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“UnBELIZEable Stay!” 5 of 5 stars
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Mystic River Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Mile 6 Cristo Rey Road, San Ignacio 00000, Belize   |  
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Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in San Ignacio
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“UnBELIZEable Stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Spent three nights in the jungle at Mystic River with friends and had a phenomenal experience. The owners and staff were fantastic and extremely accommodating. We booked all of our tours (ATM, Tikal, Sapodilla Waterfall, horseback riding, and cave tubing) as well as our transfers to and from Belize City through the resort - it could not have been more convenient, the guides were awesome, and we had the best time. Mystic River also has a great restaurant and bar overlooking the river where we had all our meals. The rooms and the grounds are beautiful and very well maintained. I was so glad we found Mystic River and would highly recommend staying here when in San Ignacio!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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MysticRiverResort, Owner at Mystic River Resort, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Hello Christie,
I am so glad you had such fabulous time with us. We hope to see you again in the future.
Take care and have a wonderful day.
Nadege
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

The owner of this place and her contractor husband built Mystic River from the ground up. It shows. The place has the owner's touch at every level. Everything in the rooms work. The grounds are beautiful. The staff is super friendly and very knowledgebile about the plants, birds, animals and Mayan history. Food is excellent particularly the soups. When you go on trips the off site guides know their job, we went caving and Mayan temple climbing with guides that really made the trips special with their knowledge and courtesy . If you go to Belize. Mystic River is a must.

  • Stayed February 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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MysticRiverResort, Owner at Mystic River Resort, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us. Tom and I really enjoyed meeting you and we hope to see you again in the future! Take care and have a fabulous day.
Nadege
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

There are moments when you are traveling when you stop and contemplate the shear beauty and wonder of magical places. Mystic River is one these. This place cast a spell on me. Staying here was an experience not a destination. Beautiful vistas, delicious food, and charming hosts. Tom and Nadege have created a work of art that is truly a masterpiece .

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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MysticRiverResort, Owner at Mystic River Resort, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Hello Bonita,
It truly was a pleasure to meet you when you came to stay with us and we sure hope to see you again in the future. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us. Have a wonderful day.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

This was our third trip to Belize and our second time to stay at Mystic River. We absolutely love it here! Mystic is in the jungle, but it has every service and amenity that you could want. Tom and Nadege, and their entire staff, are wonderful. If you need something, all you have to do is ask. The rooms are wonderful...with king-size beds (ours had a canopy), wood-burning fireplaces, beautiful bathrooms, etc. The staff goes out of their way to take care of you. They supply the firewood every night for your fireplace...and then light it for you! So, you can be as lazy or as active as you would like here. There are lots of activities to do or you can laze at the pool, take a lazy float on the river, get a massage in your room, take a nap, OR go horseback riding, ziplining, hiking, etc. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND Mystic River to anyone going to Belize!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MysticRiverResort, Owner at Mystic River Resort, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Hello Melodie,
Thank you so much for such kind words! Tom and I were delighted that you decided to come back for another visit, and we look forward to more visits from you in the future! Take care and have a wonderful day.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

My partner and I spent 2 nights at mystic river and wished we could've stayed longer , we had the best time , the scenery and views are truly breath taking , our accomadation , perfect , the staff couldn't of been more attentive , food was to die for and owners Tom and Nadege are gorgeous and made us feel like family . I particularly loved having breakfast in the stunning dining area being able to watch all the birds and iguanas coming down from the trees to feed on the feeding stations , one night we even got up close and personal with a bat which was fab :-) we are definitely planning a return trip here and will take up the many activities on offer next time .

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MysticRiverResort, Owner at Mystic River Resort, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Hello Trina,
It truly was a pleasure for Tom and I to meet you and we cannot wait to have you come stay with us again in the future. That bat story will remain one of the funniest thing I have ever heard for sure!! Take care and have a wonderful day.
Nadege
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

My husband and I loved this peaceful sanctuary in the jungle overlooking the Macal River. We spent 4 relaxing nights here with superb food, lodging and service. The staff is the friendliest that we have met on our many trips. Mystic River has it all- you can be independent and do your own thing, or have Nadege and her fine staff plan amazing outings for you every day. We felt well taken care of and very relaxed by the end of our stay. The special touches- a thermos of coffee on our doorstep in the morning, and having a fire lit for us on our return to our room at night-just wonderful! We would like to return with our whole family- they would all love it! A perfect spot for everyone! Thanks Nadege and everyone for a special relaxing vacation away from it all!

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  • Stayed February 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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MysticRiverResort, Owner at Mystic River Resort, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
I am so glad you had such a wonderful time when you stayed with us and Tom and I cannot wait to have you come back with the rest of the family!! That should be another fabulous time! Take care and have a great day.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

What can we say about Mystic River?

We had been backpacking through Belize then heading on to Guatemala but stayed at MR for Christmas 2012 so this was our bit of luxury to look forward to and wow, it certainly was....

Firstly the pickup that the hotel offers is brilliant. We must have been approx 2hrs away and the driver was one of the hotels’ guides. He was punctual, and a great guy full of interesting information about Belize and its people.

We were both quite awestruck when we were shown around as it is really beautiful! The room was elegant with a huge four poster bed and gorgeous bathroom. The food was amazing and we even struggled to decide what to have on a number of occasions.

MR has incredibly helpful staff that makes it their priority to make you feel like they are looking after your every whim. We went in the winter (December), and every night at dinner the staff asks if you want a log fire making up in your room. At that time of year and because of the altitude it can get cool at night so it is worthwhile, and great to come back to! A basket is left outside your door every morning so you can take tea or coffee on the balcony before breakfast which is a nice touch.

There is lots of wildlife around the grounds of MR such as iguana’s and loads of stunning birds. The birds are very brave; they will try and steal your breakfast if you let them! But mostly they (and the iguana’s) hang round on the massive bird table eating fruit.

We felt like we had plenty of privacy when we wanted it as the bungalows are set apart from each other just enough that you feel separate and don’t feel overlooked. It never felt like there were too many people around, in fact it felt like we were the only guests on some days!
We saw some paintings in the hotel reception/gift shop by a local artist that we really liked and eventually purchased; Nadege pulled out ALL the stops and helped us to get them sent back to the UK safely.

As part of our package we went to ATM cave which was mindblowing and Tikal and both of the guides were really really good. The trips are well worth it!

Finally we should mention we did have a few encounters with creepy crawlies.... A persistent moth, a scorpion and a large spider but there was nothing we couldn’t cope with and what do you expect from a hotel that is essentially in the middle of the jungle?

All in all we had a great time!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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MysticRiverResort, Owner at Mystic River Resort, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Hello Becky,
It was a pleasure for us to help you get those amazing paintings to your home in the UK! Make sure you send me a photo of the framing job please. I would love to see them in their new home. Please come visit us again in the future. We would love to have you with us for a second time! Take care and have a wonderful day.
Nadege
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Address: Mile 6 Cristo Rey Road, San Ignacio 00000, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Ignacio
#1 Top resorts Hotel in San Ignacio
#3 Family Hotel in San Ignacio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mystic River Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mystic River Resort offers the discerning traveler luxurious suites overlooking the Macal River, all featuring king size beds, private patios and fireplaces. The view from our restaurant will leave you breathless. Come join us for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our chef will treat you to some of the best food in Belize. Free WIFI at dining room and bar. Relax by our new “Lilly Pool” overlooking our beautiful grounds. Canoe, tube, visit ruins and caves… ... more   less 
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