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Portofino Beach Resort
Ranked #19 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Rhode Island
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Experience of a life time!”
Reviewed June 20, 2008

It is with great pleasure that I write this review. Over the last 6 months I’ve read both positive and negative reviews of the Portofino Beach Resort. My husband and I had a clear idea and purpose of what we wanted for our vacation and the setting we were looking for. The good thing about reading reviews is that it leads to clarification of questions and or concerns you may have about your goals for a vacation. The Portofino Beach Resort is pristine in beauty, and impeccably maintained. The resort has a little more that a 30 person capacity for guest, leaving the overall setting uniquely personal. Each accommodation is individualized, making your living environment comfortable, conductive to resting and privacy with daily meticulous housekeepers. The restaurant at the resort was exceptional as well as accommodating. We greatly enjoyed all our meals and the staff that provided the service. All along the windward side of Ambergris Caye is a beautiful narrow walkable beach, but the water is very shallow due the Belize Barrier Reef that runs parallel to the coast line so that at different points it my not be swimmable. Walking the beach, wading in the water along the way, stopping at a beach side bar and or restaurant and meeting people along the was is fabulous. Portofino uses a salt / fresh water processing system for showering and hand washing with each room supplied with a fresh water tank for drinking. Though the shower water may have been a little salty, and being boaters, we didn’t have any trouble with our shampoos, shaving products and or just general hygiene use. The resort management coordinated our trips and we had the most exciting successful two days of deep sea and reef fishing with a private boat from Freedom Tours with “Hilly Boo” as our captain. He also personalized our trip to Shark and Ray Alley and the Hol Chan Canyons Marine Reserve to snorkel as well as visiting the island of Caye Caulker. But most importantly, above and beyond the beauty and uniqueness of the setting, the staff at the resort from the person who rakes the grounds every day to the top management could not have been more personable, accommodating and enjoyable to be with as we shared our time together at the resort. Our deepest appreciation to Helda, Rosalie, Maria, Chris, Moe, Julie, Rafael, Orvil, Beverly, and to our host Mr. and Mrs. Van Noord for their vision in creating such a personal setting. This was an experience of a life time.

  • Liked — Attention to detail in every aspect of our accommodations.
  • Disliked — Nothing Significant
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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lincoln, neb.
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Reviewed June 18, 2008

I would recommend Portofino to anyone. The rooms were adorable (we stayed in the cabanas and I bet the suites were twice as nice). It certainly exceeded our expectations. The rooms were cleaned every day (which was nice considering how much sand we tracked in) and the staff members are so nice and trustworthy.

I highly recommend going during the low season. We were there with just two other couples and the staff was more than accommodating to our every need. They have an amazing restaurant and serve lobster year round. We ate there nearly every night. People from other resorts rode in to eat at Le Bistro. For the guests staying at Portofino, they don’t make you pay each and every time you order. Instead, they write you up a ticket and you sign for it. Then you pay at the very end. It was really convenient and the prices were reasonable.

The packages they arranged for us were so much fun and the tour guides knew what they were talking about. Portofino booked the trips though SEAduction, a Belize outdoor expedition company. We walked up and down Ambergris Caye, loved the locals, the drinks, etc. It was perfect for our honeymoon. Even though the beach isn’t really set up to go swimming, they have this awesome pool they just installed with chairs in the water so you can relax, read a book and the bartenders will even bring you drinks.

There were two drawbacks, but it wasn’t Porofino, it’s Belize in general:
1. The water is pretty salty, even though they filter it. They do give you plenty of bottled water and filtered water in your room though.
2. The water taxis were rough. Everyone there takes water taxis and when they water is rough, it can be a tough day.

  • Liked — the experience
  • Disliked — the water
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2008

We decided to splurge for our honeymoon. We had never been to Belize, so we went to the Ambergris Caye website and started researching places to stay. Fortunately we picked this place. Immediately upon arrival to the airport, our bags were carried for us, and then taken to our rooms after a quick boat ride. Upon arrival there were welcome drinks, and the staff introduced themselves to us, and started treating us like royalty.

We stayed here for 7 days. Tirelessly each staff member worked to insure trips were planned, and that we had a great time. The manager of the resort even took us to town on her night off and helped us find good local places to dine, drink, and go out on the town.

We were there during 2 tropical storms. Unfortunately we spent 3 days inside. Instead of watching us go stir-crazy, the staff showed us dice games, helped us work on puzzles, and kept us occupied in order to help the dismal time pass.

