Well, we lucked out! We had no idea that we had found the perfect place. I don't know why it is classified as a "bed and breakfast" and how that is defined as compared to a "hotel," but whether you are looking for a hotel or a bed and breakfast in Caye Caulker, this is the place. In researching where to stay, we read one review that said that this hotel offered "barefoot luxury." This seems to be the perfect description.
It is important to understand Caye Caulker in order to understand how great it is that this place offers what it does. The vast majority of Caye Caulker establishments are more suited to backpacking travellers, with few requirements (e.g., air conditioning, maid service, etc.). This makes sense on Caye Caulker -- an island without a single dressy restaurant, without a paved street, almost devoid of automobiles (we saw two over ten days). Iguana Reef, however, is the one true luxury hotel on the island and was like finding the Emerald City in the Land of Oz. After a day of snorkeling with the locals and eating lobster barefoot by the beach, going back to our spacious, air conditioned, nicely appointed room with our comfy queen-sized bed was perfect!
As the previous reviews have indicated, the rooms are great, the property is well-maintained, but the highlight was the POOL! It was an unusual luxury in Caye Caulker and, while the Caribbean was just a few feet away, the pool was awesome!
Another significant advantage to Iguana Reef is its location. While many hotels boast about their location on the main street, this property is a little under two blocks away -- which was GREAT! If you want the noise and excitement of the main drag, it is a sixty second walk from Iguana Reef. If you want to go to sleep at 10pm (because you have an early trip to see Mayan ruins the next day), then you can do that too!
Without a doubt, the best part of the Iguana Reef experience is the people. Anne and Alex acted as front desk/concierges, making anything you wanted to do come true. Simply say, "I'd like to see some Mayan ruins on the mainland, but make it back in a day," they can make it happen. Tell them that you want to see the famous Blue Hole, but you don't dive and you don't want to take a four-hour round trip choppy boat ride, and they make it happen. Ask them if you can make it to the Belize Zoo on the way to the airport, and they make it happen. You get typed, professional itineraries, names and phone numbers, people waiting with your name on a sign at every destination. In the bar/lounge, you'll find Otis in the evening and Elizabeth in the morning. Elizabeth ensures the continental breakfast is full of goodies, including my wife's favorite -- the homemade banana bread. Otis will prepare you any drink you can think of -- with a smile. And, while the hotel does not have its own kitchen, Otis keeps the heavy hors d'ouvres flowing or will run out and get you anything you want! But more important than the service was the fact that my wife and I felt connected to the staff within the first 24 hours. And through these individuals, we felt connected to the island. It will sound a bit cliche, but my wife and I felt as though we'd made friends and plan on keeping in touch with all of them.
I've gone on too long, but we just loved the place. Peace, quiet, friendly service and "barefoot luxury." We walked all over the island and saw practically every property on the island and the Iguana Reef Inn is the best Caye Caulker has to offer.
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