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Hol Chan Reef Villas
Ranked #29 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
Ottawa, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
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“Rightly a marvel of beauty & serenity with a variety of pleasures”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

I have stayed at this resort three years running (2011 – 2013 for 7-10 days stays in December). It has been an ever improving experience and it started at exceptional, I am not sure how far beyond exceptional one can go but this is one resort I believe will do so. I have witnessed the transition of the resort from its early development to its current state and it continues to grow in its potential. I will continue to return. The resort was recently placed under new management. Joel and Sue are really there to make your experience the best you can have. They went out of their way to take care of us from the time we landed in San Pedro by having a golf cart ready for us to when we left by having a taxi help with all of our luggage back to the airport. Their support and assistance makes a great deal of difference and I can say it makes this resort stand out. If you are looking for a quiet restful location or perhaps a party, everything is at the resort or within a short golf cart ride or a boat pick-up from the dock. Just ask Joe or Sue to book it for you; done. What is available: the best of food at the local restaurants, or get out for a day excursion on the water and fish for your dinner (small or big), spear fish for lobster, dive for conch and make conch salsa. If you want to have a bit of a cruise on the water, rent (with friends) a catamaran for the day, we did every trip so far. We set up a day on the mainland where we jungle zip-lined, and cave tubed, what a great day. I recommend the full day cave tubing adventure. Although I have it on the list of things to do, I have not visited any Mayan sites or the Zoo, yet, maybe next year. If you wish more thrills try flying over the blue hole or scuba dive in it. This entire set of activities can be accomplished with pick-up from your dock. There is actually so much more to speak about snorkelling, the barrier reef, but … get out there and experience it for yourself…I will be back! Perhaps I will see you there.

Room Tip: Rooms on the East side are best. I was on the 4th floor - dream like ocean view.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

I have stayed at Hol Chan Reef Resorts & Villas twice now and this place is truly amazing. The first time was December 2012 and it was clean, safe and the views were absolutely breath taking. Walking into the place was very clean and tidy and spacious. It is about a 15-20 minutes out of town which is nice and private place to be. I also found it close enough to San Pedro that it was easy to get to for the night life and for general town / tourist things to do. With that said, all the tours and scuba diving that I went on, we were picked up at our dock. There is a retaining wall in front that keeps the beach clean.

The second time at Hol Chan Reed Resorts & Villas was December 2013 and again, another incredible experience. The resort is under new management (Joel and Sue) and they really treated us well. They took care of us from the time we landed in San Pedro by having a golf cart ready for us to when we left by having a taxi help with all of our luggage back to the airport. A true 5 star performance.

This place has it all from quiet relaxation on the beach or their private pool, to kayaking on one of the resorts sea kayaks, to day excursions (being picked up at our resort), this place has it all. Joel and Sue are very knowledgeable in the various trips to take and was happy to book on our behalf.

We will definitely be back.

Room Tip: Stayed on the third floor both times. The views were spectacular.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

We had an amazing 10 day honeymoon here in October 2013. We stayed on the first floor in a 3 bedroom condo that was luxury! I was blown away at how nice the condo was. Beautiful kitchen, living room, with french doors that opened straight to private pool, private beach with private dock and palapa with a hammock. We felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, it was quiet calm and beautiful. The resort is just south of town and it was really nice be away from all the traffic of downtown San Pedro, but still close enough to get to in 15 minutes on golf cart. The condo had dishwasher, washer/dryer, wifi, cable tv, very comfortable bed and furniture, HUGE walk in shower, everything about this place was top of the line! I have nothing but good things to say about Hol Chan reef resort and Villas. The property managers Joel and Sue were amazing. They took such good care of us, and really helped make our honeymoon unforgettable. We cannot wait to come back with family and friends! The three bedroom unit would easily and comfortably fit 3 couples. Stay here you will not regret it!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

This place is cool, safe, and has a great management team. We spent 10 days their in November 2013 and loved every minute. All the furnishing was first class and vary clean. This place is as good as the best and better than the rest.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Arroyo Grande, California
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We stayed at Hol Chan in March 2012. I did not review earlier because my stay was so disappointing but since I frequently rely on travelers' postings when I am looking for vacation rentals, I feel I should start submitting my own reviews to help others.

