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5 Miles North of San Pedro, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Belize
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#14 of 62 hotels in San Pedro
Location
4.6
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.8
Value
4.4
2022 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Matachica Resort is an extraordinary, authentic and peaceful resort that sits directly on the beach facing the Caribbean Sea and the second largest barrier reef on the planet earth. The resort has 30 single unit casitas, each air conditioned with private porch. All rooms except SeaView Cabanas have one king sized bed, SeaView Cabanas have two queens. We also have two two-bedroom 2-bathroom Villas. All with beautiful Frette and Matouk linens, and exquisite decor. Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa, sea kayaks, snorkel gear, pedal boats, paddle boards, bicycles, complimentary internet access. A minimum age requirement of 16 years for children applies.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Free airport transportation
Parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Yoga room
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Canoeing
Diving
Snorkeling
Water sport equipment rentals
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Pedicure
Adults only
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private beach
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Bay View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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evansvuk wrote a review Jul 2022
Horsham, Pennsylvania283 contributions110 helpful votes
From arrival to departure, it was just perfect. The only bad thing is that we had to leave. The beach front casita (Pineapple!) was breathtaking. Gorgeous view and step from the water. The room was luxurious and had all the right touches. The staff was amazing. Attentive, knowledgeable, and super friendly. We ate at both restaurants which were great. And the cocktails! So much fun trying them all! The excursion to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley was fabulous and Henry was a super guide. We had a great experience and felt completely safe even with the sharks! We also had a massage at the spa which was amazing. So peaceful. If you want an extra adventure , it is easy to rent a golf cart at the front desk and go to Secret Beach or go into town. The seagrass is present but it didn't bother us. Staff was constantly raking it up. There was a storm while we were there and a little water got into the casita, staff immediately was out to mop it up for us. There was nothing more relaxing than having the front doors open and listening to the ocean and feeling the sea breeze. The resort is small and away from the busier resort areas so you really had that private and personal experience. We did the Reef and Rainforest package which really was a great way to see the country and experience the best of Belize.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear Rebecca, thank you so much for choosing both Matachica Resort & Gaia Riverlodge! We are thrilled to know that you got to enjoy the best of both worlds experience and also saddened that you had to leave. The Matachica and Gaia Family will be happy to host you again, your home away from home awaits you! With Kindest Regards, Joelie
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IrieJames wrote a review Jul 2022
Charlotte, NC53 contributions36 helpful votes
Where do I even begin? My wife and I just spent a glorious week at Matachica. We are returning home refreshed and completely relaxed - just what the doctor ordered. Three elements made our holiday particularly enjoyable. 1. The People 2. The Food 3. The Accommodations 4. The Excursions Let's begin with the people: All well trained, professional, and extremely pleasant. They all work brilliantly as a cohesive team. To the twins 😉: Jennifer and Susie at the front desk - thank you for everything! Your hospitality was outstanding. Always quick with a smile and a willingness to help. To Wilburt, Carlos, Abbie, Florie, Jose, Leybi, Elito, and Archie in the restaurant(s)... thank you for making us feel so at home and taking such good care of us! We loved dining at all restaurants and were made to feel like family. THANK YOU! To Chris, Henry and Charlie - thank you for excellence on the water! Chris made our fishing day while Charlie and Henry took great care of us during some excellent snorkeling at Mexico Rocks (highly recommended). Simply put, the people are what make Matachica so special. THE FOOD - we didn't have a bad meal! We have been fortunate to stay at many resorts around the world - the food at Matachica, and in particular, the Mambo restaurant, was the best we've had. If you're a seafood lover be sure to get the Deep Blue. It's excellent! ACCOMMODATIONS We stayed in the casita known as Lychee - very comfortable and spacious with a perfect view of the pool and the sea. ZERO complaints. The cleaning staff were also very thorough and pleasant. EXCURSIONS We snorkeled at Mexico Rocks, rented a golf cart to San Pedro to eat at a local restaurant (El Fogon - highly recommended) went fishing and enjoyed spa services. I recommend ALL OF IT! All in all, mission accomplished! Two books read, full and happy bellies, a bit too much alcohol, hours spent poolside, time spent exploring.... what more could we ask? For those worried about the Sargasso Seaweed... it's a thing that we're seeing everywhere around the Caribbean. It didn't spoil our trip at all and wow did the staff work hard EVERY SINGLE DAY to remove it. Well done to all at Matachica! Thank you!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear Irie, we thank you so much for your positive review! The team takes pride in knowing that you truly enjoyed your stay with us and that every aspect exceeded your expectations. We are happy to have shared the Matachica Experience with you and will be delighted to host you again! Until then, all the best and hope to see you soon :) With Kindest Regards, Joelie
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Laurie R wrote a review Jul 2022
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I was so excited to visit! A new resident of Ambergris Caye, I've been driving by for months. Today, I finally stopped for a meal. This resort is gorgeous. Period. However, they forgot about me. The waiter brought my tea, and I literally never saw him again. I was literally the only person in the restaurant. After more than twenty minutes with zero contact, I inquired about my meal. Whoops, we forgot about you. No problem stuff happens, but please tell me why I should come back. *blank stare* No seriously, it's not a rhetorical question. *continued blank stare* Okay, you can say things like 'this doesn't usually happen' or ' next time we'll bring your food'. *Continued blank stare*. Go to Portofino instead, you'll be glad you did.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Joelie Lucero, Marketing at Matachica Resort
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Laurie We appreciate the feedback and please accept our apologies if your first impression was not to your expectation. Obviously we are concerned that service wasn't delivered. Your experience does not reflect the hospitality that we are living & delivering daily. It will be our pleasure to welcome you back and with certainty we will change your impressions that will exceed expectations.
