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Tranquility Bay Resort
Ranked #24 of 56 Hotels in Ambergris Caye
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 24, 2007

This was my third trip to the Belizean Cayes and my second to Tranquility Bay...Last year the resort was brand-new and had some kinks to work out, but they have done it! New staff include Pany's wife as the cook (with yummy dishes like Coco Chili Shrimp and whole Snapper and seafood burritos), his daughter Naria as manager, and his son-in-law Sergio manning the bar and serving many of the meals. Naria can arrange any trips you want to take from the resort - snorkeling, diving, even rafting on the mainland - and she actually even set us up to go all the way to Tikal, Guatemala, and back our last few days of our trip. Sergio makes an incredible rum punch and pina coladas to die for...he really made us feel special with his attentive service, and he always remembered what we liked to drink. Unlike last year, they had menus to choose from at every meal and no set mealtimes, so we didn't tire of the food at all - in fact I think we ate too much!

The resort is clean and sparkling, with the bar/restaurant actually over the water - gorgeous! We went snorkeling right from the dock, and also took kayaks out with snorkel gear and always felt safe because the reef blocks any major swells. We walked all around from there - unlike in San Pedro, you can walk a few miles on the beach - and TB's beach was by far the best on the north island, with soft sand cleaned of seaweed or debris every morning.

Rooms are spacious, light, with great ventilation and fans and air conditioning. I tend to be picky about beds but I slept like a baby on these. Each cabana has at least a room and a loft, so fits four comfortably and more if you want. The one day we had trouble with hot water, they went right out and fixed it right away. A neat thing about Tranquility Bay is that it they use reverse osmosis to make drinking water from ocean water, and it is tasty and completely safe to drink.

The atmosphere at TB was so relaxed, it is hard to return to "real life." As a small, family-run resort that is removed from town, Tranquility Bay feels like a true vacation - from crowds, from hurry, from agendas - where you get really personal service. When we were leaving, they were getting ready to host a wedding, and the whole staff was excited about it. I'm sure it was a very special day. I know I can hardly wait to go back!

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 1, 2007

Tranquility bay is not cheap, not expensive. They forgot us on the airport, but we were picked up with a boat soon. A house on the beach, that's what we came for. Walk out of your house and you're on the white sandy beaches (with stinging flies.... like everywhere in Belize). And then... relaxing, relaxing, relaxing. That's what we wanted, and that's what we got. We stayed here for three days, just doing nothing at all (except snorkling). In the big bar / restaurant you can get a drink or a snack and three meals a day. No choice (just the catch of the day), not special, but nice. The chef is a very friendly and relaxed guy. I guess we were lucky, because the owners were there. They were very present, if you know what I mean (sorry for Americans, but they were typical Americans... very noisy, very impressed by themselves and only interested in you when they hear about your employment; Europeans will understand what we mean). But because of their presence, the staff was very active. I'm afraid the staff will losen up, when the owners aren't there.
When you except there's nothing to do, and you except you'll have no choice what's on the menu, and you except to pay far too much for lunch and dinner, then you'll have a great and relaxing holiday just like it's supposed to be in Belize.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank M&CUtrecht
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Reviewed January 22, 2007

Tranquility Bay Resort is THE place to stay in Belize or on Ambergris Caye. The resort is located on the North end of the Island right off the beach and within close proxemity of The Barrier Reef. You can hear the surf breaking on the reef constantly. Pany Arceo and his family truly understand great customer service. This resort is the perfect spot for a relaxing few days away from the city. Catch up on some good books, or just tune out everyone on a hammock on the beach. The Tackle Box Bar and Grille is located just off the beach out in the reef. A great place to see fish of all types and sizes. Since the resort is located far enough from San Pedro the view of the night sky is terrific. This IS the place to stay in Belize!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 11, 2007

