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Matachica Resort & Spa
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Talk about paradise! Perfect mix of luxury and relaxation without being snobby. Everyone was extremely friendly! Ms Abbey would have made our trip alone, but all staff are obviously very well trained and held to a high bar of excellence. It was the little touches too. Like a bowl of flowers under your view when getting a massage, and that staff knew you by your first name basis.

The activities were impressive for such a small resort. We paddle boarded, kayaked, and learned how to sail all in one week!

We stayed in one of the deluxe ocean front casitas and it was worth it if you can afford it. Staring from your bed at the beautiful turquoise water was something to behold. A first we were thrown off by no tv, but by the end of the week we were glad.

The food was also amazing, but i'll write a separate review Mambo's. spoiler alert: the pasta is great!

We don't usually visit the same place twice, but we may have to make an exception here!

Room Tip: Luxury ocean front all the way!
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Suebdoo11
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

This place is absolutely amazing. At 2 full time employees per guest room, this resort is on top of their game at every moment. Matachica is romantic and laid back, and luxurious but not pretentious. It's not for the spring-breaker...the atmosphere is quiet, relaxing, and romantic. Every employee was warm and friendly and every other guest we met was absolutely in love with Matachica! And the food will knock your socks off! Fantastic!!!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Jim A
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

The going to Matachica Beach Resort is Easy but the leaving is Hard . Even though it hurts my heart to say good-by ....I am eager to go again .This was our 9 th. visit for our 58th. A. And once again the staff made it Special for us .The weather was off-on rain this year but we hardly noticed it cause the Staff and other guest made " sunshine " inside ....we laughed , talked , played cards eat and had drinks ... A good time was had by all .This is just the most perfect place for us...we kick back and the Staff takes care of us in style . I can not think of another place I would rather be in that space of time . Every one there is dear to us ...as I write that ...I get a hurt in my heart and tears come ... but knowing we will return next year and they will welcome us Home makes the wait a tad more easy .

Room Tip: Every Casita is perfect ...nicely spaced... Excellent comfort... beyond maintained....Always clean and Fresh .
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank nisley
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Matachica is the perfect beach resort--super friendly accommodating staff, relaxed sophistication, private accommodations, quiet, well-maintained beautiful grounds on the beach and excellent food. We spent 4 days at this resort having stayed on the mainland at another resort which was the most expensive in the Cayo district and was quite disappointing. I wish we had stayed longer at Matachica. We had researched a number of the best luxury resorts on Ambergris Caye and settled on Matachica and were happy we did. After visiting some of the other resorts during our stay, Matachica was clearly the best resort we saw and exceeded our expectations.

We had a very nice ocean view casita, Blueberry, which was very private and romantic, away from the main building and 50 feet from the ocean. The thatched roof, concrete/tile floor, and island decor was relaxing and inviting. Having stayed at some of the most high-end beach resorts in the world, Matachica is one of the most authentic in island ambience and did not try too hard to be something it is not. If you are looking for more formality akin to a Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons, this resort is probably not for you as it is more informal in its elegance but comparable in service quality. I do wish our casita had better WiFi reception, but did not miss the lack of TV or phone in the casita. The casual sophistication was intoxicating and relaxing and was complemented by a very attentive, friendly staff providing excellent service. Whatever we asked for, they accommodated us consistently with a warm smile and pleasing attitude. Kudos to the management's focus on consistent superior service from reservations, restaurant/bar and the front desk to housekeeping and the activity beach hut.

The food at Mambo restaurant was expensive by Belizean standards but in line with other high-end resorts; however, the quality and presentation of the food was worth the expense. The dining atmosphere with the cool breeze and view over the beach was so relaxing. The ceviche, seafood pasta, crab-stuffed grouper, seafood grill and lobster dishes were all excellent. While the complimentary continental breakfast with fresh orange juice, coffee/tea, pineapple/banana/papaya, muffin/banana bread was good and generously portioned, we also supplemented with the western omelet and Belgian waffle with real maple syrup which did not disappoint. We also tend to be more particular with food due to dietary concerns and Matachica was happy to accommodate our requests.

We took advantage of the complimentary snorkeling gear, paddle boats, bikes, paddle boards, and sea kayaks. Having only a 10-15 minute paddle out to the barrier reef directly in front of the resort made for convenient, great snorkeling. The resort provided semi-private, small tours including snorkeling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley (both highly recommended) that were surprisingly in line with the prices others charged online without the ususal resort mark-up.

The quiet resort is 5 miles north of lively San Pedro town with its local restaurants and bars filled with tourists and expats but the town is only a 15-minute boat ride away or 25-30 minute bike ride from the resort. I did wish that the resort had more boats scheduled to/from town particularly if you want to stay later in the evening (the last water taxi from town was 10:30pm). Yet, it was nice not to be located too close to the town congestion. We made some nice friends with other couples during our stay at the resort which we will likely stay in touch with.

Overall, Matachica was a perfect beach resort to cap off a wonderful, relaxing vacation in Belize. We plan to return again.

Room Tip: Closer to the ocean is better with respect to views, cooler breezes as well as fewer mosquitos. The sea view casitas are nice and good value for the price.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Christopher C
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

We had three quick days at this friendly, seaside resort. Had some bad luck with strong winds and a bit of rain, but still had a relaxing experience. The entire staff were exceptional and we loved our "Banana" palapa suite. Not exactly roughing it! A very nice continental breakfast was included and our dinners were excellent (grilled snapper, Carib lobster, etc). We were delighted with our stay, but not sure we would have enjoyed the remote location and solitude for an entire week. The unusual weather held us back from some kayaking and reef snorkeling, but we still had a memorable experience. Again .... great staff!

Room Tip: Don't be afraid of moving back from the edge of the beach. Very quiet and very comfortable.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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