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“Great place for R and R” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sarkiki Reef Resort

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Phase 4 | Sittee Point, Hopkins, Belize   |  
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Ranked #10 of 12 Hotels in Hopkins
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great place for R and R”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

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

Room Tip: All the suites face the ocean
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

My husband and I stayed for 10 days over Christmas 2012. Found the place on VRBO. Was what we expected. Great beach and pool; close to two parks for hiking; reef snorkelling 30min away; and Hopkins 5 miles away with good small grocery stores and places to eat. A rental car or motor bike would be recommended. Sarkiki condo we rented met all our needs; staff (especially Eppe and Elton) were very helpful and owners Mike, Linda,and Nate were there when we were and made our stay great. If you're looking for a self sufficient, quite place we would recommend Sarkiki.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Sarkiki is a perfect place if you enjoy spending time on the warm sandy beach or just relaxing by the pool. For the more adverturous traveller there are many activities to do, snorkelling at the reef, zip lining through the jungle, hiking through the mountains, or checking out the howler monkeys. Sarkiki is the perfect place for independent travellers and a great place to come back and relax after a days adventure under the sun. The units are clean and comfortable, well air conditioned, with a great view of the ocean. We had the convienince of a full kitchen which made cooking at the resort a breeze and when we didn't feel like cooking there were many restaurants to dine at in Hopkins. All of the staff at the resort, and people in town are so friendly, they make every moment worth it!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

My family had never been on a family vacation before. We wanted to make our first one memorable, exciting and relaxing; and we took great care in searching for just that in a resort.. We most certainly found that in Sarkiki! As soon as we arrived, we were welcomed with big smiles and hospitality. Everyone who worked there was extremely approachable, friendly and helpful! The resort was breathtaking! Located right on the beautiful sandy beach, we were given the option to swim or snorkel in the ocean, relax under the palm tree's, or leisurely float in one of the three pools. The accomodations were pratical, very comfortable, clean and again beautiful. The beds were freshly laundered and so comfey! The town was lovely and friendly, and the restaurants were all so appetizing! But if we didn't feel like eating out, it was great to have our own kitchen in the suit to make homecooked meals. Overall it was an amazing trip! We would recommend it to anyone who is looking for both a good time and relaxing vacation in a sunny, friendly paradise!

Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Tumwater, Washington, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

The best place to stay!!!. We cant thank enough times how great Mike, Linda, Debbie, Damien, Eppie, Elton, Manuel and Herson (car rental) are, in addition to some of the family and friends that got involved in our wedding planning. My Fiance and I along with our parents joining us on our trip came to Belize and Sarkiki to have our Wedding "somewhere" in or around Hopkins. When we arrived at Sarkiki we had no question that we wanted to have our Wedding at the resort. "No problem" they said!! The grounds are for lack of any better word "Perfect"!!..the hosptiality/help/advice shown by everyone left us speechless and grateful beyond words. Our villas were amazing and have everything we needed and then some for dining in. Our Wedding paperwork we had that all figured out well in advance to arriving in Belize, we just had to go back to Belize city to get the license/register. We did have a rental vehicle (Buy-Belize rentals) and were prepared to drive but NO..once again Mike and Linda came to our rescue and booked round trip flight out of Danriga to Belize city on Tropic Air, drove us to Danriga since they were going anyway, called their go to driver Damien in Belize City to pick us up and get us to the courthouse and back to the airport. While in Belize City Damien took us to the courthouse (waited for us), then to the bank and to have a great lunch at Riverside Tavern in Belize City. All this took a few hours, we were in Belize city on a MONDAY!! when you would think huge wait times/delays, didnt happen! Mike had an idea about wedding decoration, so Manuel, his Father/relatives and resort staff made two hand woven arbors of palm leaves that were made into butterflys and a heart shaped braid with flowers from the grounds woven in as well, what a sight and AMAZING surprise for us to be married under! Eppie secured the Pastor for us, as he knew him personally. So again AMAZING! All the food we had was super great, the snokeling right out our front door in the morning/anytime and in the Ocean on a day trip is the best you'll find and diving the reef was another great adventure, so much beauty to been seen!!. Palencia for the Lobster festival was very kool and super fun, really nice area as well. We did stop by Catlin's Bakery for fresh muffins/breads, Chocolate/Zucini muffins are the best! Do take lots of bug spray/sun tan lotion/aloe for the burns. Anniversaries will be amazing there, we found home away from home

Room Tip: All the rooms have ocean views and access to the pools...cant get any better.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

We stayed at Sarkiki for two weeks. The resort is a ways out of "town", therefore a rental car would be a great idea if you want to go anywhere. We didn't rent one and at times wished we had. The weather was not great a few days, and it would have been great to jump in a vehicle and go somewhere. Some of the other guests offered to take us into Hopkins when they were going so we could pick up groceries. And Deb, the manager, always came by our unit to let us know when she was heading into Hopkins or Dangriga and that was very helpful. The other staff were always very friendly and would help you out any way they could. With the bad weather came a lot of sea grass and debris from offshore, and every day the staff would rake the beach and remove the 'stuff', leaving the beach in a very pristine condition. We had stayed for a month up on Ambergris Caye and for the most part the beaches up there are terrible - not so at Sarkiki. Upon our arrival, we found our unit (#14) to be clean and as represented on the website. The small pool and ocean were just steps from our door - what a sight to wake up to each day! The larger pool was about three units away. The upper decks were great for daydreaming, reading, or looking out to the ocean beyond. Breakfast outside on our little lanai was most enjoyable. The kitchen was equipped with all new appliances and utensils, and the bedrooms and bathrooms were equipped with new towels and linens. We did all our own cooking, and would have found a few more containers to store leftovers very convenient, but that was just our unit, others may have had more. Deb, our manager, took us into Hopkins one night to listen to the drummers, then over to the pub at the marina where we met Steve the bartender who is quite a character. He invited us to sample his homemade 'bitters' - a definite MUST in our opinion. We enjoyed our time in Hopkins, but the bugs were not very pleasant. We had heard there was a big problem with them, but didn't think it would be any different than at Ambergris Caye. The resort sprays to control them, but they were still a huge nuisance, especially after dark or after a rain. Be sure to bring along lots of insect repellent and something to ease the itching, and think twice about sitting out at night. In spite of that, our stay at Sarkiki was very pleasant and we would certainly recommend it when staying in the Hopkins area.

Room Tip: Every room is slightly different inside, but all of them face the ocean and are only steps away from...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

We stayed at Sarkiki Reef Resort for two months, mid-January to mid-March 2012, and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Our unit was a two bedroom, all on one level; very spacious and well appointed. As noted in another review, one of our beds was on a cement slab with a mattress on top which was very comfortable. The other bed was a wooden frame with a standard also quite comfortable. When we arrived at Sarkiki there were basic supplies of toilet paper, dishwashing liquid, coffee filters, etc. in our unit. I think what some people have forgotten is this is a Self-Catering not an All-Inclusive resort. The grounds, pool and beach are maintained to very high standards. The owners, manager and staff were all willing to assist in whatever way they could -- if you needed anything, all you had to do was ask! All the staff were very knowledgeable and could not do enough for you! We really miss them all. The only draw- back were the sand flies which were a torment for my husband--just curbed some of his activities--if it was sunny and windy, no problem...You can't fight mother nature...

Room Tip: A vehicle is definitely required as you are off the beaten path, although having said that we were w...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Phase 4 | Sittee Point, Hopkins, Belize
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Hopkins
#9 Romantic Hotel in Hopkins
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Hopkins
Number of rooms: 16
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 
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