We decided to do a destination wedding, just the two of us, and Belize was our chosen destination. After doing some research on Trip Advisor, we settled on Tranquility Bay. The trip/wedding planning process was seamless, and all of our questions were promptly answered. Even though our wedding was quite simple, we used Keli with I Do Belize weddings to handle the arrangements for us. She was wonderful, and I would highly recommend using her, no matter the size of your wedding.
We were promptly met at the San Pedro Airstrip and helped over to the dock where the boat to Tranquility Bay was waiting for us. The ride to the hotel takes about 25 minutes, and we were initially concerned that we would feel "stuck" at the resort since it is such an expensive water taxi ride to get back into San Pedro. Turns out that we only felt the need to go into San Pedro a couple of times, and Tranquility Bay's regularly scheduled boat rides into town provided the perfect transportation. We went back into town on our first full day at Tranquility Bay and bought some beer, wine and snacks. I would highly recommend this so you don't have to always pay the prices at the Tackle Box Restaurant on property. The fridge in the room is big enough to hold quite a bit.
We were greeted at Tranquility Bay with a wonderful welcome cocktail and pretty much settled in right away to the relaxing lifestyle. We were booked into the Prime Minister's Suite, Cabana 10. The cabana was amazing - just what we were looking for. We wanted to have our own individual unit that faced right out onto the beach. In walking by a lot of the other properties we researched online, this seemed to be the only that truly fit the bill.
Because we were booked on a wedding/honeymoon package, we didn't really research the other cabanas available. If I were to go back again, I don't think I would book the Prime Minister's Suite - it was very similar to the other 2 bedroom cabanas, but the main difference was the upstairs patio. We didn't really use this, and with all of the bugs, it was difficult to sit out there. I would save your money for something else. The room was extremely clean, well-appointed and spacious. We felt right at home.
We absolutely loved this property and the Tackle Box restaurant - we felt like it became our home away from home. The dinner prices are a little high, especially since you pretty much have to eat there every night, but we did find the food to be quite good, especially the nightly special. We loved getting to know the other guests in the hotel, which is easy to do since it's such a small, intimate place. We found ourselves playing Cribbage at night or beach volleyball during the day with our fellow guests.
I can't say enough about the staff at Tranquility Bay - there are no words to describe how helpful and wonderful they were. Veronica, the head of housekeeping, helped decorate our balcony on our wedding night, which was such a wonderful touch. Everything was done with a smile and you could tell that the staff truly enjoyed being there.
Now, is when I have the huge BUT to all of the things I just wrote. You will notice that I raved about the staff, yet gave this property a 3 for service. This is because we discovered that an employee of the hotel stole about $300 out of our suitcase, and stole even more from our neighbors in Cabana 9. When we couldn't find the money, we refused to believe that it could have been stolen. We loved the staff so much that we convinced ourselves that we had just misplaced the money. When we learned of a similar situation in Cabana 9, we realized that there was a thief on property. I have suggested to their management that they need to install safes in the cabanas. Tranquility Bay is such a peaceful place and it lulls you into this sense of security, and we unfortunately let our guard down, which we should not have done. It was tremendously disappointing that our trust and privacy were violated and it left a bad taste in our mouths. Fortunately, we had such a memorable wedding/honeymoon that we didn't let this ruin our trip. We would definitely go back to Tranquility Bay, but we would be much more careful with our valuables.
Overall, we could not have asked for a better wedding/honeymoon and despite the major snag, Tranquility Bay was almost perfect!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A relaxing 12 miles North of San Pedro Town, Tranquility Bay Resort is a secluded paradise. 10 Separate cabanas line the nicest beach on the island. The only resort on the island where it is safe to snorkel from the beach to the reef! Relax and enjoy our beautiful setting from our water top restaurant and watch the Tarpon, Barracuda and Eagle Rays swim under our dock lights! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tranquility Bay Hotel Ambergris Caye
- Hotel Tranquility Bay
- Tranquility Bay Resort Belize/Ambergris Caye