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Matachica Resort & Spa
Ranked #8 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
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“good to be home”
Reviewed February 16, 2011

after going to Mata Chica for 7 years ....it is like coming home to us . This year the plans for change were complete...new casitas each in their own special color and decor...a beautiful pool and spa.... beautiful art work hung in just the right place ....everything done in the upmost of care and taste to keep the flavor of Mata Chica ... This beautiful jewel works its magic on you from the second you are greeted at the airport in San Pedro. Either Chris or Charlie or Aner or Henry, the boat captains, will meet you and take you to the dock to board the Mambo.. arriving at Mata Chica a staff member waits for you and escorts you into the resort, waiting for you is any drink of your choice along with a warm towel to freshen up . After a very brief sign in you are shown to your casita and any questions responded to. Kick off those shoes put on your comfy clothes and your on Belizian time ....Gricel the manger is is so very kind, thoughtful and professional he will see that Mata Chic is always at its very best for you . Joel and Andrea and Anita will arrange anything you want ..like places to go and thing to do. All you have to do is ask and it is done with beautiful Belizian smiles . and The Mambo restaurant .... every meal that comes from Chef Reynaldo's kitchen is beyond yummie ...and pretty . The dinning room it self is delightful in style but what makes it perfect is Mayra and Abi ,Ruben Isdora and Adam .Just thinking about them makes me feel happy . They take care of you in such warmth and grace . And there is Jose and Israel who will serve you whatever your hearts desire from the well stocked bar ...they mix The Most Wonderful fruit drinks. Carolina and her crew keep your casita fresh and delightful with fresh flowers and the bath towels arranged in a charming fashion . The person whom you talk to about reservations most likely will be Burga . She is without a doubt the most Beautiful person inside and out there is to know .My husband and I are privileged to call these People Family ..... I tell you it does not get better than Mata Chica .

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2011

Matachica was lovely - the staff were very helpful (from the moment of first contact to the second we were dropped off at the airport on our way home). The cabanas were wonderful - I highly recommend Strawberry (all cabanas have the names of fruit). The resort has multiple day trips to book, so you'll never be left wanting for more. If you're a fly-fisherman, this is an amazing resort, as well as all the neighboring ones. Throw on your water shoes and walk out into the shallow sea grass right off Matachica's beach and you will have no trouble spotting tailing bonefish. There is also a lot of wildlife in the sea just off the dock, including two large tarpon who patrol the waters by night. Our stay couldn't have been better and that was mostly due to this resort! Try Rojo, the restaurant next door as well, it's awesome.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed February 6, 2011

The hotel is perfect for a relaxing, romantic getaway. We had a wonderful stay and would return again. Isreal makes the best drinks- including bloody mary's. They also upgraded our room at no cost in the middle of the trip!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2011

Part two of our Belize honeymoon in October 2010. Upon arrival in San Pedro, we met the hotel staff who put us on a golf cart - and drove us to a boat, which brought us to Matachica. The resort is small, but beautiful. The cabanas are literally right on the beach. They were the perfect size - and the cabana decor was very lively and not kitschy, as most beach resorts are. The resort has kayaks available for use at any time - and the paddle out to the barrier reef is not far. If you're not already aware, Ambergris Caye has the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world, and it's amazing. The food and drinks were delicious - especially the red snapper ceviche. We ate this at least twice a day. So fresh. At night, the staff would sit at the end of the pier and catch fish. One weird thing about Matachica, there is a hot tub located directly in front of the thatch-roof dining area. It's odd to see people in a hot tub while you're eating.
To get back and forth from San Pedro you must take the resort's boat, which runs pretty often. We had an amazing dinner at Wild Mango's (on the beach, very casual, but delicious) and found this place the local's told us about that served lobster burritos (so big you can barely eat one!). Matachica was the absolute perfect resort for us - quiet, not huge and super touristy, very laid back.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Reviewed January 25, 2011

The service was amazing, they knew who we were within minutes of our arrival! The rooms were amazing and the staff would do anything to assist you! The food was AMAZING and being able to have fresh seafood everyday was an awesome treat!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed January 23, 2011

From the moment we stepped off the plane we didn't have another care in the world thanks to the wonderful staff at Matachica. One evening I was quite sick with a cold and the restaurant made up a special soup that was as good as anything on their menu. The food was delicious and the atmosphere divine.
The wildlife is in great abundance here and you don't have to go far to be amazed by rays, flute fish and even small barracuda. From the beach, hop on their kayaks and you're snorkeling by the reef in a few minutes.

If you want to party it up this is not resort for you, this is a place to slow down, enjoy the beauty of the grounds, go adventuring and find your center. Highly recommend for those who need a break from the rat race.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 23, 2011

We just returned from an extended family trip to Belize (3 couples). We spent our last 4 days and nights at Matachica. There seems to be quite a few resorts along the island of San Pedro, but I have to say, I do not regret for one second staying at Matachica! Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful - from the manager to the front desk to the restaurant staff. Burga, the woman who assisted us with planning the trip, was great at assisting us both before and during the trip... she was awesome! We stayed in a beachfront luxury casita, and it was like a 2nd honeymoon! Beautifully decorated, not at all overdone. The bed was very comfortable. We ate all our meals at their restaurant, and for the most part, everything was delicious. The bartender, Israel, is not only friendly, he also makes the best pina coladas and mudslides we have ever had... more like adult milkshakes! We were also all very happy with our massages, the masseuses were very proficient. Everyone in our group gives this place two thumbs up!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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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)
Phone Number:
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 (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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Matachica Beach Hotel San Pedro
Matachica Beach San Pedro
Matachica Resort & Spa Belize/San Pedro

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