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Banyan Bay Suites
Ranked #22 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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86 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“I want to live here!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2007

We loved it. CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN!!!!! The rooms are very large appartments with everything you need. The staff is very friendly. They were very helpful when It came to tracking down our lost luggage. The pool is large and multilevel. We sat in the shallow end every day and drank "panty rippers". They have someone on staff who can plan all of your excursions. She knows everyone it town and gets you to the best places. All of the people in town are very kind and gracious. The entire country is beautiful. It has the best diving in the world.....Hole Chan, Blue Hole....unbelivable

Make sure when you go into a bar in San Pedro and order the "Panty Ripper" they knwo what it is. The explanatation for the name is hilarious.

  • Liked — large room and huge master bath
  • Disliked — absolutly no complaints
  • Stayed September 2003, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2007

Our family of 5 with 3 teenagers stayed for a week at Banyan Bay and really enjoyed it. We had a three bedroom condo on the second floor of building H (unit H-5). It faced the beach and ocean - the building is about 15 feet from the beach.

The unit had a front porch which was great to sit on and eat breakfast, a living / dining area with small open kitchen with 3 stool breakfast bar, a master bedroom with kingsize bed and attached bath with separate shower and tub and two sink vanity, a second small bedroom with double bed and attached full bath; upstairs was a large bedroom (without a view) with two double beds, a full bath and a large office area. The kitchen had a full refridgerator, regular size oven with stove, microwave, toaster and coffeemaker. It had a full set of dishes, glasses and utensils. The unit was all fresh and well maintained and comfortable - easily on par with condos I have rented in Hilton Head and Colorado. There is daily maid service with fresh towels. The unit is air conditioned - which is needed more for the humidity than the temperatures - the sea breeze made it very comfortable in the shade; the sun is hot.

The beach was very nice by San Pedro standards - about 20 - 25 feet wide sloping into a swimming area that was free of grass until about 30 feet out. Vendors (often children) stop by periodically when you are on the beach offering bracelets etc., but it is occasional and they are pleasant and readily accept "no thank you". The hotel raked the sea grass off the beach daily although on one windy day, the kids stayed out of the water because the wind and waves resulted in too much sea grass in the water. The pool was large by the island standards with a shelf area 6 inches deep, a shallow area (2 feet deep) and then a 4 - 6 foot area. The staff would come to the beach and pool area periodically to take drink orders. The resort supplied beach towels at the front desk which must be returned there or you are charged.

I do not know how full they were - but it never felt crowded - seldom were there more than a dozen people on the lounge chairs at the beach or at the pool. Very relaxing.

We ate at Ricos for two lunches and one dinner. The lunches were good and reasonably priced. The dinner was a disappointment. We also ate at, and enjoyed, Sunset Grill and Blue Water Grill. The front desk staff was very helpful.

We used the Bottom Time dive shop for a dive at Hol Chan, snorkeling at shark/ray alley and for a reef fishing trip. They were efficient, timely and well organized. We used Amigo del Mar for diving on two days and were disappointed with their service and organization.

We brought some food with us and purchased the remaining food at Marianna's and the other small grocery - both of these are within about 100 yards of the entrance to Banyan Bay and contain a decent variety of basics including many US breakfast cereals, peanut butter etc.

Banyan Bay will pick you up from the airport and take you back without charge. We rented a golf cart on an hourly basis from the front desk on 3 or 4 days to go into town for dinner or shopping. We also walked into town (about a mile) several evenings. I had originally considered renting a golf cart for the week - I'm glad I did not.

Walking the beach/seawall we visited most of the other resorts south of town - we did not think any of them came up to the standards of Banyan Bay other than Victoria House. Victoria House looked beautiful and for a couple I would recommend it (although there is no beach - only a seawall), but Victoria House did not look like a family resort - strictly for couples.

At the time of this review Banyan Bay is ranked #1 for families in San Pedro on tripadvisor and it deserves this ranking. We definitely recommend it and hope to return.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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St. Louis, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2007

Banyan Bay Villas has among the best pools and beaches in the San Pedro area, so the kids can play on their own for hours. Most of the other hotels in this area have no beach (just sand but no access to the water), and smaller pools.

We traveled as two families, each with kids 5 and 9. The staff was very helpful in booking adjacent suites on the second floor overlooking the pool; we got exactly what they promised. The suites were very large and comfortable, air-conditioned, each with a fully equipped kitchen, large living rooms (can add a sofa bed), a balcony, two bedrooms, and two full baths. There are three small markets within a hundred yards of the hotel entrance, so you can easily stock up on bottled water and fill the fridge. It is hard to find fresh fruit and vegetables. The suites have cable TV, phones. There is good wireless and wired internet access, but only in the hotel lobby.

The hotel is about 1 ½ miles south of the main town of San Pedro. You can walk along the dusty (or muddy, depending on the weather) main street, which was being rebuilt during our stay, or get a taxi, or rent a golf cart from the front desk. I don’t recommend staying in the nice hotels or condos north of San Pedro, since there is no easy way to get to town on your own.

The dive shop people are happy to arrange your snorkel trip, river adventure, and tours, and they will assist with your travel arrangements too. I was told the hotel has a concierge, she was very nice but seemed more interested in selling time-shares and was never available to help with reservations. All of the staff were friendly and helpful.

The hotel restaurant, Rico’s, is right on the beach (nice to let the kids play while we enjoy the breeze) and we found the food good but expensive. Try the lobster ceviche and the fruit platter. There is a great selection of casual and fancy restaurants in San Pedro; all are fairly expensive so we were happy to have most breakfasts and lunches in our rooms.

