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“Best Dining Experience on the Placencia Peninsula” 5 of 5 stars
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Maya Beach Hotel
Maya Beach, Placencia, Belize   |  
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Ranked #3 of 20 Hotels in Placencia
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Washington, DC
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28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best Dining Experience on the Placencia Peninsula”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2008

I've stayed at the Maya Beach Hotel in the past and each visit was wonderful. The accommodations are very clean and comfortable and I believe it is one of the best deals on the Placencia peninsula. The best thing about the hotel, however, is the Bistro. It's the tropical experience you dream about - the beach bar filled with fruity delights and fine wines, the background music that's thoughtfully put together, the sun going down and the ocean breezes that flow throughout the indoor and outdoor dining spaces. And the food - did I mention the food? I am lucky to go the the Bistro pretty often and I admit, I'm in a rut. I can't seem to order anything beyond the fish tacos and the coconut shrimp, but I've tried many things on the menu and I've never been disappointed. John makes the most wonderful breads and Ellen helps with wine selection and makes your whole experience at the Bistro and hotel so very personal - they both really care about your trip to Belize. During the low season they are building what looks to be a fabulous addition to the outdoor dining experience - a new patio and pool. I can't wait to go back and enjoy the latest that the Maya Beach Hotel and Bistro have to offer.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2008

My review is for the Seagrape Escape beach house managed by Ellen at Maya Beach Hotel. While perusing through this website I saw the previous review and am surprised at what I read. I live in Houston, Texas. I had never been to Belize and I do not know anybody that had ever been to Placencia so I had to find accommodations on my own. I came across the Maya Beach Hotel by chance while researching options on the Internet.

My wife and I, along with our four children, spent two full weeks in Placencia, Belize recently. The first five days were spent island-hopping on board of a 40-foot bareboat sailboat chartered from The Moorings. So, for the remainder of the trip, we required peace and quiet, relaxing time away from the day-to-day stress. We even wanted to be away from cell phones, computers, etc… “Unfortunately”, there are a couple of Internet-ready computers in the hotel’s lobby at the disposal of the guests so I was tempted to “connect” a couple of times!

Having never been to Belize, we were afraid to find ourselves in an uncomfortable situation in terms of having little privacy with houses too close to each other, a lack of options for things to do, etc. Placencia did not appear to have too much infrastructure when researched on the Internet but we opted for it only because that was the only place to charter a boat at that time of the year. Once there, we discovered we had more than we had expected. Not only it is quiet a peaceful community, but it is also a lovely area with a small town character and great charm. There are superb little restaurants and shops. And the people were very friendly and fun. We are glad we discovered it by force since all guide books seem to suggest San Pedro as the ultimate Belize vacation. It turns out that Placencia has the whitest beaches in all of Belize, it is quiet, and there are no hordes of tourists and the ensuing vendors and “service” providers that can become a nuisance when one is looking for a relaxing time.

The house we rented, the Seagrape Escape, turned out to be a great place. It was comfortable and completely fitted for a perfect beach lifestyle. The house came equipped with all the tools and utensils you need to prepare a gourmet meal. Kayaks, snorkeling equipment and fishing equipment were also available. And even, a small makeshift ping pong table that got many hours of use from us. (I had to buy one upon our return as my children got hooked on the game). One of my sons caught a sizable snapper one day that ended up grilling on one of the two grills at the house (I always go for the charcoal one). And my daughters picked and ate coconuts and seagrapes from the trees right in front of the house.

The Maya Beach Hotel, the place that administers the house we rented, is just next door. It features a great restaurant. My wife and I, after seeing that the children settled down at night, strolled down along the beach almost every evening to have a nicely mixed drink at the hotel’s bar overlooking the ocean. There, we engaged in occasional conversation with other hotel guests or restaurant patrons and compared snorkeling, diving, fishing or sailing tales. There is always a pleasant group of people there. And many of them are “regulars” which speaks volumes for the quality of the service, the menu, the drinks and the setting. Even when the kitchen is closed (I believe that is on Mondays) the owners are glad to offer making you a pizza or salad. Their hospitality is such that our plans of having all our meals at the house failed and we ended dining there often.

One highlight of Ellen’s outstanding managerial attitude (she and her husband own this little gem of a hotel) was that when one tour operator wanted to charge us for a frustrated full-day tour that had been booked by us. Ellen dealt with the operator directly and gambled on getting her money back without seeking an arguable reimbursement from us. It is worth mentioning that the booking was done by us and she made an advance payment to the operator because we were out all day that day and not present when the operator came by to collect payment for the failed tour. Ellen trusted the operator’s word and paid him on our behalf without knowing that we would not pay him until the tour was completed a couple of days later. Since Ellen wanted us to have a great time, she went out of her way to make us comfortable, even when she had not been a part of the problem. She even said that she rather pay and loose than having us leave on negative note, even a minor one.

Our family has decided to definitely visit Belize again, more specifically Placencia (away from the seemingly overcrowded San Pedro on Ambergris Cay). And when we do, we are sailing again with The Moorings, AND we are making arrangement through the Maya Beach Hotel again. And we have already recommended the place to our “high standard” and demanding world-traveling friends. Thanks Ellen!

A very pleased guest...

  • Liked — The scenery, the people, the accommodations
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2008

We had a wonderful time at Maya Beach Hotel. We compliment Oscar, Kim and Jerry for their sincere hospitality. They helped book our fishing trip, recommended places to see and just made us feel right at home.
Also their restaurant, "The Bistro" was excellant for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The chef cooked our catch and turned it into a masterpiece...we still are talking about it!

  • Liked — The hospitable staff
  • Disliked — No Pool
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Alberta
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2008

Beautiful place! We would love to go back.

