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The Palms Oceanfront Suites
Ranked #25 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 18, 2008

My family and I (husband & 2 kids, 13 &10) just came back from a fabulous stay at The Palms. We were there for 2 weeks (end of Jan.- beginning of Feb) and everything was just perfect. I did a great deal of research before deciding on The Palms. It paid off. We were close enough to town to walk in when we wanted, and the beach front is the best this close to town. The condo was clean and spacious. It's true that the pool is a little shady, but I found this refreshing after sunning. Generally, you cannot just walk-in and snorkel on AC, you need to go on a snorkel trip to Hol Chan, but we snorkeled off the beach at The Palms and swam to the end of Ramon's pier and it was just fine for a diversion during the day.

Prior to our trip, Ana in the front office responded quickly to my e-mails and was very helpful. We stayed in a 2 bedroom on the 2nd floor. The first floor does have large front patios, but privacy can be an issue. Also, you would need to lock your sliders. We kept our screen sliders closed and left the glass doors open all the time. We had no bug issues at all. The Palms is not a luxury resort, so if that's what you are looking for there are other places to stay on AC. If you are looking for a clean, comfortable, convenient condo that is reasonably priced, The Palms is the place!!!!

AC is a great place to vacation the following are some things we learned during our stay:
We liked SEAduced for snorkeling tours as well as a guy named Brady Ewen-Smith. He is located on the Belize Yacht Club pier.
Brady hooked us up with Carlo Gonzalez for an amazing mainland tour. Carlo is cheaper than other tours we looked at, and really customizes your trip. He's incredibly knowledgeable!
When booking tours, always go directly to the source, rather than booking through the front desk. It's a cheaper route, also, many tours places give you a 10% discount if you pay in cash.
The Bayside Bar is a new place owned by ex-pats from Florida. From The Palms (road side, not beach), you make a right and then a left and keep going straight. It's tucked away at what appears like a dead end. Tell Samantha the bartender that the Patriot's fans from Massachusetts sent you!
I could go on & on about AC. Suffice it to say that we loved Ambergris Caye and we are already planning our next trip. Of course we'll be staying at The Palms!!!

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 4, 2008

This was our first time in San Pedro and we were staying for 10 days, so we stayed 5 days at The Palms and 5 days at Banyan Bay Villas. We really like The Palms for the price and location. We stayed at in the 2 bedroom/2 bath executive oceanfront suite. Upon arriving, they checked us in immediately and our room was ready. There was a hammock on the patio that looked right out to the water. The kitchen was a little small, but it wasn't that important to us. If you are looking for a pool overlooking the ocean, this is not the hotel for you. The pool is pretty hidden and small and not that warm since there were a lot of greenery shadowing the pool. Again, this wasn't important to us either since the beach had white sand, which was beautiful, to lay out or go into the water.
We are coming back to San Pedro in April and staying for 10 days and it will be all The Palms this time. If this is your first time in San Pedro, you will not be disappointed. If you like getting a tan, laying on the beach, getting around and exploring the island on a golf cart, and fishing. This is the place for you. We liked Banyan Bay, too, but there were too many kids at the pool.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 27, 2007

The palms was an OK place to stay. These were the pros and cons we encountered. Please bear in mind I am comparing this location to another hotel in which we stayed in Belize and I do have really high standards.

CONS:
The french windows in our appartment didn't close properly (so there was a gap of a couple of inches left open), so insects (mosquitos and
cockroaches) stayed with us nightly in the apartment and there isn't any mosi nets in the bedroom.

The bedroom was located next to the walkway, This means if you don't want everyone looking in the bedroom you have to keep the blinds drawn, so the room is always gloomy.

When you sit out on the porch or garden area vendors come into the private beach area to sell you stuff.

Other palms guests can sit outside your apartment patio, if you're on
the ground floor, so it's not very private.

The friendly atmosphere we experienced at other hotels, wasn't here, but the maids were lovely. For example, we weren't shown around the property and how to use things, other than how to lock the door.

The beach outside the palms area has alot of litter, so watch out when walking in barefeet.

PROS:
Maid service is really good.

The apartment is large, nicely decorated and has good air
conditioning.

As well as insects, there's a few geckos which live behind the pictures and eat the insects.

The front part of the porch is nice, as is the view.

Kitchen is well equipped

Sofas and bed is comfortable

Shower is really good.

The pool is small, but is private and open until 11pm.

The beach nearby is fine to swim in, but it's not completely clear of sea grass, so if you don't like this use the pool.

Location is close to airport (within walking distance) and close to town (a bit too close for me).


Overall, it was an OK place to stay, but I for me i wouldn't return, as I value privacy and peace too much.

  • Stayed: October 2007
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Reviewed September 12, 2007

This is a great hotel -- the location is unbeatable. We walked from the airstrip. It's in the middle of town so you can walk anywhere - there a grocery store nearby and it's next door to Ramon's which has the best beach in San Pedro.

