We are normally budget to midrange travelers but the ability to snorkel from shore and flyfish unguided lured us in and will keep us heading back to Tranquility Bay Resort. The off season (summer) rate on the Budget Traveler's Room was under $100 US and included breakfast off the menu and everything else you've read about in other reviews: over-the-top service from Isabel and Carlos and the staff, a clean, gorgeous beach, excellent snorkeling and flyfishing, cute, well appointed cabins, and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
We'll choose the Budget Traveler's Room every time - the perfect size and configuration for us and the king sized bed was the most comfortable we've ever had on a trip. When our air conditioning unit struggled to keep up with the afternoon heat, a replacement was ordered immediately and installed the next morning and we were offered a neighboring cottage for the night - stellar customer service.
Neighbor boy and flyfishing prodigy Daniel was a bonus and helped my husband figure out the tides, flies, and locations to make his week of fishing a blast; the last bonefish he caught was so large he couldn't control it with 1 hand in order to get a photo. I enjoyed a morning of diving and, thanks to easy access to snorkeling, was wet more than I was dry during our week there; snorkeling highlights included a resident scrawled filefish, an octopus, big rainbow parrotfish, huge barracuda, and a turtle. A beach wedding, the murals and Bob Marley playing in the restaurant/bar, and manatee swimming by the dock added to the charm.
We arranged for the taxi to stop at local grocery and fresh produce shops enroute to the dock in San Pedro so we could stock up and prepare most of our own meals. The meals we ate in the restaurant were wonderful - breakfasts always delicious and the beach barbecue dinner fabulous; my husband will never forgot those 2 huge lobster tails.
We can't wait to head back and share this paradise with loved ones - highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A relaxing 12 miles North of San Pedro, Tranquility Bay Resort is a secluded paradise. 10 separate cabanas line the nicest beach on the island. The only resort on the island where it is safe to snorkel from the beach to the reef! Relax and enjoy our beautiful setting from our water top restaurant and watch the Tarpon, Barracuda and Eagle Rays swim under our dock lights! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tranquility Bay Hotel Ambergris Caye
- Hotel Tranquility Bay
- Tranquility Bay Resort Belize/Ambergris Caye