My wife and I have been going on beach vacations for 40 years, all over the world, and we've never enjoyed a resort more than this. We look for small, quiet, boutique hotels directly on a beach with good ocean swimming. We stayed for 4 nights and wish we could have stayed longer. We were there the week after the Christmas/new year holiday so there weren't many other guests, mostly young couples. Ian, the manager, was terrific and Felipe at the reception desk and Charles at the bar and the entire staff are very friendly and anxious to please. The setting is on a very pretty, miles long beach with more palm trees than people. No crowds in sight. The grounds are beautiful and constantly being groomed, swept and cleaned. There are 9, identical, free standing 2 story villas, offered as either 2 or 3 bedroom apts. with large rooms, a full kitchen and a tv in the living room perfect for families or 2 or 3 couples, or a very spacious, beautiful bedroom suite upstairs for 1 couple with a small refrigerator and microwave but no tv. The large decks overlook the ocean which is just a few feet from the villas. In front of the villas is a small pool, but it is big enough to swim in, and there is a small bar between the pool and the ocean. Everything is very luxurious, but because it is such a small resort there are certain limitations that one might otherwise look for in a luxury resort. They don't have a wide selection of wines and the restaurant menu is very limited. We ate lunch and 1 dinner here and the food was ok, though to be fair its hard to pass judgement having eaten so few meals there. There are several other small resorts within an easy walk and we ate breakfasts and dinners in the other places too and thought the food selection and ambiance were better off the property. The town of Hopkins is about a mile away down a dirt road, and there are several local type restaurants that others told us were very good. The town is a small fishing village, not a resort town, so it is authentic central american, in other words, it is a charming atmosphere but the people are poor and live in shacks, there are small grocery stores but no supermarkets, banks or tourist shops. So if that bothers you do not go into town. But if you don't go you will be missing a great experience. We walk every day and walked into town and on the road in the opposite direction and we met the most wonderful friendly people. There are kayaks and bicycles available and there are several fun excursions to go on, both on land, e.g. Mayan ruins, jungle hikes and cave experiences and on the ocean, snorkeling and diving, otherwise there is nothing to "do". I usually don't write such long detailed reviews but we loved this place and if it's the kind of vacation you're looking for you can't beat it.
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- We are a small, intimate Belizean Owned and Managed Resort nestled on the coast of Hopkins Village, southern Belize. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belizean Dreams Hotel Hopkins
- Belizean Dreams Hotel Dangriga
- Belizean Dreams Dangriga
- Belizean Dreams Belize/Hopkins