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Portofino Beach Resort
Ranked #17 of 55 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 10, 2013

We just returned from our honeymoon in Belize. We stayed at both Portofino and Cayo Espanto. We were able to experience the Seahorse VIP suite and the Honeymoon Suite. Both were wonderful. My favorite part of Portofino was the friendly staff. This is a family run small resort and the family/staff were just wonderful. We were able to speak with several people and everyone wanted to make our trip special.
At first I thought I would be disappointed with the location being so far from town, but it was actually my favorite part. We liked being in a nice location on the beach away from town. Portofino does offer free transportation and various times or you can take the water taxi.
I would highly recommend Portofino to any traveling to San Pedro.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

It was truly a pleasure having you with us for your honeymoon. This is not just any vacation, it is very special as this is where you make memories to last a lifetime. We are very happy that you enjoyed this special trip and we hope to welcome you again one day to our little piece of paradise!!

All the best wishes!!

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We recently had a wonderful stay at Portofino! We spent 6 nights at the hotel which we found through a LivingSocial deal offered at the time. It was one of the best holidays we've had in a long, long time. The resort is very peaceful, the staff extremely courteous and accommodating, and the water is beautiful. Key aspects that made our trip wonderful:
- My wife had 1 on 1 lessons to get certified in scuba diving over 2 1/2 days. They helped her find appropriately sized equipment and took care of her on her initial dives. All for an extremely respectable $450, which is a great deal for a PADI open water certification!
- The staff knew our preferences (ie beach vs. tours. vs. scuba) for the week before we even arrived and helped us arrange everything.
-American Airlines lost my luggage and it came in the following afternoon--when I was on an island off the mainland. Instead of making me go back to the airport, the staff coordinated with airline and picked it up for me the next time they went into town. Amazingly helpful!
-We prepaid for our trip with a LivingSocial promotion. When American Airlines canceled our flight and got us to Belize a day late, I thought we lost a day on our island paradise. Portofino gave us back the extra night in a room that hadn't been rented. They didn't have to do that, but we are ever so thankful that they let us have our full 6 nights despite American Airline's best efforts!

In short, we had a wonderful stay and I think you will too. A few thoughts:
-The owner's children live at the resort, but there is not a ton else for other children to do. I probably wouldn't come back here with small children unless they were very mature.
-The meals are fairly pricey, but delicious. Budget accordingly!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2013

Thank you so much for your review. We are happy that you enjoyed our little piece of paradise and the warm hospitality of our staff.

We look forward to welcoming you again.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

My wife and I spent 5 days there and were greeted at the dock and given a cold towel and a refreshing tropical drink, which was very nice. We were right on the caribbean in a cabana. The people, front desk (Jessica, Yolanda & ? sorry, and the wait staff (Jessica) & others were excellent. The food was very good and they had a decent selection with a nightly special daily. Rafael at the bar was very friendly and efficient with the rum drinks. The pool and grounds are cleaned daily and are very nice. From there we did a day trip to San Pedro which is about a 20 minute boat ride from Portofino. We also did the Hol Chan snorkeling tour (thank you Luis) and the Sea Trek Adventure (thank you Juan) which were both fabulous and highly recommend. No beach to speak of but very charming.

Room Tip: Cabana nearest the pool
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Robin C
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2013

We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for sharing your experince with future visitors.

We look forward to welcoming you again.

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

I did plenty of research trying to find the best spot in Belize but only a few weeks before our honeymoon. Fortunately a lot of places were booked up and someone recommended Magnum Belize Tours and Caleh really helped us to find exactly what we were looking for. We wanted somewhere secluded, quite, tropical, and authentic. We got exactly that! It seems that there are a few bad reviews from 2009 so my only guess is that a lot of work has been done to improve amenities. We spent the first night in one of the smaller cabanas as the honeymoon suite wasn't available until the next day. It was as nice as the HS but without the hot tub and better view. The staff moved us the next day without any hassle to the large honeymoon suite and WOW what a view! We enjoyed sitting on the large deck and feeling the cool carribean breeze.
The staff is very friendly and helpful. There were complaints about mosquitoes but we were there in March and it wasn't an issue. The food at the restaurant was very good. The last night there they put together a special table by the beach for our romantic private dinner.
There was one little glitch which I am sure has been taken care of. We got quite a bit of rain on the second night there (first night in the HS) and at one point there was a bit of a leak in the roof but then again - it is a thatch roof! When I mentioned it I thought they would have at least comped a dinner one night or something to that effect. Needless to say, it did not put a damper on the vacation.

Room Tip: Good views from all cabanas but amazing view from the honeymoon suite.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2013

Thank you very much for choosing Portofino for your honeymoon. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future!

