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Matachica Resort and Spa

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#7 of 28 resorts in San Pedro
Location
4.6
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.8
Value
4.4
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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 32 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
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Free airport transportation
Spa
Parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Canoeing
Diving
Snorkeling
Water sport equipment rentals
Entertainment staff
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
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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Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Matachica Resort and Spa is frequently celebrated for its pristine rooms that exude comfort and tranquil privacy, often enhanced with delightful touches such as towel art. The staff's exceptional service garners high praise for its personalization and efficiency. While guests relish the serene, vintage ambiance and tropical decor, they also enjoy a plethora of amenities, including water sports and indulgent spa treatments. Despite the resort's idyllic seclusion and meticulous upkeep, some guests note the added costs for dining and services detract from the overall value.
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Tranquil
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Expensive
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Attentive
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adventuringhappy wrote a review Feb 2024
Los Angeles, California10 contributions
Arrived to ambergis via ferry and someone from Matachica was there waiting to take us via boat to resort :) Waking into the lobby I immediately knew I had picked a great place to stay and celebrate 50th Bday . Receptionist kind and quick check-in . We stayed in one bedroom cottage painted a beautiful yellow with a hanging chair outside. The interior was gorgeous, bathroom gorgeous and the rose petals a lovely touch. Loves the pool/ hot tub , I believe it’s salt water because there was n chlorine smell. The staff at pool were attentive Food was delicious, especially the homemade bread. I’d live to stay here again , could spend at least a week here … will need to save $$$
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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J T wrote a review Nov 2023
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We had such an amazing time reef fishing with Captain Sam and Lucas that we booked two more days of it!! They are the type of guides you hope for when you travel: they know the area, the water, the winds, and adjust as the day progresses! We had so many great experiences and encounter, but our three excursions with them were our favorite part of staying at Matachica!!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded Nov 28, 2023
Dear fishing enthusiast, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful feedback. We'll make sure to acknowlege Lucas & Samir. Your words are very valuable, especially given the fact that both guys are fairly new in their roles. Best regards, Wolfgang Matachica & Gaia
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ibcmh wrote a review Feb 2024
Kalamazoo, Michigan21 contributions
This was truly a great experience. My husband and I went for our 40th anniversary. It was the best decision to stay here. The room was great, truly ocean view ( none of that ocean view from a high balcony view and it takes you an hour to get down to the water ). Our French doors open to the beautiful ocean . The food was amazing. The hospitality was extraordinary.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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jennifer b wrote a review Feb 2024
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The bungalows are cute and comfortable. Beds and pillows are amazing. There is no tv but you won’t notice. The staff are diligently taking care of the property. They all treated us like family. There was 8 in four different cabins. Food was amazing the continental breakfast was included and was more than enough. They set up a private dinner that was beyond what we expected I will be back!!!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at our resort! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed a restful stay. We're delighted to hear that you felt like part of the family during your stay. It warms our hearts to know that our staff went above and beyond to ensure your comfort and satisfaction. Our culinary team is thrilled that you enjoyed the amazing food at our resort. We can't wait to welcome you back for another memorable stay! Thank you for choosing our resort, and we look forward to providing you with another exceptional experience in the future.  Warm regards, Matachica Team
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gwardbeeler wrote a review Feb 2024
Boston, Massachusetts689 contributions
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We spent 4 nights at Matachica, Gaia’s sister resort on the ocean. We had a beautiful room, with a water view. The room was spacious, with a comfortable king size bed, fine linens and a mosquito net (we saw no bugs in our casita). There is a nice sitting area with a couch and chairs. The bathroom room was ample with plenty of closet and drawer storage space. After looking at how the other rooms were situated (note that all rooms seemed nice) I was very happy with our beach front casita. The grounds are beautifully maintained. The pool area is also very nice. The beach area is pleasant, with lounge chairs. We also really enjoyed sitting in the giant lounge chairs on the dock and swimming there, the water was wonderful and warm. Unfortunately the seaweed sargassum, which isn’t good to swim in prevented us from swimming from the beach. The grounds keepers are diligent about sweeping it up. On-site you can borrow kayaks or snorkels. It’s important to note that nothing is close to the resort, to get to other beaches or restaurants requires a golf cart rental or taxi. We ate all our meals there. The continental breakfast was included and adequate, served with fresh fruit and delicious granola, and you could get toast if you wanted. We also had morning coffee brought to our room each morning. We ate dinner at both the Bistro and Mambo restaurant. The food was excellent. Service can sometimes be a bit slow or innatentive. We had an exceptional meal at Mambo, which is their upscale restaurant. I also recommend having the Captain’s Dinner, which is a 5 course tasting menu which has a delicious, local menu. If you are looking for an exceptional resort experience, I would recommend Matachica. The staff is attentive and can provide you with what ever you need, transportation to and from the airports, or from Gaia. You don’t need to leave as everything is there for you. The environment is serene without the loud resort music or bar areas every 30 feet.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 4 days ago
