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“We travel the world, but we keep coming back here (BD) to "vacation"” 5 of 5 stars
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Belizean Dreams
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   PO Box 49, Hopkins 00000, Belize   |  
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Richfield, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“We travel the world, but we keep coming back here (BD) to "vacation"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

We just returned from our third week-long visit to Belizean Dreams in the last four years. We have been there for 3 different management groups. We loved it each and every time, but this trip was the best and convinced us to return again as soon as we can.

The location is not currently the easiest to get to, but totally worth the trip. When the new Placencia airport is completed in 2011, it will be an easy trip. The country is unbelievably beautiful and the beach here is as nice as any that we have enjoyed worldwide. Not the largest beach, but our share of it was huge.

The accommodations are first class and spacious, with room to expand if we wanted the rest of the villa to ourselves. Hand painted tile in many colors, mahogany trim, granite counter tops, comfortable beds, and good air conditioning. The rooms were great and the grounds are gorgeous and well manicured.

While the resort staff lack the polish of Ritz-Carlton employees they more than make up for it in friendliness and genuine warmth. This is a laid back positive environment where everyone working there wants the guest to feel at home and to have a wonderfully relaxing vacation. The manager, Zeke, routinely went out of his way to make sure that we enjoyed our stay. Thanks Zeke!

The restaurant was very good. On our previous visit the menu was more exotic, but the prices were higher. Today's menu was varied, broad, and had balanced tastes. Prices were very fair and the food was very well prepared. We ate there more meals than on previous trips.

Bottom line, if you want to do the tours like we have on previous trips or just kick back by a beautiful pool on the edge of a magnificent beach, Belizean Dreams is a great resort.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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North Richland Hills, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

The Belizean Dreams Resort holds true to their name! A perfect "dream" spot for beach, sun, good food, friendly amazing staff, and fun. If you want a place to "chillax" on the beach or around the pool then you've found the right resort. Perfectly cleaned very nice rooms, clean beach, and the staff works very hard at keeping the grounds and pool clean for everyone to enjoy. Anything you need just ask! Zeke, Jess, Lionel, Civilla, Shereene and Phillepe go way beyond to help you with your stay. You couldn't ask for more from a group of folks that will provide you with food, cocktails, answers, and excursions. Be sure and take in the experience of Hopkins Village. Who knows you might even find a kind lady that will cook up an Armadillo for you! We will be making another trip there as soon as we can!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2010

This is THEEEE place to go when you really want to relax and enjoy. It all had a hint of adventure for us. Flying in from Belize City on a little airplane to Dangriga where we were picked up by Miguel who is -we believe- the automechanic in Dangriga. On partially unpaved roads you drive for about 20-30 minutes to Hopkins where the small Resort is.
At the resort we were greeted by an incredibly friendly staff. While our luggage was being brought to the room, Ziek (sp?) showed us the resort and welcomed us with a beautiful Welcome Drink at the bar. Mariano the bartender is wonderful. He is a great source of information about Belize. We had some very good conversations with him. He also is very entertaining and funny.
This resort has an open restaurant which was very nice. The menu is a little bit limited and not all the food on the menu was always available, but we put once a requests in and asked for some Belizean food and the chef made a wonderful dish for us. Try some of the Belizean food. We all loved the "stewed chicken, rice & beans and cole slaw" .
For breakfast I ordered "Fry Jacks" with fruit. Yummy!!! For lunch we requested once to eat what the staff was eating (it looked so good) and it was very good.
My tip for the owner of this resort would be to have always some of the traditional Belizean dishes on the menu. They are so good. We also were lucky that we were at this resort during Lobsterfest. Delicious lobsters!!
The rooms are great. Very spacious. We had a One-Bedroom Villa. 1 Kingsize bed for us and a futon bed for our 16year old to sleep on. He said though that it was not too comfortable. Spacious bathroom. Liked that a lot!!!
All villas have a view to the ocean. The beach is very nice.
Rent a golf cart from the hotel and drive into Hopkins Village. The people are very friendly. We had once lunch in Hopkins Village at "Innies" and ate fresh Lobster and the traditional "Hudutu". The restaurant looks a little "scary" for our standards, but the food was delicious. I highly recommend to try it.
Also we liked the people who came buy on the beach who sold their crafts. Very friendly. They do not bother you. They have wonderful handmade crafts. I wish now that I would have bought more souvenirs to give away. Also in Hopkins Village is someone who make great jewellery out of shells. Check him out.
Oh, and I guess we were lucky that we had no bugs during our stay. There was always a light wind blowing and we had no problems with moskitos or sandflies. Supposedly when it is windstill and humid the bugs come out. We did not experience this at all.
I definetely will return to this place where I found inner peace. It was so relaxing and stunningly beautiful! Thanks to all of the staff at the Belizean Dreams Resort who made this the most perfect vacation for us!!!

