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Singing Sands Inn
Ranked #10 of 19 Hotels in Placencia
Certificate of Excellence
Memphis
1 review
“What a retreat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2009

My wife and I flew in to the Belize City airport and it was a long trip to the resort and the last 30 mins was on rough dirt road. Once at the resort it was beautiful. the rooms were very cozy, but just a few steps from the beach. The food was great and the owners were very gracious. The beach could use a little cleanup, so don't go looking for long walks on the beach without sandals. The food prices were similar to US prices and a little higher at some places. If you are looking to get a way from all of the hussle of home, then this is a very cozy place to relax.

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Burke, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2009

Upon arrival at Belize International Airport an attendant, acting on behalf of our gracious hosts at the Singing Sands Inn, greeted us personally, by name, and guided us through customs, baggage check and onto our connecting flight. It was at that moment we realized this trip was going to be exceptional. But that was only the beginning of our week-long retreat immersed in the casual elegance and relaxed atmosphere as guests of the Singing Sands Inn.

A stunning beach resort alive with the quiet colors of a Caribbean Caye, we were warmly greeted as if being welcomed into their home and escorted to our private beach-front cabana just a few short steps from the Placencia Lagoon. It wasn’t so much the complete renovation of the entire Inn, as it was the extraordinary workmanship and complete attention to every detail that held us in awe. Everything, from the artwork, the furniture, and the landscaping, to the custom louvered-blinds designed to reign in the warm sea-breeze from any and every direction, was locally and meticulously hand-made.

The Bonefish Grille is a large, open air, beautifully furnished and decorated, palapa-roof restaurant and bar, conveniently located next to the swimming pool – again completely renovated. Testimony to the wildly inviting menu, perfect preparation, and impressive meal presentations, unexpected guests arriving for breakfast, lunch and dinner repeatedly returned throughout our entire stay. At each meal, the owners genuinely greeted every guest as an old friend, always creating a comfortable, tranquil atmosphere.

The perfect mixture of seclusion, romance, party and adventure, the list of excursions and entertainment seemed limitless. Whether exploring and snorkeling a brilliant barrier reef from the deck a chartered catamaran, discovering a deserted Caribbean Caye aboard a sport-craft, reeling in the catch of the day from a fishing boat, paddling in a clear bottom kayaking, discovering archeological ruins, spending an enchanted evening on a nearby private island, or just partying at the end of the 200 ft. pier at the Inn’s Chez Albert Bar, no stone was left unturned.

From beginning to end, our honeymoon at the Singing Sands Inn exceeded all of our expectations.

Teresa and Jim

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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gildaytraveler
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2009

I wanted to let everyone know what a sweet little place Singing Sands Inn is. We did not stay at the resort, but went there for dinner last Saturday, talked with the owners, and toured the property including the rooms. The owners just recently renovated the entire resort and it is impeccable! The rooms are tastefully decorated, the beach is quiet and beautiful, and the restaurant serves unique and delicious meals. This is not a big chain resort experience by any means. You feel as if you have discovered your own special hideaway in which to take a deep breath, relax, and let all the stress of life melt away. You have a sense that you are not just another tourist, but a guest in the owner's home for dinner and an overnight stay. I wish the owners the best of luck, and compliment them for their immense efforts in creating such a special place in Placencia (Maya Beach actually).

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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L.A.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2009

I am a genius for choosing this get-away for part of my vacation in Belize. Can't stop patting myself on the back for being such a smart girl and going with my gut when I made those reservations. Let's face it, you check out the websites and they are all marketing wizards at selling paradise. And what do you know? But this seemed exactly what I was looking for: Low key, laid back, unpretentious, a small resort, uncommercial, one of a kind, tastefully landscaped, romantic cabins that harken back to a simple life, white sand, tranquil pool, thatched roofs, attentive staff, a well stocked bar and amazing fresh FOOD. And let me tell you they've got it in spades!
The owners of the place are completely hands on, fine tuning every nuance to deliver the highest quality, satisfying vacation experience for their guests. Plus, they are incredibly nice people without exception! I wish them nothing but success in this venture. They took the place over and completely over-hauled the funk but without compromising simplicity and beauty. I place a premium on those qualities.

Just so you understand the kind of traveler I am, it may help you put my values into context, because what I appreciate may be different from someone else's expectations. I'm not the kind of person who likes to stay in the mega-5 star places where no matter how much money you have you feel inferior to the staff that is waiting on you, forget that it's illogical. I don't want to be in wonderland. I value "real", quaintness, authentic over trendy when I travel, but I also like cleanliness and pampering. Singing Sands has got it down. My 13 year old son and I had a blissful 4 days there, and although we had dined at Coppola's Turtle Inn and stayed in sumptuous jungle lodges, Singing Sands was the highlight of our trip. We enjoyed superlative dining, engaging, personal conversation with the owners a fine ocean breeze.. and well, haven't I said enough? I could live there. Very cool proprietors.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2009

At the begining of April, I went to Belize with my partner and our 2 year old son. We stayed 4 days in Placencia and 3 in Belize City. We had our own car, since we came from Guatemala City, so we could travel from Punta Gorda to Belize City. We can assure you that the best beaches are located in Placencia. Here, there is plenty of places where to stay, but let us tell you that Singing Sands Inn is THE place to stay. It is an elegant quiet hotel. Cabanas are very clean, fresh (no need for AC!) and comfortable. Owners Jean-Marc and Michael as long with their wives were always there to look for the confort of our child. He loved both the pool and the sea. And finally, the food! Great lunches and dinners!!!!! And the BEST: the chocolate cake......... don't miss it! Bon voyage!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Elyria, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2009

