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Matachica Resort & Spa
Ranked #8 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 24, 2013

The Matachica Resort is truly one of a kind. We have never experienced anything quite like the R & R that Matachica provided. Somehow, staff members have managed to find the prefect balance between luxury and simplicity. Staying at the Matachica Resort is like staying with brothers and sisters that you actually like. The informality we felt among the staff, remained unspoiled and welcomed. We stayed on a package which included dinner each night. We never tired of the dining. The food was excellent and unlike other vacation experiences, we would have eaten our dinner every night at the Matachica even if we did not have the package. It was like having a home cooked meal by a renowned chef each night. The expertise by which this hotel operates should be envied by other hotels. Everything runs smoothly and it seems to come easily and happily. The design of this property, inside and out, uses the stunning natural surroundings in a remarkable way. It appears that much thought went in to building while preserving the environment at the same time. This beautiful property, The Matachica, has it all going on!

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

After a week long mission trip working at Holy Cross Anglican School in San Pedro, we took a few day of R&R at Matachica. What an incredible resort. We were treated like royalty from the time we boarded the boat to take us to the resort until the final golf cart ride to the airport. The staff is amazingly courteous and friendly and they were quietly present around the resort to cater to our needs and desires. We stayed in a beachfront "Casita" that was about 50 ft from the water. A double sized beach chaise and a hammock were right out side our door. We never turned the AC on as the beach breezes and the well ventilated casitas stayed nice and cool. We could open the front door and see the waves breaking on the barrier reef from our king sized, mosquito netted bed. We took advantage of the spa services and had massages for a very relaxing time. The resort has kayaks, surf boards, sailboats, pedal boats, scuba gear and fishing gear available at no charge to guests. Lots of other diving and water experiences could be arranged by the staff.
The swimming pool was a beautiful infinity pool with lounge chairs in the water and a hot tub available. The food and drink were wonderful too. Water taxis were availed to take guests into San Pedro for shopping or dining away from the resort, but the food at the resort restaurant is so good that we didn't want to take any time away from being at Matachica.

One could very easily get used to this relaxed and beautiful place. The lifestyle in Belize operates on island time which is a very casual pace. This is an incredibly restful place, especially after working at the school. It is an adult resort, no children under 12, so if you are looking for a quiet spot enjoy and relax on the cayes of Belize, Matachica is a wonderful resort.

Room Tip: The Casitas on the beach are worth the extra expense!
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Kathy C
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

We have stayed at Mata Chica three years in a row. Although we have looked and stayed at other resorts there are none better in our opinion. Friendly staff, activities if you want them, beach is very well kept and food is sensational. Mata Chica has an earthy organic atmosphere that is unrivaled on this island. Something happens to me when I walk through the doors and I am able to leave the troubles of the world behind. The staff greets you upon arrival with fresh cool towel and a complimentary drink of your choosing. The cabanas are painted in the beautiful shades of various fruits. The rooms are exceptional and the turn down service in the evening includes second mini clean with fresh towels. Continental breakfast that comes complimentary with room is delicious and quite large. It is a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of town. We won't stay anyplace else--Mata Chica has my heart.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

After leaving Belmopan with tropic air (quite a scary flight!) and a 10 minutes boat ride, what a pleasant surprise to arrive at the beautiful Matachica Resort.
We stayed in a beachfront casita for 5 nights. It was windy when we where there so it made quite some noise but to open our door and see the turquoise sea every morning was so relaxing. The staff was helpful, friendly and caring. The food at the restaurant, the Mambo, was very good. We went with a pedal boat to the reef and snorkelled and did sea kayak. We walked on the beach (which outside the resort is quite dirty) to see other resorts and we think that matachica is definitely the best one in San Pedro!

Room Tip: The view of the beachfront casita is beautiful!
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Wow what a great place for a few days R & R. It doesn’t seem to matter where you stay as it’s a really small resort and all the casitas are well positioned. Our casita was nicely laid out and equipped. The staff were really great and the trips we did to the Hol Chan marine reserve and our boat trip looking for Manatees were really memorable.
If it wasn’t such a long way from our home we would be tempted to visit Matachica again.

