We got off the Mayan Island Airm hopper from Belize International, at Dangriga airport. We were met by Wenzel, manager of the Belizean Dreams Resort. The van had ac, but it was a cloudy day so it was quite comfortable for the 30 min trip south, to Hopkins Village. The trip went fast , i think we were joking with Wenzel.
Arriving at Belizean Dreams , we were met by smiling Felipe and Liz, the asst. manager.We soon got our keys, and Delmore, a grounds keeper i believe, along with Liz, showed us to our suite ........ as soon as i stepped inside i could smell the hardwood. The room was great , a large mahogany wardrobe, King size mahogany four poster bed , mahogany coffee and dining table and hardwood floors. The ceilings had exposed beams of beautiful wood. Did i mention the mahogany? it may have been teak.
The bathroom was tiled all round with two beautiful ceramic sinks and a large open shower. Everything was very clean. We had one of the upper suites, they are smaller than the ground floor ones,which had a kitchen and living room.
We started things off with a welcome drink of rum punch, happily given to us by Jose , the bartender. He is a great guy and always seemed to be laughing. Jose would be making our dirty bananas, herny monkeys, and other tasty drinks, along with ideas for things to do in Hopkins.
Next was food :) The Woven Palm restaurant had a choice of eating outside or inside. The menu, http://www.belizeandreams.com/belize-hopkins-restaurant , boasted some good food and we were not disappointed. We met the head chef Luis senior and another chef, Luis junior (no relation) , we ordered Jerk lobster on coconut rice with, wine and sugar glazed carrots, for dessert,a light cake, that melted in your mouth.. with ice cream, and that was just the night we got there. We had many more unbelievably delicious dinners ahead of us.My breakfast was just as yummy, with banana pancakes , fruit and crispy bacon. I would alternate between pinapple and banana for the rest of the week. You have to try the fry jacks and johnny cakes.
Our servers, Cheriese, Kenima, Huestes and Tricia were fantastic. I couldnt help but feel we were getting special treatment, and we were. I would look forward to seeing them everyday, it was like visiting with friends who waited on you :)))
There were many tours ; snorkeling, cave tubing, zipline , Mayan ruins....etc. During are stay we chose the zipline, and the Mayan ruins tour. Our driver for both these adventures was Bernardo, wearing shades and sporting a gold tooth he looked like a member of Los Lobos.
On the Mayan ( Xunantunich) tour, Bernardo was a wealth of information and a great guide, we had some good laughs and learned alot. The Bocawina Zipline was great. Our safetys, Jose and Ronald,were funny guys with a load of information on the fauna surrounding us, and they were very professional. I think both tours are a must, plus, you make good friends along the way.
I cant leave out Jay and the cleaning staff, our room was always impeccable when we returned from the day. Thank you.
I could go on and on , but everyday was as good as the one before if not, better, fantastic food, friendly people who would bend over backwards for you, and beautiful, 5 star surroundings.
Hands down, the best vacation ever. We'll be back for sure.
Did i mention the food was outstanding? folks came from other resorts to eat here.!!!
Dont deprive yourself, stay at Balizean Dreams and bask in the hospitality.
p.s. thank you Hamanasi, for defaulting on our deposit, if not for you we would have not discovered Belizean Dreams...just awesome