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arielhocking wrote a review Jun 2022
Cedar Rapids, Iowa2 contributions1 helpful vote
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We are so glad we chose Matachica for our honeymoon! We arrived to Belize and were immediately picked up and taken to a boat to be transported to the resort. Upon arrival we were greeted with welcome drinks and given all the details of our stay. Our room was clean and decorated to celebrate our honeymoon. Housekeeping cleaned our room daily and even picked up our items for us. It was wonderful to come back to a clean room after a day of exploring! Both restaurants at the resort have great options to choose from. The staff throughout the resort were kind, knowledgeable, and very friendly! I really enjoyed the excursions that the resort offered and how accommodating they were to meet our needs. It was also nice to have the opportunity to rent a golf cart on the premise! The BEST part of the resort was playing fetch with Taco, the resort dog! Something I do wish they had at the resort is a place to purchase snacks & drinks. Once it gets dark there isn’t much to do and it would be nice to be able to grab something right at the resort!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Don’t worry about bringing your bug spray, they have it on hand for you!
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Response from Joelie Lucero, Marketing at Matachica Resort
Responded Jun 27, 2022
Dear Traveler, we appreciate your wonderful feedback. We are delighted to know you enjoyed your stay with us and that you made beautiful memories for your honeymoon. I am sure Taco had an amazing time with you as well :) In regards to the snacks & drinks, we will take this into consideration as we try our best to improve and make you and our future guests happy. The Matachica Family and Taco will be happy to seeing you again soon, until then best wishes to you both!
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Grapefruit wrote a review Jun 2022
Antioch, Tennessee1 contribution
Archie the bartender was AWESOME! He was very friendly and attentive to our needs at the bar. He was very personable and made everyone feel welcomed. Cruise and Marlin also made our stay welcoming. The only issue was a lizard that was in the bathroom the entire stay. I informed the front desk on night one and Marlin immediately tried to remove the lizard but was not successful. Day 3: I gave the mid-stay review addressing the lizard’s removal. A housekeeper arrived at my room and did not see the lizard. She seemed annoyed and not very friendly. Day 5: I again addressed the issue during checkout and the manager basically called me a liar and said I reported to housekeeping that I did not want my room cleaned. Having my room cleaned and asking for staff to remove the lizard WAS BY FAR TWO DIFFERENT ISSUES. The manager seemed very frustrated and unwilling to accommodate my request to remove the lizard. Let me be clear about my request because I know said manager is going to follow-up with this review. I’m aware that lizards are common at the site, I’m aware that I was in their habitat. I was simply asking it to be removed because it was 1. Unsanitary 2. Made noises all night right above my head 3. I paid tooooo much money for this Sea View Casita to not have a simple request denied.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Joelie Lucero, Marketing at Matachica Resort
Responded Jun 16, 2022
Dear valued Traveler, We appreciate the time you took to post this detailed review about your recent stay with us. In regards to the lizard, I do apologize if these animals of the Tropics made it into your room and served as inconvenience to you. The team has worked restlessly keeping your room as neat and clean as possible. Our Operations Manager has not called you a liar and has not ignored your request either. He had explained to you that your partner asked Housekeeping very specifically NOT to enter the room. If a resident of an accommodation places such request the staff will follow. Unfortunately, you were not aware of this request and misunderstood us not taking care of the gecko situation. We thank you for staying with us and do appreciate your positive comments. Best Regards, Wolfgang Brandl Matachica Resort & Spa Gaia Riverlodge
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Kyle V wrote a review Jun 2022
Fulshear, Texas1007 contributions523 helpful votes
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I think they could improve. The staff was always nice, accommodating, and smiling. Always in a clean uniform. could not have been better. The grounds were kept clean. Always people working, There was a sea weed problem, but non fault of anyone there. They were working from sun up to sunset to move it out. The rooms were comfortable and clean. Zero complaints. There are 2 restaurants on site, both have a variety and serve good food. You can book excursions at the front and rent golf carts. Now in order to perfect the establishment, there is nothing to do after dark, so I think they should make sure the Hot tub is hot at night for an option. There are no TV's on site. Please put some in the rooms for your guest to relax before bed or at least add a couple to the bar area with some games, and lastly put coffee pots in the rooms. I think these things would make this resort a 5 plus. Also the internet worked perfectly the entire time.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Joelie Lucero, Marketing at Matachica Resort
Responded Jun 16, 2022
Hello Kyle, thank you for your great feedback. The entire team takes great pride in knowing that you were pleased with our services. We always aim to provide our guests with the best and most convenient experiences at our Belizean home away from home! While we provide good Wi-Fi connection in all rooms, the reason for no Televisions is because we would like for our guest to disconnect from the usual and enjoy the relaxing and tranquil ambience our little paradise offers. Regarding the hot tub, we try our best to save energy as part of our efforts towards sustainability. It is switched off at days end and turned on again mid morning. We thank you for staying with us and will be delighted to welcoming you again!
