This was not our first trip to Belize but it was out first staying at an all inclusive resort. Actually, it's not really an all inclusive resort but they have made a deal with Sunwing to sell it as such. This destination is typically sold as not all inclusive. It's clear by the food that they are not prepared for the all inclusive crowd, they are more set up for A la cart service. The buffet, although served on the beautiful pier, was typically luke warm at best and not a great variety. It was switched up daily but you did not have a choice, you ate what they served that day and when they served it. Some days it was excellent, others not so much Food in the dining room however, was distinctly the opposite. It was fantastic! If we could have eaten there all week It would have been wonderful! Alas, it was only allowed twice during our weeks stay.
Our room was stunning but I gather that there are a variety of room styles. It had a large eat in kitchen with all amenities should you wish to make your own dinner. Large bedroom and super comfy bed. The balcony overlooked the pool and the ocean beyond. It was wonderful watching the sunrise from the deck.
The main difference from this resort an other typical all inclusives was the lack of evening entertainment. There was karaoke one night but that was it. We were in bed by nine or ten most nights as there was simply nothing else to do. Also the all inclusive package only includes local drinks. That means beer and rum only. All other drinks were at an additional charge. There is good nightly entertainment in Placencia but that's a half hour drive away. Nothing within walking distance.
We found the staff very friendly for the most part. Management had a presence and it was great chatting with them personally. They were open to our comments and seemed genuinely concerned about making improvements. We understand that they are undergoing a change in management which may be the cause of some of the issues other travelers have experienced.
The grounds and entire resort is beautiful and I would highly recommend it for a couple or family looking for a quiet vacation. If you're traveling with a group (or a college travel and tourism class), and looking for a party week I would suggest elsewhere. The week we were there total guests numbered around 80 and the following week it was supposed to be around 50. Definitely not a party place but if you're looking for peace and quiet, this is the place.
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- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Placencia
- The Resort Placencia
- The Placencia Hotel And Residences Belize