I spent a week at The Maine Stay (#1) with my wife and two of my adult daughters. We all loved TMS and it's unique double cabana design. For a pair of adult couples or parents with children, the design provides just the right balance between private and communal space. The expansive open (but well shaded) deck area connected the living quarters and was well suited to our family meals and evening drinks. There is a sufficient variety of nice furniture (tables, chairs, hammocks) for anyone's needs. We admired and enjoyed the traditional wooden cabanas with french doors, high ceilings, plenty of windows, and sufficient fans. We like to experience the fresh tropical breezes and only felt it necessary to use the airconditioning for a couple of nights during an unseasonably warm spell when there was no breeze. Everything is in good condition and well maintained.
We particularly liked all of the unusual trees, plants, a flowers which surround the entire property and each unit. The beach is clean and raked daily with many healthy palm trees for shade. The covered end of the pier also became a favorite place to hang out for its breezes, clear water, and views up and down the beach. TMS is located just a fifteen minute drive from busy Placencia. It was very peaceful at TMS but there were also nice restaurants and convenient grocery stores nearby.
The best reason to stay here may be the owners, Drew and Karen. Drew provides a lot of helpful information in advance for those who are coming to the Placencia area for the first time. He makes planning very easy and there is no need to buy a guide book. We found his recommendations on all matters to be sound. So instead of flying a prop plane down from BZE, we took his advice and drove the Hummingbird Highway which was a wonderful introduction to the interior mountains and beautiful countryside. We also went on his recommended excursions with reliable guides and enjoyed the restaurants he and Karen had highlighted. Drew is not just providing a great accommodation; you feel like you have a local friend who's looking out for you and wants to share his love for the area.
Drew went out of his way to help us in many ways. He booked our excursions and we took advantage of his initial grocery service. And on the last day's drive back to BZE I filled up my tank at a nearby gas station and somehow forgot to collect my credit card from the attendant. When I discovered my predicament, I was three hours away from Placencia. I called Drew in a slight panic. He told me to call back in ten minutes. When I called again, Drew had already called the gas station himself and sent one of his crew to collect my card. He then mailed it to me at the earliest opportunity and it arrived safely without any problems. I couldn't have asked for more. A great host can provide a traveller with comfort and enjoyment, but he can also provide peace of mind in an unfamiliar and developing country.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Two beautiful cabana suites... each having a kitchen/dining cabana (with sleeping area) and a bedroom cabana (with laundry). Each suite has two bathrooms. Each suite has two cabanas connected by a pergola covered deck - perfect for alfresco dining and barbecuing. Although very affordable for one couple, each cabana suite will comfortably sleep six. Perfect for two couples traveling together or for children in a separate cabana. Very toddler friendly with gated decks fenced yard. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Maine Stay Cabanas Hotel Placencia
- The Maine Stay Cabanas Belize/Placencia