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Andrew W wrote a review Jun 2022
9 contributions1 helpful vote
Super happy with this property. Staff very accommodating. Julio at Danny's treebar very friendly. Love the rooms and location. Reminds me of Africa. Frozen coconut mojito. Mmmmm. Things feel very safe here.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Joelie Lucero, Marketing at Matachica Resort
Responded Jun 16, 2022
We appreciate your lovely feedback, the team and Matachica will be happy to host you again. Julio will be patiently waiting for you with another frozen coconut mojito ;)
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Melina H wrote a review May 2022
Miami Beach, Florida75 contributions63 helpful votes
Aside from the bugs--and few insect repellent is provided everywhere--this place was perfect. I usually shame people who never leave the resort but I never wanted to leave. Food was extraordinary (former French Laundry chef), service exemplary (Julio, Gab, Archie, Job, Flor, literally everyone), tours phenomenal, rooms were luxurious and boutique-style. I wouldn't change a thing. Perfect.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Joelie Lucero, Marketing at Matachica Resort
Responded Jun 10, 2022
Dear Guest, many thanks for your lovely feedback. We are trilled to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. While we didn't want you to leave, we will be anxiously waiting on your return, your home away from home. The chef and Matachica Family will be happy to see you again!
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Mike L wrote a review May 2022
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I had the good fortune to go to Matachica Resort for my son's wedding. The entire staff makes you feel so special, like you are part of a big family. It is peaceful at the resort, it's a great place to relax, unwind, and ground yourself. The food is so delicious, and is presented beautifully by the helpful wait staff. There is plenty to do if you are so inclined. And if you don't want to do anything, the grounds provide numerous ways and places to relax. I found great solace at the end of the main dock. I fell asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing over the reef in the distance. I hope to go back again! Thank you for making me feel so special!!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Joelie Lucero, Marketing at Matachica Resort
Responded May 26, 2022
Hello Mike, Thank you so much for your review! It's our pleasure to host you and happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. The team will be thrilled to know that you had a great holiday with us in Belize and we look forward to seeing you again.
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Meg H wrote a review May 2022
Appleton, Wisconsin5 contributions
This resort is just as depicted on the website (matachica.com) – regular travelers know that's not always the case. Not only is it beautiful and well-appointed, but the service is excellent. The staff learned our names and drink preferences quickly and were solicitous throughout our 1-week stay. The rooms (casitas) are spacious and very clean, each with a direct view of the ocean or, for the less expensive casitas, a view of the pool area and palm trees. The food in both restaurants (one more casual than the other) was excellent, all served with locally grown fruits or vegetables – they even cooked red snapper that we caught on a fishing excursion that the resort planned. Golf cart drives into San Pedro and to Secret Beach were fun, although the roads are a bit rough. The seaweed is a problem, but a team of 5 or 6 people spends all day working to keep it away from the beach; Matachica is not the only resort (and Belize is not the only country) to be burdened with it. It didn't affect our stay, but you have to understand that you probably won't be walking into the ocean from the beach at the resort (you can from the pier, however). Overall this was a great place to enjoy the sun, relax, and be taken care of. I highly recommend it!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: SEAVIEW Beach Casitas are not directly on beach but have a great view of the ocean, and...
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Response from Wolfgang Brandl, General Manager at Matachica Resort
Responded May 18, 2022
Dear valued Guest, We truly appreciate your time to post this positive review about your recent stay with us and to know that we managed to impress and to exceed your expectations. Also your understanding around the seasonal sargasso issue is certainly appreciated. Best regards from Belize Wolfgang Brandl Matachica Resort & Spa
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PRICE RANGE
$236 - $404 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
matachica beach hotel san pedro, matachica beach san pedro
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Matachica Beach Resort
LOCATION
BelizeBelize CayesAmbergris CayeSan Pedro
NUMBER OF ROOMS
32
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Frequently Asked Questions about Matachica Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Matachica Resort?
Nearby attractions include Wayos Beach Bar (4.7 miles), The Gallery of San Pedro (4.7 miles), and Secret Beach (3.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Matachica Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Matachica Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, blackout curtains, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Matachica Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Matachica Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Matachica Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Garage Seafood and Steakhouse, Aji Tapa Lounge & Restaurant, and Marbucks Coffee House.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Matachica Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Matachica Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Matachica Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Matachica Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Matachica Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Matachica Resort located near the city center?
Yes, it is 1.0 miles away from the center of Ambergris Caye.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Matachica Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.