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4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   11 miles north of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Ranked #4 of 14 Ambergris Caye B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Buffalo, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As a San Pedro resident for past 2 years, had desire to visit El Secreto after reading rave reviews. However, upon inquiring about Coastal Water Taxi service from town..quoted $50US per person for the 11 mile/half hour trip, decided to forgo the trip. Meanwhile my wife had decided to surprise me for my birthday with dinner at El Secreto after... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This review is primarily for the hotel restaurant, which they market aggressively in town as a "must-see" destination meal at their resort. First off, it's a secluded beach resort, only accessibly via 30min high-speed water taxi from the city center. If you're looking for a honeymoon away from it all, it's probably perfect. We walked around the property and it's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Started off my honeymoon here... It was simply spectacular! The place is incredible, rooms are very comfortable, service is extremely quick and friendly. I definetely would recommend this resort for honeymoons and quick gettaways for couples. Snorkeling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley are both activities you cannot miss out on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome resort very secluded feeling, we felt like there was nobody else staying there. Great food, beautiful place the staff is amazing!!!! Would definitely recommend for a trip to get away and chill with plenty of options for activities as well.

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Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

El Secreto is exclusive and remote - about 30 minutes fast boat ride from San Pedro. If you are looking to get away from it all in luxurious style and spectacular surroundings, then I don't think you can do better than this. It certainly isn't inexpensive but we found the food and wine prices very similar to what we'd pay... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I would give them 2 stars at best. There are NO SWIMMABLE waters at resort. Pictures on their website show clean and clear water. When I got there, it was the opposite. The water was dirty green and has 3ft tall grass growing from it. They have extremely high food prices tripling the cost of the food downtown San Pedro.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This was the last of our three hotel trip on Ambergris Caye on an anniversary trip. El Secreto seems to have re-written the rules for what to expect on a popular island. FIrstly it is located a long way away from all the other resorts on its own little part of the island and close to the reef. The resort... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

My wife and I stayed at El Secreto for the last three nights of our honeymoon having stayed at Mata Chica first which is half way between El Sectreto and San Pedro. We read the negative reviews on El Secreto on this blog so were a bit apprehensive of our stay but we had an amazing time. El Secreto must... More

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My wife and I just returned from our honeymoon from El Secreto and we had an absolute great honeymoon! The resort overall is gorgeous. It has all the modern luxuries and more you would expect from a high-end resort anywhere. We stayed in a sea-front villa which we loved. You can step out onto to spacious deck and see the... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

If you want swaying palms, secluded luxury, private outdoor showers, great cocktails, twin sinks and all that jazz, El Secreto is for you. And it is indeed, blissful. The waiters are really nice and friendly too (props to Jamie and Ethnie in particular). So far, so Belize. Unfortunately, El Secreto also suffers from the same afflictions other top-end Belizean hotels... More

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Address: 11 miles north of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — El Secreto 4*
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El Secreto is a unique barefoot luxury resort located in Ambergris Caye, Belize, surrounded by the turquoise blue waters of the caribbean and lush tropical views.El Secreto nestles 13 exclusive individual thatched roof villas with a smart combination of contemporary and traditional elements. Fine belizean tropical woods, marbled finished bathrooms with a tandem bathtub, outdoor private jacuzzi and shower patio. All the villas are equipped with a king size bed, a state of the art led lighting system, air conditioning, ipod dock station, LCD TV, mini bar, safe, Melita coffee maker, 400 thread egyptian cotton Vivenda linens and Malin & Goetz amenities.El Secreto Restaurant offers a variety of international cuisine with a Belizean touch. El Secreto is a perfect setting for honeymoons and weddings as well as to celebrate special occassions with a variety of activities for couples to enjoy together such as non motorized watersports like paddle surf, hobbie cat, kayaks as well as bicyclesor simply relax at Ikal spa with our signature hot sea shell massage. . Let us pamper you in this true and authentic paradise to create lasting memories for a lifetime. ... more   less 
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