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

My wife and I truly enjoyed our short stay at Portofino over the past weekend. On arrival we were greeted at the dock and made to feel comfortable and at home immediately. We were given cool towels with a touch of mint along with a cold tropical fruit drink to decompress after the short boat ride, aaah, refreshing. Our room was comfortable and clean and the shower had plenty pressure which along with the customize soap treatment was soothing and made for a generally relax frame of mind. To top things off, dinner was splendid and breakfast with fresh fruits started the new day with a desire to stay longer. Unfortunately work beckoned and we had to leave, but it is on top of our agenda to return. Excellent service, excellent venue, excellent host. We love it.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed all the special little touches!

We look forward to welcoming you again when you come back to the island!

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Portofino for 6 days at the beginning of April. Service was efficient and friendly from the moment we were met at the Ambergris Caye airport by Mo. After a refreshing boat ride to the resort we were welcomed and checked in by Elita and shown to our room where our luggage was waiting. We stayed in a thatched roof cabana (unit # 4) which was clean and comfortable in all respects with an ocean view and semi private porch with hammock and chairs. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the units. The resort is impeccably maintained and very quiet and relaxing. It has a nice pool area and beach for lounging. It was just what we had hoped for after arriving from a week long sea kayaking adventure on Glover's Reef. We ate the bulk of our meals at the resort. The food was excellent as was the meal service. It is a nice touch that a number of the staff remember your name and unit number. Overall it was a very enjoyable stay and we would highly recommend Portofino!

One of the reasons we chose Portofino was the on site dive shop ( operated independently from Portofino). It turned out to be an outlet of a San Pedro dive shop and we struggled to arrange any dives through them despite their initial representation that they ran dives every morning and afternoon. We ended up using the services of an established dive shop in San Pedro, Amigos del Mar, who were excellent and happy to pick us up without charge.

George and Sylvia

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Thank you for your reveiw. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our little piece of paradise. Sorry to hear that the dive shop was not up to expectations but we will certainly talk to them to avoid inconveniences to future guests.

We hope to see you again when you return to Belize!

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Reviewed April 13, 2013

My wife surprised me with a birthday trip to Portofino Resort. It is the best birthday surprise I have ever received! Totally laid back, beautiful island resort getaway. Activities, either on site or a short distance away, are fun and fraught with adventure for every taste. The Portifino Restaurant is very good, with excellent food & service. The entire staff was out to make our romantic escape complete, as well as wonderful and they succeeded! A few staff members stood out to make our stay even more memorable. People like Lorraine, Jeremy, Alex, Yolanda, Roy, and Elida leave us with very distinct impressions of a land and its people. We will return often!

JP & Corine S.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Thank you for your review. We have a great team here at Portofino and we are truly delighted to hear that you enjoyed their hospitality and our facilities. We look forward to seeing you and your wife again upon your return to Belize!

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Additional Information about Portofino Beach Resort

Address: 6 Miles North | PO Box 36, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in San Pedro
#9 Business Hotel in San Pedro
#11 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#16 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#18 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range: $294 - $479 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Portofino Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Characterized by its warm and friendly hospitality, Portofino is the epitome of barefoot luxury, unpretentious and relaxing… for most; it will be an experience of a lifetime. Our small, boutique resort offers just 17 beautifully appointed rooms, ranging from charming beach cabanas to spacious suites, dotted amidst swaying palm trees, in a private setting with unmatched personal attention and the modern comforts of home. It is a haven of tranquility, where guests will enjoy the subtle sounds of the nearby waves lapping over the reef, gentle breeze, breathtaking sunrise, star studded night sky and spectacular views of the crystal waters of the Caribbean Sea. The perfect setting for a romantic getaway, intimate wedding, honeymoon, family and friends.Portofino offers leisure options to suit every taste. Relax in our fresh water outdoor swimming pool; enjoy a great book from our book collection or simply indulge yourself in a massage on the beach under our hand thatched palapa hut. Explore the underwater world with snorkel equipment or skim along the surface in our complimentary sea kayaks. Delicious meals prepared by our resort chef can be served in the privacy or your beach cabana or suite, on our private dock with a romantic setting or at the Portofino Restaurant. Sip on amazing tropical cocktails at the Green Parrot Beach Bar or perhaps a late afternoon snack from the Green Parrot Bistro. Take advantage of our DVD library and unwind in front of the flat TV screen in your room. Or, simply take in the view. In short, relax and enjoy! Reception in the main building is manned by professional and knowledgeable staff. From, activities bookings and directions to itineraries and dining reservations, our friendly and professional staff is eager to assist you. Access to PORTOFINO is by boat only, and therefore we offer a complimentary meet and greet service at San Pedro Airstrip and boat transfer to the resort, an approximately 20 minutes ride. ... more   less 
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Portofino Beach Resort Belize/San Pedro

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