We have just returned from Tranquility Bay and as the name suggests it was very tranquil and isolated.You are about a 35 minute small boat ride from San Pedro on Ambergris Caye so be prepared for a few splashes and a wind blown look when you arrive!
On arrival you will be met by Mr Pete the manager and a nice refreshing drink before being shown to one of 10 beach cabanas. The cabins are very rustic with 1 or 2 bedrooms, bathroom, sitting area and kitchen with microwave and coffee maker. Each one also has a patio area straight onto the beach with sun loungers and a few hammocks between the palm trees.
Meals are taken in the tackle box at the end of the jetty which also has a bar and stunning views over the ocean. At night you can sit and watch the rays and fish around the jetty which is lit up.
Breakfast is waiter service and comes all at once what ever you order!
The 2 waiters working during our stay - Cesar and Giovani were fantastic. They were polite, courteous, extremely helpful and efficient. Jamal the snorkel guide was also very good.
The beach was swept every day for sea grass and rubbish that gets washed up and the rooms were cleaned daily.
There is only one other hotel / rented condos resort within walking distance and we were informed that this is currently in receivership which would explain the unhelpful attitude we got when we visited. So basically you are totally isolated from anything and my advice would be to visit one of the shops in the town before you go up there if you would like to have a drink in your room or eat any snacks etc as the only food or drink you will get is at the restaurant / bar.
The really weird thing was that everybody went down for their evening meal well before 7pm and then went straight back to their rooms. Sometimes we would be the only ones left having a meal or drink and although the place is set in a wonderful location it would have been nice to share it with someone.
On the last few nights that we were there we actually met some like minded people and joined them for a meal and it made such a difference not to be back in the room for 8pm and to have some conversation with someone other than ourselves.
You can do dive and snorkel trips from the resort and they do rent fins and masks etc which you can use to snorkel from the beach. Unfortunately during our stay the winds were very strong all day and night and it whipped the water up so the water was very choppy and the visibility wasn't particularly good. Even though we did manage to see the 2 very large green resident morays, tons of rays and lots of the usual wrasse, parrot fish and barracuda.
We also went on the trip to Hol Chan / shark alley and got to snorkel with nurse sharks, a huge loggerhead turtle,spotted eagle rays and groupers to name a few.
Although the resort did do certain trips they never put up any information until our last day of what
they were or where they went to so we had to ask for this information.
The other thing was you had to pay U$20 pp return to go into town and that was when and if they were actually taking guests back to the airport anyway.
The one thing i did feel was a little bit excessive was the price i paid for a cup of black tea one night after my meal as no coffee / tea is included. U$3 for one tea bag. It was only u$5 for a rum and coke!
Although the place is called Tranquility Bay once you leave the resort beach perimeter and walk up and down the beach in either direction as we did for a couple of hours every day you will see that the beach is absolutely full and i mean full of rubbish of every description from baby car seats, wash baskets, bottles, syringes, plastic bags that has all been washed up.We even found a huge cool box on one walk. (photographs can be provided)
The poignant thing was there were plenty of signs stating that areas of the beach were turtle nesting sites, how on earth they climb over all the rubbish is beyond me.
We loved to go for a walk every day to see the birdlife from woodpeckers, humming birds to pelicans and frigates and it doesnt bother me wading through the usual debris like logs, sea grass and coconuts etc that washes up but having to step over and through all the rubbish i found quite appalling.
This is not this resorts fault i know and on one of our last days we did see a local guy with a wheel barrow who appeared to be picking stuff up but surely more should be done to keep this place as clean and pristine as it should be.
- 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