Thank you for sharing your recent stay experience at Matachica! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tranquillity and beauty of our oceanfront casitas. While we regret any inconvenience caused by the seaweed, we're grateful for our diligent groundskeepers who work tirelessly to maintain the beach area. Thank you for highlighting our complimentary kayak and snorkel rentals, offering guests the opportunity to explore the beautiful surroundings. Your positive feedback regarding our dining experiences at both Bistro and Mambo restaurant is truly appreciated. We're glad you enjoyed the delicious meals, and we appreciate your feedback regarding service speed! We are honoured to have hosted you and look forward to welcoming you back for another memorable stay. Warm Regards, Matachica Team
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Tianna Martinez wrote a review Feb 2024
Orange County, California2 contributions
I would describe our experience at Matachica as okay, but certainly underwhelming. The entry into the resort is excellent; you have an amazing staff member (Lucas) to greet you and make sure that you arrive at the resort safely. From there, you are escorted to your room which is just beautiful. Perfectly prepared and clean. There was massive construction going on as early as 6am daily and I spoke to the manager of the resort, and he made it right! #1 My issue with Matachica is the resort did nothing for me on my birthday despite me telling them multiple times that it was my birthday. My boyfriend paid housekeeping $ to make balloons and such. I’ve been to resorts all over the world and this was never a question. I felt so let down and sad as it was a milestone birthday. They could have done so much better. #2 The service was not what I would expect at this level of resort. It’s not uncommon for the staff here to overlook you and it takes FOREVER to get service or even a cup of water. Super frustrating for us and made us bitter about spending $ here. #3 Matachica does not explain the tipping structure to you! Every purchase that you make = an additional 15% tax plus the BZE tax of 12.5%. That was very disappointing for me to hear. No place on the island subjects their servers and bartenders to this. Pay your people an appropriate wage and let the men and women on the front lines collect what they deserve.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Anoushka Brandl, Marketing at Matachica Resort and Spa
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for taking the time for your review. We’re certainly disappointed that your stay was « underwhelming » and while we understand your post, we are sorry that you were unhappy. The new spa construction (9:00am until 5pm) was unfortunate and is now completed. I’m glad that we were able to move you to one of our large seafront casitas at no additional cost and glad that this helped alleviate your frustration. With regards to the tipping issue, the policy is posted on the website throughout all printed collateral that circulates at the hotel. This policy is standard in Belize and is found at virtually every establishment in the tourism sector, both on the island and throughout mainland Belize. Most travellers appreciate the simplicity of the policy, and prefer it to the hassle of one off tipping. Belize has generally gravitated in this direction and our experience with it has been generally positive. We’re sorry that you found it to be burdensome.Our staff is generally very attentive and I’m so sorry that you felt neglected. Both your birthday and any other oversight that might have occurred is not right, and I apologize to you for that. We should have done better and your post has been helpful in inspiring our team to perform at their best.  I’m sincerely sorry that we came up short and that your experience was not as you’d hoped. We will continue to strive to do better. Thank you again for choosing Matachica and for taking the time for your post.  Best regards, Matachica Team
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FrancesAndLee wrote a review Feb 2024
London, United Kingdom100 contributions
We enjoyed our arrival ( short flight and boat ride) and the hotel staff made us feel very welcome on our big anniversary. We stayed in a seafront suite with a hot tub which was wonderful. Great spot to view the sea in all its colours. The food is very good but pricey!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for sharing your experience with us!  It's wonderful to know that our hotel staff made you feel very welcome. We're pleased that you found the food very good, although we understand your feedback about the pricing. Your comments are valuable to us as we strive to offer a memorable dining experience alongside our beautiful surroundings. Thank you for choosing to celebrate your anniversary with us. Warm regards,  Matachica Team
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Analesa B wrote a review Feb 2024
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Matachica has got to be one of the most magical places on earth! I decided to celebrate my birthday here with a group of friends. The resort is ideally located to get the best views of the Sunrise in the morning and the moon lit nights. The service is top tier. My concierge advisor Edgar was excellent at suggesting and securing all of my excursions .He is an expert at what he does taking away all the worries of planning and ensuring things go smoothly. The entire staff at Matachica was wonderful and attentive, special mention to Lucas, Job, Charlie, Nathaniel, Julio, Carlos, Florie, Jennifer and Henry (I am forgetting some names) but everyone was simply remarkable. I can't forget about Taco! When you visit you will see why. Every meal was delicious and the Spa was relaxing. I am still glowing from my body treatment. Thank you for making my stay very special. Many significant memories were made and I can't wait to see you all again.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing your remarkable experience at Matachica! We are thrilled to hear that you found our resort to be magical and that your birthday celebration was everything you hoped for. It's wonderful to know that our location, with its stunning sunrise views and moonlit nights, helped create an unforgettable experience for you and your friends. We will pass along your kind words to Edgar, Lucas, Job, Charlie, Nathaniel, Julio, Carlos, Florie, Jennifer, Henry, and Taco, as well as the rest of our staff. They will be thrilled to know that their attentive and wonderful service contributed to your special memories during your stay. Furthermore, we're delighted to hear that you enjoyed every meal and had a relaxing experience at our spa. Thank you for choosing Matachica to celebrate your birthday, and we can't wait to welcome you back for more magical moments in the future. We greatly appreciate your feedback and recommendation. Warm regards, Anoushka and team
