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“Always a wonderful stay” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Athens Gate
Ranked #2 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
“Always a wonderful stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

Joe and Rhonda Lawrence sure know how to build a first class intimate resort. The accommodations are spacious and well appointed. Eliazar ("E") has been with the developer since the beginning of Athens Gate and previously with Athens sister resort, Pelican Reef. We have stayed multiple times at both and have always experienced personable, courteous, attentive and professional service. E and James took care of our every need from arranging our fishing\snorkeling trip to serving ice cold Belican beer and many tropical drinks. Ask E to make a "bushwacker" for you! We can't wait until our next trip. Don't pass Athens or Pelican Reef up - these are definitely the places to stay on Ambergris Caye. Both are only a 5 minute golf cart ride to the middle of San Pedro.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

I don't even know where to start! The resort is beautiful well kept clean and so modern! The drinks amazing James was our bar tender most of the week and the Piña Coladas to die for! E made all of our excursion reservations and recommended great restaurants the hospitality here is like none other! Oh don't let me forget the beds so comfortable we stayed in room 7 overlooking the Carribbean Sea the balcony is huge the rooms are big I just can't say enough great things about this resort! Rhonda the owner helped book this and anytime I had a question before we got there even right down to the weather she had it covered a true doll! James and E were amazing host made us feel at home and so helpful! They set up our excursions with Tuff E Nuff and those guys were great! All together this vacation was a blast we are a family of four our kids are teens and had so much fun the pool is always clean and the beach is sooooo clean the doc is beautiful we had such a blast hands down a 5 Star resort!!

  • Stayed June 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

We love staying here. Beautiful condo, gorgeous pool, First class service. James the bartender and E the manager take excellent care of you. This resort is located on south side of island, and is quiet.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Pearland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

Just home from a short but wonderful stay in Belize at the MOST beautiful place on the island, Athens Gate. You can't go wrong here. I don't even have enough time to write about all the great things to say about the place but the staff, OH MY!! They are simply and amazingly AWESOME! E and James were at our beck and call and treated us like royalty. I wouldn't even consider staying somewhere else on a return trip! Best bartenders around! If it is your wish, it is their command. They are ALL THAT!! RS

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

We recently stayed at Athens Gate for our 3rd time - there is nowhere else we would even consider staying on Ambergris Caye. From the beautifully appointed units to the immaculately kept grounds, it's a perfect place to stay.
E and James were always so attentive to our needs, whether it was setting up an excursion, mixing a drink at the pool bar, or giving us restaurant suggestions for dinner. They met us upon our arrival, and were there to say goodbye on our final day. Even the owners, Joe and Rhonda, made us feel right at home.

On this trip, we stayed in one of the 2 bedroom units on the 3rd floor. It was tastefully furnished, and the kitchen was equipped with everything we needed. On our two previous trips, we stayed in one of the 3 bedroom units, and it was equally as nice. Last summer we brought our then 13 year old twins, and they felt right at home.

Athens Gate is a slice of paradise that I think about long after the trip is over. My husband and I have traveled extensively, but Ambergris Caye and Athens Gate will always be at the top of our list.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

We have traveled the world and by far this hotel rates up there as one of the best. The place exceeded our expectations. Our unit was huge and had all the comforts of home. The property was beautifully well kept. The service was top notch. E and James (manager and bar tender) saw to it that we had everything we needed. The pictures you see online don't give this place justice even the professional ones. It's better than that! It's a little outside of town maybe 2 miles, but it's so much more peaceful and quiet and yet still close enough to town. Golf carts are for rent here and is how the tourists get around. We can't say enough good things about Athens Gate. We've seen the town and many other hotels. We will be back here again with our children. There's only one choice for us and it's Athens Gate!

Room Tip: Second floor and above have better views of ocean and pool.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

As a person that travels for a living, I thought I had experienced everything that was possible.That was until I stayed at Athens Gate. The owners have risen the bar on excellence.
Yes, the condos are perfect, spotless and with all the amenities that is expected from a five star location. It is the staff and the attention to detail that far exceeds anything that I have experienced.
You can find no better a staff that is willing and eager to make sure your stay is enjoyable. I was a quarter mile away on the beach when James appeared with a towel. He noticed that I needed one and ran one to me. E has a knack of knowing what you want before you do. In setting up tours, sailing, etc. E gets you what you want-not steering you towards just a few. No inside deals here. It is what is best for the customer!
The grounds are beautiful. I made a game out of trying to find one leaf out of place and never found one. The beach seemed to be constantly raked. Nothing but white sand.
I found paradise.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Athens Gate
Address: Beach Front, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#5 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#9 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Swaying Palms, sandy beaches, and warm ocean breezes welcome you to Athens Gate Resort. Experience unparalleled luxury, and service that is raising the standards, in one of our 2 or 3 bedroom villas. Athens Gate blends deluxe amenities and breath-taking views with a discreet location 2.5 miles south of San Pedro to give your trip seclusion with real panache! ... more   less 
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