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Mata Rocks Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   45 Coconut Drive | PO Box 47, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize   |  
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Ranked #31 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
San Jose, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Perfect Island Resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We're fairly picky about our surroundings and we love Mata Rocks Resort - 17 rooms - most with an ocean view or ocean facing. Perfect size and location. The second-floor ocean view junior suite we had for 2 weeks was large with a comfortable king bed, huge shower, reliable cable and WiFi, and a small kitchen (stove and microwave oven and refrigerator.) This hotel and its beach are spotless, has an excellent staff that anticipates your needs and is very friendly and helpful. They'll arrange all your snorkeling and diving tours at no charge to you. Hammocks and comfortable padded lounge chairs at the shore dotted with coconut palm trees; complimentary bicycles; a Continental breakfast of great Belize coffee, bread and local fruit (outstanding pineapple); a fun "Squirrel's Nest" bar for beverages and hot dogs that closes at 9:30 pm; a small pool for cooling off or trying out your snorkeling gear makes Mata Rocks Resort THE place to stay. Not to mention reasonable prices. Also being a mile south of town, which is a jumble of claptrap buildings, hotels, and noisy, gas-powered golf carts., is a blessing. After checking out dozens of Ambergris hotels, the elegant-looking Mata Rocks Resort turned out to be a great choice. Absolutely no complaints.

Room Tip: Ask for a ocean front or ocean view junior suite on the second floor for best view.
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We recently stayed at Mata Rocks on the recommendation of a friend. The place is relatively small compared to some others, but it was just perfect for us. It consists of an office building, the rooms, a small pool and a beach w/ bar. This isn't a place you would go if you are hoity toity. If you like being waited on hand and foot, you won't enjoy yourself. The staff however is very friendly and always busy keeping the sand from the beach from getting in the rooms. They always greet you and are open to a conversation. They will always help you set up excursions or recommend places to eat.

We had a junior suite for 4 of us; mom, dad, grampa and the kid. It didn't seem like it was going to work, but with a cot added we made it work just fine. Mom and dad had the big bed, kid on the couch (no room to fold it out to bed) and Grampa on the cot in the kitchenette. In the morning he would fold it up so we could prepare some protein to get us on our way.

The rooms were simple and lovely as most of the resort. They tended to get pretty hot during the day. There are ceiling fans, but also an air conditioner to keep things cool at night. There isn't a screen on the door to allow for natural air flow without bug flow. (Don't forget to ALWAYS wear deet bug repellant!) Bathroom was lovely with a large shower that had dispensers for shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. There is a small balcony that with a view of the whole place and the caribbean. If you just can't handle it, there is a tv with 80some channels as well and wifi is available though sketchy from our room.

The beach front is quite small, but adequate for the amount of people staying there to find a lounge chair or spot at the bar, or even construct a sand castle. Did I mention ALWAYS wear Deet bug repellant? Sand flees. My husband and I sat side by side on the beach one night for an hour. I had repellant on and he did not. I will include a photo of the results no his feet.

The bar has some snack items for sale during the day; a variety of hot dogs, chips and Belizian meat pies (OMG! SO YUMMY), as well as any yummy drink you could want. Have a Mata Colada. One per day may be sufficient....you may need more :-) ! In general the bar tenders are very fun to visit with. I had a lovely conversation about local cuisine with one and given some suggestions of recipes to try when I returned. This is also where you will find the best wifi signal.

A continental breakfast is included with your stay and served at the bar. It is very basic, oj or coffee, melons, sweet rolls and toast. Because Mata Rocks doesn't have a restaurant, you will have to find another place to eat or bring food to your rooms. We ate the provided breakfast with our own scrambled eggs. Either we would eat a late lunch or have a snack from the bar around noon and go out for dinner. Many restaurants close during mid day, but we found these were always open. My favorite place was Elvi's in town. The Belizian Fish Tacos blew my mind! Fido's was a favorite for grampa and the kid as they were on a nacho kick and Fido's were the best we found. Rico's was lovely and just a couple docks north of Mata Rocks. The waitress's were feisty and had a good time. Their shrimp ceviche was yummmmmmy and happy hour panty rippers (don't judge me) were tasty.