I have been holding off on writing a review of TBR because we mostly really love it. The rooms are great, clean spacious and have VERY comfortable beds. The beach is really lovely, we had heard lots about sea grass and it was totally avoidable. The sand on the beach was so soft and clean. The water was amazing and generally the staff were great to deal with.
My only complaint about Tranquility Bay is the food. They have GOT to do something about the food. Fish with the head on, runny, nasty eggs in the morning, one choice of entree, specfic time every day, advance notice of whether or not you will be attending meals, etc. I think they need to get a real restaurant in there and fast. We will definitely not be staying there again until they so something about the food situation. I need an actual menu and need to be able to choose what I want to eat!!!
It's a shame too, because we loved it otherwise. We loved being away from town and having the quiet solitude. And like I said the accomodations were really great.
Please, please TBR, do something about the food so we can come back!!!!

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank UsMojie
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Reviewed December 20, 2006

Two Weeks vacation at Tranquility Bay Resort
Magnificant country
November 21 - 12/3/06

Reviewer: TRANQUILITY BAY RESORT is a tranquil, beautiful, family oriented and safe place to take a vacation. My husband and I, and another couple, just returned from Tranquility Bay Resort. We loved the area, the cabanas with cooking facilities and the Tackle Box Beach Bar/Restaurant. The food is excellent including daily-caught fish and lobster as well as other entrees. Wonderful fresh fruit is also available. How could we ask for more?

Pany, the resort manager, is a very colorful and friendly person who is known all over Belize. His office manager, Neria, and her staff are wonderful and very helpful. The local personnel are always willing to help where and when needed and provide daily maid service.

The beach front cabanas and the property are well maintained. Beautiful cocoanut palms are scattered along the white sandy beach and the area is surrounded by a coral reef, the second largest in the world. On the deck of the Tackle Box Sea Bar you can see Eagle Rays and other types of fish swimming nearby.

We took a trip to the Lamanai Mayan Ruins. They were very impressive. Other side trips are available as is deep sea fishing, snorkeling and diving.

We would certainly recommend this resort to anyone and would definitely go back again. If you are looking for a place to just get away and relax, this is definitely the place to go.

Stayed: November 2006
2  Thank Aliah
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Reviewed November 6, 2006

My husband and I and our two teenage daughters stayed for several days in August. It being off season, we had almost the whole place to ourselves. We ALL had an incredible time sailing (over, around and onto the coral!), snorkeling and kayaking. The cabanas were beautiful and we were very impressed with the incredible woodworking on the ceilings, stairways and cabinets. But most importantly the staff was amazing. Pany is truly the greatest host one could have and the chef and bar staff were so friendly and helpful we always felt like we were amongst friends. The food was often fresh from the ocean and even the kids loved it! We will definitely be back!

Stayed: August 2006
2  Thank Delmartraveler
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Reviewed October 30, 2006

My wife and I visited Belize in September and stayed at
Tranquility Bay Resort near San Pedro in Ambergris Caye. We loved it! It was so beautiful and relaxing. The cabanas were very and clean and had a full kiychen in each unit. All had hand done furniture, woodwork and ceilings. We fished, kayaked and snorkeled on the reef everyday wich was just feet from the front of our room . The staff was excellent and Panny even helped us organize a trip to the ruins and few miles away. The food was very good...we had fresh fish and lobster almost every day. The Tackle Box Bar owned by the resport (over the water in the pictures) had vistors all throught out the day, people from all over the world. My wife and i had a great time, enjoyed the good weather, food and service. It was great fun and a beautiful place to relax.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mryancha
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Additional Information about Tranquility Bay Resort

Address: | Basil Jones Cut, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Ambergris Caye
#15 Romantic Hotel in Ambergris Caye
#16 Top resorts Hotel in Ambergris Caye
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Ambergris Caye
Price Range: $125 - $315 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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 
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Tranquility Bay Hotel Ambergris Caye
Hotel Tranquility Bay
Tranquility Bay Resort Belize/Ambergris Caye

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