My wife and I just returned from Kanantik and am more than qualified to offer an opinion. In a couple of words, if you read no further, I would suggest you not even consider this place!
Amy M's review was close to calling it correctly and was certainly more accurate than any of the others I read and having reread them several times I wonder if they were writing about the same resort I visited.
As I understand it the resort has been sold to a corporate body that was visiting the property while we were there and I can only hope they make some drastic changes soon, as it needs it badly.
Let me start with the positives. There are three. The staff is wonderful, very helpful, capable, caring and professional. That's one. Two, the rooms are spacious. Three, the food overall is excellent, and I say that even with one night ordering pork chops that tasted something close to what I would assume shoe leather does.
The biggest negative here are the cabanas. While spacious, they are far from comfortable given the fact that the air conditioning is so poor that the only time you feel comfortable is right after you drench yourself in ice water and then stand within a foot of it. It's the worst excuse for an air conditioner I ever experienced. And if the lack of any semblance of air conditioning weren't enough, stand by for the bugs. None of the window openings have windows, but screens that aren't close to being flush with the sills and serve as a super highway for the myriad of strange creepy crawly things that occupy the rooms rent free. Heaven forbid if you get up in the middle of the night to visit the restroom. I can't begin to tell you how many things I stepped on. The mosquito netting around the bed is more decorative than useful. It's so hot inside the room anyway with no air conditioning, try not breathing at all with the mosquito netting deployed.
The 1300 feet of beach front as described in the website is accurate. What it doesn't describe is the 1300 feet of shoreline is so brackish from the canal upstream that you wouldn't dare swim in it. The one morning (of five) it was clear, we managed to take out one of the kayaks for a couple of hours but by ten or eleven the brackish water reappeared and we stayed away.
We did partake in two of the three included side trips. We did not take part in the snorkeling trip, so can't offer anything about it one way or another. We took part in the Mayan ruins trip and the Wild Animal sanctuary visit.
The Mayan ruins were good, the drive there and back was quite an experience. Our driver and guide was a nice guy and knowledgeable about the subject, but his driving, well, suffice it to say was an adventure. He used the trip as a qualifier for the pole at Indy! Whatever the speed limit was he exceeded it by far. True, there wasn't all that much traffic on the roads, but driving on the wrong side of the road, upgrade around a curve was a bit much for me. And it's a two to two and a half hour trip each way!
The Wild Animal Sanctuary, must've preserved them pretty well. The only animal life we saw were several yellow butterflies and about two billion cutter ants.
Yes this "resort" is out in the middle of no where, you are stuck there. There simply is no place else to go near the resort. But, that's what I expected and didn't mind the remoteness of the place at all and was looking forward to it. But this place isn't even comfortable. I would simply not recommend it to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An all-inclusive eco-sensitive resort of palm thatched luxury cabanas on the southern beaches of Belize designed to showplace both the emerald waters of the Caribbean and the pristine exotic Belizean forest in one truly picturesque setting. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kanantik Reef And Jungle Resort
- Kanantik Reef & Jungle Hotel Stann Creek
- Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort Belize/Stann Creek