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Los Porticos Villas
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Reviewed December 3, 2009

LOS PORTICOS VILLAS (formerly Saks at Placencia Resort.
They advertise that they only needed to finish the restaurant. All other construction is done.
Upon arrival we saw and heard construction all around the property. Only two rooms were completed, and the owners occupied 1 of them.
Although our 2 BR was basically finished-- the bathroom in one bedroom had no water. The main a/c did not work. (Owner said it would be a week before their serviceman would be able to look at it.
The outside grounds were in complete disarray. No lighting outside at night.
The owners were the nastiest hotel proprietors I have ever come in contact with. We needed light bulbs for most of the fixtures in the villa. Needless to say we checked out the next day. We moved to a magnificent hotel for the rest of our stay.(The Bella Maya Resort at Maya Beach)
If you want to be treated like dirt than go to Los Porticos.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 3, 2009

Arrived during a tropical storm but that didn't dampen our impressions. Property under construction and will be spectacular when finished. Stayed in one of the two finished buildings. Condo huge inside and very well appointed. Great view from the spacious lanai of the entire property and the ocean. Managers very accommodating. We knew ahead of time that part of this property was a construction site so that didn't bother us at all. Loved the village and had great meals in several of the restaruants. Because of the storm, there was a lot of junk on the beach every morning but the groundsman had it cleaned up before we headed down to swim. Water very warm. Snorkelling not good as the seas were quite churned up. Hopefully next time, the snorkelling will be better.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2008

Very much a value. The rooms are really very nice. They are all new and well appointed, very clean and air conditioned.
The property does not have a restaurant on site but the local restaurants are great inparticular Purple Space Monkey.The owners are very welcoming and make you feel at home. You are right on the water and the pool is open.Construction is going on (we were told ahead of time) but we still found relaxing on our veranda to be lovely.We plan to return and stay here in August for a week. Anixous to see the progress.This isgoing to be one of the finest resorts in Placencia

Stayed: March 2008
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Reviewed January 15, 2008

I stayed at Saks between Xmas and New Years. When bookingt the place, we were told that only the restaurant would be under construction. In reality, everything was under construction except 2 of the buildings. We could hear hammering all day. The grounds had been dug up and lacked lighting to walk through out night. Construction on the pool was not finished but you could still get in. The office was only open from 9am - 5pm and there were no staff available after 5 pm. We could not believe that the owners decided to return to Canada during the busiest week of tourism. It is an absolute lie to advertise this place as an all-inclusive resort - the only thing you could get was a Coke or a beer - that is, if you could find a staff person to get it for you.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 24, 2007

I am inspired to write after reading the "delayed honeymooners" story. We had the same problem exactly 2 weeks before! Spent 1 nt in a seaside cabana, which was lovely, then moved to the 'snell house' (?) cause we wanted a kitchen. In the day it was breathtaking, at night the swarm of soldier ants took our breathaway!--- Thousands! we were there with our 3 yr old and 70 yr old grandma, so we were not as easy-going as we might have been if it had just been my husband & I. When we approached the cold, distant, unwelcoming, unpersonable owner, he said it wasn't his problem as he believed he did not have control over these private homes which he books & manages. what???? Some really nice staff came over & sprayed, but it did not help. (we were told to light mos. coils all night!??)

As with the other couple, he refused to comp us; a night? a meal? anything???? (he ended up giving us our last lunch half off---whawho)

But besides the owners, the place is Great! the staff, the grounds, the cabanas, the location, the decor, the food, the pool...mainly because of what Kitty created before she sold it to these folks that should not be in the service industry!!!