Mata Rocks is a good 30 minute walk south of San Pedro proper. They have bicycles for free, first come first served and have to be back by 6pm. They are an adventure to ride! There are also some go carts that you pay about $17us/hour. These came in handy when you wanted to get some groceries or go in for a meal.

We spent a lot of time walking up and down the beach and looking at other resorts. By no means was this the fanciest, but I have to say it had the cleanest beach of any of them. Unfortunately there is a lot of trash and sea debris on the beach every morning and a lot of places just leave it. The guys at Mata Rocks worked very hard to keep it cleaned up for us. They would even show us a treasure or interesting creature that might have made its way to shore.

There is a dock right out front that is handy for any excursions you may have planned. They will pick you up right at Mata Rocks.

All in all, Mata Rocks proved to be the perfect place for our family to enjoy the beach part of our Belize vacation. Most days we just played on the beach or read.

Room Tip: While our room had a view of the beach and I could watch the sunrise in the morning. I think all ro...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

This hotel is well worth avoiding if you are planning a trip to San Pedro. Staff ignorant, leaks, big cracks in the tiles in the bathroom dirty shower and to top it all off there was a giant Cockroach crawling in the room. By no means was I expecting the Four Seasons Hotel New York but for the price you pay, you would expect better. Bad doesn't quite cover it. On a different note, San Pedro is absolutely amazing. If it wasn't so beautiful, I think this vacation would have been a complete disaster

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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8 hotel reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

A delightful resort, uncommonly good food and the Caribbean’s best snorkeling brightened our mostly rainy week on Ambergris Caye, Belize.

The immaculately maintained Mata Rocks, a shining white boutique hotel, evokes those on the Greek isle of Santorini. Its 17 rooms on two stories surround a pool and front a small beach, with a long weathered dock where pelicans and gulls congregate.

Low-season rates in mid-December include a continental breakfast at the Squirrel’s Nest, where we perched on colorful stools under a palapa, while contemplating the ocean, trading tales with seasoned travelers and enjoying robust coffee, freshly squeezed OJ, pastries and slices of watermelon, pineapple and papaya.

From the balcony of our spacious second-floor suite, we could watch waves breaking on the world’s second-longest barrier reef.

Taxis ($5) took us the couple miles into the bustling tourist town of San Pedro, with its souvenir shops and cobblestone streets full of bikes and cabs but few cars. Here, memorable meals included coconut shrimp and plantains at Caliente; snapper burritos and pineapple shakes at Warugama; crepe-like lobster puposas at The Puposeria; and frozen custard at DandE’s.

Within walking distance of Mata Rocks, we stumbled upon such cheap and tasty treats as cinnamon buns at The Baker; jerk chicken with rice and beans at Robin’s; and grande burgers at Harry’s.

We splurged on one dinner at the critically and popularly acclaimed Hidden Treasure, a candlelit pavilion made of native woods and tucked into a residential neighborhood. Upon being seated, we were each handed a warm, moist, eucalyptus-scented towel with which to freshen up, a nice touch from a restaurant that also offers a free round-trip shuttle service. But what really transported us was the perfectly grilled trio of Caribbean lobster tail, shrimp and grouper with garlic butter and coconut rice. We concluded our evening quietly gazing at the countless stars and almost-full moon, as coconut palm fronds rustled in the balmy breezes.

Not surprisingly, the highlight of our vacation proved to be a daylong sail aboard the 36-foot catamaran Escape, with a stop at the Hol Chan marine reserve, where we snorkeled among nurse sharks, green turtles, Southern and spotted eagle rays and an amazing assortment of fish. We were allowed to handle different kinds of starfish, and a moray eel poked its head out to nibble on a conch. The variety and color of coral was impressive.

