This was one of the most amazing places we've ever been. The grounds are gorgeous, the room was fantastic (they gave us a free upgrade for our honeymoon to a suite bigger than our apartment), the people were just great. Seriously, it was unreal.
We split our time in Belize between two different regions (Placencia and Ambergris Caye) and while both were excellent, Ambergris and the Phoenix definitely came out on top. The town of San Pedro is definitely more active and there's a lot more choice in things to do and restaurants to eat at. I would encourage people to go out and eat, since we definitely enjoyed the local food more than the bar/pool food (which is theoretically from the Red Ginger, but in our experience, was not on the same level) and then eat at the Red Ginger if you want to have a nice dinner. There are lots of places along the beach. We felt completely safe walking around the city, including at night, and everyone seemed nice and friendly.
We did excursions to the reef and to Lamanai, a Mayan ruin, both booked through the hotel, and had a blast on both. There are lots of other options, both in the ocean and on land, that you can book through the hotel or that you can arrange on your own through local operators. I can't speak for the legitimacy of the dozens of places along the beach offering trips, but there was certainly loads of variety!
We were actually pleasantly surprised by the beach, since we'd been told that there really wasn't one, but there actually is; there isn't one directly in front of the Phoenix, but if you walk even just a little ways in either direction, there are plenty of places you can walk in from white sand to warm, wonderful, ocean. There's usually seaweed about 50 feet in, but we still quite enjoyed it. And if you want deeper, you can go onto one of the many piers and jump off. It really worked out quite nicely.
The room we got upgraded to was a 2-bedroom suite with a beach view, but pretty much all the rooms s...
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