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Eric J wrote a review Feb 2024
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An idyllic spot overlooking the ocean. A very tranquil vibe with lots of outdoor furniture to enjoy water views. The staff are very friendly. A special shout out to Archy, Henry, Jose and Aaron. The restaurant is top notch and offers a bistro and a more formal option. Plenty of options were offered that provided a chance to interact with staff and other guests ( a Captain’s Table with 6 course menu and a Rum Tasting). The rooms were spacious and very attractive with custom painting
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at our resort. We're thrilled to hear that you found Matachica to be an idyllic spot. It's great to know that our ample outdoor furniture allowed you to fully enjoy the beauty of the waterfront. We're delighted to hear that our staff, including Archy, Henry, Jose, and Aaron, provided friendly and attentive service throughout your stay. We will make sure to pass along your special shout-out to them, as they will be thrilled to know that they made a positive impact on your experience. It's fantastic to hear that you enjoyed our top-notch restaurant. We're glad that there were plenty of opportunities for interaction with our staff and other guests, such as the Captain's Table with a delightful 6-course menu and the Rum Tasting experience. These offerings aim to enhance our guests' overall experience and create memorable moments. Thank you for choosing Matachica, and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon for another memorable stay by the ocean.
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Maren Miles wrote a review Jan 2024
Punta Gorda, Florida2 contributions
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We stayed at Matachica Resort for our honeymoon and it was everything we hoped for. Upon arriving to the resort by boat we were greeted with two delicious cocktails and the resort dog Taco. We felt very relaxed and comfortable right away. We were led to our casita that was beautiful inside and out. The entire vibe of the resort is so cool and relaxing. We had champagne and local chocolate in our room waiting for us as well as a beautiful flower display on our bed. The entire week was a dream. The food at both restaurants on premise was absolutely delicious every single day no matter what meal. Hats off to the chef! We had great service from the staff the whole week. Some of our favorite bartenders were Carlos, Sylvano, Lance, and Jose. Moises and Julio were also great. Aaron helped us out with all our beach gear and was a joy to speak to. Chris and Henry were our boat captains for our snorkeling excursions. They were knowledgeable, and kept us safe throughout the experiences. Some of our favorite nights at the resort were taco Tuesday and movie night on Thursday. They served us endless tacos and margaritas poolside while listening to a local reggae musician. It was paradise. Movie night was a perfect end to our week, watching Mama Mia under the stars while eating pizza and popcorn. We also had an amazing couples massage that was one of the best I've ever had. We would love to come back and stay here again sometime and also visit their sister lodge in the mountains the Gaiia resort. One thing that we would've liked was a convenience store on premise for snacks, drinks and toiletries. Overall an amazing experience.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for choosing Matachica Resort to celebrate your honeymoon, and for sharing your incredible experience with us.  We're delighted to know that you felt relaxed and comfortable right from the start, with delicious cocktails and the warm welcome from Taco, our resort dog. We strive to create an atmosphere where our guests can truly unwind and enjoy their time with us. We're glad that you were delighted by the special touches in your room, such as the champagne, local chocolate, and flower display. It's great to know that the food at both of our restaurants was delicious every single day, and we will pass along your compliments to our talented chef. We also appreciate your kind words about the great service provided by our staff throughout your stay.  We aim to ensure that all aspects of your stay, from dining to excursions and relaxation, exceed your expectations. Thank you for your feedback regarding the convenience store suggestion. We will take this into consideration as we continue to enhance our amenities and services. We would absolutely love to welcome you back to Matachica Resort in the future, as well as have you visit our sister lodge, the Gaiia Resort in the mountains. Thank you for choosing us to be a part of such a special occasion.  Warm regards, Anoushka & team
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PRICE RANGE
$375 - $745 (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 and Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Matachica Resort and Spa?
Nearby attractions include Wayos Beach Bar (4.7 miles), Secret Beach (3.4 miles), and Coco Loco's Beach Bar (4.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Matachica Resort and Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Matachica Resort and Spa?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, blackout curtains, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Matachica Resort and Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Matachica Resort and Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Matachica Resort and Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Aji Tapa Bar & Restaurant, Cool Beans Café, and Garage Seafood & Steakhouse.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Matachica Resort and Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Matachica Resort and Spa have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Matachica Resort and Spa offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Matachica Resort and Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, Matachica Resort and Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Matachica Resort and Spa 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 and Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.