We later moored at dusty, laid-back Caye Caulker, just long enough for a snapper sandwich and a rum-raisin cone dockside. Our return to port concluded with more fruit punch, delicious homemade coconut tarts and the satisfaction that we had once again chosen our tropical destination wisely.

Room Tip: We recommend a second-floor ocean view junior suite.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kew Gardens, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Staying here is a heavenly experience. My husband and I stayed here in December 2013. What a perfect sunrise and sunset this hotel gives. The staff is amazing, Sherlyn at the bar with her Mata Coladas is amazing. Irma at the front desk, will welcome you into paradise. Divine location, the room was perfection. We had Suite 1, facing the ocean and with a full view to the beach front bar . You can lay by the ocean, at night time, enjoying the peaceful feeling this place gives and be safe because they have security guards in the premises. The Island is a magical place, no wonder Madonna called it the Isla Bonita. The staff is so very nice, even the people that stay here are friendly. Right accross the street towards the right you have a little place called Rubens, best chicken and fish ever, sweet people. Right next to it another little place with the best rum and coke you can imagine. This hotel is like a 10 minute ride from where the ferry leaves you. They will make arrangements for a cab to pick you up to bring you the hotel and to take you back to the ferry. The hotel will cover those charges. Just ask Irma at the front desk and she will take care of it. Let me tell you this hotel will mesmerize you and make you want to come back over and over again. Very clean, huge rooms, good tv signal. The works !!!!! Thank you all for such amazing service.

  • Stayed December 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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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Spend a week in a suite at Mata Rocks beginning of December. Want to say thanks to Eusebio who helped us out with a problem (which had nothing to do with the hotel). He did the best he could and at the end everything got resolved. Booked the Hol Chan snorkeling through the hotel and enjoyed our tour where we got to see 3 spotted eagles rays. There is not really a beach at the hotel but Belize is not a beach place but a snorkelling and diving place. Initally we were supposed to stay at Ramon's Village but because of the fire they had in August we had to be moved to another hotel. There are some advantages and disadvantages: you are about 20-30 minute walk to centre of town which we did not mind but if you want a quiet place this is the place instead of staying in town or close to town. The hotel grounds are never crowded since it is a very small resort. There is a very nice restaurant called Hidden Treasure Restaurant 5-10 min walk which was very good. Would recommand this hotel to future travellers to San Pedro.

Room Tip: would recommand a suite since it has a kitchenette and it is a bigger room
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

let me start by saying i would stay here again, in a heart beat. now that i know what i do. this place is a cute, boutique hotel of limited rooms and even more limited attractions. it has a lovely, little pool that is perfect for us non-swimmers and for those of us who need to cool off in a hurry. it has a cute little beach to watch sunrises from and from where to contemplate the meaning of ...why am i going home to frigid colorado. the room (#4) was comfortable, not overly large, but adequate. the a/c worked great and our view was out to the sea over the pool deck. the downside was the staff. aside from the guys who were up early busting their butts raking, washing, etc and always friendly and nice, the short-haired woman at the bar was never cordial and the lovely lady behind the desk always seem to be lagging far behind in conversation and deed. it may be a case of language barrier, but i'm not so sure.
like i said, i'd go back tomorrow if they'd have me, but my expectations will be lower

Room Tip: rooms 1,2 and 3 probably have a better sea view
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 45 Coconut Drive | PO Box 47, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#24 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#26 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#27 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Mata Rocks Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate beachfront hotel providing personalized service in a casual atmosphere. Located one mile south of San Pedro on a beautiful sandy beach. All rooms and Jr. Suites have ocean views, A/C, cable TV, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, hair dryers, safes. Some rooms have kitchenettes. Complimentary continental breakfast, daytime use of bicycles, and taxi transfer upon arrival/departure are included in room rates. ... more   less 
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