We stayed at SAKS at Placencia for 10 days in January looking for a private retreat for our 25th wedding anniversary. We couldn't have had a more enjojable and relaxing vacation. In reply to the posted comments that the owners are distant...I saw that as one of their strengths. They work very hard behind the scenes to ensure that you have a private but complete vacation. The last thing I wanted was intrusions and they were always accessible, accommodating, and friendly.
The place is spotless and beautifully maintained. Our beachfront cabana with only a short walk down a beatiful sandy trail to an excellent restaurant (some nights it felt like it was just ours) and a beachront bar with new friends was our dream vacation.
The staff are relaxed (as are most of the residents in Placencia) and truly interested in seeing that you have everything you need and enjoy yourselves. We went on several trips that were booked through the resort and Sandra went out of her way to ask on our return thru the office that all went well and whether we had suggestions. We were extremely pleased with the guides and the trips we took, including a visit to the mountains with tour through a ruins, snorkling, Monkey River excursion, and fishing along the reefs.
If you want to be pampered and waited over go elsewhere. If you want privacy with first rate accommodations and great staff go to SAKS. The new owners are clealy continuing the type of resort that Miss Kitty created and I'm sure they'll improve on what is already an outstanding resort as they get familiar with their new retirement careers.