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“Great, peaceful and exceptionnal service” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa Maya Eco Resort
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Mile 681/2 Western Highway, San Ignacio, Belize   |  
Ranked #16 of 17 Hotels in San Ignacio
Berlin
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great, peaceful and exceptionnal service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2007

We staid at Casa Maya Resort just one week before Eastern and it was a great experience. We researched at tripadvisor and on the Casa Maya website and knew exactly what to expect.

Yes, of course we could have saved a lot of money in renting a car but we enjoyed our vacation, not care for anything, have excursions in privacy, with a very knowledgable guide (Bill the driver of Casa Maya) and whenever it was necessary they even hired a guide on site to get even more information.

The food is very good, several courses and it's a touch of Belize, Central America, and Germany in the meal plan thanks to Al the German/American owner. Very nice place with incredible nature and some nice people around.

Please listen to the silence at night - it is so peaceful that you can hear the silence. Good relation of what you get and waht you pay.

  • Liked — Casa Maya style
  • Disliked — very hot during the day
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 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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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2007

Casa Maya Eco lodge has great cabanas with 20-foot tall thatched roofs. The room was VERY large and had two queen beds, a table with 2 chairs, walk-in closet, and a large bathroom that was the length of the room. The only downside is that the finish is very rough with almost no amenities. If you're looking for luxury don't stay here...but this is an ECO lodge so how could you complain?!? The expansive grounds at the hotel were expertly maintained. We didn't eat at the hotel and it didn't look like we missed anything special.

We HIGHLY recommend renting a car if you go to San Ignacio. It's expensive for rent and gas, but you save a ton of money by going to the various Mayan ruins on your own. The only tour that you're required to have a guide for is the ATM cave. This was an incredible experience and it's not to be missed if you can stand dark caves. There are thousand year ago artifacts and human skulls in the final chamber and the trip through the cave to get there was great. Ask for the guide Eddie Panti at the tour company.

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Canyon Lake, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2007

Our stay at Casa Maya Resort was a very delightful experience. Its location in the jungle is simply paradise. The food, host and accomadations were great. The serenity of Casa Maya is second to none with the beautiful flora, fauna and wildlife running abound.

Stayed February 2007
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Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2007

I've traveled to Belize many times and find the Casa Maya Resort to be one of the most beautiful and tranquil resorts I've had the privilege to stay at. The atmosphere there is very friendly and accommodating and the owner and staff were always willing to make me feel at home. The food was delicious and was actually prepared by the owner himself who took me to the "farmers' market" a couple of times to pick out some of the delicious fruits and vegetables that are grown in Belize. The Resort has many spacious (and I mean "huge") cabanas which have thatched roofs towering over 30 feet high. The cabanas are well-screened so no critters can get in and have large bathrooms with lots of hot water. The other thatched buildings are the screened-in dining room, a conference-type area and the open-air bar and dance floor which leads down to a fabulous patio by the large pool. The grounds are filled with lush tropical vegetation and it is just wonderful to relax and look at the beautiful plants and watch a flock of parrots go whizzing by. If you want to enjoy a peaceful setting, this is the place, and if you desire, the owner will be happy to set you up with excursions to many of the Mayan ruins or a rafting adventure down the river or just a leisurely horseback ride. The wonderful people at Casa Maya will make your trip the most pleasant one you've ever had.

  • Stayed February 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Milano
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2007

We're just come back from a great trip into Belize and Guatemala and the mot relaxing vacation we had at Casa Maya Reostr near San Ignacio. The very exciting things on Casa Maya are the big cabanas covered with palm leaves, new and big bath rooms, a great restaurant and bar with the leaves on the roof too and a swimming pool. There is such a beautiful nature and the best: Amazing food prepared by the owner himself.
After we told to him that we miss our Italian pasta we had a pasta (and very athentic too) every nicht in addition.
This is such a beautiful place with good vibrations and friendly helping people evrywhere.
Tha staff are very young and in a very good mood all the time. They had to work within a lot of days with rain. But as we were in this beautiful place we did not miss the sun.
Everything in Belize is now very muddy because of this much ran.
We made excursions in privacy - no other people in the car and a guide for just us - and the oadswere very bad. They should do something with these bad roads (but they're very bad in Guatemala too).
We recommedn Casa aya to everybody who want the very speacial exprience in Belize
Cheers

Stayed January 2007
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Aix en Provence, France
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2006

We're actually heading back from Belize and we're filled with emotions and excellent memories. We first staid 30 minutes North of San Pedro at Salamander and they mentioned a partner on the mainland - we finally booked.
We just arrived when a whole football team from Nicaragua or Costa Rica left and we had a whole resort nearly for us. There were finally 4 people arriving on our last day.
The owner himself cooked and half of the staff is related to him - it's a family resort.
We enjoyed a very special food and service and the silence, pool, nature and the spacious cabanas.
They just built some additional big bath rooms on the back of the cabanas - the big bath rooms need a little bit more furniture or decoration - but everything is just =big=. I suppose the cabanas are 7 by 7 Meters and then there's an additional big bath room.

Cuisine was very good - a mixture of Central American, US American, Mediterranean and German cuisine (the owner has German roots) and after the meals we enjoyed a drink at the wonderful thatched bar.
Staff is very friendly. If you want to go to San Ignacio you could either walk 900 Meters to the Western Highway and then take a bus or you take one of the mountain bikes and have some work-out to go to Cayo. There's a wonderful market on Satudays and the owner took us with his pick-up fro free.
We really loved the surf and turf package between Salamander and Casa Maya Resort and were very happy that we finally found these special places.

  • Liked — clean and big
  • Disliked — bath room needs some decoartion
  • Tips/Secrets — as for the best available rate
  • Stayed September 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2006

What a beautiful setting in the rainforest of Belize. This eco-hotel nestled in the jungle just outside of San Ignacio is paradise. A great place to settle for awhile as you tour around the area to visit a number of fairly close by ruins including Tikal in Guatemala and Xunantunich, Caracol and caves to explore!. We were greeted so warmly and felt like family as soon as we were picked up from the airport. A short 2hr. ride from Belize airport...stop off halfway to the Belize Zoo on the way. The resort has beautiful clean cabanas with cathedral thatched roofs (which are always very cool despite how hot it can get in the daytime!), screened in keeping most critters out. The odd salamander finds his way in but they are harmless and are actually good to eat up the little spiders and mosquitoes (although very few in this jungle!). Hot water showers, powerful toilets, and comfortable beds make you forget you're staying at a hotel that has minimal impact on the environment. THe food was abundant and delicious and served...whenever WE were ready - a very very accomodating resort! The owner was so welcoming and hospitable - we felt like we were part of the family and his casa was our casa. He arranged a great tour to Tikal for us that was with an excellent and very knowledgeable tour guide. The grounds at Casa Maya are beautiful, quiet, serene with lots of great birds for bird watching during breakfast or while lounging by the pool or sipping drinks by the bar! Great nature trails to hike and explore on the property as well. We are certain to return on our next visit to Belize since there is still so much more to do! Remember, though, you are in the middle of the jungle in Belize so if you're looking for the 5 star luxury American style hotel that would leave negative longlasting damage to the environment, then rethink your values. You will be entering paradise as it was found still with amenities that logically shouldn't exist in a rainforest in the first place. We loved it and will return. Paradise!

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Address: Mile 681/2 Western Highway, San Ignacio, Belize
Location: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
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Ranked #16 of 17 Hotels in San Ignacio
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Casa Maya Eco Hotel
Casa Maya Eco Resort Belize/San Ignacio

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