My family of 5 (including 3 teenagers) stayed in a two-bedroom unit at Pelican Reef in March 2009. We took one of the less expensive units with pool and beach view and couldn't have been happier with it (unless it were a litte less expensive maybe!). The view from the master bedroom looked across the "infinite" pool out into the Carribean. Can't beat that. (see the photos).
Comfortable, convenient (more or less) and quiet. No casinos or noisy bar scenes, and private security patrols the premise at night.
The Villas at Pelican Reef are made up of 4 three-story buildings, each containing 6 condos (I think thats how it lays out). They'll keep telling you about "villas", so hear "condos" in your head when they say that. Our ground floor unit was great and practical. A full kitchen allowed us to buy some groceries from a local market to have on hand for lunches and breakfasts (since we were sticking around the hotel to simply lay on the beach, swim in the pool, get some sun, read, and do nothing else). We went into San Pedro (about 3 and a half miles away, north of Pelican Reef)(and $10 US by taxi) for dinners, although one night we were so tired of doing nothing that we ordered Pizza for delivery! :-)
They have no restaurant onsite per se, so you're on your own for food - although they do offer some breakfast and lunch menu items delivered to you. They have a nice perfect little pool bar you can swim up and sit at (on "stools" built into the pool in the water) on one side of the bar, or sit at tables and chairs and stools on the other side of the bar. No in-room internet, but wireless around the bar-area.
Two very nice bedrooms in our unit, our son was only too happy to sleep on the sofa bed in front of the TV (which got alot of typical US channels and all the normal stuff you're trying to get away from!) (There was another TV in the master bedroom that only came on once while my daughter was recovering from some sunburn.) Bathrooms were huge. The family that built the complex is originally from Houston so if you're from the US, you'll be very comfortable. (Heck, if you're not from the US, you'll be very comfortable too!)
The people that staff the Villas at Pelican Reef trip over themselves providing services for you. They'll order pizza for you (ha, ha!), schedule tours for you, give you a free cup of coffee at the pool bar in the morning, call taxis for you, rent you a golf cart so you don't have to take taxis all the time (golf carts being the main alternate mode of ground transportation in and around San Pedro besides mini-van taxis running around everywhere).
Everything's at a price, but you can get everything, it's that simple. They have chaise lounges permanently on the beach, they groom the beach every morning, they have a couple hammocks to relax in, some little toy "kayaks" free for use by the guests that you can try to paddle around on, and they have free entry-level snorkle gear you can use to swim around the end of the dock with where hundreds of fish hang out along with (we saw) at least one ray, one harmless little nurse shark, a barracuda (insists my daughter although I thought it looked more like some salt water gar fish), a couple moray eels, and dozens of pencil fish and schools of other fish. All hanging out at the end of the pier.
Speaking of taxis and golf carts, I didn't see anybody else say this, so I will: unless you're going into San Pedro more than a dozen times, rent a golf cart one day just for fun if you want to, but otherwise, just take a taxi. It's faster and - even at $20US round trip - cheaper than renting a golf cart. We rented the islands only stretch golf cart (that we saw anyway) which sat 6 people, so we got laughs whereever we went. So that was fun!)
This would be a great spot for honeymooners, great for kids, pretty much anybody. Like I said, we did -nothing- except go out to dinner. If we had more time, we would have probably done snorkling or diving on the extensive reef system just off shore.
FYI: We got to San Pedro and Caye Ambergris via the San Pedro Express water taxi from Belize City. $15 US a person round trip. You can't beat it.
Overall, a positive experience. The hype you're reading in these reviews is pretty much for real.
- 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 2.6 Mls 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