My wife and I stayed at Sarkiki for two weeks over Christmas and New Years and it was perfect for us. Linda and Mike were super helpful with recommendations for everything from car rental to what spices to bring should the local stores not have what we needed/ were used to. It’s a self-catering resort - which suits us – anything/or any advice we needed we were able to just ask.
Sarkiki is relatively new and our suite was great – it was a 2 bedroom and we slept in the upper room. The beds were firm – which we liked – and very clean. Every room has a fan and AC and there was no problem sleeping! Sometimes too hard to get up – but hey – isn’t that what vacations are for!? The kitchen was very well appointed – fridge, stove, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, kettle and of course a blender! The tile floors were cool on the feet and super clean. We would venture that Belize is not a wine drinking culture - the rum and beer are however, excellent! When in Rome….
Each suite – aside from the ground floor unit has 2 upper decks that were great for daydreaming and napping by day – and starwatching by night. The sky was super clear and on the nights with a good breeze to keep the bugs away - even better.
3 linked pools - clean and refreshing – and at the most 10 steps from our door – not that big – but the ocean was no more than 50m away - very shallow here for a long way out
The shower was more than fine – water temperature the same as at home. It took a little more time to get warm water to 2nd floor, but not much. Shower was tiled and clean. The towels were clean and thick.
A word about Sarkiki – 5 years ago there was nothing here – none of the landscaping, buildings, pool, or infrastructure. Unlike a lot of places – they have put in a grey water recycling system and waste is dealt with onsite. It’s a refreshing change and important for us to leave a smaller footprint when possible - it’s obvious that they have become a vital part of the local community.
We enjoyed the company of our gracious hosts as well as other guests when we went into town for some of the local fare - these were the food highlights for us – never mind the larger resorts.
Other stuff :
Bugs – this time of the year they can be bad – all over Belize -and they seem to love pasty white Canadians. Bring bug spray - with Deet for the mosquitoes, and several people recommended baby oil or skin so soft for the sand flies/no-see-ums. Benadryl cream or equivalent for the itching. There are a ton of recommendations for dealing with severe itching - do your homework ahead of time. My wife had a strong itching reaction and once again Linda came to our aid with some cream that had worked for her, and also the location of a pharmacy in Dangriga. I barely itched although had twice as many bites– hard to figure out
The grocery stores in Hopkins had pretty much anything you could ask for – fresh fish we found in Dangriga fresh off the boat and enjoyed a fresh meal of snapper as good or better than in Vancouver.
Vehicle – need one here unless you really just want to stay close to home – we enjoyed getting out for some great hikes and exploring the region - make sure you advise the car rental that you will be going on unpaved roads
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our property proudly sits on 3 acres of lush, fully landscaped Caribbean beachfront. Your 2 or 3 bedroom villa sits poolside and beachfront and comes with a fully equipped kitchen, BBQ and outdoor living space to maximize a tropical lifestyle. Tours to the rainforest, river, reef and ruins are easily arranged. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sarkiki Reef Hotel Hopkins
- Sarkiki Reef Resort Belize/Hopkins