Let me start from the beginning with our stay. The first unit we stayed in (ground floor, south side) had a washing machine that did not work. Since this was midway in our trip, I was really relying on a working washing machine - especially since that was what was advertised. It soon came to our attention that a part had been ordered for months, so I feel we should have been told of this fact before our stay. Other than that the unit was new and nicely furnished, although the back bedrooms did not have window coverings and we had to stuff a pillow in the window to blackout the outdoor light that shined through. The prop mgr did allow us to use the laundry facilities next door since that unit was vacant and I appreciated that. The real problems started when I woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and found "water" all over the floor. From what we could determine, there was a leak coming from one or more of the units above and leaking through the wall. This was not a "clean" water leak, nor was it a new leak based on the damage to the area which we observed. Long story short, we moved the next day to the unit next door (also ground level, however, this unit had no view whatsoever). The pool cabana was right in front of the unit. This was very disappointing to say the least. On top of the lack of view, the kitchen was not well stocked with essentials, and there were no window coverings in the back bedrooms. As a matter of fact, there were workman outside the windows on scaffolding every morning when we woke up. That was very bizarre to say the least!

I hope the plumbing, window covering and washing machine issues have been corrected by this time. It is my understanding that all units are individually owned. If you are staying in a unit above the ground floor, you will probably be fine. However, beware of the ground floor units. The one on the north looks out to the cabana where people BBQ and hang out, and the one to the south steps out to the pool area where again, the privacy is lacking, not to mention the water coming through the wall.

Overall, I felt cheated for what I received and would not rent from the owner I dealt with ever again!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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MMRentals, Manager at Hol Chan Reef Villas, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Firstly I am shocked that it has taken one and a half years to write a review. In regard to the washing machine it has been repaired and as you state you were given an alternative machine to use. Regarding the water leak, the building was brand new, the leak in the wall went undetected until is leaked through, this was repaired immediately and you were given another unit. The building is in excellent repair and the maintenance crew keep it that way.The management team went out of there way to assist you and make your stay enjoyable
and your complaints were dealt with immediately, we are sorry you felt it necessary to write a bad review after so long it is amazing you can remember that far back and harbor bad feelings , life is too short to hang onto the past.
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Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

This was our second trip to Belize and we may be planning a third! San Pedro is amazing for families and couples, with plenty of day trip options through Suyan Tours, wonderful places to dine, and friendly people. You easily feel safe and at home here. This condo was the icing on the cake. The perfect size for four adults and one child to have their own space. It was very clean and stalked with the everything we needed, including a washer and dryer. I enjoyed having the option to lay out by the pool or on the white sand, or on the dock. The beach chairs were so comfortable! The location of this condo is perfect, a little removed from the hustle and bustle for a quiet relaxing feel, but close enough to hop in a golf cart and experience the town. I would reccommend this rental VERY highly.

Room Tip: Hol Chan is visable from rooms that overlook the water, breath taking!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Onalaska, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 28, 2013

We spent a week at hol chan the first week of jan 2013 and loved it! It is first class all the way from the beautiful furnishings to the roof top deck. The staff was also very friendly and helpful. Getting around on gold carts was fun and we always felt safe. We cave tubed , snorkled and fished through suyatours and they were wonderful! Traveling with grown children can be tricky but there was so much space in and outside the condo we could have fun together or have space if we needed it. The condo was clean and housekeeping came in 3 times and even wasted our towels for us. Alo have our own laundry in the unit was so helpful. We could pack less and still have clean clothes. We will go back!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Hol Chan Reef Villas
Address: 3.5 Miles South of San Pedro Town, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize (Formerly Milo's Hotel)
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#14 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#28 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A premier, 5-star rated destination in Ambergris Caye, Belize, Hol Chan Reef Resort & Villas combines the solitude of private, luxurious accommodations with convenient proximity to restaurants and nightlife closer to town. While staying with us, you'll enjoy 3 amazing pools, complimentary kayak and paddleboard access, personal concierge and tour services, and luxurious, spa-like accommodations with everything you need to relax, unwind, and enjoy your Belize vacation! Located 3.5 miles south of San Pedro town, Hol Chan Reef Resort and Villas offers an elevator and two incredible rooftop decks that will WOW you with unobstructed, 360 degree views of the southern part of the island! Additionally, the very close proximity to two of Belize's PREMIER tour destinations - Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark / Ray Alley - means you don't have to go far for some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world! For extra convenience, our onsite tour company will pick you up directly from our dock! Guests of Hol Chan Reef Resort and Villas love our close proximity and easy access to the heart of San Pedro town, while appreciating the relaxing, peaceful atmosphere that being far enough away from the action avails! ... more   less 
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Hol Chan Reef Villas Belize/San Pedro

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