Our trip to Belize was fantastic, and I could not recommend Belizean Dreams any higher. My girlfriend and I booked our rooms through luxurylink.com, which I believe offers lower rates than booking directly. Also, the package included a flower-covered room with complimentary champagne and tropical drink upon arrival, free breakfast every day, and one free dinner.
The whole trip to Belize was amazing and memorable for a number of reasons. First, Belizean dreams was nice enough to send a van to the airport near Dangriga to pick us up, which was good because the "airport" was actually just a gravel path in the middle of an orange grove with a few tents set up at one end -- not exactly cab central. Security was a breeze, though.
Upon arrival at Belizean Dreams, we were presented with a free boat drink and escorted to our room, which was covered in flowers and had a bottle of champage chilling on ice. Aside from the incredible niceness of the staff, the thing that really impressed me was the fact that the resort looks EXACTLY how it does in the pictures on its web site. There's no catch at all. The place is gorgeous. The rooms are very clean, very modern, and very air-conditioned.
From there on out, the trip only got better. After too many Belikens during the day, we slept through regular dinner time and needed to find food outside the resort, so the staff gave us a golf cart to tool around town in. We finally ended up at Chinese restaurant down the road that was surprisingly good. Hopkins shuts down by ten or so, so make sure you eat early. The upshot of this story is that the staff is unbelievably accommodating. Who else lets a Beliken-wielding stranger take the house cart?
Speaking of the staff -- they're amazing. Hopkins pretty much revolves around Ernesto. He's hilarious and makes sure you have a great time. Our last night there, we went out to a great ex-pat bar that I won't name so it doesn't get overrun by people reading this web site and then went to a karaoke place. We got booed off stage. Our host there -- another Belizean Dreams staffer, Tyrone -- joined in the booing but then refused to sing. I'm skeptical of this move, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt because he too was great to hang out with.
Oh, I forgot, we also survived an earthquake. A 7.1 earthquake threw us out of bed at 2 AM, but the fortress-like bungalows were totally undamaged. So, they're built well.
All in all, here are my recommendations: 1) STAY AT BELIZEAN DREAMS. It's cheaper than Hamanasi and has a better bar set-up. Also, the hotels all run the excursions together, so you're not missing anything. 2) Go on the all-day catamaran ride -- it's nothing but sun, snorkeling, eating, and drinking. 3) Get into the village. We ate at a few restaurants there, and they were good/hilarious. King Cassava was good, as was the Chinese place.
You will not be disappointed in this place. I read the bad reviews before going, and they could not possibly have been any more wrong. I wish I could go back right now.
One word of warning. Do NOT order the French Onion Soup. It is neither French, nor onion, nor soup as humans know it. DO order the fried jacks. They make the little fat kid living inside your heart sing.
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