We stayed in the poolside casita for 4 nights and it was perfect. There was a bedroom, a living and a small kitchenette. The place was really clean and super comfortable. There is a tv in the living and the bedroom The fact it was right in front of the pool was perfect. We felt like we had the pool all to ourselves.

The front desk was very helpful - they booked us a half day snorkeling trip which was the highlight of the trip. We got to swim with sharks!

You can buy gallons of water and coffee from the front desk which is actually a way better deal than buying from the store.

I loved this hotel and I would stay here again!

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2007

Just returned from our 4th trip to San Pedro, our third stay at the Palms. This time we had the entire family with us--a total of 12, including 2 children. We almost took over the third floor, using 3 of the 4 suites there. The Palms is consistently clean, cheerful, well furnished, and has an exceptional staff. Ana at the front desk helped with many logistical problems of having so many varied ages and interests. The trip to Lamanai was complicated by one pregnant daughter and another who was not tolerating the boat rides well. Ana made it all happen! Amazing. (Some last minute flights were involved.) She also suggested Rojo for dinner one night--a wonderful experience.

We had considered a golf cart for the week, especially for groceries, but decided against it. Simon at Lagnaippe did his usual wonderful job of provisioning our condos, and the Palms is so close to everything there is really no need for a cart unless you want to explore the north. Ana supplied us with more water towards the end of the week (amazing how much water 12 people can drink in a week.) We took a taxi home one night from El Divino, and otherwise walked to all the restaurants, shops, bars, etc.

My granddaughters loved the pool at the Palms, and even made a couple of friends. They both learned to snorkel there, then tried out the ocean at Ramon's, next door. From there they went on a snorkel tour to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. All the rooms were great, with a wonderful view from the veranda. It is interesting to see how differently they are furnished.

Already planning the next trip, and of course we will stay at the Palms again. Thanks Ana and everyone else for another fantastic stay.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 28, 2007

My husband and I just returned from 5 nights at the Palms. I cannot say enough good things about this place. We stayed in a one bedroom on the bottom floor. The place was huge and in all truth more than we needed. The kitchen allowed us to keep our costs down by having lunch and breakfast in most days. Ambergris is fairly expensive, so that was great. Our porch litterally opened up to the sand and the water was only a few steps away. The advantages of this place is it seems very upscale and well groomed compared to many places we saw, the location is great....close enough to town to easily walk, yet fare enough away to relax. Plus, they are located next to Ramons which had some of the only walk in swiming that I saw on the whole island. I highly recommend this place. Go in off season....the island never seemed crowded to us.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2007

Recently returned from 6 days at The Palms Oceanfront Suites. We initially stayed 2 weeks in Placencia (southern Belize) visiting family and after many previous visits there wanted to experience another part of Belize. While searching the internet for accommodations in San Pedro we were a little concerned of the lack of numerous previous reviews of The Palms. We now understand why few are written. Guests want to keep the place “their little secret” so accommodations for future visits will be easier to secure. Their website does not at all compliment the facility as well as it should. This goes along with the general humble and helpful caring consistently offered by all the staff. They too are great!

We had our family from Placencia stay with us the first 3 days so we booked a 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo (Oceanside, top-floor) and were pleasantly surprised. The room was fantastic! Spacious, clean, well appointed and a picture perfect view. The units are each individually owned and decorated accordingly. You quickly gain an appreciation that this is a home rather than an accommodation.

The remaining days the two of us moved to a 1 bedroom unit on the main floor looking directly onto the beach. Far enough away so that you are not constantly stared at yet close enough to feel the surroundings of the beach. It was here that we met a few of the other guests of The Palms. All were wonderful people with equally great experiences of the surroundings.

The location is fantastic. Close enough to walk into the town on a whim yet far enough away to feel some seclusion. While we did rent a golf cart for a day of exploring the novelty quickly wore off. I suspect most of the sights to be seen on land are in the immediate vicinity. We walked the beach many times and checked out other resorts. We wouldn’t have traded our accommodations for any of the others. The fresh water pool is tranquil. Surrounded by lush gardens it truly is an oasis.

While we had some meals in our Suite we primarily ate at many of the surrounding restaurants. Not once were we disappointed. Okay, maybe once but that was at one of the local resorts that gave us a feel of any other large North American resort and charged accordingly. Don’t be afraid of going off the beaten path for your dining experience. As in other parts of Belize the food and preparation of it is not to be of concern. Most are casual experiences yet still offer the quality of the many fine dining restaurants.

On our return trip to San Pedro we will only stay at The Palms Oceanfront Suites. Please remember, this is our little secret!

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Palms Oceanfront Suites

Address: Coconut drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 000000, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#15 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#24 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range: $303 - $457 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Palms Oceanfront Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Palms is ideally located on the beach a minutes walk south of San Pedro Town. The property features 12 oceanfront 1 and 2 bedroom fully furnished suites and a poolside Casita. All the units are individually decorated, have a/c, full kitchens and have unmatched ocean views. ... more   less 
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