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Iguana Reef Inn
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Caye Caulker
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
1 review
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“Perfect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

We stayed at the Iguana Reef for four days, and it was our first time to Belize. Even before leaving New York, Alex was in close contact and organized our transport from the airport to water taxi to hotel. Everything was very smooth. The hotel is immaculate, rooms spacious, and the staff is cheerful and friendly. My daughters loved the origami towel animals! We liked being off the main road, and it's a very short walk to everything. The pool is a huge bonus on this island; this, too, is very well-maintained. We loved our stay here!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

The Iguana Reef Inn is a level up from the typical hotel on Caye Caulker, with its elegant balustrades, large clean rooms and gracious balconies. The saline pool was very nice to have, since the nearby beaches aren't really for swimming (though we did take a dip off the dock.) The location is great -- a block from the center of the front oceanside, while the pool looks out over the sea in the back of the island, perfect for sunset-gazing. It's close enough to the center of activity, while set back enough to be quiet-- and it was largely quiet at the hotel despite it being pretty full. I think the loud-partying travelers were staying elsewhere. We would stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2012
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

Very nice quiet location just 3 blocks off the main road and walking distance to everything. Great to be next door if you plan to dive with Belize Diving Services, the best dive shop on the island. Super comfy beds, nice breakfast included, great pool and amazing sunsets.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

My husband, our 9-month old son, and I had an amazing and much-needed vacation at Iguana Reef Inn this month. It was just what the doctor ordered! We stayed in the penthouse and can't say enough about how wonderful it was. The decor was gorgeous, the amenities perfect, and the views stunning. The entire inn has no detail overlooked and every nook and cranny is immaculate. The pool was just right and our son's favorite spot during our time there. While the inn is within easy walking distance to the center of town and all kinds of great spots to eat and swim, it was tucked back enough as to feel very private and tranquil. The staff (thanks, Alex, Anne, Lizbeth and Otis!) took great care of us and made us feel like family. We look forward to staying at Iguana Reef Inn again next summer!

Room Tip: If you can swing it, go for the 2 bed/2 bath penthouse--amazing views!!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Vail, CO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

We vacationed here in May for a romantic birthday weekend. It was all that and more.

I hate to actually review and recommend this place because I always want to be able to obtain a room here when I need one. The hotel is kept spotless, and is the perfect size, only 12 rooms.

I do believe it is the staff that makes this place so perfect. Alex and Elizabeth were the most gracious people. it would be a tragedy to lose them. The food was delicious and the drinks were expertly made by both Alex and Elizabeth. Loved this place...cannot wait to come back.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

Well, we lucked out! We had no idea that we had found the perfect place. I don't know why it is classified as a "bed and breakfast" and how that is defined as compared to a "hotel," but whether you are looking for a hotel or a bed and breakfast in Caye Caulker, this is the place. In researching where to stay, we read one review that said that this hotel offered "barefoot luxury." This seems to be the perfect description.

It is important to understand Caye Caulker in order to understand how great it is that this place offers what it does. The vast majority of Caye Caulker establishments are more suited to backpacking travellers, with few requirements (e.g., air conditioning, maid service, etc.). This makes sense on Caye Caulker -- an island without a single dressy restaurant, without a paved street, almost devoid of automobiles (we saw two over ten days). Iguana Reef, however, is the one true luxury hotel on the island and was like finding the Emerald City in the Land of Oz. After a day of snorkeling with the locals and eating lobster barefoot by the beach, going back to our spacious, air conditioned, nicely appointed room with our comfy queen-sized bed was perfect!

As the previous reviews have indicated, the rooms are great, the property is well-maintained, but the highlight was the POOL! It was an unusual luxury in Caye Caulker and, while the Caribbean was just a few feet away, the pool was awesome!

Another significant advantage to Iguana Reef is its location. While many hotels boast about their location on the main street, this property is a little under two blocks away -- which was GREAT! If you want the noise and excitement of the main drag, it is a sixty second walk from Iguana Reef. If you want to go to sleep at 10pm (because you have an early trip to see Mayan ruins the next day), then you can do that too!

Without a doubt, the best part of the Iguana Reef experience is the people. Anne and Alex acted as front desk/concierges, making anything you wanted to do come true. Simply say, "I'd like to see some Mayan ruins on the mainland, but make it back in a day," they can make it happen. Tell them that you want to see the famous Blue Hole, but you don't dive and you don't want to take a four-hour round trip choppy boat ride, and they make it happen. Ask them if you can make it to the Belize Zoo on the way to the airport, and they make it happen. You get typed, professional itineraries, names and phone numbers, people waiting with your name on a sign at every destination. In the bar/lounge, you'll find Otis in the evening and Elizabeth in the morning. Elizabeth ensures the continental breakfast is full of goodies, including my wife's favorite -- the homemade banana bread. Otis will prepare you any drink you can think of -- with a smile. And, while the hotel does not have its own kitchen, Otis keeps the heavy hors d'ouvres flowing or will run out and get you anything you want! But more important than the service was the fact that my wife and I felt connected to the staff within the first 24 hours. And through these individuals, we felt connected to the island. It will sound a bit cliche, but my wife and I felt as though we'd made friends and plan on keeping in touch with all of them.

I've gone on too long, but we just loved the place. Peace, quiet, friendly service and "barefoot luxury." We walked all over the island and saw practically every property on the island and the Iguana Reef Inn is the best Caye Caulker has to offer.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

I stayed here awhile ago but I am just getting around to reviewing it now. My apologies! I stayed here with two friends and we loved it. i don't know if she still works there but Jill was so nice and helpful. She helped us arrange our snorkeling trips and our massages! The owner Mario and the rest of the staff were all great and helpful too. We couldn't get enough of the Belize Breezes! We left our backpacks here for a few days when we went to Tikal which was a huge help. We were so happy to travle light to Guatemala. The rooms were nice and clean. We kayaked and watched the sunset every day. It is a friendly place and we met so many other travelers we hung out with. Good times, great people! I highly recommend Iguana Reef Inn!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Iguana Reef Inn
Address: PO Box 31, Caye Caulker, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Caye Caulker
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Caye Caulker
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Iguana Reef Inn is located on the water's edge, in a secluded location in the heart of a charming village. The Inn offers decidedly upscale accommodations and the enchantment of the "Old Caribbean" island lifestyle. Relax on the verandah of one of the Inn's richly textured rooms or poolside and settle into the unhurried pace of the island. The Inn's ideal location is just minutes away from the restaurants and night spots on Caye Caulker. ... more   less 
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Iguana Reef Hotel Caye Caulker

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