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“We Love Banyan Bay” 5 of 5 stars
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Villas At Banyan Bay
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Coconut Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize   |  
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Ranked #25 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
West Hartford CT
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“We Love Banyan Bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

My wife, her sister, and our 13-month-old daughter just returned from a six-night stay at Banyan Bay. We rented a 2-bedroom condo facing the pool.
We have traveled extensively and stayed at some fabulous places. Banyan Bay is now at the top of our list of great experiences coupled with awesome service.
Upon arrival you walk into a gorgeous lobby (and BB pays for your cab from the airport, a nice touch) and are greeted by smiling and courteous folks behind the counter.
They escort you through the gorgeous grounds to your condo, and tell you if you need anything they'll take care of it, and they sure do.
From going to the grocery store with our list, to doing our laundry and bringing it back within a few hours, at a very reasonable cost, to cleaning the condo daily, the staff at Banyan Bay were exceptional.
The ground are immaculate, the pool is super for adults and our young daughter, and the swim-up bar is fully stocked and staffed all day.
Our daughter was able to sit with us in the shallow area, which is about eight inches deep, perfect for little ones, and she loved it.
Rico's Restaurant, which is on the water, serves a good breakfast (included in the rental rate) and has excellent lunches and dinners. Their food is as good as anything you'll find in San Pedro, which is a mecca of fine eating.
There is not one thing I would change or improve on at Banyan Bay, and that's a rarity.
If you're ever headed to San Pedro, and want a condo as opposed to a hotel room, this is your spot.

Room Tip: We only saw one unit, which was very nice, and because these condos are individually owned I don'...
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  • Stayed March 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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11 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We were given the use of a friend's condo here so I had no financial stake in our stay - thank goodness, since I would have been p*ssed. Our condo had only a couple of working windows, some wouldn't open and the only one in the master didn't have a screen! Since we didn't have great weather it would have been nice to not use the AC. The pool is not heated and the beach is full of seagrass, not pleasant to walk thru. The grounds are nice and the staff is pleasant, but not what I would expect from a pricepoint such as this place.

Room Tip: The middle condos have only windows at the front and back, no sides.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Well worth the little extra for the location and standard of accomodation. Friendly staff , nicely tended grounds and right on the beach. Reception staff only to happy with help and advice and pointed us in the right direction. Close by to some shops and the on site restuarant was great for daytime snacks. We were out at night partying.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jackson, Wyoming
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74 reviews 74 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This was out first trip to Belize and we exchanged into Banyan Bay with no knowledge of it or the Caye. We were very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the unit, the housekeeping (daily - almost unheard of for timeshare weeks), the grounds crew, and maintenance. Everyone here was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Our only disappointment is that there are only two buildings that are beachfront - despite the photos and narrative leading you to believe the entire property is beachfront. We were a ways back from the beach and even the pool - would have much preferred to be on the beach. But overall, this was a pleasant introduction to Ambergris Caye.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Twin Lakes, Colorado
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71 reviews 71 reviews
49 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We recently spent a week at the Banyan Bay and enjoyed our stay very much. We had a 2 bedroom with 2 baths. The master bathroom had 2 sinks which made it nice for both of us to get ready at the same time. The kitchen could have been stocked a little better than it was and 2 of the burners on the stove did not work; however, we made do with the limited amount of cooking we were going to do. The grounds were very well kept, the pool was very nice and having daily maid service was also very nice. Our housekeeping person, Juanita, was very good and very friendly. She would do anything in the world for you. The bed in the master bedroom was very comfortable. We spent a lot of time on our balcony which was in the shade most of the time but was very refreshing to just sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. We did rent a golf cart once but most of the time we just walked (which we enjoy doing anyway). Marina's store is very close and has everything you could possibly need for snacks, meals, etc. At one time they must have had a washer/dryer in the unit as the hookups were there but no washer/dryer. It would have been nice to have had that in the unit. Very nice resort and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Bay Area, CA
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We had a 3+bedroom condo ON the ocean. From our balcony, we could throw a coconut into the water! It is laid out well (the upstairs is HUGE) and very spacious. The staff was great.

Our only problem was that the tours we booked through the hotel (Discovery Tours) were not well organized and didn't give us what we were told. The trip to Lamanai, where we were supposed to have our own guide (for 8 people) had 18 people, and gave short shrift to the site. The snorkeling trip, which was supposed to be for 3 hours, arrived an hour late and had us back in under 2 hours.

So....stay in the Villas, but find your adventures elsewhere.

Room Tip: We were on the second floor and an ocean view. Well worth it!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in a pool front villa for 1 week in January. We anticipated a villa facing the car park but were pleasantly surprised by actual beach/water glimpses from our front porch as well as garden and pool views.

The villas are large enough for travellers and the grounds and pool area are immaculate.

Staff are helpful, not just recommending their restaurant Rico's, and happy to book dinners for you.

We did book a cart externally as it was cheaper.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Villas At Banyan Bay

Address: Coconut Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in San Pedro
#14 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#21 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#23 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#24 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villas At Banyan Bay 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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