If you want to get away from life in the fast lane this is the place to go. We just returned from a 5 night stay at the Singing Sands Inn and fell in love with the place.
It's about 7 miles north of Placencia Village and in my opinion, was paradise! Now some folks will argue that the place to stay is in the village but it’s a matter of personal preferences. We were looking for a more secluded location and planned on visiting Placencia village instead of spending our trip there.
Our Inn reservations and in country flights from Belize international into Placencia were handled by the Inn. When we landed, it was only a short cab ride to the Inn and from the moment we arrived, we knew we had made the right choice of choosing Singing Sands.
The Inn is owned and operated by two couples, Maya & Michael and Huyan & Jean-Marc who by the way are the best hosts! They make you feel at home and did everything to arrange day tours, transportation to town or whatever was needed to make for a worry free vacation.
We stayed in the ocean-front cabana which was about 20 yards from the ocean. Our cabana was clean and simple, complete with a ceiling fan, shower and a very comfortable bed. There’s no A/C but don’t worry, the ocean breeze keeps you cool throughout the night.
It’s awesome waking up every morning to the sounds of exotic singing birds and sounds of the ocean yards from your door. The grounds very well kept and are full of swaying palm trees and exotic plants.
The Inn also as a fresh water pool complete with wood deck and landscaping located adjacent to the Inn’s restaurant. Even though we lounged around the pool, we preferred the beach which felt as our own private beach.
The resort has a restaurant / bar on the grounds and the employees were very friendly and accommodating. The food was always good and menu items run anywhere from $14.00BZ to $40.00BZ.
The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays after breakfast but there are other area restaurants up the beach nearby or you could travel to Placencia Village and make a day of it. It’s a pleasant village with a variety of small shops and lots of restaurants. If you like Creole, try Wendy’s and for dessert try Tutti Frutti’s, everyone raves about their gelatin.
You can get there for a couple bucks on the local bus that runs twice a day or take a cab for $20. Maya set us up with a driver for $15.00
If you’re just looking for snack or beverage items, there’s is a little market just a short walk up the road from the Inn.
There is also a pier/dock that runs out into the ocean with a great deck area and Palapa for relaxing and soaking in sun. On one evening we sighted a manatee cruising the sea grass just off the piers end.
While we didn’t snorkel the beach, the Inn does have a couple canoes and a kayak available for canoeing out to a nearby island a short distance off the beach for easy snorkeling. They’ll soon be adding clear bottom kayaks, should be awesome paddling out and watching the sea-life under you
Quoting another Trip Advisor member, I agree that “It all felt sort of undiscovered, if you're looking for a beautiful, peaceful place to relax and unwind, Singing Sands is it”.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2009

My friends and I stayed at Singing Sands for five nights, expecting a
sort of bargain-hotel experience, and were blown away. [Just to be
clear, Singing Sands was rehauled/ renovated by completely new owners
in Feb/ March 2009, so a lot of the reviews below are out of date.
Almost everything is brand new, sparkling clean, and meticulously executed.]

The four of us stayed in two adjacent cabanas. Because there are only
six cabanas--all of them literally right up against the ocean--this
was not a place crawling with tourists. It all felt sort of
undiscovered, and a lot of the time we spent outside (on the long
pier, or at the edge of the water) soaking in sun, stars, and
sunrises, we were completely by ourselves. The other guests were
mostly couples, with one or two people traveling by themselves, and
one mother-daughter duo.

Singing Sands was the perfect base of operations for us. We spent the
days sea kayaking, snorkeling, traipsing around jungles, exploring
Placencia Village, and taking tours to places like Monkey River (some
of which Singing Sands helped us arrange), and returned in the late
afternoons or evenings to lounge around. Sometimes these jam-packed
trips don't really feel like vacations because you're so busy trying
to see everything, but Singing Sands really balanced it out for us
because it provided a quiet, picturesque calm we could return to (ie,
the exact opposite of yet another dark hotel with dubious sheets and
strange-looking dogs following you, which is kind of common in
Belize). The restaurant is really tasty, offering Belizean and Korean
food, and a ridiculous chocolate cake.

Best of all, the owners (two sisters and their husbands) and staff
were genuinely funny and nice. When we pulled coconuts off some
nearby palm trees, one of the staff showed us how to hack them open
with a machete (while kind of chuckling at us the whole time). We
were impressed by the owners, who obviously had a great time
renovating the place, and seemed to be living their lives exactly the
way they wanted. One of their friends, who has been sailing around
the world for 27 years, has evidently decided to anchor his catamaran
near the shore for the time being. (He also offers private charters
in his catamaran, and had we had one more day we would've loved to
take him up on it).

Anyways, we were all deliriously happy during our stay. The bumpy
dirt road to Placencia is starting to get paved, which will bring more
tourists and cut out part of the adventure of getting there, but
Singing Sands seems like a place that will hang onto its laid-back,
private feel.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Singing Sands Inn
Address: 30 Maya Beach Rd, Placencia, Belize
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Placencia
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Placencia
#7 Family Hotel in Placencia
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Placencia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Singing Sands Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AA private secluded seafront resort on Maya Beach...with beautiful Placencia Lagoon nearby! "...Singing Sands is an oasis for the traveler...whether couples seeking a romantic space, groups in search of a base location...or birding enthusiasts and water lovers needing a place from which to begin...their Belizean adventure." Our Inn is tucked within a beautifully landscaped tropical garden, providing a restful environment for our guests. We take pleasure in providing a relaxed, at home atmosphere. We’ve been working hard in recent months to completely renovate and remodel our entire property. ... more   less 
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