I have never stayed at a place that works tirelessly to treat you like a member of their family. The pool was always clean, the beeches were always raked, even in the two tropical storms. We were pleasantly shocked to see staff members in rain coats raking the beeches in 80 mph winds.

Unfortunately we left Portofino and traveled to another resort. We were used to being spoiled, we left the other resort within 2 hours due to the lack of customer service as well as cleanliness. Portofino welcomed us back with open arms. The staff members clapped and hugged us in the lobby when we returned. They even upgraded our room and gave us a night free for our loyalty.

This was a truly wonderful find for our honeymoon.

  • Liked — Great Customer Service
  • Disliked — The food was too expensive and did not offer a great deal of variety.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed June 10, 2008

We found this place while strolling down the beach. The staff was very helpful and showed us a few different rooms to choose from. We had a wonderful trip and they took great care of us. They've done a good job with the rooms - all seemed very nice - especially the suites. The breakfast was nice and the lunch menu was good for a bar type menu, my only suggestion is for dinner they focus more on local dishes and prepare them very well. The meals we had were like most of the resorts - really expensive but not that great. My recommendation would be to take the boat into town at night and enjoy the local cuisine. Also, Rojo down the beach had amazing food. We had a fantastic time relaxing and enjoying the amenities of Portofino. They made our trip very memorable. We look forward to returning and seeing everyone again.

  • Liked — The staff and the pool - and the room was great
  • Disliked — Dinner at the restaurant
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Durham, NC
1 review
Reviewed June 10, 2008

We had a great time. The service was amazing. We were treated with so much respect by the staff and had such a great time with everyone there. We stayed in the Baracuda suite and loved it. The pool is great and the beach is very well kept (which is uncommon from we we saw from many of the other resorts). The bartenders were a lot of fun (Orville!).

The restaurant is average, but there are so many great places to eat on Ambergris Caye that it is worth venturing out.

I recommend Portofino to any and all!

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Cleveland, OH
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Reviewed May 17, 2008

We stayed in a Tree Top Suite. The view from our room and deck was stunning. The room was decorated with fresh flowers every other day. It was beautiful. The staff was the friendliest I've ever encountered. Marlon, Freda and all of the waitresess and bartenders. Mo, the boat captain was great! Both my husband and I thought the food was very good. They have a brand new pool - it has 3 levels. My favorite is 3" deep so you can tan and keep cool at the same time. The island is very remote which we loved. The hotel is 6 miles north of San Pedro. You either have to eat at the hotel or take a boat back to town. Transportation around the island is either by boat or golf cart. I personally thought the cost of the golf cart was high. We went on 3 different tours. Altun Ha, Mexico Rocks and Bacalar Chico. All were fantastic, but my favorite was Mexico Rocks because we went fishing first and I caught a beautiful fish which the guides cleaned and cooked up a beach BBQ. The Caribbean Sea is just beautiful. It was quite windy on the boat trips - keep it in mind. There are bugs depending on the time of year. They didn't bother me but my husband got quite a few bites.
Overall, we loved Portofino and will definitely will be going back!!

  • Liked — Beautiful remote and quiet location - only 8 cabanas/ suites
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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mountains_of_fun
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2008

My new husband and I stayed a few days at Portofino for our honeymoon and had a great time. The people were wonderful there and we spent a lot of time with Orville our bartender. He was soo nice and seems to really love his job.

We stayed in the honeymoon suite and couldn't have booked a nicer room for our stay at the beach. It was very private and had by far the best view of the ocean. It was very large and even though the shower needs a little updating it still didn't make our stay any less pleasant.

The food was ok there. If you're going to stay there and eat make sure you have an all inclusive package because it is not cheap. Our food was ok everytime we ate there and our food sometimes took way too long to come out but there's a great view of the water and you kind of forget sometimes how long you're waiting.

The snorkling was a lot of fun. A little crowded but it was worth having people around while you're watching a baby sea turtle swim by. Shark Ray Alley was also great. Our guide just scoops up sharks and sting rays and lets you pet them. Not something you want to pass up. The other snorkle spot you can go it is Mexico Rocks and instead of going out there as an excursion we recommend taking the resorts kayak out 15 min and go your self on you own time.

Overall it was a great end to our wonderful honeymoon in Belize.

  • Liked — Orville!!! and our room
  • Disliked — the food (we were spoiled from a previous resort)
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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
#12 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#18 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#18 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#23 Family Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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