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“bliss in belize” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ka'ana Resort
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in San Ignacio
Certificate of Excellence
cork, ireland
1 review
“bliss in belize”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2008

We spent a few weeks back packing around central america and before returning to reality we fancied a little bit of pampering, and got so much more then we hoped for.
Ka'ana manages to provide excellent service in beautiful luxurious surroundings without loosing the personal touch. All the staff were friendly and relaxed and lots of options for day trips and activities, Tikal is a must

  • Liked — amazing service
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2008

We stayed four nights mid-April 2008. The resort is beautiful, the food is first-rate and the staff is very attentive. The site is near several attractions, including Mayan ruins and caves where you can go tubing or canoing (with a guide). This is a great base for day trips and right off the main road. The resort is very new and small, only 15 or so rooms. But they have a lot of land to expand on and I expect they will.

Stayed April 2008
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Jersey City, NJ
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2008

We really enjoyed our 4 night stay at Ka'ana. My husband & I stayed in a casita and found the room & bathroom to be spacious and clean. We also had some of our meals at the hotel and enjoyed them all. Nick, the manager was extremely friendly and even drove us to dinner in town one night! The rest of the staff was also great as we found them to be extremely friendly and attentive.

One of the days we were there, we relaxed at the pool and got complimentary watermelon and ice cold clothes to cool us off in the heat!

Overall, a great place w/ amazing service!

We booked our tours through Mayawalk so I can't say anything about Ka'ana's tours, but Mayawalk was great!

  • Liked — pretty much everything was great....
  • Disliked — slightly far from town...
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank mrs233
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Georgia
Level Contributor
178 reviews
81 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2008

We loved this property. The villas were absolutely beautiful...comfortable beds, air conditioned, great hammock on the front porch. The staff members were cordial and professional.
The grounds were immacutely manicured...just a fantastic property.
The food was delicious. I commented on the freshness of the vegetables and was informed that all vegetables are grown on site in an organic garden.
The property provides tours to Tikal. We did not utilize the property for our tour to Tikal. Instead, we took a local tour company and regretted the entire decision. Take my advice...do NOT book a Tikal tour through a local tour company; pay the extra money and go with Ka'ana. Otherwise, you will be disappointed.

Stayed January 2008
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SanFrancisco
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2008

We just returned from 8 nights in Belize - 3 of which where at Ka'ana. It was a fabulous experience, beginning with the hotel's driver picking us up from BZE. We found all of the staff to be very pleasant, well-groomed / dressed, and willing to help make our stay better if possible.

As we were there over Easter weekend, the restaurant had a small menu of few choices. However, when they realized we'd pre-paid all our dinners to be there, they offered to substitute the regular menu or the bar tapas menu any night. We had the Easter specials the first night, which were delicious! Ordered off the terrific regular menu the second, and had simple, really, really good pizza in the bar the next night. You absolutely MUST try the breakfast burrito - I'm craving one right now!

We booked tours through Ka'ana to Tikal and a zip-line / cave-tubing combo. Our guide, Wilbert, was FANTASTIC! Very reassuring when needed (driving on the crazy roads to Tikal), very well informed about all kinds of things (history, jungle plants, etc), and lots of fun.

The only less-than-stellar experience was the massage. I'd opt out of that the next time, but it wasn't horrible...just not as wonderful as everything else we did.

We'd highly recommend Ka'ana to any of our family and friends.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Landisville, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
216 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2008

We jsut returned from Ka'ana for 5 nights. We thought the rooms were beautiful and comfortable. The location off the main road proved to work out fine for us even though it would have been nice to stay in the rainforest area. My biggest concern was the price of the food. Our standard entree was $30usd plus 22% tax. This is WAY too much for a new property. We ened up taking the public bus (right on the main road) into San Igancio and enjoying the restaurants there for a fraction of Ka'ana's costs. Also, Ka'ana's trips to the local ruins or activites was extremely high. Some of the trips we coordinated on our own with the public bus. The other trips could be booked in town. The staff at Ka'ana were for the most part were good and trying. Wibur, the activies director, was FANTASTIC and a wealth of information. Great personality and great asset to the property. The head chef was also very personable. Benedicto and Shakira also get the thumbs up for their people skills and service levels. Nick, the general manager, made a point of meeting with the clients and asking their experiences. We really enjoyed that personal level of service and their commitment to the property.
All in all, we enjoyed the property but felt the food costs and activites costs were out of line.

  • Liked — Luxury rooms
  • Disliked — Food costs and activity costs
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Bonnie B
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Drayton Valley A.B. Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2008

My husband and I and 2 friends just came back from this resort, and enjoyed the peaceful setting. The rooms are quite cute and very clean as is the rest of the hotel. The food was a hit and miss, it was either fabulous or something to be desired. Unfortunatley we did find the food overpriced as well in some cases. Our server Ramone was so sweet even though he is still learning, but his genuine kindness and sweetness over road any of his lack of abilities. We had a extremely hard time with getting any pool service at all some of the days. However our driver/tour guide Wilbert was absolutely the best!!! friendly, funny and very very helpful. As well we had a young apprentice named Benidicto that also truly made our stay better as well. All of us also really enjoyed our massages and pedicures! The spa is worth trying for sure..

Like I said before the rooms were very clean, however one day you would have coffee the next you wouldnt the same goes for turndown service, ice, face cloths, night time treats etc etc, but management always fixed the problem immediatly. I think once they work out the kinks as they are a new resort, all will be perfect. I do believe at $455.00 a night plus 21% tax on everything and I mean everything, that they will have to up the service to 5 star. How ever I still would happily recommend this place to anyone. Just bear in mind that they are still working out some kinks....

  • Liked — The ability to see 4 different ruins, loved Tikal
  • Disliked — pool service, 21% tax on a $6.00 bottle of diet coke
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Property: Ka'ana Resort
Address: Mile 69 1/4 George Price Highway, San Ignacio, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in San Ignacio
#3 Romantic Hotel in San Ignacio
#4 Family Hotel in San Ignacio
#5 Business Hotel in San Ignacio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ka'ana Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ka'ana Resort is Belize's first Small Luxury Hotel of the World. True to its Mayan name 'Ka'ana' meaning, 'heavenly place,' this delightful resort, set in tropical gardens, offers exceptional accommodation in charming cottages with fine dining, superb service and easy access to ancient Mayan sites and numerous thrilling activities. Enjoy the best of Belize - its people, its food, and its attractions at a world class resort. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ka`Ana Boutique Hotel San Ignacio
Hotel Ka Ana Boutique
Ka'Ana Resort Belize/San Ignacio

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