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Portofino Beach Resort
Ranked #19 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 19, 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Portofino May 10-16 and couldn't have been happier. We stayed in Room 2 which is on the first floor right next to the lobby/bar. We booked last minute and Rosalie took care of everything. Very easy to call/email the resort directly to book your room. Mo met us at the airport in San Pedro and escorted us to Portofino. Our room was ready when we arrived, so after a quick introduction/orientation to the resort, and a welcome drink we were shown to our room. Being right next to the lobby and bar, I was initially concerned about noise, but never had a problem at all. In fact, I think we had the best view and location. This resort is great for anyone looking to get away. It is somewhat secluded, but still only a short boat ride to town.
Rooms:There is not a bad room on the property, all have ocean front views and interesting decor. We had a small concern with the water pressure in our shower the first night, told the manager of our concern and it was fixed within 30 minutes. We were even shown other rooms available if we wanted to switch. Everyone goes out of their way to see you have everything you need.
Food: The restaurant is very good. We always left very full. Continental breakfast is included with room rates. However, there are lots of good places/street vendors in town and we loved the food at Wild Mango's, Elvie's Kitchen, and Waraguma. Food on the island is, well, island priced. We always had breakfast at the resort, then either lunch or dinner in town. Portofino has a great bar, Margaritas are the best. No mix used. Both bartenders Orvile and Raphael are great and will make anything you ask, and are great with suggestions if you don't know what you want.
San Pedro: We had a great time on a fishing/snorkeling excursion one day. Booked through the resort. If you don't own snorkel gear, just borrow some from the resort, they have great equipment. Anyone at the desk can book days out for you, good to sit back and let them arrange everything. Chicken drop on Wed. night is fun, on the beach just off of the dock. Everyone on the island was very friendly and helpful. We especially liked not being hounded to look at timeshares etc. as we have found happens alot in Mexico. Overall this was the best vacation we have experienced and plan to go back. If you are looking to stay on the island please try Portofino, you won't be dissapointed. We are hoping to be back for New Year's.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 11, 2009

This review is long overdue. We went on our Honeymoon (Sept 2007) aware we were off season and there would be some construction, but the construction was right outside of our window. We spent two sleepless nights in a beach bungalow before we were upgraded to the second floor of the mansion for the rest of our stay. I'm sure the place looks beautiful now that the construction is complete. Marlon is a great manager, Rafael is an awesome bartender and Jan and Sandra are both wonderful owners; they were very concerned about our satisfaction (and also fun to drink with!) The Sea Taxis were really fun to take into town from the secluded resort, the food was great, the resort was clean, the staff was helpful and friendly. The only complaint was the sea grass in front of the resort was pretty dense and made swimming right off the beach difficult but they provided kayaks so we still had some fun snorkeling from the resort. The resort had recently partnered with Ecologic Divers, which we also highly recommend for dive trips and certification. Thank you, Portofino.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2009

I recently spent 5 nights at Portofino with a friend and everything was perfect. This small intimate resort had lovely rooms, a great staff, good food and a nice (small) beach. There were days where everyone was out doing day trips and I was the only one left at the resort - I loved it! Although most of the guests are couples, we were on a girlfriend getaway and we did not feel out of place. While we were there, the Mansion was rented out to a group of men fishing - so we were not the only folks there who were not on a romantic getaway. I strongly reccomend the spa right up the beach (I can't remember the name, but the hotel will book it for you) it was a world class massage.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 5, 2009

This beautiful intimate resort was a picture perfect get away. I recently spent too few days there with a friend. It was beautiful, very well kept and extremely clean. It had wonderful, friendly and helpful staff and a really lovely vibe. It was terrific! I would definitely go back. Food was delicious and fresh, location off beaten path but close enough to action to get to fast and easily. This family run resort is quiet but hip in a very authentic, island way. Give Rosalie a hug for me. She's the best! Enjoy.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with friends
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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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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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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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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
#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: $256 - $1,130 (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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