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“Ramon's Is Worth a Try” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ramon's Village Resort
Ranked #15 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Columbia, Missouri
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Ramon's Is Worth a Try”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

We stayed at Ramons from March 23-30, 2012. I am a diver but partner is not. Dove 5 days, taking the middle day off to travel to the Mayan ruins at Altun Ha.

Dive Operation and Diving

Dive masters were excellent, especially Toriano and Erik. Always smiling and engaging in humorous banter with the divers on the boats. Some days we had only 2-3 divers, other days the boats were pretty packed with 12-13 divers. Small speed boats, but very efficiently run. Diving was fair, mostly due to reefs that are not all that colorful (probably due to the fact that the previous week, and some the week we were there, the winds were pretty strong). Viz was only fair, with a milkiness to the water (again, probably wind-induced). But also some pretty fabulous sightings sprinkled in (eagle rays, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles, a green moray slithering in and out of divers' BCs, etc.). The dive op was efficiently run. I dove Nitrox, and always had 3300-3400 PSI fills.

Resort

We were placed in room 32, a junior oceanfront suite on the beach. Very nice inside, with microwave, mini-fridge, and coffee maker. A few glasses, cups, and silverware items, but that was about it. One relatively minor disappointment is that the view of the sea is interrupted by tall palm trees in front of the deck. So, it is a "partial-ocean view" at best. Still, pretty marvelous just the same. Just realize that "ocean-front" does not mean full ocean-view.

There is a pretty nice grocery store, and a REALLY nice wine store (Wine Devine), just across the street and down a few steps. We lucked into the Friday night wine tasting at the Wine Devine, and sampled excellent reds and whites. Met many American ex-pats and visitors there, made friends, and had a fabulous time. At the grocery we were able to stock up on snacks, cheese and crackers, deli meats, beer, a few toiletries, etc.

The resort is well run, with VERY friendly wait staff, bartenders, and other staff members. Ramon himself makes a point to table hop and play the host role every morning at breakfast (our package included breakfast). Rooms are cleaned daily, but be sure to put the "service room" door hang tag out or they will skip you. One downside to this particular room is that you are closest to the bar area, where both Friday night and Saturday night the noise was intense. The first night was due to a raucous crowd after 10:30 PM at a table just below us. However, when we went down to mention the problem, one of the waiters (Nelson) immediately came to the rescue, said that he"...would take care of it...," and he did. He moved the group into the bar area, and that did the trick. The next night was a different story! Between 11:00 and Midnight, the bartender turned up the stereo speakers in the bar to "Blast Your Ears Out" levels, and it was awful. Again, we went down to complain, and he pretty much just blew us off saying that the bar was closing at 12:30 and they would be turned down then. Not the answer that we wanted to hear. In fact, when the music was blasting there was NO ONE in the bar -- just the bartender in his closed cage counting the till! Every other night was blissfully quiet, so no complaints there!

Food

Had breakfast at Ramon's daily as part of our package. Food was OK, nothing remarkable. Sunday brunch was the best. Had one dinner, which was interesting as I ordered the "hot rock" cooking dinner and enjoyed that. There are many good restaurants in the area, all withing walking distance either on the beach or in San Pedro. We recommend Wild Mango, Elvies, The Patio, and the Bluewater Grill. All excellent choices!

Summary

The stay at Ramon's was really, really pleasant (except for the bar noise noted earlier, which thankfully was not a pattern). We would highly recommend it. Comfy lounge chairs at the nice pool, and on the beach. The staff really work hard to keep the grounds clean, including daily raking of turtle grass that had drifted onto the beach overnight. Accomodating and friendly staff, efficient dive operation, careful and competent dive masters who strive to make your diving trip enjoyable and fun-filled, and just a peaceful and relaxing ambience all around. That so many good places to shop and eat are in walking distance is a benefit (we never rented the golf carts, which I found surprisingly expensive to rent).

