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Matachica Resort & Spa
Ranked #9 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Boca Raton, Florida
1 review
“First class!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

The staf goes above and beyond expectations! Friendly local atmosphere. Clean, beautiful, peaceful, and private! Thanks for making our honeymoon extra special and memorable! Special thanks to Raymoundo and Margaret!!!

  • Stayed October 2013
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

We had our wedding at Matachica and I simply cannot imagine having had it anywhere else.
We rented out the entire resort (26 amazingly cute fruit-named casitas) for 3 days and are already counting the days until we return.

The staff were INCREDIBLE, knowing everyone by name and being incredibly accommodating.

Our room (Plum, a deluxe beachfront) was AMAZING. It was beautiful, right on the beach, and SO relaxing (no TV, no internet).

The restaurant's food is good, bar's drinks are delicious (hello coconut mojito!), and amenities are FABULOUS (free kayaks, paddle boards, paddle boats; wonderfully relaxing spa, great pool with pool side service).

Matachica is one of the most fabulous, relaxing places I have ever been and I know that our wedding guests all feel the same way.

Room Tip: The deluxe beachfront casitas are worth the extra $$$... chaise lounge on the beach AND hammock on y...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sacramento, California
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77 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

We spent our 8 day Honeymoon here in Oct. The property is very nice and the staff is excellent. The continental breakfast is very filling and the in house restaurant is above average. We had a Reef View Suite and it was to our expectations. The resort has some water activities which we were able to take advantage of. We didn't plan any excursions through the hotel, but were able to find them by word of mouth. We had read about the bugs, but didn't really have an issue with that.

Downsides are: there is no wi-fi in the rooms, hotel shuttle's last trip from San Pedro is at 6:30 and it seems that this place is a hit with the 20-something honeymoon crowd.

Overall we liked the resort and had a good time in Belize. I would recommend it.

Room Tip: We had the reef view casita (Grapefruit) at the very end. Nice, quiet and secluded.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

Matachica is the premier spot for your honeymoon in Belize. Situated about five miles north of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Matachica offers everything you want, need and expect from a beachfront resort. We stayed on a one week honeymoon package during the first week of October and it was nothing short of perfect. Opt for the beachfront casita and wake up every morning to the sun coming up over the Caribbean. Comfortable beds, beautiful showers and plenty of space for a couple. Relax on your personal beachfront lounge chairs or on the hammock in front of your casita, either ways it's picture perfect and very relaxing. The pool and hot tub are excellent. The excursions are exciting and well worth it. The honeymoon package offers a trip to Lamanai, deep in the jungle, as well as snorkeling and swimming with sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve along the world's second longest barrier reef. Take advantage of these awesome excursions as they are absolutely worth every penny!

Now to the most important part....food and booze! Matachica offers the best restaurant on the entire island. We were there for a week, breakfast and dinner every day. Every single meal was delicious and they made special accommodations for my vegetarian, gluten-intolerant wife (a challenge in the US). How do I know the Mambo restaurant was the best? Every night we saw boats arrive from other resorts dropping people off for dinner at Matachica.

The staff is excellent. English is widely spoken in Belize so there is no language barrier. The staff is very knowledgable about the island, the mainland and they are very, very friendly. They always went above and beyond to satisfy us and it was much appreciated throughout our stay.

If you are going to Belize and plan on going to Ambergris, Matachica is the place for you!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Matachica between Oct 11 and 14, 2013. The resort was just amazingly beautiful. All the casitas were in close proximity to the beach, the ocean was crystal blue from the shore to further than we could see, the staff was super friendly and helpful, and the décor in the resort was great. The sand on the beach and within the resort gets brushed all the time and the trees and foliage were beautiful! The resort was luxurious and relaxing, and it is the first resort I’ve ever been to that made me feel like I want to go back.

We originally booked a Sea Breeze Suite, but there was a problem with our room on the first day so we were put into a Sea Breeze Bungalow (downgrade from the Sea Breeze Suite) for the first night, and a Reef View Suite (slight upgrade from the Sea Breeze Suite) for the last 2 nights. I strongly recommend people to stay in the suites that are equivalent to or bigger than the Reef View Suites. The Sea Breeze Bungalow (350 sq ft) felt small and crammed, and the windows (just shutters) weren’t sealed when you close them so the air conditioning kept escaping the room and we were always a bit too warm when we were inside our room. The Reef View Suite we stayed in (Aqua) was amazing though! For starters, it was big (550 sq ft) compared to the Sea Breeze Bungalow, had extra doors to better seal the windows, and it was just beautiful and comfortable.

There are lots of complimentary activities that you could do at Matachica, including kayaking, paddle boating, pedal boats, and snorkelling. Lots of people went snorkelling at the reef facing Matachica. You could do this by kayaking to the buoys (took about 15 to 20 minutes), anchor your kayak to the buoy, then swim about 30 ft towards the breakers and you’d see the reef. We saw so many fish at the reef! The coral wasn’t amazing but the variety of fish was awesome!

