone was so accommodating and kind, nothing but smiles and "no problem." The resort sits only yards from the ocean, most rooms have ocean views. I would personally like to thank Edsel, Bernard and Ian, just to name a few, for making our trip great.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

Had a wonderful experience at the Belizean Dreams. Staff went out of their way to make it a wonderful family vacation. We preordered groceries and cooked most nights. Really enjoyed drinks by the beach after a long day of hiking, snorkling or just relaxing pool/sea-side. Really enjoyed the organized tours. Highly recommend it!
Thanks everyone at Belizean Dreams!

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

We were there in Feb 2012 and the facilities were very nice. The beach front bar is great but drink prices are high. The food was just ok but plenty of other places are within walking distance.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Belizean Dreams

Property: Belizean Dreams
Address: Sittee River Road | Stann Creek, Hopkins 501, Belize
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Region: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Hopkins
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Hopkins
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Hopkins
#2 Romantic Hotel in Hopkins
Price range (per night): ₹ 12,112 - ₹ 18,941
Hotel Class:4 star — Belizean Dreams 4*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small, intimate Belizean owned and managed resort nestled on the coast of Hopkins Village, southern Belize. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Belizean Dreams Hotel Hopkins
Belizean Dreams Hotel Dangriga
Belizean Dreams Dangriga
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