It is challenging to put into words exactly how flawless our experience was at Pelican Reef Villas. It was about a year ago that we made the decision to bypass traditional wedding plans and started our search for the perfect destination wedding. On a complete whim I typed Belize into Trip Advisor and this resort caught my eye. We hadn’t even put Belize on our option list but as I looked through the photos and more importantly started reading the reviews, I was instantly 100% sure that this was our destination; so sure, in fact, that we immediately stopped searching and sent the link to family and friends with a note that said “get your passports.” We booked our December 2011 wedding and from the planning process to our arrival and departure, every step of the way was confirmation that we made the perfect decision. Lori’s assistance and guidance throughout the planning process made it seem like we were planning an event across the street, not thousands of miles away in another country. Every question was answered promptly and her suggestions were appropriate and incredibly helpful. It was also reassuring to know that she understood our style, what we liked or didn’t like, and interpreted so accurately our descriptions of how we envisioned our wedding. To think that we chose every detail from a distance- from food and cake choice to the sash color on our chairs seems insane, but we were able to do so with complete peace of mind through the incredible trust and attention to detail of the team at Pelican Reef.
Our group was made up of 16 friends and family members who all traveled from the U.S. to join us for this amazing experience. Many of our guests are true world travelers, and I can’t count how many times they remarked that Belize, and specifically this resort was by far their best vacation experience. Most of our guests spent 5 days, with our wedding falling in the middle of their stay on a Saturday afternoon. My husband and I were fortunate enough to stay for 11 days, although even that did not seem like enough. Every single moment of our stay was perfection. From the moment we arrived on the island we knew this was a very special place, and by the time our taxi arrived at Pelican Reef we were impressed far beyond our expectations. We booked our wedding here based on the pictures and reviews on TripAdvisor, but believe me when I say our first reaction when we arrived was that none of the photos online quite captured the beauty of this location. The pier is stunning, the view indescribable, the units and furnishings just completely flawless. Although there are mixed feelings in reviews about the location being outside town, I echo others’ responses that we found this to be a bonus. Spend a few hours in town and it’s such a peaceful retreat to return to the resort.
I simply can’t say enough about the service. I was determined to be a low-maintenance bride throughout our stay, but the staff here went above and beyond so many times to treat us like royalty. They even surprised us by decorating our unit during our reception so when we finally returned to our place at the end of a magical day we were welcomed by a trail of candles and flower petals leading us to a wonderful bottle of champagne by a petal-filled Jacuzzi.
I envisioned an intimate wedding in a beautiful location and what we experienced was far beyond my expectations. The atmosphere for our day was beyond words; from walking the pier looking at stingrays with my morning coffee while the amazing staff setup our ceremony site on the beach to saying our vows and turning to see other resort guests gathered on the patio to share in our celebration, every minute was magical.
Seven months later, we really feel like we just left, and we still talk about this trip every day. I would have thought by now our friends and family would be tired of the thousands of pictures, but the beauty of this place truly speaks for itself and we’re still hearing”no way, that one HAS to be a postcard!” We’re always wishing Terry was taking our breakfast order (Pancake Sandwich please!!!) and Santo was brewing coffee at the bar before sunrise.
I would not change a single moment of our experience at Pelican Reef. Since the moment we left we’ve been working on scheduling our next trip back, and scheming to try and spend every anniversary there to reflect on a picture perfect wedding!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come Experience Luxury! Swaying Palms, sandy beaches, and warm ocean breezes welcome you to Pelican Reef Villas. Experience unparalleled luxury, and service that is raising the standards, in one of our 2 or 3 bedroom villas. Pelican Reef Villas blends deluxe amenities and breath-taking views with a discreet location 2.5 Miles south of San Pedro to give your trip seclusion with real panache! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pelican Reef Villas Hotel San Pedro
- Pelican Reef Hotel
- Pelican Reef Resort
- Pelican Reef Villas Resort Belize/San Pedro