Room Tip: if you like swimming, its the pool not the beach.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Matachica is magic, from the moment you are met at the airport in San Pedro by Christopher and whisked away for a 10 minutes boat trip up the caye. As so many reviewers have said, the staff is wonderful - helpful, informed, always anticipating ones comfort. Our casita was splendid with the sea right outside and a contant refreshing breeze. Fresh flowers every day on the sheets and towels, and towel sculptures in the bathroom. Quiet reigned, relaxation was immediate. And the food, not enough is said about the chef. He is a treasure. We majored in fish, and whether blackened, stuffed, or grilled, it was scrumptious.
Watching geckos, lizards, hermit crabs, and lovely birds, sunsets and sunrises. We kayaked out to the reef, a piece of cake even for the uninitiated, to find the best snorkeling we've ever experienced. Go in the morning when the rising sun dapples the reef. Breathtaking.
One of us indulged in the 90-minute massage and was extremely pleased.
We hated to leave and will go back. We feel as if we've made friends there. Burga in reservations, Margaret one of the servers, and Ever at the bar.
As an aside, we were at Matachica for Valentines Day. Every available spot in the main building was set with tables for dinner, decorated with lovely red flowers. A telling sign that the restaurant is considered one of the best in Belize.

Room Tip: Seaside casitas are worth the extra money.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Kate W
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Just returned from an 8 night stay in Matachica for our honeymoon. WOW - what a place! It really does stand head and shoulders above everything else I've experienced (and been lucky enough to stay at some great places in my time).

Firstly, it has very cleverly defined its own unique style that brims with character and class without being too showy or overly contemporary. It blends beautifully into its surroundings, unlike most of the other resorts on the island, and everything is furnished and decorated impeccably, with nice little touches everywhere.

We stayed in one of their "Sea Breeze Suites". We'd seen the pictures on their website before, but even so, when we arrived and were shown into the room, we were blown away. The room was really spacious, laid out brilliantly, and had all of the facilities you would need. It had an almost rustic charm about it whilst being spotlessly clean so created a really warm feeling that you don't get in your more typical resort rooms that are plastered in glossy and marbled surfaces.

The pool is excellent. This is important because the sea is not really great for swimming due to the shallow depth and the prevalence of sea grasses. The resort was full while we were there and yet there was only ever a small handful of people around the pool so it never felt crowded. There are deck chairs in the shallows or you can use it to swim lengths without having to negotiate twee pool features that you often get in many resorts.

As for the service and staff, I cannot speak of them highly enough. I challenge you to find a friendlier staff anywhere! They really make a difference. From the moment we landed to the moment we were returned to the airport, our every need was met. While we were there, one of the guys took me out on their small sailboat to show me the ropes, and everyone was courteous and kind to a fault. Dinner service was brilliant. Breakfast was perfect. In fact, everything was spot on.

If you're thinking of Belize, you should go to Matachica. It is gem and an absolute treat!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Matachica Resort & Spa

Address: Beachfront | 5 miles north of San Pedro, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize (Formerly Matachica Beach Resort)
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Pedro
#2 Spa Hotel in San Pedro
#4 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#7 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#7 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#22 Family Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range: $337 - $458 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Matachica Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Matachica Resort & Spa is an extraordinary, secluded and peaceful resort that sits on the beach facing the Caribbean Sea and the second largest barrier reef on the planet earth. The resort has 27 single unit casitas, each air conditioned with private porch. All rooms except SeaView Cabanas have one king sized bed, SeaView Cabanas have two queens. We also have one two-bedroomm 2-bathroom SeaBreeze Villa. All with beautiful Frette and Matouk linens, and exquisite decor. Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa, small gym, sea kayaks, snorkel gear, pedal boats, paddle boards, bicycles, complimentary internet access. A minimum age requirement of 14 years for children applies. ... more   less 
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Matachica Beach Hotel San Pedro
Matachica Beach San Pedro
Matachica Resort & Spa Belize/San Pedro

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