There are very few rooms, so you are sure to get one which is only steps away from the beach. During our stay, we generally had the beach, dock, and hammocks to ourselves. Once we filmed the sunset for a half hour - reviewing the film now there was only one person walking along the beach the entire time!

You might have trouble 'roughing it' - there is no phone in the hotel room or internet access, though there is in the main lobby. We also had a few visitors in our room, including a friendly gecko. The staff were exceptionally helpful, and beyond the wear and tear of the room it was very clean.

Food at the hotel is a bit expensive - a quick walk up the dirt road (turn left as you leave the hotel) will take you to a family establishment with fantastic meals for $5 or less.

If you can get on the Tropical Belize Tours with Zhef I would highly recommend it.

  • Liked — Remoteness, friendly staff, beach & ocean view
  • Disliked — Far from shopping!
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Seattle, WA
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2008

There was a group of us that meet up in Placencia. We rented the Aqua Villa and Casa Beya houses. Casa Beya was like a big tree house with a big covered deck with a swinging bed along with a rooftop deck. Mike and his family live in the bottom level of the house and are the ones who maintain/care for the house. He is very friendly and helpful. The owner of this house also owns the house next door called the Seascape. There is a little walking bridge that connects the two so if you rent both you have easy access to each. The house has 3 bedrooms - master suite on top floor with a small deck facing the water, beautiful view! Second bedroom is on the main floor and then there is a kid’s type room with a bunk bed just up some stairs. The bottom bunk is a full size bed and top bunk is a twin. From this room you climb a steep ladder/steps to reach the rooftop deck.

Aqua Villa is the next to the Seacape house (different owner) and has an open floor plan. The main house has two bedrooms each with their own spacious bathroom. Double doors open to the patio where there is a pool and soaking tub. There is also a bathroom out there along with pool toys. There is another one bedroom/bath unit that is separate from the house but right next to it.

We were there the first week in July and the weather was perfect. There was a daily breeze which kept the bugs away and made it very pleasant to sit outside, you didn't feel the humidity. The beach water wasn't crystal clear because it was the beginning of the rainy season, but it's still clear out in the reef.

The food at the Maya Beach Hotel was fantastic (have the fish burger). Mixed drinks were different though; they just didn't taste the same and seemed to be on the sweet side. There Mojito doesn't taste like the Mojito's made in the states. Ask for some sugar water and add it, tastes much better. If you order a beer you'll get a Belkin, the local Belizean beer. I preferred Light House which is a Lager and reminded me of a Corona. The restaurant is closed on Monday's but will serve guests food on a limited menu. Check out their happy hour from 2-5 (I believe) you get appetizer size food for $5 Belize Dollars and 2 Mojito’s for the price of one.

The owners are very friendly and helpful. You can catch a ride in the hotel van to the Village if they are heading that way and then just cab it back ($20US dollars 1-2 people or $15 US dollars if there are 3+). The road is VERY bumpy.

The Village is small and not much to it but worth checking out at least one day. The Shak has great smoothies ($6 Belize), Tootie Fruity has fantastic gelato and get the fried chicken at Cozy Corner, they also make a great pina colada and bartender Stoney is very friendly. Then there is the Tipsy Tuna, we didn't check it out but we heard the music and were told that was the place to go for nightlife.

The water at Cozy Corner seemed to be the best and it was calmer and less murky looking then at Maya Beach.

All in all we all would go back!

  • Liked — houses were spacious and clean
  • Disliked — The women waitress was definitely on island time.
Stayed July 2008
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Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2008

We found the Maya Beach online and booked 10 days for a family vacation with our two daughters to celebrate my wife's 60th and daughter's 30th birthdays. It's a smaller, intimate hotel with most rooms facing the quiet and lovely beach. Listening to the surf at night with the windows open was so peaceful. The beach is very private and the sand is cleaned daily so you can wade into the clear shallow water clear out to the end of the pier where there is a wonderful shaded sitting area. It's great for reading or just dreaming. The rooms are extremely nice and very large for the price. We took daily walks down the beach and often stopped for a drink at one of the other hotels along the way. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the food and service. Maya Beach is probably the best place to eat in Placencia and maybe the best in Belize. Owner and chef John and his staff take great pride in not only serving guests but locals who have discovered his restaurant to be a gourmet delight. We had many choices but enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinner on the covered patio. We could hardly tear ourselves away. The staff and owners are also extremely accommodating and will arrange any excursion you desire, with pick up right at the hotel's front door. We are very picky when we travel and found Maya Beach to be one of the best travel values we've experienced. We'd go there again in a heartbeat!

  • Liked — Beach location, rooms and food.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 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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Sacramento, CA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2008

My husband and I stayed here for out honeymoon. It was very quiet. The food was quite good, and the desserts were exceptional. We didn't like the beach very much, because there is so much turtle grass and it just looked dirty. So I wouldn't recommend the hotel if you want to have a nice beach, but if you want a relaxing, peaceful, and friendly place this is it.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Maya Beach, Placencia, Belize
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Placencia
#2 Family Hotel in Placencia
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Placencia
#3 Romantic Hotel in Placencia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sitting on a pretty stretch of natural sand beach, the Maya Beach Hotel is a small mid-range beach resort for couples who need comfort, but not luxury. Our hotel rooms are air conditioned with king or queen beds and nice beach views, and we also offer some beach house rentals in different price ranges. Our Bistro and swimming pool are a gathering place at the end of a day filled with snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, jungle hiking, spelunking, climbing Maya ruins, or just plain relaxing on the beach. The restaurant was also recently awarded (for the second time) "Restaurant of the Year" by the Belize Tourism Board. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Maya Beach Placencia
Hotel Maya Beach
Maya Beach Hotel Belize/Placencia

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