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“Romantic Secluded Getaway”

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Portofino Beach Resort
Ranked #19 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
New Jersey
1 review
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“Romantic Secluded Getaway”
Reviewed May 2, 2009

I visited Belize towards the end of April with my wife and we had the privilege of staying at Portofino. It was our two year anniversary. We felt so welcomed there from the first day when we were greeted with a welcome drink to the last day when we departed with a coconut water drink. Staff there genuinely cared and put forth an extra effort to make our stay pleasant. They were ready to help us with just about any need even before we finished asking. There was always someone nice at the front desk with a smile on their face. My wife and I really enjoyed coming back to a beautiful room that was cleaned and organized every evening. The staff decorated the room with flowers and even put our things in an organized manner since we sometimes forget to so.lol For our anniversary day they organized a special dinner for us on the secluded deck which belonged to the hotel. It was very romantic and we felt that we were floating on water. We caught some small fish on the deck of the hotel with the staffs help and the Chef there was so kind to turn that into our appetizer without any additional cost. All these little things they did make us feel very cared for and happy. Portofino also has an amazing view and the place is always clean and spotless. We really liked the location of the pool even though we didn't end up having enough time to spend there. You can see the beach and ocean from the pool. Everyone there is very sweet and down to earth which include the owners. They give you the feel of almost being around good friends. I would recommend Portofino to anyone looking for a relaxing, romantic and fun vacation where you are well taken care of everyday.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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rachelsutaria
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Reviewed May 1, 2009

We arrived at Portofino on April 25th of 2009. We were there to celebrate our two year wedding anniversary. We had only booked the honeymoon suite for two out of the four days but they were kind enough to upgrade us for the other two days. They were able to do this because the room was not booked and because they are very sweet of course. Each one of the staff there put together a joint effort by paying attention to details. This made our stay very pleasant and romantic. The hotel was so beautiful that we felt bad leaving to town for diving and other water sports. We even went fishing on the dock which the staff provided us with bait and all the free fishing gear needed. The bartender made us laugh and had some really fun bar jokes. We met the owners and they were the most friendly and sweet people as well. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for an unforgettable romantic vacation.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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Washington DC
1 review
Reviewed April 23, 2009

We stayed for six days at Portofino near the end of March 2009. After our stay, we had a new understanding for Caribbean life on an island. With the exception of a few trips into town to see some Belizean culture, everything you need to enjoy one of the most perfect spots on the Caribbean is provided by the staff at Portofino. Imagine waking up from a comfortable bed underneath a thatched roof, walking to the front door and deciding whether you are going to spend the morning in the shady hammock on your porch, at the crystal clear pool 20 feet away, at a bar table overlooking the sea, on a complimentary kayak exploring the reef, or just on a lounge chair on top of the beach. Just incredible.

The staff from Belize were some of the nicest people I have met traveling. It's one thing for someone to react to a dissatisfaction or complaint and try to accommodate and it's another to proactively ask you how your vacation is going every step of the way without being intrusive.

If you want to book any excursions during your stay, Marlin is the man to talk to. You tell him what you want to do and he'll make phone calls and arrange the entire day.
If you want a cold drink at the tropical bar, ask for Orvin. Best drinks in Belize.

We both work very stressful jobs in Washington DC and found this to exceed our expectations of relaxation in every way fathomable. We would highly recommend this quiet, peaceful resort away from the hustle and bustle of San Pedro (but not too far) to a friend in need of some down time in the tropics.
Mark & Elise

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed March 31, 2009

My husband and I spent our honeymoon at Portofino and absolutely loved every minute of it! We chose the honeymoon package and stayed in the Royal Orchid suite and felt both were well worth the extra cost. The food was amazing and the staff were incredible. I would definitely recommend it to others.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed March 27, 2009

The service was impeccable. There was always a staff member ready to assist you and they were very kind and gracious.
We stayed in one of the cabanas. It was large and airy, decorated with local flowers. Our view of the pool and the Carribean was marvelous. We had intended to take our meals at various restaurants but ate all of our meals at the Portofino Restaurant. The gourmet chef served delicious meals. On two occasions the fish we caught that day were cooked for us, each time with a little different twist. The lodge packed a special breakfast for us to take on the boat.
We had an outstanding fishing boat captain and in four days we caught many fish
At Portofino you have the options of doing many activities or just "hanging out" around the pool or laying in the sun in the sand.
Sandra and Joel Barbee

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Northants
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Reviewed March 26, 2009

My husband and I have just returned from a week at Portofino Resort. It was the perfect place to wind down after travelling in Guatemala. The resort setting and rooms are fantastic. The staff (especially the lovely receptionist and barman) were wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble. The owner, his wife and family were there to greet us on arrival, check we were happy throughout our stay and there to wave us off as the hotel speedboat whisked us off to the airport at San Pedro. Our final evening was made very special when a dinner for two was set up for us on the jetty - a complete surprise! What a wonderful place with wonderful people. Highly recommended from regular world travellers.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2009

Recently stayed at Portofino and had a great experience. Ambergris Caye is fairly remote and a great way to get away. San Pedro as a town is very busy and noisy. Escaping to Portofino was fabulous. Love the cabana atmosphere instead of over developed hotel. The grounds are gorgeous and they really keep the beach clean & organized. The staff is incredibly helpful and kind. They were really integrated in our surprise birthday celebration and pulled it off incredibly. The restaurant is very good and so easy since it is so close. The rest of Ambergris is a bit more difficult to get around to so staying at the resort is so easy! Highly recommend if you are trying to get away from hustle and bustle. The hammock on each porch is a great treat for the morning readers. It feels like it is your own backyard that you are wandering around. The kayaks are great. The boat service is very accomodating. It is not overly luxurious, but certainly enough to take you away from your every day life.

Note: They really need to get darker curtains, becuase you are up with the sun! I would suggest softer sheets for the future!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Portofino Beach Resort

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 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#18 Romantic 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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Portofino Hotel San Pedro
Portofino San Pedro
Portofino Beach Resort Belize/San Pedro

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