Stayed: November 2006
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Reviewed January 28, 2007

We initially had a property off the resort and felt unsafe being three girls and reading the previous reviews about theft. However, upon our arrival the manager was kind enough to switch us to a cabana on the beach for the same amount of money. The rooms were immaculate and the beds were firm and comfortable. We had a hammock on our porch and had a spectacular view of the starry skies. The pool is very modern and clean and the property is beautiful. Although SAK's restaurant and bar were closed, they offered complimentary shuttle service into town. The front desk was also efficient and helpful in terms of setting up a half-daytour of the monkey river (well worth it). Staff was extremely accomodating and courteous. This property is extremely quiet...if you're looking for some more excitement, I would recommend staying near the center of town.

Stayed: January 2007
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Reviewed September 11, 2006

My husband and I celebrated our fifth trip to Belize at Saks in Placencia. We spent a while researching where to stay as there doesn't seem to be a shortage of lovely resorts but chose Saks. We are looking forward to planning a return trip to Saks next year.
This was our first trip to Placencia and we just loved it. The resort is not fancy by any means but the rooms were clean and suited us just fine. The grounds were beautiful; we saw the most beautiful birds everyday and were greeted by iguanas, salamanders, even a small fox. The staff, including the owners, were just terrific to us.
Even though we arrived during the off-season, we loved every minute of our stay. Everyone was so friendly and went out of their way to accomodate our requests. Despite the fact that most places were closed (restaurants, tours); the team at Saks was still able to help us find where to eat and arrange tours for us.
If you are looking for a simple, peaceful stay then Saks is the place for you. Enjoy it---we sure did---thanks to the owners and staff!

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Address: Placencia Road, Placencia, Belize
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Placencia
Price Range: $210 - $451 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Los Porticos Villas, a luxury Condo Villa Resort on the Caribbean Sea in beautiful Belize. Los Porticos is located on one of the finest beaches in Placencia, with white sand and clear water, and nestled in tropical garden setting. Come experience the best of Belize with exciting vacation specials and great accommodation options to allow you an amazing adventure vacation or relaxation getaway! The choice is yours--with our ideal location just a mile out of town, far enough for serenity and relaxation but still close enough to explore the village, restaurants, bars and shops. Los Porticos Villas boasts well-appointed two bedroom suites with tropical hardwood furnishings, A/C, wi-fi, private verandahs, luxurious bathrooms, washer/dryer, flat screen TVs, fully equipped chef's kitchens, tasteful furnishings, spacious rooms, fabulous views, and all the amenities and services for a perfect Belize family vacation or romantic getaway. Los Porticos Villas offer Sea Front, Sea View,, Pool View and Garden View Villas. Each villa includes the use of bicycles and the front can arrange for golf cart rentals to explore the Placencia Peninsula. The breathtaking Belize Barrier Reef is just a short boat ride from the resort and is a SCUBA diving and snorkeling paradise. And just a short drive from Los Porticos, guests can discover the wonder and mystery of exotic jungles, hidden waterfalls, and ancient Maya temples. We offer a fabulous selection of tours and excursion to explore the vast natural and cultural beauty of Belize, including trips to our exclusive private island, Ivan's Caye, an original fisherman's camp on the Belize Barrier Reef for a day of fun in the surf and sun. Or if you just feel like chilling and taking it easy, Los Porticos pool is a perfect spot to relax and catch up with friends and our private beach is a great base for kayaking, swimming, playing a game of beach volleyball, or just lounging in the sun with a cold Belikin Beer or fruity cocktail. Our on-site La Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant offers fine dining, a full bar, and espresso bar, in a casually elegant atmosphere. Using only the freshest ingredients, including local catch of the day, master Chef Simone will prepare authentic Italian Cuisine with a Caribbean flare, Seafood vegetarian, and special requests are available. Come enjoy the best of the best! Come feel the spirit and treat your senses to the sights, smells, and feel of this unique Caribbean hideaway. Come for a week, a month or a lifetime... The friendly staff at Los Porticos is ready to welcome you to your home away from home in sunny Placencia, Belize! ... more   less 
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Los Porticos Villas Hotel Placencia
Los Porticos Villas Belize/Placencia

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