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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ValiantMongoose, Owner at Ramon's Village Resort, responded to this review, April 9, 2012
Thank you for the complimentary and very thorough review. It's unfortunate that your dive trip coincided with winds that clouded the water. Normally, the visibility and vivid color are incredible! That gives you an excuse to come back and give it another try. We appreciate the high marks you gave the Ramon's Village Divers Team and the rest of the staff at Ramon's Village. We're glad you enjoyed your dinner "On a Stone"! This is a Pineapple's exclusive menu item and a very memorable way to enjoy shrimp, chicken, steak or a combination of all three as you cook your own meal right at the table. Guests really enjoy hearing from their server how their Mayan ancestors also cooked "On a Stone." We appreciate your comment about the noise level. This will be addressed promptly so that it will not happen again and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience it caused you. We thank you for your visit and hope there will be many more!
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

We were upset after eating at Ramon's restaurant because their food menu was in BZE dollars and the drink menu, evidently, was in US dollars so we had to pay twice what we expected for our drinks. Very misleading and unfair.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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ValiantMongoose, Owner at Ramon's Village Resort, responded to this review, April 9, 2012
Thank you for dining with us at Pineapples, our on-site restaurant. We apologize for the confusion with the currency, and we thank you for bringing this to our attention. We addressed this issue with the management of the Purple Parrot (where you purchased your drinks) and they told us they are currently in the process of changing their menu prices to Belize Dollars. Problem solved! Thank you again - please come back soon!
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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

Ramon's Village is owned by the founder of a religious group. I was surprised when I arrived to see their literature in the office and gift shop, so I happened to look at their information in the room on who owns the hotel, and discovered that Richard Headrick of Hellfighters International owns it. I would have liked to have known this before booking the hotel.

Also, the beds are extremely uncomfortable, and so is the air conditioning that blows on ones face throughout the night. (But was too hot to turn off.)

Room Tip: Choose a room where the air conditioner is not directly angled toward the bed.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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ValiantMongoose, Owner at Ramon's Village Resort, responded to this review, April 9, 2012
We're very glad you stayed with us at Ramon's. Next time, we'll be happy to give you better instructions on how to control the air-conditioner vents so that you will be more comfortable. That was our fault, I'm sure. I find it interesting that you would choose a hotel based on the owner. So, for future guests, please allow me to tell a little about myself. Like most resort owners, I am an entrepreneur and Ramon's is not my primary business. I bought Ramon's Village back in 1986 because I thought it would be fun to own an island resort-I was right! I am a Christian, a philanthropist, an author, a filmmaker and the founder of multiple charitable foundations. My primary focus is offering help to and caring for the homeless and those with addictions. I regret that finding out these facts about me changed your opinion of such a beautiful place. But, hopefully you'll have a change of heart and come back again to Ramon's Village.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012 via mobile

We just returned from Ramon's Village march 24th after spending a week in paradise there. It was one of the most amazing vacations we have ever been on. The island of Ambergris Caye and the resort were both everything we hoped for and more. The beachfront cabanas are great. We were upstairs but it would have been better to on the ground floor because palm trees blocked view some. The shower temp is a little unpredictable but get use to it. The restaurant and bar both were excellent. I cant begin to say how wonderful the bartenders and waiters are. Their service is above and beyond. The beach is gorgeous and definitely nicest in the area. Dive shop very good. Snorkeling there is unbelievable. Mr. Ramon himself is one of the kindest, friendliest, most compassionate people we have ever met. He will always be in our hearts. Enormous thanks to him for all he did for us. Also huge thanks to Alex, jack, Ron, Kareem, Nelson, rummy, and all the others for making it an unforgettable trip and all the laughs. We will definitely return to his paradise. Town is fun and feel safe with lots of good food and friendly people. FANTASTIC!!!

Stayed March 2012
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ValiantMongoose, Owner at Ramon's Village Resort, responded to this review, April 9, 2012
Judging from your comments, you made lots of new friends during your recent stay at Ramon's Village! It's because of wonderful folks like you that our staff enjoys coming to work each day. We thank you for your encouraging comments and we look forward to your next visit!
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Pylesville, Maryland, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

I rated this resort as low as I did due to the lack of customer service and lack of professional attitude by the dive shop. They are very unfriendly, annoyed and just dont care to help anyone out. Once under the water they are good about keeping track of individuals without a lot of hand holding but they took a new diver (dive #5) to 110 feet so he obviously ran out of air. The worst part is they did not send anyone up with him to ensure he did not have issues. And the dive master just watched him from 60 feet under the water, or so he says. That was my last dive with this resort. Safety is always first and the dive masters need to own the responsibility if someone is diving without a buddy and it is known before going under.

