The perfect place to relax and recharge! My girlfriend and I just returned from an amazing trip to Blackbird Caye. We like to travel and prefer not return to the same spot, but I emphatically can say that we will return to Blackbird Caye (soon!).
The resort is located on a remote island off the coast of Belize. It truly is an upscale “Gilligan’s Island” experience. We arrived by boat and departed the island by plane. Both were easy trips. The resort is pleasantly small. There only are 18 cabanas on the island. All of the cabanas are about 10 yards from the sea. We stayed in one of the deluxe cabanas – no. 14. It was spacious, comfortable, and hidden away at the end of the resort. We will request it again! Each cabana is air conditioned and includes a screened porch with a view of the sea. We started and ended each day on the porch – we watched the sun rise over the sea every morning laying in a hammock; and ended the day back in the hammock: drinking wine, listening to the wind in the palm trees (and music on the iPad), and watching the moonlight on the water. Spending the entire day barefoot totally is appropriate. Leave your fancy clothes at home! Total relaxation!
The activities are abundant and easy. The island itself is a tropical playground, and the resort is stocked with all the resources to enjoy it. We spent our days snorkeling, kayaking or just lounging on the beach or by the pool. There are numerous places on the island to venture out for a run or walk. I ran every morning. The resort has internet access, but we avoided it and all other contact with the outside world. The wildlife around the resort is spectacular. We loved watching the iguanas on the beach and the multitudes of exotic birds. It was great fun to watch the pelicans diving into the water, and was not unusual to find a perfect conch shell any time we walked down the beach. We never did see a crocodile, but did not go searching for them. Guests easily can snorkel on their own. The reef is a short kayak from the shore. I strongly recommend joining the snorkeling guide, Chris, on an organized snorkel. There are two organized snorkel trips each day, and guests simply need to show up at the dock to participate. Chris can spot marine life that I never would see on my own, and seems to know all the choice locations that are a short boat ride away. We saw sharks, rays, eels and multitudes of tropical fish on our adventures. Other guests, on a snorkeling trip that I missed, swam with dolphin and a sea turtle. Neither my girlfriend nor I are divers, but we did hear guests raving about the dive trips and guides. Kayaks are complimentary and available at all times. Several guests took out kayaks to explore a nearby island (the snorkeling apparently was really good around that island). The pool area is very nice, and the swim up bar is a plus!
The staff at the resort is second to none. Each member of the staff was pleasant, knowledgeable and made our trip memorable. The general manager, Paul, sets the tone. He constantly is smiling and working hard to ensure that every guest is happy. Ran and Barry kept our drinks and conversation flowing at the bar, and kept the bar open as late as the guests wanted. We enjoyed several late night walks down the beach back to our cabana after indulging in cocktails at the bar (thanks Ran for the rum concoctions‼). Most of the guests meet in the bar around 5pm every day for drinks and complimentary snacks. The food is plentiful and fantastic, and features plenty of fresh fish and fruit. All guests are served meals at the same time. We appreciated this opportunity to get to know the other guests and share stories about the day’s adventures.
Hats off to Blackbird Caye‼ This resort absolutely is a special place. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Maybe for a New Year’s Eve trip…
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blackbird Caye is a privately owned Island sitting on The Mesoamerican Reef System - often referred to as the "Jewel of the Caribbean" - it is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere with a rich tapestry of vivid corals, mangrove forests, coastal wetlands, and diverse marine wildlife. Within the reef you will find Turneffe Atoll the Caye where the resort is located. Turneffe is the largest and most biologically diverse of the 3 atolls found in the Caribbean home to more than 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk, and more than 500 species of fish, manatees, dolphins and invertebrates. There are over 70 dives sites all within 10-15 minutes from the resort and 45 minutes to Lighthouse Reef where The Great Blue Hole is located. The resort is made of 19 modern cabanas facing the Caribbean Sea and 1 beach house. The cabanas are all equipped with A/C, fans, private bathrooms, either King or Queen Beds with new comfortable bedding, private porches with chairs and swinging hammocks. Included in the price are your cabana, 3 daily meals, dive or snorkel package, complimentary transfers to the island on Wednesdays and Saturdays and use of the resort's kayaks. We are the only resort on Turneffe with an air strip making it convenient to arrive or depart any other day of the week. Our courteous and helpful staff will always make you feel at home as customer service ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blackbird Caye Hotel Turneffe Islands
- Blackbird Caye Belize City