This was one of the most amazing places we've ever been. The grounds are gorgeous, the room was fantastic (they gave us a free upgrade for our honeymoon to a suite bigger than our apartment), the people were just great. Seriously, it was unreal.
We split our time in Belize between two different regions (Placencia and Ambergris Caye) and while both were excellent, Ambergris and the Phoenix definitely came out on top. The town of San Pedro is definitely more active and there's a lot more choice in things to do and restaurants to eat at. I would encourage people to go out and eat, since we definitely enjoyed the local food more than the bar/pool food (which is theoretically from the Red Ginger, but in our experience, was not on the same level) and then eat at the Red Ginger if you want to have a nice dinner. There are lots of places along the beach. We felt completely safe walking around the city, including at night, and everyone seemed nice and friendly.
We did excursions to the reef and to Lamanai, a Mayan ruin, both booked through the hotel, and had a blast on both. There are lots of other options, both in the ocean and on land, that you can book through the hotel or that you can arrange on your own through local operators. I can't speak for the legitimacy of the dozens of places along the beach offering trips, but there was certainly loads of variety!
We were actually pleasantly surprised by the beach, since we'd been told that there really wasn't one, but there actually is; there isn't one directly in front of the Phoenix, but if you walk even just a little ways in either direction, there are plenty of places you can walk in from white sand to warm, wonderful, ocean. There's usually seaweed about 50 feet in, but we still quite enjoyed it. And if you want deeper, you can go onto one of the many piers and jump off. It really worked out quite nicely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Phoenix Resort is a modern and luxurious beachfront resort located on Ambergris Caye, Belize, and in the charming town of San Pedro. What we offer on-site: Red Ginger serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room service, a pool bar and rooftop bar, Sol Spa, the island’s most popular spa, a beautiful heated saline chlorinated main pool and separate heated saline lap pool, fitness center, and business center. What’s included in our rates: Round trip ground taxi transfers, daily maid service and nightly turn down service, Keurig coffee maker and pods, bottled water, free Wi-Fi, in suite Bose wireless speakers and iPads, Aveda bath products, use of bicycles, kayaks, paddle boards, yoga classes, painting classes, chocolate tastings, wine tastings, free daily cocktail mixers from 5pm to 6pm, on-site fitness center, access to local gym and Crossfit facilities, and more. Breakfast is not included but is available on-site. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Phoenix Hotel San Pedro
- The Phoenix Resort Belize/San Pedro