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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Charlotte Court House, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2010

We just got back from a fabulous stay at Belizean Dreams in Hopkins. We can't say enough great things about the resort itself and the wonderful staff. The grounds are beautiful, our room was wonderful and romantic, and the staff were eager to please. The manager greeted us and showed us to our room, the bartender knew us by name along with our favorite drinks, the front desk staff even fixed my computer when we were having trouble. The only trouble you'll have with this resort is planning a return trip fast enough! Get there as fast as you can!

  • Stayed June 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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La Grange, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2010

Everything about our stay at Belizean Dreams was wonderful. The beach was literally 20 steps from the beach. We could hear the waves at night. The villa itself was impeccably furnished and comfortable.

Zeke and his staff run an excellent resort. The owners have plans to make it even better.

When there ask Jess to make you a "Mosquito Bite."

Thanks to everyone for making our first visit to Belize a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2010

We went here for our honeymoon. This was the best place on the beach! Each guest can have their own villa (separate from others). This definately added that privacy needed for honeymooners, as well as for families traveling together. The staff was exceptional. Everyone at this resort was very friendly and would go out of their way to get exactly what their guest wanted. They were very laid back, which helped us to feel relaxed. The food at the resort was some of the best food we have ever eaten! The chef here is amazing! We spent many days just staying at the resort, swimming in their infinity pool or taking a dip in the Carribean Sea. It was very relaxing and beautiful. We also did two tours through this resort, the ATM and ziplining. Both were very nice and scheduled wonderfully by the staff. We definitely recommend this hotel to everyone. A big thank you to all of the staff at Belizean Dreams for making our first week as husband and wife truly amazing!

  • Stayed June 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2010

I have now returned to Belizean Dreams for aFIFTH time with my family and we are (obviously) hooked! First, don't go to Hopkins/Dangriga for the nightlife or the shopping. You go because of the 2nd largest reef in the world, because of the rain forest and because of the people. The Belizeans are friendly, the area is safe and English is the primary language.
Each 3 bedroom, 2500 square foot villa is nicer than my home in the U.S. We went for a week so we started by shopping in town to stock our refrigerator and enjoyed our breakfast each morning on the balcony overlooking the ocean (all 9 units are ON the ocean!). We also enjoyed our 'happy hour' at the pool side bar each day!
The service is unmatched! No matter what our needs, the staff was more than just friendly--they were head over heals anxious to help. Even my wife, who got eaten one evening by sand flies(!) was taken care of by the staff to ease her itchiness.
Food at the resort and in the nearby village of Hopkins was outstanding. The restaurant at the resort is fairly casual (although not cheap) and the 'restaurants' (some look like you are in someone's home) all were incredible food-wise. FRESHLY CAUGHT seafood/lobster was readily available as were local favorites mostly served in plantain-something!
Finally, we went with our teenagers who we were afraid would be bored to death at night but they loved the adventures during the day (and the sunbathing on the beach) and did get out to King Cassaba's bar in town on a couple of occassions!
All I can say is GO! Stay away from Ambergris Cay unless you want a commercial tourist trap. Belizean Dreams is a little tougher to get to but worth the trip.

  • Stayed January 2010, 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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Address: PO Box 49, Hopkins 00000, Belize
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Hopkins
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Hopkins
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Hopkins
#6 Family Hotel in Hopkins
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Belizean Dreams 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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
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Belizean Dreams Belize/Hopkins

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