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Hatchet Caye Resort
Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Placencia
Certificate of Excellence
Lake Forest, California
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8 reviews
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“Absolute Bliss!”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

This is my idea of the perfect vacation. Peaceful location, friendly people, not crowded, no "clock" to manage your time--just pure bliss. The rooms are artfully decorated and each have a view of the sea. You wake up to the sounds of seagulls and the lapping of the waves on the shore. I could have just stayed on the porch of my cabana and been at total peace. Hammocks are all over the island and they have the perfect combination of lounge chairs scattered across the mini private beaches. The food was delicious. Try the lionfish cakes...awesome. Service is at the pace of the island...laid back, friendly, and relaxing. The staff was welcoming and it was easy to see that each member did their utmost to ensure a wonderful vacation. The manager, Dasha, made herself available for any inquiry there was to be made about lodging, accomodations, sports, meals etc. I also want to commend one of her staff members--Rasta. If you are looking to be around upbeat, happy, and genuine people than you have to meet Rasta. I will be going back ... regularly. I finally found a place to "get off the grid".

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Phoenix, AZ
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

Like many we took a chance with the Living Social special and were glad we did. Flew thru a squall in a 12 passenger Maya Air puddle jumper down to Placencia and had to belly up at the Barefoot Bar for a couple hours to wait for the storm to pass. Were told we had to wait until the storm passed before boarding the shuttle boat out to the island and were ready for a couple One Barrel rums after a rough flight. Met some very friendly locals and visitors and the staff arranged to drop us off and pick us back up when they were ready to go.

Once at the island we were greeted by the helpful staff and taken to our room. After dropping our bags we wobbled to the Lionfish bar/restaurant and had a great meal and some Belikins before calling it a night as we arrived in the dark and couldn't see much but the amazing display of stars in the clearing sky.

Once daylight broke we were amazed by the solitude and beauty of this small island. Being a new resort we really didn't know what to expect, but it was just as described. With only 8 rooms Hatchet was a unique vacation experience for us considering you only have a small handful of people sharing this sliver of paradise with you. Watching bonefish tailing right outside our waterfront cottage on the water in the morning was awesome. The food was great and never felt the menu was limited. During the day dive trips, snorkeling with turtles and rays, sailing to the nearby Silk and Fishermans Caye was great. Spending 4 nights on the island was a perfect amount of time to explore the reef surrounding the island and immerse ourselves in the relaxing natural beauty of the Carribbean.

Although there was little orientation given upon arrival, it didn't take long for the staff to answer our questions about daily activities. Watching flocks of eagle rays swoop under the lights of the south dock at night was awesome. Several chartered sailboats would anchor off the island and stay for a night before casting off, but they never impacted the serenity of the vacation. If you have kids, I can see them getting bored after several days, but for a couple looking for some R&R with a bunch of options for exploring the natural beauty of the barrier reef just a short boat ride away, it was a great experience.

The staff helped us schedule a private guided snorkeling trip to the Silk Cays and were more than accommodating to fulfill any reasonable request. Would highly recommend this resort and the location can't be beat to visit some of the better fishing, scuba, and snorkeling sites in Belize. Our thanks to Dasha and the staff (Rasta and Faygan in particilular) for making our stay a memorable one. We hope to be able to come back in the near future!

  • Stayed April 2012
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Guatemala
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

Great place with very good facilities. Rooms are very comfortable, friendly staff, incredible snorkeling.
One thing to improve is food. Portions are too small (some of us had to ask for a second dish more than once) and when there is a large group, food takes too long to be on the table.
If you like to relax this is the place, otherwise I will suggest to have someone organizing activities for the kids and adults.
I enjoyed my stay but will try something new next time.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

What an amazing getaway my husband and I had for our 2 year wedding anniversary. It was a bit of a haul getting there (3 planes, and a 45 minute boat ride) but well worth the trip. Wish we had known about this place for our honeymoon.

Pros:
Privacy - it really felt like we had our own mini island. We had our own deck literally right on the water, our own hammock, and our own mini section of the beach.
Activities - We had access to snorkeling gear, diving gear, kayaks, paddle boats, and sail boats that we could use at our leisure on our own time without needing to schedule a trip.
Service - Everyone on the island knew us by name. We dealt mostly with Andy, Carl, and Rasta who were all great and very accommodating. We were able to get a private romantic dinner right on the beach that was beautifully set-up for us
Cost - we had the 4 night living social deal which made the cost well worth it. It included the charter flights within Belize, the boat ride to the island, the cabana, 3 meals daily, all the island activities, as well as a sail boat trip to the silk cayes for some snorkeling.
Room - Was surprisingly very nice and modern. Had little sitting area and bed.

