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“Best for Travelers Who Are Self-Sufficient” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Casa At Last

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Casa At Last
PO Box 2284 | Placencia Village, Placencia, Belize   |  
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Ranked #20 of 20 hotels in Placencia
Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Best for Travelers Who Are Self-Sufficient”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2010

We stayed for a week at Casa at Last in April and, based on the reviews we had read, we were a little disappointed with our stay.

The location of Casa at Last has mixed blessings. The grounds are beautiful, and its proximity to the lagoon is terrific -- the palapa at the end of the dock was a wonderful place to relax in the hammock and watch rays jump out of the water. Sea kayaks are available for touring the lagoon on your own. However, because the property is actually located in Seine Bight, it is six miles away from the main town of Placencia. This makes it a little difficult to get to town for dinner and snorkeling/diving trips. Without a rental car or phones in the cabinas, we had to either ask Dale and Cat to arrange a taxi for us, try to catch a shuttle or bus (which don't really have reliable schedules), or bike into town. It was very nice of our hosts to provide bicycles -- we did ride into Seine Bight to buy groceries several times -- but it's still a 45-minute ride to Placencia, and we were a little worried about the bikes holding up on the gravel road.

The casa itself was nicely decorated and had a large shower and small kitchen facilities. Unfortunately, we found ourselves sharing the place with some unwanted guests. The windows aren't 100% screened in, and the walls don't rise up all the way to the thatched roof. So the first night, I was in bed when I realized a cockroach was crawling up my shorts. Shortly after I was done panicking, we noticed we were sharing our living room with a small mouse. It took us two days to shoo him out, after he had made a nest in the towel drawer and eaten one of our bananas. Geckos and moths came into the casa, as well -- they weren't bothersome, except that Central American geckos make loud squeaking noises at night.

I will note that the cable TV in our casa turned out to be a fabulous amenity. We hadn't intended to spend enough time indoors to use it, but we ended up with nasty sunburns one afternoon and spent some quality recovery time with HBO movies.

Our hosts were very nice and willing to help with any issues and arrangements, when they were available. Because Casa at Last follows more of a property rental model than a hotel or homestay, you don't necessarily get a chance to check in with Dale and Cat every day. Be sure to make arrangements well in advance with them if you need to schedule a tour, taxi, or breakfast/lunch.

Our general impression of Casa at Last was that it was a little under-maintained these days, possibly due to low tourist volume in the area. If you are looking to "get away", have some quiet, and do your own thing (provided you are equipped to do your own thing), you might really enjoy a stay here. If your priorities are comfort and access to a variety of activities, you might want to check out some of the places closer to Placencia.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2009

We looked at a lot of properties in the Placencia/Seine Bight/Maya Beach area before choosing Casa At Last...and it's unlikely we could have made a better choice. This is a very private 4 cabana property run by a pair of quietly efficient Americans: Cat and Dale. It is spotlessly clean, beautifully landscaped, and hauntingly quiet. Aside from an occasional truck passing by on the road far away, the only sounds we ever heard were the wind in the trees, mourning doves and songbirds, and a Belikin beer bottle being opened.

Cat's food is everything other reviewers have raved about, and Dale's local smarts proved invaluable all week long. The pool is perfect for cooling off around the honor bar, and the delicious home cookin' is served poolside. Order your breakfast the night before, and Cat will bring it to your porch in the morning...the perfect place to start your lazy day.

Dale and Cat have bikes to ride and kayaks to paddle so you can explore the extensive lagoon out back. The beach is across the street and there are some good spots nearby. And although the property is in Seine Bight, a few miles north of Placencia, the bus into town is reliable and only $2, and taxis are always available.

Casa At Last may be off the radar and the big-name travel books, but make no mistake, this is a very private, very intimate little property perfect for couples, honeymooners, and anyone who's trying to get away from it all. Perhaps best of all...no kids allowed. We love kids....just not during "our" time. For us, Casa At Last hit it out of the park.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2009

One of the few saving graces from an otherwise over-hyped and ridiculously over-priced vacation spot. Owners Cat and Dale's attention to detail reflects their longtime experience in the hospitality business. The cabanas are well-appointed and spacious with all the creature comforts (kitchenette, cable TV, AC) one hopes for after a bone-jarring ride down the dirt road. The setting along the lagoon is spectacular, and if you feel like going for a swim, one of the peninsula's few 'good' beaches is right across the street. Dinner at the pool is not to be missed and was one of the best meals we had during our five days in Maya Beach.

All in all, a great stay and definitely a better value than most of the all-inclusive resorts that dot the landscape around Placencia. However, the place can be a bit hard to find, so make sure to call ahead for directions.

  • Stayed December 2008, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Michigan
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2008

This was our first time to Belize and to Casa At Last - what a great resort! One of the most relaxed vacations we have ever had; what a wonderful place to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the area. Cat & Dale make your stay feel like you are "Home At Last." The food was out of this world; the villas were clean and comfortable. I can't say enough about our stay... we will be back!

Kurt&Deb Hoffman-Grand Haven, Michigan

  • Liked — The peace & tranquility - the view was great and we had everything we needed in our villa; we had dinner many times in the villa - no stress and what a treat!
  • Disliked — Nothing.
  • Stayed February 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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Grand Haven, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2008

Perfect small resort. Gorgeous villas ,beautiful grounds, very private. This was our second vacation at Casa at Last it won't be our last. Sharon and Charlie

  • Liked — cool villas great food
  • Disliked — nothing we didn't like
  • Stayed February 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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Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2008

Absolutely gorgeous! We have been to many tropical paradises, but none compare with the individual treatment and beautiful facilities as Casa at Last. Cat and Dale are the most gracious hosts you can imagine. The villas are gorgeous and, if you want, you never really have to leave the grounds! Love the pool and hot tub! This is our third of many more visits. Thank you so much, Cat & Dale.
F & T

  • Stayed February 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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Belize
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2008

Reviewer: Laura, volunteer living in Belize, originally from the US.
Casa At Last is such a great spot I've had to visit twice while I've been in Belize. Due to the care which Cat and Dale have put into it, it is private, secure, peaceful and beautiful. The grounds are well maintained and the thatched roof cabanas are gorgeous. There are numerous spots to relax on site as well as a pristine beach just across the street. While my boyfriend and I stayed there, we paddled along the river and lagoon in kayaks and went fishing off the dock. Placencia, where many tours leave from, is only 20 minutes down the road. Cat, who is a fantastic cook, made such incredible meals that we didn't have any desire to go eat anywhere else. The fresh seafood that Cat prepares is some of the best I've ever had - and I'm from Maine, where seafood abounds. Cat and Dale are friendly hosts, always available when needed and were more than helpful when any questions came up during our stay. Best thing about Casa? It's a toss up between the hot tub you can loll in under the stars, or Cat's fantastic cooking.

  • Stayed January 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Casa At Last

Address: PO Box 2284 | Placencia Village, Placencia, Belize
Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Placencia
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Placencia
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Placencia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This newly constructed resort offers 4 uniquely different casas nestled on 6 beautifully landscaped acres. A large sparkling freshwater swimming pool with a swim up bar is on the honor system (you pour your own). A separate hot tub area sits near the lagoon. Both have palapas and gas grills. A 285' boardwalk leads you over the mangroves to our dock and palapa. We will handle your transfers to and from the Placencia airstrip. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Casa At Last Placencia
Casa At Last Belize/Placencia

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