Upon arrival at the Tropic Air terminal in San Pedro, the resort had arranged a taxi to pick us up. The cab driver in is ubiquitous Toyota van sensed our thirst and made a quick stop at a small market for us to buy some cold Belikans, before rushing us to the resort, by passing the ever present Club Car golf carts, and the speed bumps on the paving stone roadway. As we entered the inner court yard at the resort we were awed how the staff all new our first names and offered us a complimentary welcome drink. The resort has a beautiful pool and bar area with lovely landscaping overlooking the beach and the reef in the distance. It had a very intimate feel to it, as the pool area is not large, but beware of the pool, it is surprisingly deep!
Our room on the second floor was a very large two bedroom unit with a beautiful kitchen. The woodwork in the rooms was beautiful throughout, the rooms very quiet and the air conditioning and ceiling fans kept us cool. The beds and furniture were very comfortable and the bathrooms were well appointed with linens.
The TV had over a hundred channels including most of the US premium channels; one complaint, the TV power cord in my bedroom could not reach the outlet. Also, the Internet did not work well the last few days we were there, there is a problem with bandwidth by the sole Internet provider on the island. This is not a resort issue but one guests should anticipate if the provider doesn't fix it.
We enjoyed the outdoor bar but cannot say we enjoyed eating our breakfast outside, about the fourth day we were there, the flies came out in hoards and it was very unpleasant, it must have something to do with the time of the year (June). Thankfully they were not much of a problem at the restaurants in town.
The staff arranged some of our trips, a day with Oliver is a absolute must. The Hol Chan snorkel trip and Lamani boat trip were both much too crowded for my taste but still worth doing. Although I question doing the later in June due to the mosquitos. Our Mexico Rocks trip, like our trip with Oliver was great as we were the only two on the boat with our guide.
We rented a golf cart which was an adventure and would do it again without question. We enjoyed the freedom to go into town and explore without being dependent on a cab.
As for food, the best ceviche we found was at Cholos on the beach(after 2:30) made by Ruben, a real local hangout with cheap beer. My favorite food was the Salbutes at El Fogon. My favorite bar was the Palapa Bar where Jervy and his pal Abner behaved more like clowns then bartenders, they were a riot. Also local fishermen pulled up to the bar and sold their fish directly to the bar patrons to take home.
Pelican Reef is an awesome resort and a great place to stage your adventures from.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come Experience Luxury! Swaying Palms, sandy beaches, and warm ocean breezes welcome you to Pelican Reef Villas. Experience unparalleled luxury, and service that is raising the standards, in one of our 2 or 3 bedroom villas. Pelican Reef Villas 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
- Also Known As:
- Pelican Reef Villas Hotel San Pedro
- Pelican Reef Hotel
- Pelican Reef Resort
- Pelican Reef Villas Resort Belize/San Pedro