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“Great place to relax and recharge” 5 of 5 stars
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Athens Gate
Beach Front, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize   |  
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Ranked #2 of 55 hotels in San Pedro
Temple, Texas
2 reviews
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“Great place to relax and recharge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is our third trip to San Pedro and second stay at Athens Gate. A great facility with great host, Joe and Rhonda. If you need or want anything, just ask E and he will find it for you. Great job as onsite manager.. James is the caretaker of the grounds and bartender as well. GREAT JOB fellows, we loved every day...

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We stayed at Athen's Gate in July. We were VERY happy with the accommodations, property, and service. The rooms are beautiful! So comfortable... E and James are terrific bartenders, concierge, bellboys, & hosts. Joe & Rhonda (the owners) are friendly & welcoming. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here.

We were celebrating our 20th anniversary and we when arrived, there was champagne waiting for us in our condo. E helped us make reservations at Victoria House for our anniversary dinner and he made sure they made it extra special! E made all the reservations for our day trips to Lamani Mayan Ruins, diving, & snorkeling. It was all so easy. We also were very happy with the companies he went through.

We stayed at a different property for the second half of our trip and it didn't even compare to Athen's Gate. Actually, I was a little sad that we had left. It was different in every way, but we still ended up having a great time.

I recommend renting a golf cart because you will want it to get into town. Its fun anyway! Tip: Do not take the first person who says they are there at the airport to take you to Athen's Gate. We fell for that trick and we didn't realize we were in a taxi until we arrived and they asked for $25 for the short ride. Wait for E or James to pick you up.

Overall, it is very quiet, relaxing, and beautiful. The pool is small but there are not a lot of guests because of the small number of units. The beach is pretty. There were times that we felt like we were the only guests on the property. If you are looking for a party, this is not the place for you unless you bring your own party! Highly recommend.

Room Tip: We stayed on the 3rd floor, it was great. We had an awesome view. We did not mind the stairs, it h...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

My wife and I stayed for a week for our 25th Anniversary in September. At arrival on the island our driver was there waiting to greet us and we were soon at Athens Gate. Again we were greeted, bags taken to our room, and check-in was done at the pool bar with our complimentary drink in hand. It did not take long at all for the relaxation to begin and it did not end until the day we got on the plane to leave the island. As others have mentioned, E and/or James are always available to assist with anything you wish to do and both are very pleasant to just hang out with at the bar. Joe, the developer, was also there for the week and also very friendly and always accommodating. After a day or so, you just feel like you are amongst friends and can kick back and relax. The rooms are very nice and met our relatively high standards. Opportunities for us to get away are few and far between so we typically look for accommodations similar to home and our room had granite, tile, stainless appliances etc. September is the off season (and the rainy season) so some of the closest restaurants were closed but with a golf cart, easily rented from Athens Gate, you can cover most of the island and it was fun to just ride around and look, eat, and of course have the occasional beverage. :-) Even with some places closed, we found ourselves not making it to all the recommended restaurants so dining was not a problem at all. As I mentioned, it was rainy, so we had a couple of days that we did nothing but relax and ride around on the golf cart. We still had enough sun to get our fair share. As I'm writing this, I am back home and still peeling on my chest! For the self employed like us that have to still work a little no matter what, Athens Gate does have acceptable internet service and they are about to upgrade it further. To prepare folks for a little reality though, I will say that a good portion of the trip to Athens Gate is dirt road and during the rainy season especially, there is quite a bit of standing water and it is very bumpy. It was passible every day with our golf cart but the bouncing around almost became comical. After a few cocktails one day, my wife and I just stopped on the road and busted out laughing. It sorta became part of the charm of the whole trip. This is a common issue on both ends of the island so please don't let this deter you from Athens Gate. Anything other than right in San Pedro will require dirt road travel and once you do arrive you will appreciate the quiet serenity. We would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abilene, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Have been back home now for a couple of weeks but have very nice memories of our stay at Athens Gate & Belize in general. Our stay was the week before school started and there were only two other couples at the resort. It was almost like we had the place to ourselves. We were greeted at arrival by E & James who thoroughly explained the facilities, rented us a nice golf cart & carried our bags to our room. Each room is either a two or three bedroom with a large balcony and great view of the ocean. Our room was very modern, clean & well furnished...all the comforts of home. The pool & bar area are somewhat small but very nice as is the beach. James & E gave us a lot of helpful advice about things to do & places to see & were 100% on places to eat. I would recommend getting a golf cart as it is the best way to get around the island & also fun. When we go back to Belize, and we will, the Athens Gate is where we will stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Stayed for just over a week in November. Beautiful room, nice pool, AMAZING service. "E" was da man, James was great too! He set us up with everything we needed. The room was fully equipped, comfortable and spacious! The beach was walkable, but not swimmable unfortunately. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

All reviews are so true! Dad with two kids, 24 yr old son and 20 year old daughter on family vacation. We had the BEST time. We've traveled extensively in the past, and Athens Gate is the top of the top. Kudos to E and James. San Pedro, once you get acclimated, is great. Kids met lots of nice people in town at friendly bars. Contact Manny at Manuel's Bar on the Beach for personalized snorkeling, fishing or just to be on his boat to go across to Caye Caulker for the day or half day. A very nice guy. E recommended the Reef Restaurant, a "locals" place. Best fish, etc. Reasonably priced.
If you can't be happy on Ambergris Caye, you can't be happy. ... Especially at Athens Gate... it is a gem. We hope to be able to go back soon.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Rosa CA
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119 reviews 119 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Turns out in San Pedro that many facilities allow non residents to use their pools if you purchase drinks at their bar. This was greatly appreciated hear as we were really warm when we got there. Staff was warm and friendly.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Beach Front, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#4 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#4 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Swaying Palms, sandy beaches, and warm ocean breezes welcome you to Athens Gate Resort. Experience unparalleled luxury, and service that is raising the standards, in one of our 2 or 3 bedroom villas. Athens Gate blends deluxe amenities and breath-taking views with a discreet location 2.5 miles south of San Pedro to give your trip seclusion with real panache! ... more   less 
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Athens Gate Belize/San Pedro

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