This property is incredible. Our travel agent ranted and raved about this resort, and now we know why she
was adamant we stay there.
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1. The property is pristine, quiet and a little slice of paradise on earth. There are two pools with ample beach chairs. We preferred the beach itself, as it was incredibly quiet and there are 3 areas where you can get in a swim in the clear, shallow water. No trouble at all finding beach chairs each day. We did have a few beach peddlers stop by selling trinkets, but they never hassled us.
2. We stayed in the Palmetto Rooms, which are spacious and have separate living, sleeping and bathroom
areas. They have a walk-in closet and dresser drawers so you don't have to live out of your suitcase. The only drawback – the Palmetto Rooms are over the dining and pool area. They play music and guests laughter and conversation carry far – the only "quiet" time in our room was from 10pm – 6am every day. No sleeping in, even if we wanted to.
3. The staff here are INCREDIBLE. So accommodating and friendly. Anything you could ask for, they will
provide. Since I was a child, my dream has been to swim with sea turtles. The staff rallied and gave us advice on where best to see them. When we didn't encounter them on our first snorkel to Hol Chan (we saw everything but!), Luis at the dive shop recommended Mexico Rocks. There we swam with a friendly green sea turtle! Many of the staff checked in with me to make sure I met 'my turtle', which was very kind and thoughtful.
4. All of the out trips booked with the hotel are with reputable, knowledgeable companies. We did 2 snorkels, a sunset cruise and parasailing and had a blast. Booking is quick and easy. Worth every penny!
We also really enjoyed taking advantage of the complimentary sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards. If you bring a snorkel and mask, you can swim around the dock and see large tarpaulin, yellow spotted rays and stingrays and some small tropical fish as well.
5. Access to Ambergris Caye is an easy puddle jumper flight from Belize City, or a Water Taxi across to the island. The town of San Pedro is safe and quaint – you can hire a cab ($10-$15 BZ) into town or rent a golf cart and drive yourself. The hotel will pay for your taxi one way into or out of the town if you'd like to explore (highly recommended for the fantastic restaurants there!).
6. If you're on a budget, Victoria House does serve meals to the public, as well as their bar, which is open to non-guests. If you want a little slice of the experience, there's always the option to pop in for a meal or drink if you're not staying on site.
We found we could easily make meals affordable – the day/night 'snack' menu is big enough that one order was a perfect portion for 2 people to split. We typically spent $10US on breakfast $20US on lunch and $50US on dinner, split between two people. Dinner in town can be quite affordable as well.
7. Other than the noise that drifted from the dining area, we found the property to be very quiet. We didn't see any families or anyone with children during the 5 days we were there, which in all honesty, was quite nice! Mostly couples and small groups of older adults.
Overall we felt this was one of those once-in- a-lifetime experiences. We very much hope to be back again
one day soon!