Banyan Bay is a little bland - but they have everything you need to relax and enjoy Ambergris Caye with small kids. For a more exotic setting, try Xanadu next door.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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houston Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2007

I booked a trip to Belize for DH's birthday and wanted a family friendly place since we were taking 13mo DS with us. Wow. The resort matched the photos. Our rooms were great, the service was excellent- Anna our housekeeper was warm and gave us alot of good info. The concierge and front desk were helpful with anything we needed or asked. The maintainance men even re-programmed our tv remote when the baby played with it, and blew up his pool floaty for us. We rented a golf cart from Polo's and it was a great choice. The only down side to Banyan Bay is Rico's- the food was so bland and so overpriced, I skipped meals rather than go into town or eat there. The reef has suffered alot of damage over the last 5 years so the snorkeling was a disappointment, but with the increase in tourists, I shouldnt be surprised. One other thing, Belize used to be an affordable vacation spot, but its not anymore. The price on everything has gone up considerably. As much as we loved Banyan Bay, I think this 5th trip to Belize may be my last as I search for another affordable place.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Utah
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2007

We were a large family group, I did a LOT of research on where to stay on Ambergris. After reading reviews I was nervous about Banyan Bay.

If you are going to Belize with children, Banyan Bay's swimming pool is THE BEST on the island. We almost stayed at Xanadu, Ramon's, and SunBreeze, and in the end decided on Banyan Bay. It was the perfect setup for us. I looked at the other hotels mentioned above once there, and was very pleased with our choice. Yes, Xanadu had a little more "ambiance", if you're a honeymooner, I might opt there. But, once again, Banyan Bay is excellent for families with kids. The beach was a true beach unlike the others. Xanadu for example has a 8' wide beach, the rest is big rocks built up as a barrier...not kid friendly.

The condos are well equipped. We rented out 5 different rooms, so I was able to get a feel for a lot of the different rooms. They are all decorated differently, some more luxurious, others plain, but it didn't matter. They all had PLENTY of room. Kitchens had blenders, toasters, microwaves, ovens, and stoves. Plus the necessary cooking utensils needed to whip up a quick meal. There were safes in the rooms.

No washer and dryer as stated in 1 previous review.
No bottled water provided as stated in 1 previous review.

Ricos was a little pricey, but convenient. WIth kids, we opted to eat in most of the time.

There were 3 convenient stores within walking distance to get necessary items like milk, tortillas, water, etc. If you want fresh veggies, you have to go into town. Prices are reasonable for necessity items. 1 gallon of water is $1.50 US. If you want Pringles, expect to pay $3 US. Town is a ways away. We ended up renting golf carts and that was a very fun way to explore the island.

Staff was friendly. Never got hassled to buy a timeshare. Maids were good and none of us had anything stolen. The babysitter was a nice lady. We never used her, but she'd come say hi everyday and hold our young kids by the pool. I would've felt safe using her, we just never needed her. Gardens and grounds were well kept and cleaned daily.

The little adventure shop out on the pier were nice people, we didn't use them for our diving, but they seem to be able to arrange most things. We used Chuck and Robbies, and were very pleased with them and their prices.

Once again, if you are taking kids, without a doubt, this is where I'd stay now that I've been to Ambergris.

  • Liked — Size of rooms
  • Disliked — nothing major, a little pricey I guess.
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
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Albany, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2007

Our adult children decided to celebrate our 60th birthdays by taking us to Belize with them for incredible scuba diving at the reef off San Pedro and 3 days/4 nights of adventures at Caves Branch Jungle Lodge. We loved our stay at the Villas at Banyun Bays and one of the biggest reasons was the onsight dive shop, Bottom Time. The dive masters at Bottom Time Dive Shop were wonderful. Our family represented everything from snorklers to recently certified divers to
experienced divers and the folks at the dive shop took care of us all. They even organized a trip to Mayan Ruins, leaving right from our dock. Thanks especially to Eli for organizing everything. We can't say enough nice things about everyone connected with Bottom Time.

Stayed March 2007
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Saratoga, CA, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2007

Banyan Bay is a nice condo, very American style as reported. We had no problems and it was clean and the staff was very friendly.

We never got hassled with buying a place but we were always busy on fishing, divning and Mayan ruins trips every day.

The condos had satellite tv so that was good to catch up on the news and it was equipt for cooking. I cooked up our snappers one night and it saved us some cash.

I didn't get a chance to visit the other hotels so I can't compare them. I went with my son and his girlfriend and her father so we shared the tab so it was a good deal.

Rico's was expensive as reported but it was convienent. A cab to town was $5 us so you save $10 by avoiding that fee. We liked Elvis Kitchen the best and Carambas was good too. Go to the Sunset Grill for lunch to see the Tarpon feeding! It was awesome!!

See my trip report on the forum page! email me at dharada@comcast.net for more details of the place!

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Banyan Bay Suites
Address: Seagrape Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize (Formerly The Villas at Banyan Bay)
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in San Pedro
#13 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#19 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#21 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#24 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Banyan Bay Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located by the beach less than a mile from downtown San Pedro, Banyan Bay Suites offers a great getaway from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. Featuring 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms poolview and beachfront suites and 3 bedrooms/3 bathrooms beachfront suites, with kitchen fully equipped and central air conditioned. Spa is available onsite. A 3-level fresh water pool. Pier 366 Seafood House located by the beach offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. A full service diveshop onsite, that can help in your diving and snorkeling activities. A tour desk that can help in fishing and trips to the mainland including the Mayan temples, ziplining, cave tubing and the Belize Zoo. Banyan Bay Suites is the perfect resort for activities or relaxation. ... more   less 
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