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Food: Food was decent, but there was one restaurant with one menu, so I felt very limited in my selections. Wish there was a bit more variety. Also food was only from certain hours - so if you miss lunch that ends around 2, there is no food until dinner at 6. Wish there was a snack bar menu or something for in between. We actually bought some snacks which us which was great. Drinks are always available.
Nightlife: There is none here, so if that's what you're looking for, look elsewhere. For us it was great as we were only looking for day activities and relaxation, we were so exhausted by the end of the day that we relaxed a bit on our deck with the cool breeze and went to bed.
Tipping: Difficult to determine where your tip goes or how to tip properly. Asked a few times, and did not really get a clear answer.
Charter Flight: only have certain times available, so you may be waiting at the airport for your connecting flight for quite a while.
Cost: We had the living social deal, and were never really told what wasn't included. There are trips scheduled during the day to see turtles, or go diving and these are all at an additional cost.
Beach: Beautiful, but a but rocky and difficult to actually swim in

Overall an amazing place, wish the living social deal offered a 6 or 7 night stay as 4 night just wasnt enough. Would highly recommend it and I'm very picky!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Little Rock, AR
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

First things first, we loved it so much we have already scheduled to go back! If we could have stayed here all 7 nights of our honeymoon we would have, but wanted to see a few other things. However, once we left we longed to be back. =) I don't think there is to much that I can add that others have not commented on. I will just hit some highlights that I noticed had not been mentioned....

The menu, 3 meals, and they are from 7-9am, 11-2pm, and 6-9pm. If you like to snack bring stuff with you. At first, we were not sure we were going to like the location as we arrived at 3pm and had missed lunch, so we had to wait until 6pm for dinner. Also, not everything is always available that is on the menu. The island relies on shipments from the mainland, so if they can't get somthing, like tomatos, they won't make the ceviche. They also don't have dessert every night. Dessert is available based on the chef's ability to get it prepared between lunch and dinner. However, of the 4 nights we were there, we had dessert 2 nights. The dessert both nights was the same thing as they only offered one option.

Bring an underwater camera if you can! The snorkeling around the island is wonderful.

Take the snorkeling trip to Turtle handout...wonderful encounter with the sea turtles, rays and we even saw a shark. Fegan and Walter at the activity center are great.

We loved the staff and would highly recommend it!

Room Tip: as everyone else has said, Cabana #1 is the most convenient to everything; however, it is right next...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

What a special place!!! If you are looking for a place to escape pressures on your life Hatchet Caye may be exactly what you are looking for. We were there in April and the resort was just plain wonderful and as good or better than expectations.

This is a small private island with just a few cabanas that leaves you with the feeling it is all yours. The folks who work here are friendly and accommodating. They don’t hover over your needs but when you do need something a smiling face will appear. The staff knows you are here; your names and they try to anticipate you wishes.

The cabanas are first class and roomy. All the touches are very classy. Even in this marine environment you will not find furniture from Wal-Mart. The wicker chairs on our generous porch had cloth upholstery in vibrant Caribbean colors.

The restaurant serves over a wide schedule for all meals, not set times, sittings or reservations necessary. We had a large and late breakfast one day and the restaurant staff wondered about us when we skipped lunch.

There are a few yachts coming and going which adds to the ambience plus you may have some interesting conversations with someone over a cold Bilekin.

Hatchet Caye has toys as well. There are paddle boats, kayaks and our favorite, Hobie Wave catamarans. Don’t know how to sail, no problem Walter will teach you. Several tours operate from here for SCUBA, snorkeling and sightseeing. Other than sailing the Hobies we just chilled out for 4 days as it seemed a waste to go off the island.

To qualify our opinions as our point of reference for the ambience here, we have stayed at Meadwood in Napa and the Ventana in Big Sur.

Room Tip: If you can get the honeymoon cabana take it. The location and view are just wonderful.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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des moines
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

Pros - amazing location, excellent new facilities, great staff, incredible snorkeling, as much activity or peace & quiet as you like

Cons - no one presented themselves as manager or "in charge" during our entire stay. on arrival day, we were anticipating 9am pickup based on previous email, but pickup didn't occur till 5pm later that day. no one said sorry for making you wait 8 hours. also, the food is mediocre at best. limited menu of boring, mostly fried items.

overall, a good value through the living social special but not worth it at full published rates

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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hatchetcaye, General Manager at Hatchet Caye Resort, responded to this review, April 22, 2012
Thank you for your candid review of Hatchet Caye Resort. We take all criticism as opportunity for improvement. Firstly, let me apologize for not meeting you while you were here - I do try to meet all guests... sometimes I find myself looking at the time and realizing I have been at the computer all day long.

In reference to the island arrival time, I did speak with your travel agent about the boat transfer time change a few days prior to your arrival, but they were unable to reach you and we also did call the hotel where you were staying in Placencia your first night to inform them as well so that you could better plan your day. It is unfortunate when we have guests ready to head to the island very early in the day and guests that do not arrive in Placencia until the last flight. This is a logistical issue we are trying our best to sort out and find a solution for.

Regarding our menu - of the 29 items offered only 5 are fried dishes and none of our dinner items are fried. We try to do our best offering fresh seafood and daily dinner specials not on the menu to give more variety and we will try our best to keep a close eye on the quality as well.

Thanks again for your feedback - all reviews are taken very seriously and steps are taken to change what we can to make our island experience even better.
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Property: Hatchet Caye Resort
Address: 17 Miles Offshore, Placencia, Belize
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Placencia
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Placencia
#5 Family Hotel in Placencia
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Placencia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hatchet Caye Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A private island on the edge of the Silk Marine Reserve, seventeen miles east of Placencia, Hatchet is on the longest reef in North America. Laugh, love, play, explore, relax, rejuvenate, and dine in the island lifestyle you want. with a mile of private shoreline and word class diving and fishing only minutes away. With a pirates past, a hideaway present, and an environmental future, Hatchet offers unspoiled environment for your unforgettable tropical island experience. ... more   less 
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