We did the Hol Chan Reserve and Shark and Ray Alley snorkelling tour through White Sands Dive Shop because there wasn’t enough people signed up at Matachica to do the tour (minimum 6 people). I thought the tour was quite short, as it was only about 2 to 2.5 hours long (excluding time on the speed boat). At Hol Chan, we saw the same types of fish as when we snorkelled at the reef in front of Matachica, plus parrot fish, sea turtles, moray eel, snappers (huge ones), etc. The stop at the Shark and Ray Alley was really short. The nurse sharks and rays were great to see, and our guide, Jerry, grabbed onto the sharks and rays so that we could touch them!

Food at the Mambo was awesome! They had a great selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts! The lime stuffed grouper was especially delicious. The prices were quite high though, as we were spending about USD$100 to $120 per meal (2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, 1 cocktail, 1 fruit juice). If you want to try Belizean cuisine or have cheaper meals, you could try the restaurants in San Pedro. We had lunch at the Waruguma and ice cream at Manelly’s. Food at Waruguma was decent. I’ve definitely had better rice and beans when we were in Hopkins, Belize.

If you want to go visit San Pedro, you can either take the complimentary speed boat from Matachica or the water taxi (~ USD$10 per person one way). Make sure you check the Matachica boat schedule every day as it changes depending on arrival and departure schedules of the guests.

We read in other reviews that the mosquitoes and sand flies were horrendous in Belize. So we made sure that we sprayed ourselves with mosquito repellent (either the ones with DEET or the all-natural oil one that we got from the Belize City airport). We also got Itch-A-Way (available at gift shops), which worked really well on the few mosquito bites we had.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

The Matachica was amazing. We had a wonderful vacation here, and I can't imagine a much better resort. The resort was recommended to me by a good friend and it met and exceeded all expectatons. I recommend it to anyone who asks for a vacation recommendation.

The casitas are great. They are private and have more of the feel of home than you get at a larger resort. They are simple in their design but still have everything you need or want. Each casita has its own hammock out front for relaxing. They also have seating areas in which to relax or eat in the room. The casitas aren't numbered, they are named, which adds to the comfortable and intimate feel of the resort. Staying at the Matachica is what I would picture if I was asked to imagine an ideal life (well, maybe I would add waves). While you are at the Matachica, the staff will get to know you. It is a great departure from the larger luxury resorts we tend to go to.

The staff was phenominal. As I said, they will get to know you. We tend to wake up late, right around the time that resorts tend to stop serving breakfast. The staff quickly caught on and helped me get breakfast and coffee each day to take back to the casita as they were closing up. The food was great. My wife still raves about some of the pasta dishes. Also, we were there over Thanksgiving. We went in to town and aimed to get back before the kitchen closed. Unfortunately, we didn't make it, so we were bummed that we were going to bed without eating. To our surprise, the chef was still there and offered to make us dinner even though they had closed. You just don't see that kind of service most places. The staff here simply goes above and beyond to make your time there amazing.

One of the other great things about Belize is that there is really a lot to do there. From snorkeling or scuba diving to visting Mayan ruins, there are really a lot of options. The hotel has a good amount of tours to offer and the staff is helpful in picking the right options.

The only downside to this resort is that it is pretty remote. In the end, we thought it was also a benefit, but the location isn't necessarily convenient. Traveling in from LA, it took a full day which included multiple flights and ended with the resort's boat taking us to the resort. If you want to go to town, you have to get on the resort's water taxi or get your own water taxi. The hotel provides a lot of options with their water taxi and is otherwise helpful in getting you into town and back, but it isn't the most convenient thing.

I wholeheartedly recommend the Matachica. We will go back. After staying at the Matachica, my perspective on resorts has changed. I have become a huge fan of smaller, more unique resorts instead of the standard luxury resort.

Room Tip: In reality, all the rooms are great. We stayed in a reef-view casita. It was in the second row, so...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I just returned from Matachica yesterday. We were there for our honeymoon, and without hesitation, we both can say that we could not have made a better choice. First, the setting: if you have never been to Belize, stop everything you're doing and go there right now. It is without a doubt one of the world's most beautiful destinations. Between the Caribbean beaches and the tropic jungles, every possible view seems like a postcard unto itself. Second, the resort: My wife and I are normally the backpacking/hiking type, so we were a bit leery of a tropical beach vacation. However, the staff at Matachica made sure that our honeymoon package would gave us every opportunity to be active throughout the entire week. We went snorkeling at the barrier reef (saw sea turtles...it looked like an episode of Planet Earth...), hiked and visited Mayan ruins deep in the jungle, got a couples massage, and had free reign over sea kayaks, paddle boards, and even a small sail boat. Definitely not a 'sit on the beach with a Piña colada' kind of a week...although, we ended up doing plenty of that too...Third, and most significantly: the staff. The staff at Matachica are among the most responsive, most diligent, and most fun staff I have ever worked with. Special accolades go to Jonathan, Paola, Aby, and Reymundo. Watermelon (our room name) thanks you again for an amazing week!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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:
#2 Luxury Hotel in San Pedro
#2 Spa Hotel in San Pedro
#4 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#7 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#8 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#22 Family Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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