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ValiantMongoose, Owner at Ramon's Village Resort, responded to this review, April 9, 2012
I would like to personally thank you for taking the time to post your comments. Diving safety is our first and foremost concern and we take it very seriously. I would appreciate it very much if you would contact us with detailed information that would help us investigate and search for facts regarding the incident to which you refer. Please email our resort director at steve@ramons.com. We will certainly address this issue with our dive staff and we thank you in advance for your help.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

We stayed at the Belizean Princess across the street which is owned by Ramon's. We went with another couple and loved it! Everyone there, especially Jose, the security guard on the beach and all the waiters, especially Jack were so friendly! We walked to town and down the beach to many awesome places to eat, listen to music and shop. We loved this place and wish we were back there now!

Room Tip: The Belizean princess was directly across the street and you still get to use everything they have t...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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ValiantMongoose, Owner at Ramon's Village Resort, responded to this review, April 9, 2012
Yes, the Belizean Princess is the perfect solution for the traveler who wants all the amenities of a beach resort ... at a great price! We're glad you discovered our quaint little secret across the street from Ramon's Village. We hope you visit again soon.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

There is no better place to stay on Ambergris Caye. We do so much research before booking, and looked at over 30 places on Ambergris and Caye Caulker. Our homework kept leading us back here. We are a couple in our 40's with 2 kids (8 and 13). We wanted somewhere nice... with a pool.. with beach... walking distance to shops and restaurants. THIS IS THE PLACE. Nowhere else offers this. The beach is great. The hotel has a lovely pool, lots of chairs to chill in. There is a great covered area between the pool and the beach to just chill. Hammocks scattered here and there. You can walk along the beach to restaurants or into town. Also, you are walking distance from the airport (or a super short cart ride). No, there is really no airport noise as the planes coming in are not massive! Yes, you can hear them sometimes.. but they are not disturbing.

Their is great snorkeling just off the pier, and you can rent gear from the dive shop. You can also just roll up and book a snorkeling or dive excursion at almost anytime. No need to shop elsewhere. We loved the sandy paths and the comfy rooms.

My only complaint (it's just a small one), is in the way in which the bar and restaurant are run separately. So, if you are outside at the restaurant you have different guys approaching you for orders and different bills to sign. You will figure it out, but it does not really make any sense. Just more work for them, and confusing for the guests.

No need to go to Ambergris and book yourself 2km up the island... only to be in the middle of nowhere.

Room Tip: Go for a Seaside Cabana!! Enjoy.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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ValiantMongoose, Owner at Ramon's Village Resort, responded to this review, April 9, 2012
We truly feel honored that after all your pre-trip investigations you chose Ramon's Village for your family getaway. And we couldn't be more pleased that, after your stay and after seeing the other options, you are still confident you made the right choice. You are a wise traveler to do your homework in advance. Too many times, tourists arrive Ambergris Caye not realizing that their accommodations are in remote locations accessible only by boat.
We apologize if having separate tickets for Pineapples and the Purple Parrot was confusing; however, the Purple Parrot is independently owned and operated.
Thank you again for staying with us, diving with us, dining with us and relaxing with us! Come do it all again soon!
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Property: Ramon's Village Resort
Address: Coconut Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in San Pedro
#4 Spa Hotel in San Pedro
#5 Luxury Hotel in San Pedro
#9 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#11 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#14 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#17 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ramon's Village Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ramon's Village Resort is the premiere beach resort in San Pedro, Belize featuring authentic Palm Thatched Cabanas, fabulous beach, lagoon style pool, Ramon's Village Divers scuba diving center, Pineapples Restaurant, Tropic Al's and the Tiki Turtle Trading Company. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Ramon`s Village Hotel San Pedro
Ramons Village Hotel
Ramons Village Belize
Ramons Village San Pedro
Ramon's Village Resort Belize/San Pedro

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